A Banana Bribe Story

A short story shared by Dad, during a discussion over media’s power.

Once two shop owners in the town had a fight between them over some issue. When the verbal fight got physical, someone informed the police. A police constable was sent to settle the fight, and he did. One of the parties presented him with some bananas as a gift for settling the fight amicably.

Local reporter of a news paper who was present among the spectators, found some news value in there. He duly reported the news in next days paper, with the title.

“Police receives Banana as bribe for settling fight”

Some of the higher authorities in the police has read the news, and they felt it very disturbing. They ordered the police constable to return back the bananas, and he did. The next days news title read as,

“Police returns back bribed bananas”

The otherwise low-visible constable, who already was the hero of two news reports decides to use his power. He called local news reporter and warned him. Little did he expected the next days news,

“Police threatens reporter for reporting bribe”

Again higher authorities, who had enough of this issue, and wanted to settle this down already, ordered the police constable to apologize, to avoid further damage. He did. Well, that went news again,

“Police apologizes for threatening reporter over bribe news”

PS: The discussion was initiated after us watching us a news bulletin on Indiavision, where in the closure comments went like – “Good Night. If C. K. Chandrappan doesn’t shut Indiavision down by then, we’ll meet next week again“.

Comments (4)

NonaDecember 29th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Interesting anecdote!

alisatarDecember 30th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

cool one πŸ™‚

sarahDecember 31st, 2010 at 2:51 pm

interesting and very much possible if v peep in today’s era! πŸ™‚

arpanaDecember 31st, 2010 at 11:35 pm

enjoyable!warm wishes for new years!