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    Bribery or Not?

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    "Paying a large tip to secure a better table in a restaurant is the same as offering a bribe in business to secure a contract."

    Do you defend or oppose this statement? Explain.

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    Business, Other
    Year 1
    Business Ethics
    Hi,
    Interesting statement! Let's take a closer look through discussion, definition and example.
    1. "Paying a large tip to secure a better table in a restaurant is the same as offering a bribe in business to secure a contract."

    Do you defend or oppose this statement? Explain.

    It depends on several issues. For example, social, ethical and legal principles assign the rightness and wrongness of certain behavior. Often, paying a large tip to secure a better table in a restaurant is an acceptable behavior (unless coercion is used, which takes away the restaurant owners choice). Expectations of when a monetary transaction is appropriate can also differ: tipping, for example, is considered bribery in some societies, while in others the two concepts may be interchangable. In Spanish, bribes are referred to as "la mordida", in middle eastern countries they are Backshish or Bakshish. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bribery
    On the other hand, however, in most countries, offering a bribe in business to secure a contract is illegal and also considered unethical practice by most countries (not all) and professionals. For example, although bribery is illegal in some ...

    Solution Summary

    Concerning bribery, this solution debates the statement: Paying a large tip to secure a better table in a restaurant is the same as offering a bribe in business to secure a contract.

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