Unpardonable Optimist

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
By Martin Myall

A driver offered two Guardia Civll policemen a bribe in exchange for cancelling the traffic fine that they had just written out – they were not amused.

The 46-year-old man, who had been caught driving without valid car insurance, is facing a 3-year prison sentence and a fine for 2,160 euros. He will be tried by jury during the first week of June.

The incident took place on the 28th of December, 2010, which, by chance is the day when the Spanish celebrate their April Fool’s day (Los Santos Inocentes)… Just saying. The time was noon and the place was Cádiar in the Alpujarra.

The driver walked up to a Guardia Civil policeman, showing him the driving fine that he had landed from the the day before. He also showed him an estimate for an insurance taken out on the same day. The policeman suggested that he appealed against the fine to which our hero allegedly replied that he would be “very grateful if the policeman would annul the fine and would be more than willing to recompense him for it,” offering for the policeman and his colleague between 100 and 200 euros each.

It might have worked in Mexico or even Spain in the 70’s but it certainly doesn’t work with traffic policemen in this day and age – they are born scowling, although you can be sure a smile played across their lips as they reached for the handcuffs…

(News: Cadiar, Alpujarra, Granada, Andalucia)

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