The student who does the ordering in my lab just had a really weird experience. She was outside talking on her phone and passed by one of the sales reps from whom we buy some of our supplies. He called her over and asked who she was talking to--she said she was helping someone with directions who didn't know where to park on campus. He said he would give her his temporary parking pass if she would order more stuff from him! She felt a little taken aback and said it wasn't her money, is was Dr. Arlenna's money and Dr. Arlenna knows what she likes in her products. He said something to the effect of "Sure, but you could still make some choices that would get me more orders, and then you could get this parking pass for your friend..." My student then looked at him funny, said "No thanks," and walked away.
What a strange little version of corruption! And good on my student for not caving to the attempted bribe! I don't think you should offer personal favors to lab managers to get more business--promos, better prices, that's one thing. But what's it gonna be next: dinner out? A vacation to the Bahamas (lol)? Where does he think we are, here, Illinois?