1 in 4 Humans Paid a Bribe Last Year
Global corruption survey finds widespread bribery
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 10, 2013 8:44 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Roughly 27% of people worldwide have paid a bribe to a government agency in the last 12 months, according to the latest Global Corruption Barometer report from Transparency International. The survey covered more than 114,000 people across 107 countries, the Wall Street Journal reports, and on the bright side, two-thirds said they refused to pay up when asked for bribes.

"Bribe-paying levels remain very high worldwide," the group's chair said. "But people believe they have the power to stop corruption." Of course, the numbers are skewed by the most corrupt nations; Sierra Leone took the cake with 84% of people paying up, while upright Japan, Australia, and Denmark each had only 1%. The US came in at 7%, but all is hardly hunky dory here, with 76% saying they believed the political parties were affected by corruption.

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fractal
Jul 10, 2013 11:29 PM CDT
Now that I think about it, I watched a friend in Arkansas bribe lots of people. He would tie a dollar onto the trash bag that was over the permissible weight, for the trash guy. He kept passing beers up the pole to the cable guy, and by the end, he had free HBO, Showtime etc... He managed to get an auto with NO DOORS passed at inspection. Apparently, doors are not on the list of things to be checked... I guess in Southern state, bribes are just a way of life.
fractal
Jul 10, 2013 11:24 PM CDT
There have been times I would have considered paying a bribe. But how do you even go about approaching a person to do this? How do you know they won't squeal? How do you know how much to pay? I guess I am just too sheltered...
augie2
Jul 10, 2013 3:09 PM CDT
All I can say to this "story" is bullshit. Where are the facts pointing to this "story".