Apr 15, 2012, 7:08 AM
Post #22 of 28
$290 has been a common figure reported by many expats for years from different INM points across Mexico, so it is not likely an arbitrary number that the employee pockets - but an actual set fee. I have seen expats get an official numbered receipt when they pay this fee, which makes it appear legitimate. When the INM employees negotiate and dicker $10,000's of penalties down to a an arbitrary few thousand $$pesos, and no receipt is given, then things look fishy. Still, just like Illinois, New Mexico, et al , government employees around the world do sometimes personally pocket legitimate fees.
Me? When expats get a printed receipt for a pre-established set fee or fine, then I prefer to believe that the fine is not stolen by the govt. employee.
As Paul Simon noted: "... all lies and jests - A man sees what he wants to see, and disregards the rest. "
Glad things worked out to Luther's satisfaction,
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