I got pulled over by a cop* yesterday for having my car windows tinted, yes it's illegal here.
My car, a black sedan, has tinting on all four windows but the tinting is not dark at all. It's the lightest shade of tint available. But it's still illegal.
I've had it tinted since last summer when I had nausea problems and was getting extremely carsick during the day.
The darker windows somewhat helped the nausea and are a relief in the summer when it's a million degrees out.
Anyhoooo, so I get pulled over by a cop on a highway as I'm going about 10 km's above the speed limit but so was everyone else.
The cop walks up to my window to tell me that my tinting is illegal.
"I know but honestly it's not even dark," I tell him as I pull my window up to prove how light the tinting is.
"I know it's light but it's illegal," he says.
"Bes wallah, Allah la yableek, I can't handle the sun," I say, which I realize as the words come out that I sound like the Kuwait's biggest dalooo3a ditz,
"like medical concerns not dala3."
"If that's the case you should get a permit," he says.
"I tried the black window sun shades, but they blocked my side mirrors,"
" which ones...the ______ (insert word I didn't recognize).."
"oh, is that what they're called?..I just call them malooot imwa3ad.." (the ones used for dating) HOW INAPPROPRIATE! I can't believe I said that...
"Eee..."he says with a chuckle, "bes tarra it's illegal and I should give you a ticket but I won't...at least tint your back windows and keep the front ones clear"
"why would I do that? I drive from the front seat :/"
"I saw you driving past and I was surprised, a girl driving a tinted car...and you look respectable... ya3ni madree...3aib"
Then he adds, "darb ilsalama yuba...tuwakalay 3la Allah and take the tinting off." And he walks away.
* The cop wasn't a shady guy at all. I've dealt with a LOT of cops in the past, for many reasons including some work-related, and I can tell a decent cop from a sleaze-ball (most of the time).
This guy seemed more amused by/concerned for me, than bored/looking for a good time. And he's not in the picture above.