The same thing happened to me–but cost us a bit more. One tip I was given years ago by a Mexican friend is that you must offer a bribe 3 times before it is accepted, so don’t give up on the first try. Also, it is never a ‘bribe’–the way you did it is right (or wrong, depending on your moral perspective). ‘Can you pay the fine for me please?’ or a variation of that works best. Viva Mexico! Jim Johnston
I agree, Santo Gay, that it is not only those with “low wages” who take or demand bribes (if that were the case, there would be no corruption in the upper echelons of government…), but I think “go to college” or “get another job” is easier said than done, no?
I’m not making excuses for criminality, just trying to look for root causes.
you got ripped off big time, for what you did yo could have even gotten away paying 20 pesos, 100 tops. I have gotten away with speeding in school zone’s with 17 pesos or driving very drunk with 150 pesos.
All of these has been in Monterrey, where police are know to ask more money than in Mexico City because they are paid more and drive nicer cars.