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You’re Under Arrest! June 11, 2008 (JRS)


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Last night was the first time that either Jason or I had to bribe a
police officer.  The manager at our hotel suggested a taxi to avoid scams if we were at dinner/out after dark.  So, we took a taxi, like we had done before.  We were pulled over by a police baracade and “arrested” for “refusing to wear our seatbelt”.  You should know here that our driver wasn’t wearing one, and in the past week, noone had mentioned a seatbelt law.  After 10 minutes of discussions with 2 very aggressive police officers, we finally got away for 1300 shillings (around $20) - although they started the bidding at 10000 shillings each.  We met some people today who were hit by the same corrupt police for about $70.  We also learned that the “fine” for the new law is 100 shillings (about $1.50).  We thought about whether or not we should have insisted on them “arresting” us, but you never really know what kind of situation that could have gotten us into.  Most likely, they would have let us go, but perhaps they would have slapped other violations on us, such as resisting arrest or badgering an officer, or who knows what else.  It was definitely a scary experience, especially since we were dealing with real policemen and not some common street thugs.  But, our book had prepared us for such a situation, so we were able to remain reasonably calm and made it through with $20 less, but one more story…

-JRS

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