corruption or user fee?
If a person is pulled over by the transito and given the choice to pay up or get a ticket, is it corruption or a user fee? My personal view is it is a user fee. Police are paid about $250 dollars a month and work very long weeks. If they expect a small bribe where is the problem? It is a win-win for all parties involved. There is no need to retrieve your license and fight the ticket and the cop gets a little extra cash to support his family, without the need for increased taxes on everyone. We are not going to change how business is done here in Nicaragua, it will only frustrate us and sour us. A person might say this is not how things should work but, a man told me once, this is how is was done before you got here and it is how it will be done when you leave. A Nicaragua friend of mine who enjoys drinking and driving a little too much will give the transition a few Cordobas every time he sees them. He said he uses it as an insurance policy in case he gets pulled over when he is drunk. I don’t think this is correct, but it is part of life here in Nicaragua. Please don’t take this to the extreme there is a big difference between a “user fee” and true corruption. I guess it is up to each person to decide where that line lays.