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As we live our lives in Turkey we get used to the differences here, Europe and Western countries are so bound by rules, Health and safety, fear of being sued etc that IMHO it has become boring. I am asking TC members to write about their experiences that make living here different... we are so used to hearing people say ' It wouldn't happen like than in.....' in a negative way. I enjoy the challenges and surprises of living here. We are having a new store built for garden equipment, and I went to buy bricks, tiles, steel and wood. At the timber merchant we discussed our needs, and I heard the boss call someone to process the credit card payment. So when he came in I tried to give the man my card, instead he wrote down on a bit of paper, in Turkish, the name of a petrol station, his name and 1500TL. Apparently I had to go there to pay for the wood by credit card. He does not own the petrol station. At the petrol station I asked the boss why we were doing this.. does the wood merchant not have a credit card machine 'cihaz', 'yes but he buys his petrol from us, so we have an arrangement'