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It’s one of the most common schemes tourists encounter when they visit Paris, with plenty of guides and websites warning holidaymakers to turn and walk away.
Filmed in the tourist-heavy area along the river Seine in Paris, this footage shows a woman trying to pressure a holidaymaker into signing a petition, without explaining why or what it is for.
The woman in the video approaches the videographer, asking if he speaks English before holding out a pen and encouraging him to sign the paper she’s holding.
What is it?’ the man asks, while recording the interaction.
She continues to push the paper toward him, getting visibly upset when the man continues to question what exactly it is that she’s asking him to sign.
She pushes the pen toward him several more times, despite the man’s protests, before giving up and stalking off angrily.
Ah, yes, the petition shake down. Most of the time they’re just trying to get a quick buck off of clueless tourists but every so often a confederate will pick your pocket while you’re signing the petition.
YouTube has some clips of other scams used in Paris (also throughout tourist attractions in Europe) such as the gold ring scam where somebody points out to you that someone dropped a gold ring and then tries to sell it to you for a good price (It’s not really gold)
Then there’s the friendship bracelet scam where the scammer will rope your finger and start braiding a bracelet on your arm so you can’t get away. They won’t untie it unless you pay for it.
And there’s this scam where some businessman gives you a great deal on “designer” jackets because he’s in a rush to leave or some bullshit.