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Airport Scams and How to Avoid Them

Assuming that any of you can afford to travel during the coming holidays (I know I can’t), you might care to check out this page of ScamBusters tips on airport scams.  The intro says “5 Most Common…”, but there is a lot of good information.  I recommend reading the whole thing.  Some of it is useful advice for any kind of travel.
The 5 Most Common Types of Airport Scams and How to Avoid Them

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Flying Off the Shelves

In my eight years working at an independent bookstore, I lost count of how many shoplifters I chased through the streets of Seattle while shouting “Drop the book!” I chased them down crowded pedestrian plazas in the afternoon, I chased them through alleys at night, I even chased one into a train tunnel. I chased a book thief to the waterfront, where he shouted, “Here are your fucking books!” and threw a half-dozen paperbacks, including Bomb the Suburbs and A People’s History of the United States, into Puget Sound, preferring to watch them slowly sink into the muck rather than hand them back to the bookseller they were stolen from. He had that ferocious, orgasmic gleam in his eye of somebody who was living in the climax of his own movie: I suppose he felt like he was liberating them somehow.

Flying Off the Shelves – Books – The Stranger, Seattle’s Only Newspaper