You may have heard that New York City is in the middle of a sort of biking war, with pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers arguing over who has the right to the roads — you know, the kind of ridiculous thing people get really into when they have too much time on their hands. But I think all sides involved would agree that this story is insane: Dutch tourist Jasmijn Rijcken was pulled over by a New York City police officer last week for wearing a skirt. But he had a really good reason:
"He said it's very disturbing, and it's distracting the cars and it's dangerous," Rijcken told the Daily News. "I thought he was joking around but he got angry and asked me for ID."
Rijcken, 31, was not given a ticket during the May 3 incident, and did not get the officer's name, but was left feeling baffled.
So, what kind of Pussycat Doll get-up was Rijcken wearing? Shield your eyes, those of you with sensitive constitutions:
The NYPD is going on the defensive, saying that there's no way they can tell if her story has any merit without the officer's name and his side of the story. (Which is valid enough.) But this story is just weird. On the one hand, it would not shock me even a little if her report was 100% true — no matter what the laws on the books say, women still get hassled for what they are or aren't wearing in this city. On the other, Rijcken is the manager of a biking company, which is quite a coincidence, and I bet we're all getting a great look at her company's product in that photo. And in the end, this is the kind of thing that's hard to prove either way.