Maybe He Thought He was in México…

Referring to Houston police officer, Anthony R. Foster, who is accused of taking cash from a motorist whom he pulled over. He’s being charged with “theft by a public servant.” Authorities kind of frown on that. You can read about it here:

Houston police officer caught in sting

Veteran HPD officer accused of theft

While it generally isn’t a good idea to try to bribe the police, even to try to get out of a ticket, in México it is a way of life.

It’s not a stretch to say that such bribery (known there as mordida) Apple supplements the meager salary traffic cops receive from their government.

From what I understand, a $50 handshake can get one out of a DUI.

Now before the residents and citizens of these United States look down at this, let us not forget that though bribery is illegal here, it happens and it is accepted at the highest levels of government. To quote a commenter in the Chronicle story,

Why is it when a cop takes a bribe its called a felony, and when a judge takes his or her bribes( ie campaign contributions) its called a donation?

If a cop pulled you over and offered to let you go for a fee, would you?

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