26 Mart 2013 Salı

What's in a Name

nincompoop links to original article

(Sabah Newspaper, 27 March 2013)

S. Dingil, who lives in Ankara, filed suit in Ankara's 7th
Court of First Instance to change his surname on behalf of
himself and his family. In his petition to the court, Dingil
(whose surname literally means 'axle' but which has come to
be used in slang as 'nincompoop') stated that "Dingil" is used
in a derogatory manner and that he has been humiliated because
of it several times.

Dingil asked to change his name to T. (as in "Mr. T."?).
Judge Ismail Demirtaş ordered that the name be changed
from "Dingil" to "T." after receiving a favorable assessment
of the situation from the Population Bureau. 


ID card links to original article

(Sabah Newspaper, 27 March 2013)

Lost in bureaucratic tax hell.

In Istanbul, the life of Yaşar Özdemir of Kastamonu has
been poisoned since he lost his ID card in 2004. Özdemir
says that in 2007 he received a notice from the Tax Office
in Kadıköy, Istanbul, informing him that he had a 500,000TL
(appx. 300,000USD) tax debt from companies set up in his
name. Özdemir learned that someone had put their own picture
on his ID card and set up companies in various cities under his
name. He stated that "I've been running around the courts for
5 years" and asked for help from officials.

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