No, not us, we weren’t robbed (knock on wood). But so many people ARE robbed in BCN that an entire website is dedicated to this topic alone: Robbed in Barcelona. Watch the TeleCinco footage of pickpockets in action to get some idea, while it’s in Spanish there are English translations of some of the choice quotes. The racial profiling is gratuitous but is sadly on par with seems to be the local perception of certain groups of immigrants in Barcelona.
We were warned so often about pick pockets and thieves when we arrived that it has become second nature to take precautions: I (almost) always carry my bag with my hand on the zipper or flap, when I put it in the front basket of the bicing I wrap the handle in such a way it can’t be grabbed easily and I never leave it hanging on the back of my chair in a restaurant. Even so, I had become far less pre-occupied with the topic as I had developed good habits to avoid being an easy target. After spending the better part of an hour reading that website and the associated facebook page I was back on high alert today. It’s amazing how many people look like thieves when you’re looking for thieves.