Pickpockets Force Louvre Museum in Paris to Close
USA TODAY is reporting that the Louvre Museum, the world’s most popular museum, shut its doors today after more than 100 workers walked off the job to protest what they say is a scourge of aggressive pickpocketing.
According to the USA TODAY article, the Louvre draws about 10 million visitors (30,000/day) and Louvre Museum staffers have reportedly been spat at, insulted, threatened, and even kicked by hooligan pickpockets.
Citing a growing problem, and in spite of closer co-operation with Paris police, the staffers have had enough and walked off the job. USA TODAY reports that a union spokesperson said that the museum plans to open again on Thursday.
As veteran travelers, we’ve been on the receiving end of pickpocketing delinquents. Believe us when we say, it can really put a dark cloud over an otherwise dream vacation.
In response to this blight on the traveling public, we’ve written two articles to help travelers protect themselves from pickpockets:
- What to do if Your Passport is Stolen Overseas
- How to Protect Yourself From Pickpockets When Traveling
Sadly, thousands of thieves prey on unsuspecting tourists each year, and the best protection is a healthy dose of prevention.
Be aware, be safe, and we hope our tips help to prevent this disaster from dampening your dream vacation.