A Simple Strategy to Avoid Paying a Bribe

Alexandra A. Wrage writes on the WrageBlog about Simple Strategies to avoid paying a bribe:

“Our informant carefully prepared himself to meet with a notorious bribe-demanding functionary for the first time. He scripted his approach to the exchange:
(a) Stand quietly at the functionary’s little window until the functionary looked at him,
(b) Smile confidently,
(c) Say “good morning”, followed immediately by
(d) “I am so relieved that I get to talk to you. I have heard that most of the public employees here demand bribes, but I have also heard that you never ask for a one.” (These words are exactly those used.)
(e) Smile, again and describe his request.
(f) Use an expression and body language indicating that he trusts her to give him what he has requested.”