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Khmer Police

My first bribe

sunny 34 °C

After a nice drive in Sihanouk's countryside, I head back to the guesthouse. To get there I need to go thru downtown, so Driving the best I can, I stop at the first red lights. We were 3 of us 1 car and 2 tourist on a moped. Red turns to green and we set off , 100m later the police stops me and the other moped.

We stop, talk a bit, laugh and smile with them, until they ask us for a driving license (None of us had one), Then the other police guy asks us for 15$ each.

We laugh and haggle a bit and get it down to 4$ each.

So there you have it 5 minutes and 4$ later I set off back to the guesthouse only a block away.

When I told the story to the barman he laughed his head off. - "Just tell them you come from this guesthouse and they will leave you alone"

The owner of the guesthouse is high up in the policeforce, just the name of the guesthouse and the rental receipt suffice to get you off the hook.

Lesson learned.

See you soon.

Posted by PeterError 02:04 Archived in Cambodia

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