Beware the deceptive “cup of coffee”

Beware the deceptive "cup of coffee"
Where the coffee is cheap 
but the cup is solid gold

These phrases have something in common:

  • "Something for your cigarettes?"
  • "A glass of wine? A cup of coffee?"
  • "Maybe some Korean whiskey?"
  • "Let’s come to an agreement, shall we?"
  • "We can merely go through the back door…"

They are foreign euphemisms for bribes.

The U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the recently passed U.K. Bribery Bill and several other laws prohibit making corrupt payments to public officials worldwide. When an expatriate manager does not recognize that a subordinate is seeking reimbursement for a bribe disguised by a code word or when auditors miss a suspect transaction concealed behind a local idiom, the employees themselves and the company as a whole are at serious risk of running afoul of anti-bribery laws…

Small gifts that seem innocuous might be enhanced in sneaky ways:

A Chinese store, it was recently reported, offered for purchase two hairy crabs – a Shanghai delicacy – each with a set of silver cracking tools, and contained in a 24-carat gold cage. While the crabs themselves were of modest value, the gold cages were worth nearly $15,000.

Read more bribery jargon: Bribery Slang Around The World, Forbes>>

Read more about bribery: A Bribe By Any Other Name, Forbes>>

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