The dangers of crumb-catcher pockets…
“What?!? But you can’t arrest me just for wearing crumb-catcher pockets, Officer.”
“But, Signorina, it is for your own safety! For here in Venice we have the most ruthless pigeons in the world. They are desperate flocks of trained muggers. It is our city’s curse, you might say. One innocent step into the Piazza San Marco and… bouf! You would be mobbed by the little feathered felons. We have seen it before: the unsuspecting English tourist, she drinks her cappucino. She makes the fatal mistake of eating the little crunchy biscuit. She does not know the horror that awaits. You have seen the film by Signor Hitchcock*, yes? So, Signorina, if you’d put down the amaretti biscuit and come with us. Mille grazie…”
* ps. Actually, come to think of it, the Hitchcock film The Birds postdates this pattern by about a decade, but let’s not let a little thing like historical accuracy get in the way, mmmm?
pps. Although, actually, Hitchcock’s film is based on a story called The Birds by Daphne Du Maurier, which was published in EXACTLY THE SAME YEAR AS THIS PATTERN: 1952. Wikipedia is my friend. (And so are pigeons.)