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Istanbul coin trick

Took me a little while to catch on to this. Couple of Turkish one Lira coins. There’s a great deal of old coinage in circulation – all quite worthless – an awful lot of which seems to come in my direction. Barely a transaction goes by without some appearing. Very annoying at first, but now I treat it like haggling in the bazaars, a piece of theatre. Offer me duds in my change and I’m visibly affronted. And quite clumsy. Forever dropping the duds over the back of the counter, once you’ve given the legal tender. And don’t even think about asking for a tip.


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