“Tissue and Gum” kids in Addis Ababa

Dean writes:
Every day I am approached about 3 times by the Kids pretending to sell Tissues and Gum. As soon as they spot a Faranji they go into attack mode and are quite brazen about the whole thing. They will forcefully push the little box,which usually contains only 2 or 3 packs of whatever,into your stomach while the other hand,blocked by the box,goes to work. There is usually 2 of them working together. Actually I can easily spot them now,because they always make a beeline for me. They seem to be trained at this and are not really interested in selling anything. One tourist I spoke to in a cafe said one of the little thieves stole her iPad using the above technique.

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