Lack of Turkish delight
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.