Originally Posted by garrobito
..just to finish my inputs on this matter.. there are no difference between the police who ask for a bribe and the guy who paid for it...
Both are corrupt guys tried not do the right thing..
Plenty of young, ignorant and scared young folks have been shaken down in Mexico
(and lots of other places, including myself as a 16 year old in Chicago) by police and other officials. The on the spot decision to knuckle under and pay up, rather than face unknown perils is not corrupt, but an understandable choice. Far from being corrupt, this is a reasonable response to an unreasonable position.
You have depicted yourself as a traveling superhero. Perhaps you have never been placed in a position where the consequences of refusing to pay were so severe as to threaten your freedom or your life, but others have. I can't fault the victim in such cases as you, from a position of moral superiority, want to do.