He grinned as he saw them waving their fingers at me in that no-no way and shaking their heads in protest. There was no doubt what they were telling me; they just didn’t want their photos taken.
But, why not write and show you a photo.
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These squirrelly vendors are important to Barcelona as the tourist, locals, architecture, homeless and the every day clever and experienced pickpocketeer.
Prices are reasonable and the best part is that you don’t have to hang around to be waited on.
Their eyes are on YOU and simultaneously on the conscientious police who for some reason just don’t leave these guys alone. Tsk! Tsk!
Might be ‘cause they don’t have a seller’s license (who knows) or Barcelona doesn’t collect its sales tax, which is a whopping 16% of the base price.
They are thoroughly prepared with their wares on the street settled beautifully on what might appear a tablecloth with long strings connected to the material. With one pull, all the products you’ve seen are neatly bundled. Santa Claus would be proud.
So, if you happen to be buying a product from them, don’t be surprised if they scurry faster than a speeding bullet in all directions.
Most probably, they saw the diligent, capable, friendly and reliable police of this fair city.
Be delighted. If that happens, you have witnessed the friendly start of the cat and mouse game.
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