Monday, December 8, 2008

Oh no...the police!

So, the other day I got pulled over by the police for talking on my cell phone while driving. Technically, I was not operating a vehicle, though-- I was at a stop light, and I put my car in park while I left Husband a voicemail message on his cell. By the way, it is illegal to talk on the phone while driving in Japan.

So, I heard the sirens, and I saw the police officer on his motorcycle. He came up to my driver's side window and motioned for me to pull over. I did as I was asked. I rolled down the window, and he started yelling at me in Japanese. I let him yell for a few seconds, and then I yelled back, "Wakarimasen, wakarimasen!" (That means I don't understand, I don't understand.) Then, he lowered his voice and said, "May I see your license, please." I handed him my Japanese driver's license, my pass port, my Texas driver's license and whatever other ID card I had in my wallet. I think I even gave him my old library card. I was really nervous and didn't want a ticket.

This was our conversation:

"You please no talk on phone while you drive, okay?" he said, unsure of himself.

"Gomenasai, gomenasai," I yelled. (That means I'm sorry, I'm sorry.)

"No talk while driving, okay," he said again in broken English.

"Technically, sir, I wasn't driving...I was stopped with my car in park," I replied.

"No talk while driving, huh?" he said again a little louder.

"But, technically, I wasn't driving and talking...I was stopped," I said again.

"You no talk on phone in car!" he yelled at me. I could tell he was getting annoyed with me.

"Okay, okay, sumimasen, gomenasai, gomenasai!" I yelled back, hoping he wouldn't give me a ticket. (I said Excuse me, I'm sorry, I'm sorry!)

He looked at my IDs and looked at me. I smiled my cheesiest smile and tried to look pathetic.

"Oh, you American from Texas...I don't want talk on phone in car, okay?" he said.

"Yes, I'm gaijin from Texas, Yeehaw!" I replied. (Gaijin means foreigner- kinda like alien.)

He smiled and said, "No ticket, just talk on phone, okay?"

"Okay, okay, arigato goizai mas!" I replied. (That means thank you very much.)

He handed me back my IDs and went on his way. My heart was racing. I was so scared I was going to get a ticket. But, even in my scared state of mind, I still wanted to let him know that I technically wasn't driving and talking on a cell phone. I was parked at a light.

When I came home, I told Husband what had happened. He got mad at me for using my phone while driving. Then, I had to explain to him that I technically wasn't operating my vehicle--I was parked at a light. He didn't want to argue with me, either. He just told me not to do it again.

But, I still don't think I did anything wrong!

Just another day in Weenie's World!

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