No one had ordered strippers for the 30th birthday party - but the two policemen who arrived after midnight to quiet the raucous celebration found themselves greeted by a round of rowdy applause.
Female partygoers in western Germany mistook the real-life officers for fake ones who entertain parties by peeling off their not-so-official uniforms.
Police spokesman Bernd Hoffmann said Monday the case of mistaken identity took place in Simmern, west of Frankfurt, after neighbors called to complain about the noise.
The two officers arrived about 12:45 a.m. Sunday. The partygoers had not ordered strippers, but thought someone had sent them as a birthday surprise.
"It took them a while to realize they were real police officers," Hoffmann said. "It was a bit funny for all sides."