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Stop Means Stop!

From time to time, we can hear the police pulling people over outside our residence. It gives us a big grin. One of the things they say, in English, is:

“Hey Buddy! Pull over!”

And the other thing they say is:

“Stop means STOP!”

We hear these two phrases over and over, so it must be part of their training.

January 22, 2008 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Community, Crime, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Social Issues


  1. eeeehhhhh *yawn* not from you of course

    Comment by chikapappi | January 22, 2008 | Reply

  2. Which part of Kuwait is that in?

    Comment by Amu | January 22, 2008 | Reply

  3. I could never understand what they are saying 😀
    Too funny !

    Comment by Nicole | January 22, 2008 | Reply

  4. hehe they actually say “hey buddy, pull over” ?

    Comment by Fonzy | January 22, 2008 | Reply

  5. LOOOOOOOOOOOL! ya3ni STOP means RUN mathalaan? akeed stop means stop LOL, shara6watna etha7koon =/

    Comment by Outkasty | January 22, 2008 | Reply

  6. Not from me, Chicki? Training? what?

    Amu – I am betting they get the same training in every part of Kuwait! They have traffic stops in front of our house from time to time.

    Nicole – One time – not here – I had a cop on a loudspeaker telling me “slow down! slow down!” and I was so busy talking to my friend I didn’t notice until he got right next to us and blasted us. I was SO embarrassed.

    Fonzy, they do! It is said very nicely.


    Comment by intlxpatr | January 22, 2008 | Reply

  7. lol reminds me of my israeli friend’s pigeon arabic that they learned during their basic training. its stuff like stop, turn around, show me your ID,… but his accent was so bad that i didnt understand a word, and it explained all the tensions at the checkpoints.

    Comment by sknkwrkz | January 22, 2008 | Reply

  8. Hey Skunk! Yeh, AdventureMan and I were trying to learn some Swahili, and the tapes we had had sections like “Put your hands in the air” and “drop your weapon.” LLLOOLLLLL

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 23, 2008 | Reply

  9. Why waste time in training them when it’s no use anyway? A single shot in the air would suffice. >:)

    Once I was so spaced out I had a cop literally chasing me for about a couple of miles before he could overtake me & slam on the brakes lol..I felt stupid.

    Comment by Я. | January 23, 2008 | Reply

  10. A couple of miles?? Я., you were lucky not to be jailed! Or were you?

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 24, 2008 | Reply

  11. I’m amazed they can speak in English, not proper phrases but at least they try. 😛

    Comment by MacaholiQ8 | January 26, 2008 | Reply

  12. They speak in English to me all the time. At the traffic stops, they say “Go! Go! Go!” 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 26, 2008 | Reply

  13. Stob now, ya intlxpatr! You are bringing the house down with your stobbing antics 🙂

    Whenever you hear a copper say that to you in Q8, rest assured; they will want to make you sob.

    ” Pull over buddy,” did I hear you say? That sounds so like a gay pickup line.

    Jokes apart, it is petrifying for someone not knowing Arabic to have the traffic police scream into their loud speakers asking motorists to comply with whatever it is the cops want them to do.

    Comment by frozen | January 28, 2008 | Reply

  14. Stob! Stob! Beautiful Liar, you’re killing me! LLLOOOLLLLLLLLL

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 28, 2008 | Reply

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