Here's an odd anecdote. TPMm Reader RC, a close friend of the author, writes:
Last year I was hailing a cab from the Capitol late in the afternoon and a black sedan pulled up and offered to take me wherever for whatever I usually pay. I said I didn't trust him and he said I should trust him because he worked for DHS (!), so I took the ride. I bet that was Shirlington.
As a postscript, RC adds:
After I was in the car and we were on our way, I was asking the guy how I could be sure he didn't want to rob me. He said he could tell by the look of me that I was the type that went to the ATM every few days and rarely carried more than $50 in cash, so robbing me wouldn't be worth it to him. (This being how I could be sure he didn't want to rob me!)
He *did* say his company had a contract with DHS (rather than working directly for the agency).
Anybody else have an experience like this?