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Vic801

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    Vic801 got a reaction from Bibatulips in Shipping To Turkey   
    I can vouch for that - over the last years more than 20 parcels sent to me have gone "stray" and I have actually received only 5. So I reckon that the customs people will be wearing cashmere jumpers with their desert boots!
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    Vic801 got a reaction from baykus in Life Has Its Ups And Downs!   
    So on our last night in Cappadocia, Mr P went out with friends and met Semih and asked him why we had been fired from the caret emporium. And found out the true reason. Nothing to do with work permits, we know Japanese people who have been working in Cappadocia without a work permit for 10 to 15 years.
    No, it was purely a question of jealousy. A couple of weeks after we arrived, a girl came back from her holidays. Bottle blonde, very tight jeans, she was obviously used to being the centre of attention in a men's world where there were only 2 other women carpet sellers. And one of them was me. And when she walked in expecting a huge welcome upon her triumphant return, she was not pleased to see all the men in a circle around us,teaching us words and techniques and they virtually ignored her. She was a French seller although her French was cringe-worthy and she always used to push in front of me to get in the room first.
    The final straw was when Semih went to see the boss and said we had potential and that he'd like to give us further training so that we could start doing the presentations and the boss agreed. And she heard of this and threw a hissy fit, wailing that she had been promised that she would be the only French-speaking woman and kicked up such a fuss that the bosses being typical Turkish men preferred to avoid any confrontation and asked us to leave. 
    So I am glad we got to the bottom of that mystery because I've always wondered why.
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    Vic801 reacted to Ken Grubb in Life Has Its Ups And Downs!   
    I definitely understand. I didn't know it was so bad in Cappadocia with all of that.
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    Vic801 got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Life Has Its Ups And Downs!   
    I always knew it would be something trivial.
    Now we have moved to the Republic of Cyprus. Too many friends in prison, night-time arrests, denouncing your neighbour and general climate of fear and suspicion in the Anatolian heartland.
    We have 8 eventful and fulfilling years but the post-coup New Turkey is not the same (to live in) as the one we fell in love with in 2007/2008 and it is time to move on.
     
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    Vic801 got a reaction from IbrahimAbi in Life Has Its Ups And Downs!   
    So on our last night in Cappadocia, Mr P went out with friends and met Semih and asked him why we had been fired from the caret emporium. And found out the true reason. Nothing to do with work permits, we know Japanese people who have been working in Cappadocia without a work permit for 10 to 15 years.
    No, it was purely a question of jealousy. A couple of weeks after we arrived, a girl came back from her holidays. Bottle blonde, very tight jeans, she was obviously used to being the centre of attention in a men's world where there were only 2 other women carpet sellers. And one of them was me. And when she walked in expecting a huge welcome upon her triumphant return, she was not pleased to see all the men in a circle around us,teaching us words and techniques and they virtually ignored her. She was a French seller although her French was cringe-worthy and she always used to push in front of me to get in the room first.
    The final straw was when Semih went to see the boss and said we had potential and that he'd like to give us further training so that we could start doing the presentations and the boss agreed. And she heard of this and threw a hissy fit, wailing that she had been promised that she would be the only French-speaking woman and kicked up such a fuss that the bosses being typical Turkish men preferred to avoid any confrontation and asked us to leave. 
    So I am glad we got to the bottom of that mystery because I've always wondered why.
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    Vic801 reacted to Ken Grubb in Life Has Its Ups And Downs!   
    Amazing. You were fired for that? Yet somehow it doesn't surprise me now that the backstory has come to light.
    You said "our last night in Cappadocia." So you are no longer living in Cappadocia?
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    Vic801 reacted to IbrahimAbi in Life Has Its Ups And Downs!   
    Me too
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    Vic801 reacted to Ken Grubb in Life Has Its Ups And Downs!   
    Well considering your story has over 31,700 views, probably a lot of people, myself included, would be interested.
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    Vic801 got a reaction from IbrahimAbi in Life Has Its Ups And Downs!   
    I don't know many people on here still remember the ups and downs saga and how we got fired from  a job in the carpet place that at least one of us, Mr P,was doing very well, but we finally found out why we were fired although  he/we were doing so well. Anyone interested? 
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    Vic801 got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Life Has Its Ups And Downs!   
    I don't know many people on here still remember the ups and downs saga and how we got fired from  a job in the carpet place that at least one of us, Mr P,was doing very well, but we finally found out why we were fired although  he/we were doing so well. Anyone interested? 
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    Vic801 got a reaction from Daniel Stein in Credit Cards for foreigners in Turkey?   
    And it is usually the other way round - you are trying to buy something on a non-Turkish website and they don't like Turkish state bank such as Ziraat but will accpet cards from gaanti because although it is Turkish, it is privately owned.
    Now with the new Moody credit rating, that may well change a lot of things.
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    Vic801 got a reaction from Daniel Stein in Credit Cards for foreigners in Turkey?   
    Garanti Bank credit card works on all the websites I have tried. Akbank card works on more sites than Ziraat which I agree is only really useful in Turkey.
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    Vic801 got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Credit Cards for foreigners in Turkey?   
