Most intimidating police uniforms
But if the men responsible wore a uniform which was pastel, rather than navy, would that soften the blow?
The Border and Immigration Agency, in its Review of Family Removals, has suggested it might.
The team determined that seeing a hoodie triggered a negative response in participants, as measured by a change in reaction time.
Immigration officers should wear uniforms with "softer colours" when deporting families, says a Home Office review. Being forcibly thrown out of the UK as a child would be a deeply traumatic experience, whatever the crime of your parents.
This bias was later confirmed in two more experiments that showed a clear association between wearing a police-like uniform and having a bias towards those of perceived lower socioeconomic classes.