Asking for I.D.

Asking for I.D. - February 28, 2004
A foreign reader informs us of an odd occurrence. About a month ago near Asok Skytrain Station an Asian person (perhaps Middle Eastern) wearing normal clothes drove up on a motorcycle. He claimed with much seriousness that he was a police officer and asked to see the foreigner's I.D. The foreigner refused and instead insisted on seeing the 'officer's' ID The 'officer' quickly backed down and said it was ok because the foreigner seemed to be Russian anyway (!) and then sped away. Our reader speculates that the astronomical price of fake traveling papers (caused by a worldwide crackdown on false documents) has caused crime syndicates to attempt new ways to get their hands on passports.
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