Steals to survive: Meet Ghanaian ‘engineer’ who picks pockets (video)

Steals to survive: Meet Ghanaian ‘engineer’ who picks pockets (video)

- A Ghanaian youth who claims he studied engineering has given reasons why he engages in pickpocketing

- The young man attributed his theft 'trade' to a lack of employment and opportunity for his skills

- He spoke to and described pickpocketing as a ''smart business'' and also gave tips on how he goes about his illegal trade

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A young Ghanaian man who claims he studied engineering in school has revealed why he currently engages in pickpocketing as a means of survival.

He tells that pickpocketing is a daily activity he undertakes to put money in his pocket and to finally put food in his belly.

The young man, who works as a part-time porter, attributed his horse-like life to lack of employment opportunities even though he has relevant skills.

In a recent interview with, he revealed he has sent in so many job applications but none yielded positive results.

He described himself as a hustler who steals to fend for himself.

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''If I see someone carrying something or with money in their pocket and they lose focus, I quickly and smartly take from them to feed myself,'' he disclosed.

Explaining the nature of his job, he noted that ‘kpa-to-kpa’ is a business that involves being highly smart without any room for time-wasting.

''See the thing, pick the thing, [don’t] waste your time, whether it’s for you or it’s not for you. So far as you are hungry you have to pick it,'' he bold described with any remorse for his previous crimes.

The years of struggling has made has numbed his conscience and polluted his paradigm regarding making an honest living.

For this young man, the street is a home, and against beating the odds and harsh realities of life, he has to be on a 24/7 guard to outsmart and steal from his victims.

Meanwhile, is not any support of any criminal activity.

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In other stories, previous reported that Luxury car manufacturer, Bentley has unveiled a $2 million Mulliner Bacalar luxury car with no trim.

The luxury car was reportedly manufactured from a 5,000-year-old tree.

Bentley announced that only 12 of these cars will be produced which have all been sold out. The Mulliner Bacalar car doesn’t have a roof or even a removable top, making it unusable in the event of rain.

The car is powered by a 650 horsepower 12-cylinder engine and it has an eight-speed transmission.

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