Lubrication involves a relatively small sum of cash, a gift, or a service given to a low ranking official in a country where such offerings are not prohibited by law. Subornation on the other hand generally involves giving large sums of money designed to tempt an official to commit an illegal act on behalf of the one offering the bribe. Extortion is if payments are extracted under force by someone in authority from a person seeking only what he or she is lawfully entitled to. The money given to jefe was extortion. The jefe clearly did not use the money to “fix” the defect in the machines. The second bribe was lubrication, when Frank gave the dock boss a handful of pesos hurry the process of transferring the machines to the Latino trucks.
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