I came across this: Papers Please: Arrested at Circuit City for refusing to show ID, receipt on boingboing. There is the usual heated debate. Someone named Michael wrote, in part, the following (comment #79):
What I really don't get is the level of emotion in the people telling him he's in the wrong for making an issue of it. It's beyond weird and right into scary. I think there are two components. First,I'm pretty sure a lot of it is fame envy ("Why, I could do that, but nobody pays attention to me!"). Second, some of it is the need to clap real hard and pretend excessive authoritarianism in America does not exist. Ipso facto, every abuse of power must be non-abuse if we look hard enough, if you're following me here. Because otherwise we'd have to admit we have a problem. And that might turn us into liberals -- and by extension, homosexual wimps who are crying for foreign domination. Or something. It's always a little scary trying to fathom the authoritarian mind.