Lack of Turk­ish de­light

The Cairns Post - - BUSINESS WEEK -

EDGE Hill en­graver Lau­rie Ernst’s trip to Europe in­cluded a hor­ror time in In­stan­bul after los­ing his mo­bile phone while in tran­sit in Hong Kong. He hired a taxi and after an hour and 10 min­utes try­ing to find a sym­bol fac­tory alarm bells start­ing ring­ing. Fi­nally ar­riv­ing at the des­ti­na­tion the driver de­manded an out­ra­geous 200 eu­ros for the trip. De­spite ar­gu­ing it should have been $20 a tired Lau­rie (above) handed over the dosh and left the cab. But the ripoff riled him so much he sought the help of the po­lice who as­signed him two tourist po­lice of­fi­cers. They re­turned to the air­port and var­i­ous other places to try to find CCTV cov­er­age of the taxi so the driver could be iden­ti­fied. He spent hours with the of­fi­cers to no avail. A day later the po­lice tracked down the rip-off mer­chant but by this stage Lau­rie had left Turkey and was in Malta.

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