I'm appalled. I am appalled that my maid was extorted of one hundred dollars at an airport in Indonesia. She was on her way home and the customs officers refused to let her and other maids depart from the airport unless each of them cough out a hundred Singapore dollars. She had to pay up. That is not an inconsiderable sum for a maid. The bastards! Preying on their own people no less! Preying on the helpless!
And these bastards are not simply extorting from their fellow citizens, they tried extorting from tourists too. My father told me that they tried to extort from him when my mother and sisters and he visited Lake Toba earlier. He had ignored them.