Here's a more positive phenomenon to all of us suffering from the economic crisis.

Former pickpockets in London have apparently turned over a new leaf and instead of taking money out of unsuspecting victims, they are now slipping money back!

Anything from 5 pounds ($8) to 20 pound notes are given out to unguarded pockets or open handbags in Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and other busy spots.

"Every time I put money back in someone's pocket, I feel less guilty about the fact I spent many years taking it out," said Chris Fitch, a former pickpocket who heads TalkTalk's putpocketing initiative.

This movement runs until the end of August in London before spreading out countrywide and is funded by TalkTalk, a broadband provider in hopes of brightening up people's lives.

Even London's police have been briefed about the plan, which will see at least 100,000 pounds given away.


But what if this is all just a ploy so that the police will be less on their tail, simply because they think these pickpockets have truly turned over a new leaf? I guess no one can tell. But if it's such a noble act, then well why not support it eh? Off we go to London for some extra change!