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» Corruption

My uncle
once drove from Iran back to the UK, some great stories but the one most appropriate to this qotw relates to the Iraqi border security.

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My uncle and aunt have lived in Tehran for a couple of years and decide to move back to the UK, so most of their gear is shipped, he buys a brand new Merc and decides to drive back. All is going fine until they are driving through Iraq from Baghdad to the Turkish border. A load of traffic is coming back in the opposite direction, including some colonial Brit types. They manage to flag someone down to ask what is going on and find out that the border is closed and everyone is heading back to Baghdad. My uncle, having grown up in Iran and being more familiar with the way things are done, thinks he knows better so carries on for the border.

On arrival at the border crossing, it becomes clear that the border is indeed closed, so he sticks a load of dollars in their passports and calls over one of the border guards "I realise the situation here, and totally understand how difficult things are for you, but maybe you could take a look at our passports and see if you could let us through." The guard takes their passports off and returns to tell them that "Inshallah, your situation is clear, of course we can make an exception." Before driving off, my uncle opens the passport to have a look and sees that there is still some money left in there. He looks at the guard who simply replies "I'm only a Sergeant".

The bribe had apparently been more fitting to someone more senior, and it would have been totally unethical to take it all.
(Fri 4th Jul 2014, 8:57, More)

» Pubs

angel vaults, carmarthen
As we're arriving a bloke walks out with a bottle sticking out of his head, bleeding like a stuck pig. 'I wouldn't go in there if I was you boys', he said.
(Tue 10th Feb 2009, 9:53, More)

» World of Random

My favorite bit of graffiti ever
On a temporary road sign at the top of Brixton Road about 5 years ago. Sign said "Pedestrians Look Both Ways"

Graffiti underneath said "and drivers take it up the arse".
(Mon 25th Apr 2011, 19:12, More)

» I'm your biggest Fan

lad I know bumped into Johnny Marr in a 24 hr garage and amazingly had the presence of mind to say "Eh Johnny, there *points to garage* is a light that never goes out."
(Tue 21st Apr 2009, 13:33, More)

» Annoying words and phrases

"I'm not religious, I'm spiritual."

Fuck the fucking fuck off.
(Thu 15th Apr 2010, 12:36, More)
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