A person is guilty of bribery if he or she – in the course of performing his or her duty as an official or a private employee – accepts a benefit from a customer, supplier or applicant against treating that party favorably in a way, which is inconsistent with the best interest of the company or institution, which he or she represents. In most countries, receiving favors is criminal even though there is no favors handed back; and offering a bribe is also criminal.