This happened when I was still in Shimoga. It was study holidays and I, as usual, was at my friend’s home watching The Vampire Diaries. We both had recently started watching the show and were hooked to it. After watching continuously for 5 hours, we decided to go out and get some fresh air.
She had recently bought a Dio and was crazy about it. Any chance to go out, she would ride her Dio. She didn’t have a driving licence but that never stopped her from driving. Her luck was so good, she always got away somehow. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the case that day. We were stopped by two policemen on our way to the Pani Puri stall. Now, if she had let me drive as I had suggested, we could have got away easily. But she didn’t. And to make matters worse, she started stringing together lie after lie to get away.
“Show me your licence” the police asked. He was speaking in Kannada. But Madam had decided to make matters worse. So she told “I live in Bangalore. I don’t have my licence with me” she faked an accent and spoke in English to make it sound more convincing. It was such a facepalm moment for me. The police wasn’t a fool either. I bet he had seen hundreds like her. “Living in Bangalore doesn’t mean you should forget your licence there. You shouldn’t ride here if you don’t have licence” he said. “But sir, I do have licence. It is just that I forgot to bring it” the idiot argued. But the police wasn’t going to budge. “You pay the fine and you go. Forgetting it was your fault” he said like he meant it.
But my friend didn’t give up. Apparently her brother had a friend who worked in RTO and she believed he could rescue us. You would think we could have just paid the fine. But the thing was, except for the 50 bucks we carried to eat Panipuri, we didn’t have anything! So she called her brother, took his friend’s number, called him and had him speak to the police. But the policeman was a tough guy. I guess he had vowed not to let us go. No amount of pleas could convince him and the RTO guy gave up. “Sorry Sunidhi. I tried” he said before hanging up on her. We were on our own again!
Just as we were contemplating the possibilities of escaping without the police noticing us, help arrived in Sunidhi’s neighbour’s form. He saw us standing there and asked what the matter was. When we explained it to him, he went straight to the policeman and spoke to him. “Sunidhi lives near my home sir. Maybe she has forgot to get her licence but she is a very good girl. Please let her go” he requested and even paid the fine. Sure enough, the policeman let us go, but not before saying “I didn’t know Bangalore had been shifted to Shimoga”
I so wish I had taken a picture of my friend at that moment. It would have worked wonders when getting things done from her. We looked around to make sure nobody we knew was nearby and went home straight. Panipuri could wait for another day. The only good thing from that incident was, she applied for driving licence 😀
[Name of the friend changed because I value my dear life too much]
Have you got into such situations? What did you do? Let me know in the comments below.