    And it is usually the other way round - you are trying to buy something on a non-Turkish website and they don't like Turkish state bank such as Ziraat but will accpet cards from gaanti because although it is Turkish, it is privately owned.
    Now with the new Moody credit rating, that may well change a lot of things.
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    Vic801 got a reaction from Daniel Stein in Credit Cards for foreigners in Turkey?   
    My Axcess Akbank card has a limit of 5000 TL, Garanti gave me 8000 TL credit but it is linked to a deposit account, Ziraat gave me 10 000 TL credit not linked to any account but Amazon doesn't take it and Envato and other US sites won't. Akbank automatically raise your credit limit yearly unless you call and oppose it.
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    Vic801 got a reaction from Sophia1973 in Credit Cards for foreigners in Turkey?   
    My Axcess Akbank card has a limit of 5000 TL, Garanti gave me 8000 TL credit but it is linked to a deposit account, Ziraat gave me 10 000 TL credit not linked to any account but Amazon doesn't take it and Envato and other US sites won't. Akbank automatically raise your credit limit yearly unless you call and oppose it.
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    Vic801 reacted to Sunny in Life Has Its Ups And Downs!   
    Be strong Vic. As the others have said we're rooting for you.
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    Vic801 reacted to Mimar in Life Has Its Ups And Downs!   
    Be strong Vic ! October will be here before you know it. Abi is right, we're all rooting for you - give 'em hell !
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    Vic801 reacted to Abi in Life Has Its Ups And Downs!   
    Glad to hear you're got your court date Vic. Although it isn't soo long to wait really, I do understand how you are feeling very well. The waiting does get you down I know and I expect that scumbag M is counting on that and hopes that you will give in. People like him have infinate patience and every delay that he can cause is a bonus to him.
    Hopefully the case will go ahead without any further delays and will be resolved one way or the other. However, even if there is a further delay I still have faith in you, although you and your other half have been through a terrible time you will somehow find that extra strengh to see you through until the end however long it takes.
    Whilst we can't be with you in person be assured that there are a lot of people here rooting for you. So as hard as it is dust yourself down and get
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    Vic801 reacted to saffron in Coriander: A secret of Antakya cuisine   
    Turks seem to have  invented a peculiar way of using it! I read somewhere: if you have to drive after drinking some alcohol, chew a piece of kakule and don't worry about the breath-test ! how? Supposedly, it diminishes the amount of alcohol evaporating in the mouth!! the  poor breath-tesing device which doesn't know about the creative skills of Turks will tell the officer that the driver is sober
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    Vic801 reacted to Ken Grubb in Spurious demand for payment   
    Wow. I'm glad that turned out okay. Congratulations, Vic.
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    Vic801 got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Spurious demand for payment   
    All signed and dusted and accusations cancelled. We had to get a dilekçe saying we refuted the debt and we took this to the İcra Dairesi with photocopies of our passport and they immediately cancelled any charges. To be on the safe side we extra copies signed and stamped in case the passport control asked for it but the Icra manager said it was unnecessary as all charges are dropped. Now if the guy wants to go any further he must take a lawyer and takes us to court.  Knowing that 6 years ago just sending a letter of legal notice cost 1500 TL, I doubt he will go any further particularly as he would have to provide proof which does not exist.
    Our lawyer also confirmed that there was no need to remove funds from the bank. However if he does serve us with legal notice that he is taking us to court, it will be the first thing we do.
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    Vic801 reacted to IbrahimAbi in Spurious demand for payment   
    Congratulations, that must be a huge relief. just in time for Bayram too
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    Vic801 got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Spurious demand for payment   
    Yes I live in Turkey
    Only a little bit of money in the bank. Should I remove it in case they block it?
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    Vic801 got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Spurious demand for payment   
    Thank you IbrahimAbi. I have now consulted a lawyer and a few other friends and Monday morning we are going to the İcra Dairesi to formally refute the accusation and as you say ask for proof of this supposed 3-year contract.
    We will be accompanied by a Turkish friend who runs businesses here and who knows how to formulate all the legalise stuff, an internet friend has sent me the opposition forms we need to fill in and several friends have said that they are wiling to attest that for years we have always turned up in a taxi or dolmuş! 
    In a weird climate where informing on your neighbour for whatever reason has become national sport, it is good to know we have stalwart friends. And thank you too, IbrahimAbi, for taking the time to reply when I was stressing out. It means a lot.
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    Vic801 got a reaction from Ken Grubb in Spurious demand for payment   
    Hello
    We have received a puzzling letter (ilamsız takiplerde ödeme emri) and we don't know what to do. Some years ago a friend of my partner who owned a rent a car company used to lend him a car from time to time as a favour.
    My partner then fell out with his friend and we lost contact.
    Now 4 years later we receive a letter which seems to be claiming that we (both of us although I have never driven here) rented a car from this guy's company for 3 years and never paid for it.
    Do we ignore this as complete rubbish or should we answer and to whom? Do we need legal assistance? Is there a standardised form to reply that this is without substance and completely fabricated? 
    The sum requested is over 57000 TL...
    I would appreciate your advice on this as we are a bit perplexed.
    Thank you in advance
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