“Honey, do you have a few coins?”
For short trips to nearby places I sometimes prefer to take the bus. They aren’t in good shape but during some times of the day when they aren’t too crowded its faster than using the car.
“Yes, my coin pouch is inside my purse over there”
Wife's coin pouch.
I pick it up an notice how heavy it is, and the fist thing I see when opening it is a $20 and $10 bill.
“Hey, you’ve got a lot of money in here” I say half joking. 30 pesos isn’t much money, but its more than you’d expect to find in a coin pouch. Besides, the pouch is full of coins, most are those two color coins, worth $1 each.
“Its in case I get robbed. I’d just hand over that pouch, its heavy and feels like a good amount of money. If they open it they can see a few bucks, a good enough catch for most ordinary robbers”.
She’s pretty smart and it would in fact work that way.
The pouch is readily accessible so as to get over the incident in seconds, hand over the money fast. Heavy, a few bucks inside in case he checks.
My grandmother who has lived through a lot carries money in a similar manner.
Some guys have suggested having throw away “decoy” wallets: A few bucks, most 1$, and some cards you no longer use.
Sometimes, under some circumstances, even if you could defend yourself and maybe end up killing your attacker, its just not worth it. Forget about the scumbag’s life, I personally don’t care for it.
What I do is think about myself: As much as I wouldn’t care freeing the world from this piece of human trash, is it worth the problems, my time? Is it worth the thousands it would cost me worth of lawyers?
Not all situations are similar. A give away “fake” wallet, or coin pouch might be a good idea in some cases.
Edited to add: Another comment from my wife. She says she carries the mentioned coin pouch, of course her purse with her wallet, but the money she needs for buying whatever she’s shopping for or paying, she has that money loose in one of her jeans pockets, in case her purse gets snatched, or in case the coin pouch isn’t enough and the mugger takes her purse as well.