I have no custom of titling an article like this, but the video recording that has been mindlessly shared by all of the Serbian media with the aim of accusing the Serbian traffic police of corruption and which was posted on YouTube by an irritated American, is a shameless insult to the state of Serbia by a complete arrogant idiot.
The description of the video clip says, along with other nonsense, that the police officer asked the American to visit a post office and get money from a cash machine, while in reality the police officer persistently repeated that he must go to a post office to pay the fine.
Knowledge of the Serbian language is not an obligation of the Americans, just as it is not an obligation of the police officer to know English. It would certainly be nice, but it is not obligatory. What if the man were French? Would it mean that the police officer must also know French? And English, Turkish, Greek…
As a matter of fact, if I were to make an offense like this and then be this rude to a police officer in Hungary, Poland, Germany or Austria , I would have spent the night in custody and I would have been taken before the judge the next morning. One cannot rule out that he would have maybe even been shot in his American homeland for “resisting arrest”. What the media are failing to notice is the fact that this guy is trying to bribe a police officer while recording it all for his own sake. The only mistake this officer made was that he didn’t bring him in to the station together with a criminal charge for attempted bribery. For an attempt of bribery is a criminal offense. And then he could explain to the judge tomorrow morning what was behind his intentions with euros, dollars, the recording and other idiotic gadgetries.
That which this self-proclaimed research reporter claims to be an attempted extortion of bribery, is actually the police officer’s refusal to accept money of a foreign currency because this is forbidden by law and he’s trying to send the imbecile to the post office where he could exchange the money and pay the fine.
In the end, as if it wasn’t enough that he made an offense (at no time does he deny this, he only complains of the fine paying method), harassed the police officer (he refuses to leave the car the whole time) and presented himself as stupid, arrogant and insolent, he also uploads that recording to YouTube, naming it “Watch Serbian Police Demand a Bribe”. I’m not a fan of the traffic police and we all know well that the corruption in that segment of police is very common, but that is exactly the reason why this officer is a hero, because he remains patient all the time while dealing with the arrogant fool who’s harassing him while he’s trying to find a way to solve the problem, and not asking for any kind of bribe.
This is the video that the arrogant harasser of Serbian police uploaded to YouTube. Help us fix this hideous unjust act conducted towards a Serbian police officer who was exemplary at his job.