Originally Posted by Phil Davies
No, but if I was a regular visitor to Eastern Europe I'd be sure to carry a spare sack of $$$$'s
.......for most of the Middle East, India, Pakistan and other such under developed markets.
In India I (me and my agent) have paid our way out of numerous situations, most related to traffic violations but on one particular visit we attended an establishment akin to the "Fantasy Bar" where we enjoyed a lock-in, for want of a better description. Anyway, when leaving we were stopped by a van load of local police who took great glee in extracting around £70.00 from me instead of a night in the clink.
In Moscow they have a designated diplomatic lane running through the centre of most central Moscow streets. If you're caught using it you're fined. We use it all the time - the agent drives a big black Camry - but if the cops recognise your plates are not right, they stop you. $10 later any you're on your way.
In Syria, they have check points every 10 / 15 miles (defunked about 5 yrs ago) at which if they find anything wrong they fine you. Wrong can mean even a dogey light. Of course $2.00 later, yes $2, you're on your way.
Same old same old in most of the other places I visit. However - what about here in the U.K. Anyone had the balls to do it ? Or - perhaps you've been lead down the path to "offer" something ?