Haggling with Cops
Krish Ashok has an interesting post on games Chennaiites play. Game three, the usual cop and biker haggling is something which I’ve observed close hand.
Some time back, my friend came to Chennai from Bangalore on his bullet. The bike being registered in Bangalore had a Karnataka registration.
While driving round the city, mid afternoon, a cop catches him.
Cop: Vandi Niruthu, KA registration, NOC kattu
Friend: NOC illai, naan iniku morning dhaan vandhan
Cop: Compulsory-a NOC podanum
Friend: Rendu Naaluku ellam poda mudiyathu. Amma appa pakka vara koodathu nu sollerangala? Avanga deivam madri, avanga pakka varathuku NOC podanum na varathu kastam. Adhuku melai, neenga ellam vandi pudikerangala? Madras-Bangalore highway la daily evloav vandi AP, KA registration oda varuthu? Avan ellam NOC podarana?
Cop: Seri Seri, Annan rumba nerama veiyal la nikkaren, Thambi edhavathu seingittu po.
(My friend gave him 10 rupees and went away)
Another friend had an even more interesting experience at 7 am in the morning.
Its 6.45 am, and my friend jumps the Kaliappa Hospital Signal on Ra Puram First Main road. Its early in the morning and is hardly any traffic. Jumping signals is the usual practice in Chennai, its done after 9.45 pm in the evening and till traffic density increases in the evenings.
As luck would have it, there is a constable on duty, who catches my friend.
Cop: Red la edhuku vandhai? Compulsory fine kattanum
Friend: Saar, kalan karthalai saar, traffic illai saar, adhunala dhaan
Cop: Seri paper ellam irukka?
Friend: Irukku saar,
Cop: Seri pocket la evloav irukku?
Friend: Saar avasaram saar, purse illai, kasu illai.
Cop: Seri, naan verum vairu oda nikkeran, andha tea kadai la poi, oru tea rendu vadai vangi kuduthutu po.
My friend being intelligent, forced the tea stall guy into giving a tea and two vadais for free.
NOTE: In both cases, the Cops are constables therefore they have a reluctance to note the number down and then issue notices, since they wont get any money.