While in Austria, my parents and their friends decided to drive into Bratislava for lunch and a bit of exploration. They inadvertantly parked illegally, having misunderstood the signage, and while the men headed over to ATM’s for korunas, my mother and her friend secured a table at a local restaurant.
They returned to find that the police had arrived and were about to ticket the vehicle. It was soon communicated however that for 2000 Sk (roughly US $103 ) the matter could be settled without paperwork. Pockets were emptied, and the gentlemen produced 840 Sk, which suddenly was found to be the precise sum desired, and the police were also so kind as to provide directions and escort my parents and their friends (whose Garmin was inexplicably unable to navigate through Slovakia) back to the main roads.