The Istanbul Taksim Square Shoe Shine Scammers!

By JaquelyncS | Mar 7, 2023
Middle East > Turkey > Istanbul

Taksim Square after we got scammed!

Taksim Square after we got scammed!


Unlucky us we got scammed!

We have to give the shoe shine guy a money before we got in trouble, and followed by him and his fellow shoe shine scammers! One guy accidentally dropped his shoe brush in front of us while walking around next to our hotel the famous Taksim Square in Istanbul. My husband being kind and all he picked it and returned it to the guy who surprisingly somehow surprised that he dropped his brush on accident, we didn't know at this time it was scam.

So we gave it back and smiled and walked pass him, on the other hand the guy was so grateful and all offered my husband to shine his shoes we said “oh no thank you no problem we don't need it” he keeps following us saying “oh come come for returning my brush and all no problem”. So we gave in we thought how nice this guy is, how wrong and stupid we was!

He started talking about his mother in hospital need operation, wife and kids need money for food! In less than 1 min later he is done with the shoes and asked us for the payments shocked we was we gave him 100 lira but no he wasn't accepting 100 lira he wants 190 lira. We said no we don't have money and (he just said he will shine the shoes for returning him the stupid shoe brush that he dropped on purpose to scam people) that's all we have we said but no he wasn't happy about it blubbering and getting upset, and we are getting upset too we didn't even want him to do the shoes but he insists!

For returning his shoe brush, the shoes not even cleaned it looks more dirty he just washed the old shine, At the end we left him blubbering about everything! We have to liked walked away fast like running for our lives i guess! I know it wasn't too much money, it's about principles. And him being scammer. Kindness sometimes won't get you any good! There are always people will take advantaged of other people kindness! Beware of those people! Just walked away!

Istanbul Middle East Safety Scams Turkey

Share this tip:


There are 2 comments
Jeff

Jeff
Aug 9, 2023 at 08:34

Hi you are not in the wrong. They first say 90 liras change to make you give 100 lira note. Happened to me, he just put it straight in his pocket and then he said 190 liras. Since I’m from a well to do family, I didn’t make much of an issue and left disgusted by him while he was still waving out to me arguing. Hate to see kindness exploited like this. Hurt even more that the usual price is around 5 to 10 lira.


wasatch
Mar 8, 2023 at 19:01

See my tip "The Istanbul Shoe Shine Scam" on how to deal with it.


Thoughts? Questions?

See also

Accommodations

Tours and activities

The City Tour in Baku - The Capital of Azerbaijan

Welcome to Azerbaijan! Azerbaijan is situated at the eastern side of the TransCaucasia on the shores of the Caspian Sea. This is the Land of Fire and the Pearl of the Caucasus, a land where eastern colours, including to unique nature, unmatched culture, centuries of history & its hospitality combine magnificently with western progress.

Full Day Istanbul Old City Tour

The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar, with their historical atmosphere, architectural beauties and important works, are some of the most important places to see in Istanbul.