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Old 01.08.2013, 09:35
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There really does not seem to be any understanding of queues. The results can be extreme chaos and extreme annoyance. Hence, many places use numbered tickets (post office, pharmacy, etc.). The competition for seats on trains/trams is also fierce. I have never seen little old women move so fast and fight so hard.
Your obsession with queuing to be honoured, but the number-ticket system, whomever invented it means GOOD organisation

With these numbers it goes, as the Germans say "Ruck-Ruck-Zack-Zack"
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Old 01.08.2013, 10:16
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Not unique to any country, but I can only remember seeing it used outside of Scandinavia when wait times are longer. Like when getting a driving license in the US. I cannot remember a time when I took a numbered ticket in the UK, so maybe I cannot comment there.
Most main post offices have them or the other system where you are summoned to "Cashier number 4, please!" automated system. Meat and/or deli counter in many supermarkets, also many pharmacies have the ticket system.

Also, if you have to visit the local benefits office, there is usually a ticket or automated queuing system there.
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Re: How the swiss deal with incorrect behavior from strangers

Felt the wrath of an old Swiss lady today. Don't know who pissed in her cereal this morning, lol. We have a self serve car wash near our home, their are two spots behind each other. It was our first time there, and hubby parked the car a bit too far back, so it was not exactly centred over the grate. As we just started spraying down the car, this old lady pulled in behind us, and immediately yelled at us to move the car forward, it was too close to her spot. Fair enough, so I did, and to give her extra room, I moved the car forward an extra bit, past the end of the grate, only to be yelled at again that I moved too far forward...lol. She made me reverse the car again! The ground was inclined towards the grate, so the water would have flowed into it anyways. She yelled at us again later, because we reversed out beside her, instead of waiting for her to finish, there was tons of room, but she insisted there wasn't. We left her there gesturing and yelling, lol.
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Old 01.08.2013, 14:06
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Re: How the swiss deal with incorrect behavior from strangers

You should have made a citizens arrest. It's illegal to shout on 1st August.

(Well, obviously it isn't, but she might have fallen for it.)
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Old 01.08.2013, 14:12
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You should have made a citizens arrest. It's illegal to shout on 1st August.

(Well, obviously it isn't, but she might have fallen for it.)
I don't think "yelling" always means "shouting" in these posts. I think "yelling" = "speaking in disgruntled tone".

Fair play to the car wash being open on such an auspicious public holiday, though. I thought that would have been more the source of consternation with the Swiss locals than having a barney over where you park in proximity to spray and foam...
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You should have made a citizens arrest. It's illegal to shout on 1st August.
fixed tha for you

It's illegal...to wash a car on a public holiday
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Old 01.08.2013, 14:21
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Re: How the swiss deal with incorrect behavior from strangers

I think it's illegal to do most things here in CH on the days/times when people are actually free to do them.

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It's illegal...to wash a car on a public holiday
Well, she washed hers, too, lol. And she was definitely shouting, in a really high pitched old woman angry kind of way.
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Old 01.08.2013, 15:58
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Well, she washed hers, too, lol.
Maybe she was jealous you were getting in on her little secret.
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Felt the wrath of an old Swiss lady today. Don't know who pissed in her cereal this morning, lol. We have a self serve car wash near our home, their are two spots behind each other. It was our first time there, and hubby parked the car a bit too far back, so it was not exactly centred over the grate. As we just started spraying down the car, this old lady pulled in behind us, and immediately yelled at us to move the car forward, it was too close to her spot. Fair enough, so I did, and to give her extra room, I moved the car forward an extra bit, past the end of the grate, only to be yelled at again that I moved too far forward...lol. She made me reverse the car again! The ground was inclined towards the grate, so the water would have flowed into it anyways. She yelled at us again later, because we reversed out beside her, instead of waiting for her to finish, there was tons of room, but she insisted there wasn't. We left her there gesturing and yelling, lol.
She yelled ? In reality she just wanted to be heard And wanted to help you And at the end resented your fleeing the place so swiflty. To rush things is not the way in Langenthal. She for sure in the meantime reported back home that she had told some Zürcher folk her mind
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Re: How the swiss deal with incorrect behavior from strangers

Not Zürcher folk, Ausländers!!, I was speaking English to hubby. Although, I then responded to her in her own dialect, must have confused the heck out of her, lol. Yes, we were likely her conversational topic for the day as well, lol.
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Old 02.08.2013, 11:48
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Felt the wrath of an old Swiss lady today. Don't know who pissed in her cereal this morning, lol. We have a self serve car wash near our home, their are two spots behind each other. It was our first time there, and hubby parked the car a bit too far back, so it was not exactly centred over the grate. As we just started spraying down the car, this old lady pulled in behind us, and immediately yelled at us to move the car forward, it was too close to her spot. Fair enough, so I did, and to give her extra room, I moved the car forward an extra bit, past the end of the grate, only to be yelled at again that I moved too far forward...lol. She made me reverse the car again! The ground was inclined towards the grate, so the water would have flowed into it anyways. She yelled at us again later, because we reversed out beside her, instead of waiting for her to finish, there was tons of room, but she insisted there wasn't. We left her there gesturing and yelling, lol.
There you go. Thats what im talking about right there.
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I have decided it is a more grownup , responsible way for a society to live, instead of having the policeforce be the parent all the time. I love the fact that there are so few police officers on the streets here - that it's possible to safely walk along the riverside in KleinBasel after dark in summer, hearing all the happy people enjoying themselves without the need of a police presence to prevent riotous behaviour, fights, broken bottles etc.
In Basel? I see the Police practically every day. Basel has the highest crime rate in Switzerland.
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In Basel? I see the Police practically every day. Basel has the highest crime rate in Switzerland.
So what dodgy places do you frequent then?
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Basel has the highest crime rate in Switzerland.
Only on the street. Other cities are far ahead for finance crime. Basel can't be nr. one all the time.
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In Basel? I see the Police practically every day. Basel has the highest crime rate in Switzerland.
not really:

http://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/portal/d...02/key/02.html
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Re: How the swiss deal with incorrect behavior from strangers

Strange, these sort of things don't seem to happen in Geneva.

I have never been accosted or verbally abused by anyone in public places here. And, if it ever did happen, i speak the lingo and can probably shout louder than the shoutee.

Apart from the time I did have an incident with a young, shirtless, coloured person a few years ago. He asked me for a cigarette, whilst gesticulating with a bottle of JD. I pointed out that the cigarette shop was just next door and if he can afford JD he can afford cigs. I was called a racist. But I kept my calm.

I think he thought i was Swiss!!!
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Strange, these sort of things don't seem to happen in Geneva.

I have never been accosted or verbally abused by anyone in public places here. And, if it ever did happen, i speak the lingo and can probably shout louder than the shoutee.

Apart from the time I did have an incident with a young, shirtless, coloured person a few years ago. He asked me for a cigarette, whilst gesticulating with a bottle of JD. I pointed out that the cigarette shop was just next door and if he can afford JD he can afford cigs. I was called a racist. But I kept my calm.

I think he thought i was Swiss!!!
LOL yeah ive herad geneva is more laid back too. I actually went there for the first time a while back and couldnt help noticing the large representation of africans.

Now, am i a total racist for wondering what the deal is with that? Can one even ask that question? Im just curious - dont shoot me down.
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LOL yeah ive herad geneva is more laid back too. I actually went there for the first time a while back and couldnt help noticing the large representation of africans.

Now, am i a total racist for wondering what the deal is with that? Can one even ask that question? Im just curious - dont shoot me down.

Language?
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