Katherine Zoepf of the NY Times goes out driving one evening with group of teenage boys in Saudi Arabia hoping to get phone numbers of girls in cars.
A phone number written out on a piece of cardboard is "the classic approach," Fahad said, but most of the time he and his friends use Bluetooth to try to send their phone numbers directly to the cell phones of girls in the vicinity. Usually this means chasing cars containing women, but sometimes Fahad and his friends drive past the entrances of shopping malls where women wait for their drivers. It's not easy to tell which of the black-shrouded shapes might be young women, Fahad admitted, but there are a few tricks.
"You look at the style of the abaya, the way she holds her bag," Fahad explained. "See that one there, how thin she is, and how carefully she's covered up her face?"
He pointed out a slight figure with a pastel handbag. Sure enough, a pair of girlish-looking sneakers were just visible beneath the hem of her abaya.
"I'd say that maybe 3 out of 10 nights of numbering,we have some success," Fahad explained.
"You mean that 3 out of 10 nights you get a girl to talk to you?" I asked.
"No, no," Fahad laughed. "Maybe 3 out of 10 nights we get one phone number. Getting a girl to actually talk to you on the phone is much rarer. But it happens, so we're always hoping."