I have done many store audits. Several times after an open audit, I've been offered a soda or even a car wash. It's an open audit and the manager gets to look at all the paperwork and issues. Nothing is hidden from the store manager. After the audit, I've been offered a soda or a car wash. Can you accept these....after an OPEN audit?
Kate H.: What a frightening experience, glad you ok! How did you barricade, what did police say, what was up with owner? Wow!!!
I just think there's a big difference between a mystery shop and an open audit. It's not the money, it's the principle. Bring a thermos if it's cold.@BirdyC wrote:
A soda offered as a bribe? OMG. If anybody thinks a $1.25 soda would bribe anyone, or a shopper would even think to be bribed by it, that's sad. OTOH, a car wash? Probably a bribe.
I did an audit recently that involved my having to be outside in freezing weather (it started to snow), and the manager of the location offered me a coffee during the course of the shop. You'd better bet I took it! I'm quite sure there was nothing nefarious in his mind, and I most surely didn't think it was offered as a bribe. If it was, it didn't work.
I can't imagine that a beverage offered during or after an audit could be considered a bribe! To me, that's a pretty ludicrous idea. But if the value of whatever is offered--say, a $25 bottle of wine or a gift basket--is out of the ordinary, then, yeah, I imagine it's a bribe. Seems to me that this is a matter of common sense.