RE: Have you ever been stopped by the transit police and been pressured to pay a bribe in Costa Rica?
I was stopped once on my way back to the airport in San Jose. First time in 10 years of visiting. It was a Sunday & the pulled me over about 10 minutes from getting on the Autopista tollway. He said I was speeding. He said it would be a $150 fine at the car rental agency or I could pay $20 now. Unfortunately, I only had 9 $1 bills & oddly, a $2 bill. It totalled only $11, so I was short $9. He went back to confer with his partner and bback to confer with his partner and brought him over. I explained my dilema but assured him we could come to compromise. He then informed me that he collected $2 bills for his son and he rarely ever saw them! He then proceeded to accept my $11 and we cordially exchanged “thank yous”. As he started to walk away, he turned back to me and handed me $1. I asked him what that was for? He replied, “Toll up ahead.” I gave him a big thumbs up & went on my way! Never once did I feel threatened. Both of the men were kind & courteous & I kinda liked settling my debt right then and there. Wish I could negotiate so well with police back in the US!