Unless you're an exhibitionist, you might consider canceling your annual pick-pocketing expedition to Providencia, Chile this year. As this video shows, local townsfolk have adopted a new vigilantism-based strategy to curb purse-grabbing: strip the would-be thief completely naked and leave him in the street. Naked as a jaybird! Naked as a jailbird!

That wasn't the only humiliation our failed purse-grabber suffered:

All this was followed by pedestrians hurling coins and plastic bottles at the naked crook. He attempted to board a vehicle going through the underpass, but the driver didn't allow it.

Eventually the police came and arrested him but did not arrest any of his new friends. This is just how they do "tough on crime" in the mean streets of Providencia.

[Hispanically Speaking News]