Episode #38: “Riddle Me This”, from True’s 22 February 2009 issue.
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Riddle Me This
Walsh Ian Nichols, 21, was “patrolling” on his motorcycle in Tampa, Fla., when the police told him he was breaking the law because he was wearing a mask. A Batman mask, which went with his costume. “It was a dark day for the Dark Knight,” he said in a court filing, “as he was subsequently placed under arrest for wearing a hood on a public street.” Nichols had been warned before that wearing a mask is against state law, and when officers saw him wearing it again, he was taken into custody. Nichols says he has had trouble lately in the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa. “Every time I go down there, me and my friends get dirty looks,” he said. Friends? “Meaning, my friend that dresses like Robin,” he explained. Hillsborough County Judge John Conrad dismissed the charges, and ordered Tampa police to return Nichols’ mask. (Tampa Tribune) …It could be worse. He could be some kind of joker.
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