A homeowners association in the Washington, D.C. suburbs was having a terrible problem with litter near some of the association's homes. The reason was that six very large, luxurious new houses were being built right next to their community.
The trash was coming from the Mexican laborers working at the construction sites and included bags from McDonalds, Burger King, and 7-11 and included coffee cups, napkins, cigarette butts, coke cans, empty bottles, etc.
They went to see the site supervisor and even the general contractor, politely urging them to get their workers not to litter the neighborhood, to no avail. They called the city, county, and police and got no help from them either.
So here's what the community did. They organized about twenty folks, named themselves The "Inner Neighborhood Services" group, and arranged to go out at lunch time and "police" the trash themselves. It is what they did while picking up the trash that is so hilarious.
They bought navy blue baseball caps and had the initials "INS" embroidered in gold on the caps. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand what they hoped people might mistakenly think the letters really stood for.
After the Inner Neightborhood Services group's first lunchtime pickup detail, with all of them wearing their caps and some carrying cameras, 46 out of the total of 68 construction workers did not show up for work the next morning and haven't come back yet.
It has been ten days now. The General Contractor is madder than hell but can't say anything publicly because he could be busted for hiring illegal aliens.
The homeowners association can't be accused of impersonating federal personnel because they have the official name of the group recorded in their association minutes along with a notation about the vote to approve formation of the new subcommittee. And besides, they informed the INS in advance of their plans who basically said, "Have at it"!
Gee, it almost seems...unfair, doesn't it?