A friend of mine texted me this evening and asked “do they really do this!?!“
Yep. Yes, indeed, they do.
I couldn’t decide whether or not it was funny. I did feel totally bad for the dude who ended up getting basically harassed by the cops. Can’t blame anyone in the situation. But the moral of the story (aside from always carrying a paper clip) is to not try to hide the damn thing. I might suggest throwing it into traffic.
Although someone else suggested using an earring! Brilliant!!!