Germany in the early 70s. Coming off night shift, we were followed for some distance by the Polizei who drew up next to us when we got home. Driver was told one of his rear lights wasn't working but if you give me 10 marks it's all forgotten.
Some time later, one guy drove up and Umleitung (road works blocking the road) rather than go the 10k round. Again, give me 10 marks and all is forgotten.
Low level corruption maybe.
I beg to differ, April 1st 1979, I got done for speeding, 10 marks, for which I got a receipt, which I still have. That's how I know the date.