gifts, cash, beer, gift vouchers...it's all the same. It motivates people to help you. It brings them to your side. you are no longer a number. as has been mentioned i have no control over someone not declaring income
in my younger days i was a waiter. this guy came in with his wife and ate a $90 meal. At the end of the meal he left a $500 tip. was this a bribe? do you think all the waiters wanted to serve him the next time he came in? you betcha!! did he leave a tip the next time he came? sure did, but not as large as the first one.
in the corporate world gifts are treated the same as cash, so saying this is a bribe is a ridiculous word to use. you don't get it that they get nothing if they fail to do a good job. I do agree though that gifts can be used just as effectively, it doesn't need to be cash
I do understand what you are saying.... but your example above is different to what you are suggesting. The man obviously gave a tip because he got service that he felt was above and beyond..... but he gave the tip after he recieved said service. Not before. If he gave it before..... would other customers have been ignored while every staff member kissed this guys a**? You betcha....... and herein ****** one of the potential problems. The SS and CSC potentially leave themselves open to accusations of favouritism of their allocated jobs and of acting unethically.