Have you bribed anyone for anything? How did you feel?

Chennai, India
January 24, 2012 1:29am CST
In the past, I had to bribe someone to get things done. I really wondered why these people were begging. I was working as a Government employee for 21 years and I never expected anything back from anyone for my duty. There were people around me who never did anything without bribe. But, when I had to bribe someone for getting things done, I was really annoyed. But, I knew it won't attract much support or attention if we rake it up. The only result would be, my job might have been delayed or denied. Have you bribed anyone? How did you feel?
11 responses
@Micmac (6949)
24 Jan 12
Nope. I've never bribe anyone for anything. And I won't consider doing something dishonest. It just isn't the right thing to do. And I wouldn't want to add any stress to my life. Have a lovely day, dear
@smacksman (6074)
24 Jan 12
It's lovely to live bribe free. In other societies though you need it to get things done. For instance, if you want a telephone in your house you can wait 12 to 24 months (or never!) in the normal way or 2 weeks with a bribe! It is tough to have high morals in such an environment.
• India
24 Jan 12
hello friend...no i have never bribed anyone in my life as yet.I dont know about tomorrow but not as yet. have a nice day
• Philippines
3 Feb 12
agree with you tripadasgupta...though i never bribe today but still we don't know about tomorrow then...
@tamirs (1808)
• Philippines
24 Jan 12
I used to be good at that Ven,honestly speaking. It makes my job a lot easier and people will work for me faster. I was working in a construction company then and always go to the City hall to Fix the permit for the building and all.Without bribing the government official,the permit will be handed to us minimum of one month time,but with bribe the permits are with us in less than a week. To us that is a lot of saving,time,money and effort.In just a small amount of money we can start building houses with less hassle.We only think of it as helping procedures,you help them have money easy,they will help you make your job easy too..
@tamirs (1808)
• Philippines
11 Feb 12
Thanks for the br Ven
• India
24 Jan 12
I am from Chennai and the policemen there are notorious for taking bribes. I was once wrongly caught for jumping a signal, though I did not, and he started making a huge hue and cry.. To avoid the scene and to save time I bribed the officer 100 Rs and he let me go.. I felt really irritated and angry as I had not done anything wrong. But it was before the festival Pongal and it was collection time for him, hence I knew hewould not budge. I did not want to escalate this issue and paid and left..
@thesids (22351)
• Bhubaneswar, India
24 Jan 12
Quite a Similar Story with me too Ashwin
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
25 Jan 12
i'm too poor to bribe anyone :(
@smacksman (6074)
24 Jan 12
Sad to say that South Africa is now on the slippery slide to where bribes are the norm. As a common man there I never used to experience it. No doubt there was some at a higher level, as there is in most countries, but I never came across it. It is the lower level government officials who are starting to suppliment their income. Very sad. When I lived in Zambia and Zimbabwe it was very common to pay bribes bet it is sad to see RSA going the same way now.
@yaso4u (502)
• India
24 Jan 12
Hi venkat, Its very nice to hear that you never accept bribe from any one. Hats off to you. Regarding my exprience on giving bribe, I had forced to give bribe to oue VAO few times to get certificates like caste related, Income etc., Here these people never shy to accept bribe, they are demanding from us to give more and more. Apart from this, during diwali time they come to home and ask for diwali bonus without any shy or guilty feel, this year too they get Rs.200 from my father. Its shameful to see this kind of activites by government employees. Hope something has to be done to stop this.
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
24 Jan 12
Never really had been in the position where I have never had to consider bribing anyone for anything. In fact, I hope that I never am. Because I think that one time, I'll bribe someone and they'll be the person who won't accept any bribes and then I'll be in a fix. Then again, I'm sure there are many situations where others would be more tempted than I did. I'm sure there were a couple of people who have really tried to bribe me for something in the past. When you have some kind of power, no matter how moderate, there will always be people willing to cut a deal. If I was a bit more corrupt in a certain way, I would have accepted. Still I have never really found myself in a position to feel the need to bribe anyone myself.
@zralte (4184)
• India
24 Jan 12
It seems like I have to bribe almost everyone. I cannot understand it! They got a good job, not much work need to be done, still their salary is never enough. Disgusting, is what it is. I don't like to bribe directly, so I usually let my consultants do it on my behalf, and they bill me as Professional service charge. In my experience, the worst ones are the Labour people and Electricity Department people.
• India
24 Jan 12
Sometimes, bribing is seems reasonable, but frequently it can not be recommended. When any convenience is required out of turn, most of people offered bribe to get the same happily. There is not a common feeling about the bribe.
@thesids (22351)
• Bhubaneswar, India
24 Jan 12
Hi Venky Being in India, you cannot avoid the bribing and I am sure today, there will be hardly any one Indian who hasnt bribed anytime. I had to do this twice when I was caught by the Traffic regulators on festive times. The reason I had to opt for bribing was that I did not want to further the complications. You know how things are - if they dont get the money right away, there are many things that they can do to make life miserable. It is not something that I would like to do always but then there are times when it is easy to move ahead and keep the relations harmonious.