Have you ever wondered what gangs are really like? We hear about gangs in the news all the time. They’re often associated with violence, but some gangs defy that stereotype. Whether they have weird gang initiations, weird gang rituals, or just have strange ideals, some gangs just defy categorization.
This is a list of the weirdest gangs. It includes everything from street gangs to biker gangs to crime syndicates. There are bands of women thieves, gangs that roam Disneyland, Congolese fashionistas - each group on this list is wholly unique. The one thing they have in common, though, is a dedication to a singular cause. See how some weird gangs operate in the slideshow below.
Bikers Against Child Abuse
This awesome organization is weird because it bucks stereotypes, and their practices make them another group of BAMFs. Bikers Against Child Abuse helps victims of child abuse feel safe after they’ve been hurt. They use their tough biker image to ward off the abusers before they’ve been convicted. They show their gentle side to the kids and make them feel like part of the group, an extended family that can keep them safe and intimidate others.If a child has to testify in court against their abuser, BACA will walk them into court, sit in the front row, and instruct the child to only look at them. Which isn’t too hard, considering that they’re pretty easy to focus on: covered in tattoos, wearing leather vests with patches, and bandanas on their heads, this is one group you do not want to cross. But for the kids they help, they’re something akin to a miracle.
A similar group, Guardians of the Children, even showed up in Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. It, um, didn’t go well.
These ladies are easily the biggest BAMFs on this list. The Gulabi Gang was started by Sampat Pal Devi, a woman from Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India. She saw a man beating his wife and tried to intervene; instead, he beat her, too. According to the gang’s website, “The next day she returned with a bamboo stick and five other women and gave the rogue a sound thrashing.”Other women soon began approaching her, wanting to help fight violence against women in India. So, she began organizing the group, implemented a uniform (a bright pink sari, to symbolize strength and womanhood), and formed a type of neighborhood watch to push back against social injustice. Part of their website reads, “What cannot be endured must be cured,” which is basically just an elegant way of saying, “Watch your back, woman-beaters.”
From the late 1800s to the 1950s, a fearsome crime syndicate ruled London’s West End. They had clothing specially made with hidden pockets and sent passersby fleeing when they approached. The gang was made up of expert shoplifters; they were so good, in fact, that they branched out of London and formed cells in other European countries as well. Ok, so, they were 19th-century shoplifters? What’s so weird about that?
Here’s the kicker: the Forty Elephants were an entirely female gang. Yep, a bunch of well-to-do British ladies used to just waltz into high-end shops, pocket the most expensive merchandise, and walk out. Together, they built a criminal empire, and gave a whole different meaning to the phrase “girl gang.”
The Notorious Nipple Gang
This one is a fun international scam: some prostitutes in Thailand have taken to robbing tourists by pretending to be interested in having sex with them. They rub liquid rohypnol on their nipples, let their marks lick them, and then wait for the victims to pass out. While the men are unconscious, the prostitutes rob them and flee. It’s a pretty common trick, but these women definitely get points for their fun name: the Notorious Nipple Gang.