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Londoners tend to expect the worst when they see somebody loitering too close to their bags, and usually they would be right in doing so. But telecom firm Talk Talk has launched a campaign employing ex-pickpockets to distribute cash to people in London without them even realizing it.
The campaign has been given the blessing of the Metropolitan police and each "put-pocket" -- as they are being called -- carries ID, in case he is caught in the act, and is watched by a minder.
Twenty put-pockets roamed around traditional pick-pocketing heartlands such as Leicester Square, Oxford Circus and Covent Garden as well as on the tube network. Once they had found a "mark," they would approach and slip a crisp £20 note onto their person, along with a branded Talk Talk card.
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