Regular readers will understand why I would quit Goldblog in order to do this:
When hate crimes strike the Dutch capital, the police officers head to the costume store. Amsterdam's law enforcement regularly disguises themselves as members of a persecuted faction, patrols the streets incognito, and then arrests any violent perpetrators they encounter. In response to a spike in muggings, officers posed as pensioners and "grannies"; to combat harassment of the homosexual community, officers of the same sex acted affectionate in public. Now Dutch police will go undercover again -- this time with the earlocks and black top-hats of ultra-orthodox Jews.
I have to imagine this would be quite fun. Not the getting-mugged-by-anti-Semites part, but the dress-up part. I've always wanted to see what it would be like to walk around the streets (of New York, not Amsterdam, to be sure) dressed like a Hasid. For about an hour. Then it would be back to my usual disguise.
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