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May 5Liked by Kyle Schutter

I know this too well having worked in the accounting profession, this norm has touched down the very Fibre of business. Today people have come to expect it as a right. Infact, you have a choice, to either give a small amount at the lower cadre or larger amount at the higher cadre.

Though it's possible to run a business without giving bribes, the growth rate and the level of effectiveness, market penetration and reach will be very slow. A good example is where you get an opportunity to supply the government which is the largest consumer of any service or products you will have to part with significant resources to get the business, leave alone getting paid.

I agree with you, this culture has a traditional roots to it but at the same time, the insatiable desire for wealth creates an even larger barrier.

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May 20Liked by Kyle Schutter

I remember this issue being addressed in the Brown magazine article where I first found out about your work ~10 years ago (specifically the story about your offer of a 'discounted price' *wink wink* for one of your biogas digesters in lieu of paying a bribe). Not surprised that you have had to accept this in the long run as I've heard at least one story of (in this case) a Nigerian who had to pay lots of bribes just to get basic paperwork sent over to the U.S., and this was not even related to business...

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Wow! You have very good memory. Yes, you're right.

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Haha, it was easy for me to remember because it was a clever way to handle the situation! ;)

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May 6Liked by Kyle Schutter

Our Delivery team pays bribes of over $500 monthly to Police.

We record it as drawings.

It's a wrong one though.

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Here, in Sydney, Australia, a friend drove his car 11 kms over the speed limit. The road was empty at night, but a camera on a metal pole, by the roadside, took a photo of her car. A week later, a letter was sent to him. It demanded he pay over $500 to the government, for speeding. If he doesn't pay it, they will take him to court, and he could lose his license. He is lucky it wasn't on a holiday, as the fines can double on holidays. Australian fines, fees, licenses, are worse than bribes.

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In the US you can just go to court to challenge the speeding ticket and usually the police officer doesn't bother to show up so the ticket is dropped. Not sure about Australia.

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In Australia the government demands that all commercial activity subsidize the large government bureaucracy, so they demand bribes for everything. You cannot run a business without paying their bribes. Only Australians don't use the word "bribe" they use "licence" or "regulation" or "permit".

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