Originally Posted by anglooff
Don't pay bribes you will piss off more officials than you please. You will certainly piss off the next cruiser who arrives with all his paperwork in order.
As I stated before the only time I was ever "threatened" for a bribe was in a communist country. Every other time the officials were polite, friendly,...and slow. If I wanted them to finish today, after a quick look around they suggested it might go quicker with an extra fee. Totally my choice.
Another time I got a speeding ticket, was I speeding? Yes. No problem; go to the police station and wait in a 3rd world jail until a judge shows up the next monday to negotiate my fine... Or for $40 US cash payable now, (20 years ago prices may have gone up), the nice police officer can wave me on with a polite warning.
Are all 3rd world dictatorships corrupt, no. Nor are all the officials in those that are. Just be prepared that things are done differently in different countries. Be flexible, get local knowledge. And politeness and a little available cash will get you out of most situations. Or you can file a case with a higher up, and wait in jail for the outcome.