We love this story: A pair of cops went "undercover" as gay men and snuggled in Union Square - and ended up arresting a gay-basher. The incident occured Monday afternoon, which seems odd as there are so many people around, but we suppose the truly stupid are everyone all the time. The Post has the details:

The cops, a sergeant and a police officer assigned to the Transit Borough Manhattan Task Force, were perched on a bench like lovebirds, with the sergeant's arm wrapped around his subordinate's shoulder, authorities said.

[Tyrone] George approached them, screamed that he hated "homos," told them to get out of his park, called them "faggots" and gave the sergeant the middle finger, according to a Criminal Court complaint.

Minutes later, George circled back and continued his anti-gay rant, threatened to assault them and spat on the sergeant's foot, authorities said.

With that, the cops arrested George, who struggled and said he didn't want "faggots touching him," court papers state.

It's riveting how dumb people are. Anyway, the police were stationed there to "curb park violence from gangs and students from nearby Washington Irving HS as well as crime at the Union Square subway station." Eep.

Photograph of the Union Square Pillow Fight, a much happier time, by bbbustard on Flickr