See that's why I found it surprising. I've heard the Vistani criticism and can definitely see the comparison people have an issue with. It's hard to defend it when the setting they're used in is basically Eastern Europe where the Romani are from to make the whole thing worse. I don't really see a connection with kender since their thievery isn't driven by greed which doesn't really fit the Romani stereotype imo.They're primarily wanderers who "handle" (steal) things. That's actually the only connection to the (bigoted myths about) Romani. They don't otherwise have anything in common with them--not like the Vistani, who were deliberately made to be Romani knock-offs.