The reason these tales are so disturbing to me is the fact that I would go from my usual state of BM nirvana/peace/love/highness/giving (WHY I ATTEND THE EVENT) to absolutely fucking USPS ballistic if some DPW fuckwad or anyone on the playa tried for even a split second to pull some fake authority trip on me and take my shit as a "prank." I would be exponentially more volatile if I saw the same happening to someone younger/less assertive than me, more baked than me, a nube, and/or someone smaller/meeker etc. Needless to say perhaps, but I do not want to be furious and/or arrested for pwning some idiot/s during my Burn!! (assuming I don't get pwned myself in the process
Alas... a solution?
One viable one would be to add a short para. to the Survival Guide near the "moop" section specifically explaining that anyone demanding relinquishment of any legal items: glow sticks, blinky's, beer, buttplugs etc etc (especially anyone flashing badges... any badges, demanding such stuff..) is impersonating a LEO on federal land and should be ignored AFTER BEING PHOTOGRAPHED by the intended victim and/or their friends, and ultimately reported to the Rangers at the soonest opportunity. The nubes deserve some guidance/warning here.
In foreign cities where "fake police" prey on tourists by flashing badges to scam your $/wallet/bag (such as Isfahan, Iran, or sections of Bangkok) tourist/expat hotels post this info in the lobby--including the photograph suggestion due to the global proliferation of cell phone cams and digital cams--basically ordering you to ignore anyone but a unniformed officer, and listing the bullshit scenarios/lines tourists might hear from cop poseurs... all a sure sign that they are full of shit. The photos help bust the perps, and/or humiliate them as they join the ranks of losers on the Wall of Shame.