One of the funniest things that happened to us occurred when we walked by the police station. A truck with bars over the windows chock full of prisoners was backing out of the jail. People could barely move, but somehow they got their hands between the bars and began waving and yelling, "hello" and, "Where you from?".
People love to engage with foreigners and it seems that the impending doom of going to prison was not going to prevent people from making new friends.