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Old 10th January 2009, 07:10   #1 (permalink)
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Lending and breakages

Can anyone explain the Turkish attitude to damaging other peoples goods. We have lent our next door neighbour our secateurs to trim some thin branches, they came back in two pieces, no word of sorry. We gave some wood to another neighbour and lent them our circular saw to cut it, after several months we asked for it back, when we came to use it it was broken, another neighbour had our chain saw, came back really blunt. My maid ironed my nightdress and burnt a hole in it, instead of telling me she hid it, managed to explain to her that accidents do happen but would like to be told - still find things damaged and hidden.
Are we doing something wrong, are they afraid of trouble or in the case of the maid loosing her job? Do they think that we have so much money that we can afford it?
So if anyone can think of an explanation??????
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Old 10th January 2009, 07:27   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Lending and breakages

The explanation is Turks are the same as any other persons including brits.

Good, bad or indifferent.
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Re: Lending and breakages

I have to agree with bickern, I've never lent anything to Turks here, only to Brits and had same reaction. Maybe I've learnt my lesson, but I find it so hard to say 'No'!
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Re: Lending and breakages

I rented my apartment to A Turkish manager who came with glowing references. He was in the apartment for 2 years. When we got back to it he had done these things. Ruined the polished wood table top because he put the 2 tier teapot on it. Burned the enamel off the cooker because he roaster aubergines on it. Ruined my sheets because he put black shirts and socks in the wash with the sheets. Lots of other little niggles too but when I asked him whay he intended doing he said 'you get the cooker and I will pay for it' I did, he didnt. After 3 weeks of asking him for a contribution he said ' there is over 2000 ytl in your bank, I put that there so use that. Doh, that is the rental for my spends when over there. Neddless to say he never stayed there again. No repect at all, just do not give a damn.

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Re: Lending and breakages

l have also experience many bad behaviour from the one's l lent my goods to,whether it's the Turkish or British they have all been the same with a negative attitude towards other people's belongings that was lent to them in good faith.
l now have the attitude of not lending nothing to no one unless l know of this person can be trusted 100% with my goods.
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l have also experience many bad behaviour from the one's l lent my goods to,whether it's the Turkish or British they have all been the same with a negative attitude towards other people's belongings that was lent to them in good faith.
l now have the attitude of not lending nothing to no one unless l know of this person can be trusted 100% with my goods.
I agree with you Bob. There are very few people I know that I am 100% sure I will get what ever I lent them back in the same condition as when they took it. Back home I have a ton of tools and so did a really good friend of mine. If I needed to borrow something from him I made sure he got it back in the same or better condition then what he lent it to me at. If the tool had a life time warranty and I broke it I wouldn't give it to him so he could get it replaced, I would exchange it so he got a usable tool back, if there was no warranty then I would buy a new one, two if I thought I would use it enough to have my own. He would do the same, never a problem.

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Re: Lending and breakages

I learned a long time ago that no-one looks after your stuff. Even members of my family have borrowed and never returned or returned broken! I kindly lent my brand new bike to a Turkish friend who had had his stolen and he kept it for months and returned it unfit to be seen out on! Not a trace of embarrasement - I would have had to replace it if it was me.

Best thing is never to lend - but it is hard when they have spotted you using something then ask to lend it - what can you say without seeming mean?

Whats the saying 'never a borrower or lender be' ?
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but it is hard when they have spotted you using something then ask to lend it - what can you say without seeming mean?
Tell 'em you've borrowed it from someone and they want it straight back.
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Tell 'em you've borrowed it from someone and they want it straight back.
Good idea, i've loaned many and forget where they have gone. Someone told me once to make a list of what, who & when but I never do thinking I will remember.
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Demand a retainer!
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