I was making one of my many cross city journeys over to Carlton. I was stopped in traffic on Punt Rd just before Victoria Street and a man banged on my car window and seemed quite distressed. I immediately wound down the window and he started rambling about how he just had his bike and bags stolen and needed cash to get home or make a call. I didn't have change but went to look into wallet and thought I would give him $5 and he reached down and snatched a 50 or some significant amount and sprinted off down the road.
I have had similar interactions with the windscreen cleaners turning from Victoria Street into Punt Road but never had anyone actually steal a big note out of my wallet. I’ve seen those guys actually climb on someone’s boot before and yesterday the guy behind me put on his windscreen wipers to deter the bloke from washing his windows. You could make a movie just at that corner!