Taking Bribes in America
Just a quick personal story: I took a bus across the Midwest yesterday. As I was waiting to load my bag into the baggage compartment, I saw the handler refuse to take on another passenger’s (large and heavy) suitcase, telling him “you’re not going anywhere today”.
Anyway, after everyone else’s bag had been loaded and we were waiting to board, I noticed the two men in conversation. After a brief discussion, money changed hands and the bag was loaded.
That’s the sort of thing I remember seeing from travels in sub-Saharan Africa. It’s not the kind of thing I expect to see in the US. I can’t exactly blame the handler though. He’s on minimum wage with no benefits, and probably has to buy his own work uniform. If I was in that situation I’d probably find ways to make a few bucks on the side too.