Thieves in St. Petersburg stealing a camera lens from a tourist Locked

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MisterHairy
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Re: the putz and his "stuff"
In reply to Son Of Waldo, Jul 19, 2013

Laws vary around the world. Clouting a thief with anything more than your fist might land you in an awful lot of trouble, even if you were just protecting yourself. Being a citizen of another country (particularly the US) will not protect you if you commit an assault in a foreign land. Don't forget that a group of six theives means five witnesses to confirm that it was YOU who made the first move. Not speaking the language will also not help.

Most countries do not like "John Waynes" and would treat you accordingly.  This comment is not driven by any personal opinion or bias; it is irrefutable fact and well worth bearing in mind before going all urban warrior. Your embassy will not be able to help you if you assault someone with a weapon in broad daylight with witnesses.

Also, whatever it is worth to them, it is worth much less than your life or liberty is worth to you.

Son Of Waldo wrote:

RobG67 wrote:

And that then becomes a charge of 'assault with a deadly weapon'. Unless you can prove that your life was in immediate danger, you are going away for a long visit to a small room.

more likely, 'self defense with damaged camera equipment'.

"the camera activated during the assault, but somehow, miraculously, the flash card survived!"

It's only stuff guys. If someone wants it, it's not worth your life to try to save it.

and from the other side, what's it worth, to "someone"?

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