I found this fascinating article on Slate by way of You Might Find Yourself, one of my favorites. The article romanticizes “the lost art of pickpocketing” and the work that goes into it, and offers some commentary as to why credit card fraud and identity theft have taken the place of old school thievery.
I’ll leave you with this excerpt from the article which is actually a quote from the 1973 movie Harry in your Pocket:
“There’s no sense of craft anymore,” he tells a promising young stall. “Nowadays youngsters haven’t got it, no patience, no discipline, they don’t want to spend the time to learn. So they … hit some poor old lady over the head and grab her purse. … It shouldn’t be allowed!”
Click here to read the article.