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article imageVideo: Purse snatcher stripped naked in Chile

By Lynn Curwin     Nov 19, 2011 in Crime
Providencia - A man who tried to steal an elderly woman's purse was stripped naked and beaten by an angry crowd in a Chilean town, and one person filmed the incident with a mobile phone.
After his unsuccessful robbery attempt the man in Providencia was pushed to the ground by a small group of people, who pulled off most articles of his clothing and threw them into the street. They then forced him to remove his shirt.
Gawker described those who stripped the man as a "vigilante horde."
Some onlookers cheered, whistled and clapped, and the Huffington Post reported that those on a walkway above threw coins and empty bottles at him.
Wearing only his socks, the man went over to a passing car but was refused a lift, and a police officer soon arrived and walked him away.
The Daily Mail quoted Luis Guzman, who filmed the incident, as saying, 'It was great. I think it was good that people see that happens."
While some people have left comments disagreeing with the actions of the crowd, the majority of those leaving comments on the Huffington Post website appear to feel that stripping the man was a good idea because the humiliation will deter him from attempting to steal a purse again.
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