A Vancouver cop went undercover as disabled to catch bad guys. His plan had one crucial flaw.

A Vancouver cop went undercover as disabled to catch bad guys. His plan had one crucial flaw.
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An undercover police operation didn't work, because Canadians were being too nice. 

Earlier this year in Vancouver, Canada, there were some horrifying instances of disabled people in wheelchairs getting beaten up and mugged. To catch the criminals, the Vancouver Police Department hatched a plan. The Ottawa Citizen described the idea:

Working with other VPD members, peer support workers and rehabilitation specialists, [Vancouver Police staff sergeant Mark] Horsley hatched a cunning scheme. He borrowed a $16,000 electric-powered wheelchair, grew some facial hair and wheeled into the DTES, undercover.

Hosley, equipped with a wheelchair and disguise, tried to "bait criminals by flashing cash and valuables, such as cellphones and cameras." 

Instead of meeting robbers and beligerents, "people approached with offers of sympathy and hope. Encouragement. Friendly cautions. They made unsolicited donations: food, other stuff, and $24 in spare change." 

It's probably the only case in which people were disappointed that they weren't robbed. Way to be so nice that you ruin the operation, Canada. Americans probably would have taken the bait. 

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