This is just too much.
The Gothamist reports:
After reading a NY Times story on Kiryas Joel, the Orange County town that’s home base for the Ultra-Orthodox Satmar Hasidic Jews, a few non-Orthodox friends from Manhattan decided to pay the town a visit. Earlier this month they took a train to the nearest station and hiked five miles to the town, where they started snapping photos of some of the sights and attractions—like the air-conditioned bus stop! But it seems the locals don’t take to kindly to Goy outsiders, and soon enough a private security force pulled up demanding identification. On Reddit, John Zwinck, a software engineer who lives in midtown Manhattan, describes how the situation quickly escalated:
The article goes into more detail and is worth reading.
Of course, there is no law on the books that says you must fork over an ID to anyone if you aren’t driving a vehicle. And in the States that do require a person to identify themselves to the police, an ID card is not necessary.
I might add that the US Constitution makes it clear that those accused of a crime do not have to provide any information to the police what-so-ever.
No person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Bearing witness against oneself starts the moment the police ask you your name.