'Putpocketing' puts money in visitors' pockets in London

London visitors are being putpocketed, and it's not as bad as it sounds.

As a way to brighten the economic crisis for some people, a broadband provider is funding a putpocketing program in which 20 former pickpockets are surreptitiously putting money back into unsuspecting people's pockets at London's tourist sites, according to a Reuters story.

Notes from 5 pounds ($8) to 20 pounds are being slipped into unguarded pockets or open handbags in Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and other busy spots, according to the story.

Tourists should take extra precautions to avoid pickpockets, but this program almost makes you want to leave your wallet in an unbuttoned pocket.

"It feels good to give something back for a change -- and Britons certainly need it in the current economic climate," said Chris Fitch, a former pickpocket who heads the putpocketing initiative by TalkTalk.

"Every time I put money back in someone's pocket, I feel less guilty about the fact I spent many years taking it out," he told Reuters.

The program runs through August in London before being rolled out across the country. Buy your plane tickets to London soon before the 100,000 pounds are given away.

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Annnd... what stops these former pickpockets, people who have stolen in the past and might very well have a natural inclination to want to steal again, from keeping the money themselves and simply saying they did it? There's no way to confirm who is getting it unless they report it themselves. It's still illegal and still a violation of privacy, and now any of these "ex" pickpocketers that decide they want to now pick someone's pocket can just say, "OH! I was just giving you money!" Please tell me people aren't this stupid and trusting.

April 01 2013 at 8:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply