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Istanbul’s ferry firm, İDO, issued a written apology yesterday upon claims. Hürriyet photo

Istanbul’s ferry firm, İDO, issued a written apology yesterday upon claims. Hürriyet photo

Istanbul’s ferry firm, İDO, issued a written apology yesterday upon claims that a female passenger was refused boarding by a security guard for carrying four bottles of wine in her bag. İDO management immediately issued a statement and apologized for guard’s action.

Ceren Sungu was reportedly boarding a İDO boat bound for Burgazada at the Kabataş port when a security guard yelled at her and refused to let her board the ferry because she was carrying four bottles of wine, daily Milliyet’s Turkish gourmet columnist Vedat Milor claimed yesterday in his column.

“Are we living in Saudi Arabia or Iran? Is it forbidden to take wine to our houses? Are we, citizens, not allowed to buy alcohol and take it to our houses?” Milor asked in his column condemning İDO for maladministration.

Misunderstanding
İDO officials confirmed the incident, but stated that the issue had been a misunderstanding.

“İDO has no restriction against closed beverage bottles. An investigation was launched after reports were revealed and the security guard’s actions are being investigated by our administration. We apologize to the mistreated consumer for this incident,” the report read.

Established by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality in 1987, İDO operates with a fleet of 25 seabusses, 10 fast ferries and 17 vehicle ferries in 18 lines and with 36 terminals. The transportation company was privatized in 2011.

August/01/2012

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michele suzanne

8/4/2012 3:55:51 AM

My God! ... this is hilarious! :()

Cy Samuels

8/3/2012 6:24:58 AM

This is getting interesting, I have never seen so much furror over nothing, Dutch Turk, Take it easy,there always will be a Macg or someone else in eery crowd, Turkey has overcome ,any more serious chalanges than a Temptes in a Teacup and few bottles of Wine! P.S. anyone knows what Cellar and what vintage the Wine was?

Ayazid

8/1/2012 10:28:50 PM

@mara mcglothin, where did I place the blame on Kemalists? I merely wrote that the worst examples of religious violence in modern Turkey happened during the Kemalist rule. Were the people who massacred Alevis in Sivas or Maraş "empowered" by the government? Did they need such empowerment at all? Is the AKP responsible for every act of individual bigotry in Turkey? There is no need for such baseless accusations.

DutchTurk JANICAR

8/1/2012 8:27:03 PM

@mara mcglothin, "empowered"?? These individuals did same things before there was an AKP, in the 90ies when we had a leftist or republican government do you really think we had no such incident????? I can assure you 10-20 years ago there were much MORE "religion" related confrontations, such as these. So i just call your comment purely based on ignorance, but maybe more than ignorance its an OPPORTUNIST comment. Which i dislike most.

JRC JRC

8/1/2012 7:22:53 PM

Where in the article does it say the guard tried to prevent the carrying on of wine, for religious reasons? It may be that the guard misunderstood regulations on open / closed bottles...as in alcohol being drunk on the passenger deck, or any number of reasons. Jumping to conclusions doesn't help and leads to misinformation.

Sayat Nova

8/1/2012 6:35:54 PM

Let’s see, which is worst, Turkish Kemalist Nationalism or Religious Fanaticism? Answer: both are destructive to the health of a nation striving to become a progressive country.

Stephen Brunette

8/1/2012 5:52:40 PM

I can't believe the illy replies either. Live and let live, no harm in carrying wine home, a LEGAL beverage here in Turkey. Severely repremand the guard, his petsonal views mean nothing, and move on, simple really.

mara mcglothin

8/1/2012 5:35:05 PM

TAMER I find your comments equally ridiculous unless of course you were there in Sivas. Nothing is as it seems in Turkey-ever regardless of who is in power! Do you really think that the upswing of events such as this would be going on in Turkey should the threat of military coup still be possible. Answer...no Instead of trying to do the right thing, the AKP is using backward laws and mentality in their favor. Different master, but the game remains the same.

mara mcglothin

8/1/2012 5:31:27 PM

AYAZID Typical of you to place the blame on Kemalists! They did it so it must be okay for the AKP to do it? REally? They have had how many years now to improve the laws so crimes of this nature are not allowed for anyone, BUT they kind of like the laws now that they fall in their favor. The incite people to discriminate against others everyday. The Art Gallery incident in Beyoglu, The 'One Love" concert, and Stoning of Alevi house, the volleyball player that was assaulted because of dress?

Tamer Aslantas

8/1/2012 4:55:12 PM

What a bunch of ridiculous statements I read here, my Allah! Every time something happens that is against alcohol and nakedness there are always people commenting and defending it but when someone is getting killed for no reason I don't see 1/10 of you commenting on it. Be true for 1 time in your life, PLEASE! You don't even know the full story! Or were you all eye-witnesses? Ayazid, thumbs up!
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