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Old Jul 18, 13, 10:21 am
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Originally Posted by bingocallerb22 View Post
No, no, please no coimas (bribes), not necessary and a really bad idea on many levels. Not saying there are no corrupt police, but gringos can just stare them down. I once insisted one take me to the Commiseria to the bemusement of my Peruvian friends because he then was off road and hence missed other opportunities. But that is my only example after many years. I think it a bit of a myth or exaggeration that police shakedown tourists in Peru more fertile ground with the locals. I guess your experience sort of proves my point.
Agree. At one of the roadblocks, when I handed over my California ID, he kind of looked surprised, stopped talking, shrugged his shoulders and waved me on. I do think it is more of a local shakedown than tourist thing.

As long as you have your ducks in a row, sit tight and let it ride.

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