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Paris tourist warning: 53% of violent transit thefts tied to phones

53% of violent thefts in Paris m and transit métro and transit thefts involve smart phones, including the ubiquitous iPhone. City officials even call it the "iPhone effect."

This is easy to understand. My wife lost her iPhone on the Muni bus here in San Francisco. The thief scoped the riders near the door and as the bus doors opened, he grabbed the phone and ran out the door. The doors closed and she barely knew what happened. I could see this easily happening in Paris. On the other hand, your odds aren't so bad. If you're standing at rush hour, you're usually surrounded by ten other people staring at their little screens. Still, a word to the wise...

Health and Safety, In the News

France wants to sell millions of surplus flu shots – they can send 4 directly to our house!

We haven't gotten any shots out here in far-flung San Francisco, so we've been waiting anxiously for a wave of swinish flu to break over our shores. So far, lot's of other childhood coughs and sniffles, but no porcine fevers. However, to be on the safe side, and be four more defense links in the chain, I'd love to get us all innoculated. ... France wants to sell millions of surplus flu shots PARIS Sun Jan 3, 2010 PARIS (Reuters) - France is looking to sell millions of surplus vaccines for the H1N1 flu strain after ordering many more shots than it actually needed, officials said on Sunday. [From France wants to sell millions of surplus flu shots | Reuters ]