Last night, I was stopped by police. I don't know what it is, but I always seemed to get targeted. I was on my way to pick up a friend of mine and about to get on Avenida John F. Kennedy, when I came across a checkpoint. Usually I just keep on driving, but this time they were in the streets with big guns, so I thought it best to stop.
I know what this is about. A little money. There were 4 of them who surrounded my car. I had a friend with me from the States who is Puerto Rican. I gave them all my papers and was trying to remain calm. Unfortunately, there was one who was feeling "it." He wanted to know why I didn't have a Dominican driver's license. He was feeling like this was a "a ha" moment. I started to get upset, but still trying to keep my composure.
Then, one of other police officers breaks in to calm things down. I'm telling them to take me to the police station so that I can call the embassy, yada, yada, yada. Basically talking shit. He told me that wouldn't be necessary and everything was okay and I was free to go. I thanked him, and shook his hand. Before I left, I called him back over and gave him a $20 bill (well, he was cute!). He was shocked, and asked me for my phone number. I then took his.
I then proceeded to go to play pool with some friends. He called and asked what I was doing. i told him where I was, and he just showed up. We talked for a couple of hours and are meeting for lunch today.
I love the police, as long as they are not pulling me over trying to get money from me. LOL!