Pagi ini.

“You are not allowed to park there, Maam”
“I am not parking. I just stop for couple of minutes to drop my daughter’s bag”
“But, still you can’t stop there. That is a bikecycle path and pedestrian access. I dont have the authority in there”

Si ibu tetap maksa. Saya ndak bisa apa-apa. Aturan utama: dont argue with the parents. Saya agak khawatir, si mas John, ranger-nya areal sini datang. Ibu itu akan kena denda. 100 dollar. Tanpa ampun. Ranger itu semacam satpol pp kalau di Indonesia, tapi punya kuasa luar biasa.

Bilangnya couple of minutes, udah lima menit. Beneran si John datang. Liat mobil besar nangkring di akses utk sepeda (padahal udah ada rambu larangannya), tanpa ba bi bu,”

“Morning mate, where is the driver?”
“Morning John, she said she will be back shortly. I told her already..”
“Not your fault, mate. You did your job. They just dont listen..”

Srat sret, discan pake traffic meter. Print out surat denda, taruh di kaca. Terus dia pergi. Tanpa senyum. Selalu.

Baru saja si John menghilang datang si Ibu. Lihat ada kertas kiwir-kiwir di kaca depan, saya lihat mukanya agak marah.

“What? Its only couple of minutes. This is not fair. Why you did not tell me?”

Sambil mandangin saya. Saya senyum kecut. Dia pergi sambil ngomel-ngomel. Mobilnya dikebut.

Cuk, kok dadi salahku saiki?

#baladatrafficwarden

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