Asked bribe for ‘Tatkal train ticket’!

@Sreekala (23768)
India
May 27, 2017 7:15am CST
Dear friends, Now we have school vacation time, for the same reason, it is difficult to get train tickets for traveling. Usually we book tickets 3 or 4 months in advance for visiting our native place. If we need do go in an emergency the Indian railway provided an opportunity like ‘Tatkal ticket’ for that we have to pay extra money than the usual charges. This ticket is available one day prior to the traveling date Yesterday one of my friends decided to take ticket for today. Due to the rush, she stayed in the whole night at booking counter to get the ticket as first. (people take ticket this way, spending night at booking counter so that getting first or second position in the queue). She was in the second number and on giving the forms, the person who sat on the counter asked to her Rs. 500 extra for providing confirm ticket. She become upset and questioned his demand, we are already paying extra to railway then how he can ask money as bribe. The argument goes on by the time tickets gets over too. Luckily she recorded the conversation of asking money and she made a complaint there. To make the story short, they provided a normal ticket to her and told if it is not confirmed come to the next day they will provide her confirm ticket. She got many calls from railway officials asking sorry as this person’s habit of asking bribe is very famous among them. Today she got confirm ticket and she is leaving tomorrow. Asking bribe, is it usual in your country?
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@Nawsheen (22953)
• Mauritius
27 May 17
Well it happens up to the point that people bribe officials to get their driving licence
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@Sreekala (23768)
• India
28 May 17
It is ridiculous to ask bribe while booking ticket. This person has the habit of asking bribe to all. But this time he learnt a lesson
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@Nawsheen (22953)
• Mauritius
28 May 17
@Sreekala it is good. He learnt a good lesson. Govt officers can be corrupted at times
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@Sreekala (23768)
• India
29 May 17
@Nawsheen Yes dear, she got great respect after that and next day without standing in queue they provided confirm ticket for her. That means every officer has some fear on his/her reputation.
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@akp100 (13391)
• India
27 May 17
Well, it is quite usual here.Though things have been improve in compare to past. But I wonder if it can be completely erase.
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@Sreekala (23768)
• India
28 May 17
It can erase if every one ready to react like her. People just think about own convenience and ready to give money
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@akp100 (13391)
• India
29 May 17
@Sreekala True. Many people don't want to take any action if matter is not related with him. That's how it is going.
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@Sreekala (23768)
• India
29 May 17
@akp100 Exactly, if people ready to react then every officials will have some fear.
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@prashu228 (25530)
• India
27 May 17
Hmm, as we know that's common here. She did a very good thing in recording it.
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@Sreekala (23768)
• India
28 May 17
She smelled the danger quickly and recorded his voice which help her to lodge a complaint
@responsiveme (16871)
• India
27 May 17
Very good that she did it... Corrupt people should be caught
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@Sreekala (23768)
• India
28 May 17
Yes, she didn't slept in night and become frustrated on his demand
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@silvermist (20118)
• India
27 May 17
@Sreekala We all know this is common practice here.But I am glad other officials did not support their colleague.
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@Sreekala (23768)
• India
28 May 17
It created much problem and other officials give her a vip treatment to avoid further problems as she has proof with her asking bribe
@ridingbet (60860)
• Philippines
30 May 17
it is already 'normal' here. but in your story, was the man who bribed your friend, taken away from his job?
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@Sreekala (23768)
• India
30 May 17
No, he got warning and also informed him dire consequences will be on the way if he repeat this.
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@ridingbet (60860)
• Philippines
31 May 17
@Sreekala oh, so he received a verbal reprimand.
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@Sreekala (23768)
• India
31 May 17
@ridingbet Yes, hope he won't repeat the mistake.
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@ShifaLk (8539)
• India
29 May 17
What a shame! but did not that person get any punishment for that act?
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@Sreekala (23768)
• India
30 May 17
He got only warning. It is his habit actually and no one has the guts to complaint till. But this time he caught by his seniors and they warned him.
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@ShifaLk (8539)
• India
30 May 17
@Sreekala so bad of him
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@jstory07 (71407)
• Roseburg, Oregon
27 May 17
There are lots of places here that a bribe will get you lots of things.
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@Sreekala (23768)
• India
28 May 17
I agree bribe is a common practice but this kind of bribe heard first time