This business with the hat is depressing. I got a really nice velvet Santa hat as a party gift, and I gave it to the African cab driver who took me home after the party. He's from Cote D'Ivoire -- talking about political messes and horrible standard of living -- and he grinned from ear to ear and put it on, saying it would help him get nice tips (which it most likely did). Now -- is this nice man going to be harassed or deprived of tips by the many Jewish and Muslim cab customers in New York?
Somehow, I doubt it. We're grateful to catch a cab at all at this time of year, and a cheerful cabbie in a good mood is so refreshing he will get a nice tip even if he's stark naked. They should send that kid here for a cultural relativity class.