Tuesday, 11. March 2014 - 16:03
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Traffic cop Seth Andersson who let a driver off a 200 GBP fine in return for a 5 GBP snack has learned there's no such thing as a free lunch.
The officer - from Gothenburg, Sweden - has been fined 2,500 GBP after being convicted of bribery for offering to forget the fine for failing to wear a seatbelt in return for a meal at the driver's restaurant.
A court was told that the cop, 38, had escorted the 50-year-old restaurateur back to his eaterie to get his driving licence to endorse the automatic fine.
But the driver told judges: "The officer said he would forget the fines if he got a salad instead. I normally never give away food for free, but I was happy to avoid paying a big fine."
Andersson was only caught when the driver's troubled conscience caused him to consult a family friend who is also a police officer - and who reported the bribe to senior officers.
He told the court he'd been joking when he mentioned the bribe but added: "He gave me the salad anyway."
But judges allowed the officer to keep his job, saying the offence wasn't "serious enough" to warrant dismissal.
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