To prepare for our move to Thailand, I need to apply for a Criminal Clearance Record. We were advised to do this as soon as possible, either in our current home or our country of origin. Given my lack of understanding of all things beaurocratic here in Malaysia (basically everything requires a chop (stamp), the costs of which vary by some unknown law), I’m opting to apply for mine from the State of Connecticut, which is officially a Letter of Good Conduct. Fancy. Now, obviously I expect all of this go quite smoothly, although I have had one very, very slight brush with the law.
The year after I graduated university, and was working as a Property Manager in Farmington, CT, I accidentally (and very gently, I might add) rear-ended the car in front of me at the stop sign just outside my old (and absolutely beautiful apartment) in Manchester. The guy in front of me had completely stopped, and then started to drive away, so I took my foot off the brake (I did not step on the gas). At the same time, he slammed on his brake and I bumped him. In the US if you rear-end someone it’s your fault, no matter how it happened so I freaked out a little bit.
The driver of the other car was Eastern European (I am not making any generalizations here, but he wasn’t a very good representative for his part of the world) and he did not want me to call the cops or my insurance company. Pretty soon after I started talking to him I figured out it was a scam and he was just looking for some (probably young, impressionable) American to pay him off. He kept claiming that my insurance would go way up if I called in the accident and that I was better off just giving him $500 or something crazy (there were no scratches or dents). So, being a complete goody goody (and now kind of scared of this strange man), I called the cops and the insurance company. The cops had a few questions and then told me not to pay him any money at all, to get 3 quotes for the non-existent scratches, and pay the repair shop directly.
The guy ended up calling my house every day for weeks trying to get me to give him money. Finally I called the cops myself in an attempt to get him to stop calling me. I never paid him a cent, he never sent me a bill, he just disappeared. It was totally bizarre. And the insurance company didn’t raise my bill at all. So there, Mr. Eastern European scam artist.
Then, of course I have a speeding ticket or two, but that’s about it. Let’s hope this all adds up to a clean criminal record.
Have you had any brushes with the law?