Subject: Re: Pickpockets Italy

Ann Widdowson wrote:\ When a couple of gypsy women started to chase us once, I turned around and yelled at them; this made them stop.

This reminded me of the tour guide we had when my daughter's high school was touring Italy. When gypsies approached the tour group, she turned toward them and screamed GYPSIES!!!! at the top of her voice, sending them scurrying in the other direction. She also advised the group to scream when approached by packs of marauding children.