Woman litterbug jailed for offering bribe to cops

A woman was jailed for three weeks on Monday for offering $20 to two police officers to not take action against her for littering. Filpino national Prisbelle Pascua Abalos, 26, who was on social visit here, admitted to corruptly offering the bribe to Corporal Fatin Hazirah Mustaffa and Staff Sergeant Yves Yeo Mingshu who caught her throwing a cigarette butt near Orchard Towers on Aug 22 last year.

The officers were on foot patrol at about 1.45am that day when they saw Abalos and three other Filipinos smoking near the main entrance of Orchard Towers. After asking them for their identification papers, Cpl Fatin saw Abalos throw a cigarette butt on the floor. She warned her about littering and asked her to pick it up which she did.

While waiting for a friend to retrieve their passports left at a bar in the building, Abalos threw the same cigarette butt on the floor again. Abalos was again warned by the officers. When the friend returned with the passports, the officers told the other two that they could leave.

Cpl Fatin told Abalos that she would be issuing a summons against her for littering. As Abalos could not remember her Singapore address, she was allowed to get her handbag. She then told the officers that she was unable to find her address and instead, took out a wallet and gave two $10 bills to the officers, telling them to "go downstairs have food and drink''.