Friday, July 13, 2012

Leaving the Crime Scene

Haahaa, what a way to name a blog post. Is this post anything related to leaving a crime scene? May be you will find out end of this post.

When I came to US, the second immense worrying thing for me was, getting a drivers license. First one, obviously GC. Never had a doubt about whether I am going to stay here for the whole time or going back to India. People told me that it took some time for them to decide, what they are going to do with that. But I came here to US with the idea that whenever possible I will apply for GC, and I will try to get it as soon as possible. Here I know friends who worked in some Indian alias companies for 5 years, and after finding out they are not going to file GC for them, they move to a different company with lesser salary, lesser benefits but GC filling. There was some initial thinking for them like they will go back to India after three or four years. But they dont want to go back to India after all.There are lots of reasons for that, and I dont care about their reasons. So when people get to know about me that I want to settle down here with GC, that too after two months of staying in US - NO it didnt took two months for me to decide, it took two months for them to ask me about my opinion.

My opinion was RAW and sound, I am almost adamant about this too. So people think me crazy. One more thing happened in the same way. People who come here have to buy a car, there is no way in US you can manage without a car. So people after coming here start looking for cars, in craigslist and all the inventory of dealers and stuff like that. They look at you like a fool who is not looking for a car for sometime. But it took me about total two weeks of searching - for my kind it is tooooo much time - finding out my car. I got my BMW after trying out a new CR-V and a used CR-V, and I didnt had any car driving experience - you know I was a biker, who still like bikes and would like to buy one too. So all this things happened when I started learning car driving. I thought car driving is just an attitude, and I seriously thought I got one. After driving the bike for so long time and rode it like crazy I should at least not have any trouble with the road. And it turned out to be I absolutely dont have any trouble with the road.

Driving came to me very naturally I guess, hold on, let me come to the specifics about this post. As I want to keep it simple and sweet, I am not going to explain the entire stuff. But this is what happened, I was driving good in North Carolina, and once went to South Carolina - Myrtle Beach(around 200 miles), I never felt discomfort or something. So quickly planned for the bigger one, North Carolina to New York around 800 miles. It was quite good I reached New York safe and good and was traveling in from New Jersey to New York daily and I really enjoyed driving in New York. But this happened on a day when we almost done with 'Statue of Liberty' and a few places in New York and came back to New Jersey. Then I thought of going to Empire State building that night because I dont want to spend an other day going to Empire State building and I booked the express tickets so that we can go easily and come back. Because it was already 7.30 PM, when we tried to take my car from parking lot it happened. While taking reverse I made a mistake and hit one car, I know I hit something but it was very small. But still continued driving it out of the hotel, but as I know something is not correct I stopped in between to check how bad was the hit - around 200 meters to 400 meter from the hotel. There was a small mark in front of my car, I didnt know that I hit that car that bad. But still thought okay lets continue, then I made the mistake again. You know this happens so badly, when you make one mistake you tend to do it again, I drove in the ramp.

After I learned driving we used to say every time 'bleak bleak' for the sound of the cop car, as we take about traffic police in US. That day this 'bleak bleak' came from cop car behind me. I didnt know why that guy was following and asking me to stop. Because I dint know that I was driving in the ramp for the first instance. Then he stopped me and was asking me about why were you driving in the ramp! I should have said I am sorry I did it by mistake. But I didnt say that, because initially I didnt know why he was following and my mind started thinking like somebody called from the hotel and this guy came on running behind. So I wanted to be on the safer side I said I was checking my car, it looked like it has a scratch or something. Then the cop asked me how did you get that, there I should have said something else, and my wife was shouting from behind in Tamil - 'dont say you hit some car, say something else' but I said I hit a car and I am checking it. That guy got curious and immediately said lets go back to the hotel to see, how bad it was. He was already started asking 'why you left that place' - here I cant recollect what I said, but I was saying sorry but he kept on asking 'why you left that place' and getting angrier every minute. Then he seriously thought I hit somebody - person - so he asked me to drive back to hotel.

But after going back to hotel and check the car which I hit - which had minimal scratch, he was kind of cool down - looked little angry. Then he took my license and paperwork and went to the hotel to call the other car's owner. After 10 min., he came back with the owner. Owner looked at the car's scratch for sometime and then this guy discussing something with him. I could not hear clearly but he was saying to him that 'I was not lying to him at all' and was saying 'it is very minimal' and asked the other car owner whether he want to file a case against me. Here comes the title, 'Leaving a crime scene' case. Good that the other guy was not very much into this got 200 dollars from me for fixing the scratch. I got a ticket for careless driving with 95$ fine. Finally the cop left saying 'You should thank the other car owner, if he would want to file a case - leaving the crime scene - then, your license could have revoked and you would need to pay 4 - 5000 dollars as fine'. But nothing happened this badly and in the end I was just fine to drive back to New York.

Seriously some of friends already told me that, if I hit a car in the parking lot. Its better to talk to that person before it escalates to this level. But I learned the lesson in a harder way. Leaving a crime scene - man dont say that again.

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