On a happier note, my most memorable act of kindness was when I returned from Germany ( CeBIT
) to Basel, and then changeover for a train to Zürich HB very late possibly 1.55am. This train arrived 15 minutes too late for the final train to Wädenswil - home. It was the very first time I had seen Zürich HB in locked up mode, and was ushered by security to leave the station.
Most unfortunately, my ATM card did not work at Postfinance nor at any other ATM machines. There were funds but simply inaccessible. I had very little cash, all in Euros and mobile phone dead after being left uncharged.
A lone cabbie noticed me loitering ( a bit aimless never having been through something like this before ) near the Sihlpost street. He drove over and asked if I needed a cab. I mentioned I did but simply did not have CHF125 it took to get home. He offered me a ride back, for free. Naturally, I repaid him many times over since.
And in Australia, it was perhaps by a Swiss consulate officer in Sydney ( Ramona Borg ), who exercised Switzerland´s compassionate powers. Anything more would be TMI