One night, with this last group, I went to this rave in the middle of the city. It was in the awesome outdoor market space with these old, derelict buildings all around. It was an amazing night, really fun, drinking, dancing and dodging too-friendly locals all night. That is, until one of the girls had the wallet stolen out of her purse. I was really pissed at myself, because I know who did it. I actually caught the guy with his hand in my purse earlier, the only thing saving me was that the zipper of my bag was broken and so he had to tug on it to get it open and I felt it. I turned on him and snatched my purse away. Then I watched him closely for a while but eventually forgot. When I noticed he was getting a little too close to some of my new friends I warned the girl to watch her purse. She immediately checked her bag and discovered that her wallet was gone. And surprise surprise, the guy and his slimy friends had hightailed it to the other side of the dance floor. I pointed him out and to my surprise she went and confronted the guy, but at that point he didn't have the wallet on him. Brave girl, much braver then me who did absolutely nothing. If I had just caused a scene earlier then he wouldn't have had the chance to snatch her wallet. I'm still kicking myself over it. Grrr. She was such a trooper about it though and didn't let it spoil her night.
LI don't think this make Palermo a bad or dangerous place,as this kind of thing could happen anywhere. I would definitely go back again, especially if I was surrounded again by such fantastic people. And if I ever saw that guy again I think I would give him a nice, swift kick in the balls....asshole.