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Mai Pen Lai
My three favorite words in the Thai Langauge. Mai pen lai. Nevermind.
They spoke English pretty well, which could be a good thing or a bad thing really. He asked for my license, which of course I don't have. So I figured I'd just be honest and tell them, 'no license'. They didn't seem too concerned, and certianly weren't surprised. They asked if I saw the sign, and I figured I'd be honest again and just said, yeah, I saw it, but people were still driving down here anyway so I didn't think it was a big deal. They paused in thought for moment, and repeated the same question, and then told me several times I have to go around.
I've heard that the average price of a bribe in Thailand is 200 baht. Which is only like 5 dollars, but still, it could buy alot of food. So when the cop paused and thought for a moment, and came out with a 'mai pen lai', I was very happy. But, in order to get a bribe they have to threaten to take your bike or passport until you go and pay your ticket, and really, it was probably not such a big deal that they could have pulled that off without losing face.
But now I have to go down and around the block to get past what is a barely a couple hundred yards stretch of street to get where I'm going. Because I'd feel stupid if I got pulled over by the same cops again and did get a ticket for not having a license.