Yesterday around 6 pm, i was driving on the Jal el Dib highway then went left under the bridge to withdraw money from a nearby ATM. I was on the phone when a police officer jumps in front of me from no where and asks me to pull over. I swear i could have hit him if i wasn’t going slow.
Here’s how the discussion went:
Police Officer: You know you cannot talk on the phone while driving, it is against the law.
Me: I know but i just picked up the phone and am parking over there (pointing at the nearby Bank Audi ATM in Jal el Dib).
Police Officer: It doesn’t matter, you broke the law and i have to penalize you. Please give me your papers.
Me: Here you go.
Police Officer: So you are Najib.
Me (telling myself Dah): Yes
Police Officer: So as i was telling you, i have to write you a ticket for talking on the phone while driving.
Me: Ma badda hal2ad, i was just gonna park over there. I’ve received already two tickets that i didn’t deserve. Just let me go.
Police Officer: I am not sure i can. It is the law, but i can make you a favor. I will write you down the ticket and you can pay it without handing me your driving license.
(So basically, he wants a bribe)
Me: No it is ok, just go ahead and do it the legal way, i don’t mind. Do it as it should be done.
Police Officer: Hmm you know what, you seem in a hurry, i will let you go this time.
So i just left without getting a ticket but imagine how many people are actually bribing him and the money he makes in one day, even though i sense the police officer in question was not even allowed to issue tickets, if he was a real police officer at all!
That’s when you should’ve asked for HIS papers, and called in the entire incident. That would’ve taught him something…
You know it did occur to me that i should do that but i was a bit in a hurry and i didn’t feel like arguing with him.
Isn’t it still illegal to talk on your phone while driving? Even if you’re a minute away from your destination?
It is and i never claimed he was wrong about that. I just asked him to let me go if possible and instead he wanted a bribe.
Thanks for reporting this–dialogues with darak are always entertaining! To Fadi: how does one go about asking for a darak’s papers? Would you ask for his badge number? Do you think they would actually give it up?