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Old 12.06.2015, 22:52
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Re: Swiss honesty

Interesting.... Golface groaned a post praising the honesty of a young lad for returning the phone, case and emergency 20 chuff note

Maybe it was a mistake, OR, he's the young lad and miffed he didn't get a reward
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Old 13.06.2015, 11:30
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I lost two bottles of South African red at Zurich airport and never saw them again.

They were confiscated as I was going through security.

*sighs* I still feel robbed.




u can take bottles of wine in the check-in-luggage easily. Often did so and not a single bottle lost. Of course, a decent packing is helpful. Use your clothes as cushioning material
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Old 13.06.2015, 13:15
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With a few things on my mind and trying to read some notes on the bus I put my shiney new phone iPhone 6 on the seat, and as it was warm took my jacket of and put that on the seat too. Didn't notice my stop coming up so quickly stuffed my notes in my bag, picked up my jacket and made for the exit. I got to work went for my phone and yep... it was still on the 8 bus from Baar to Rotkreuz

So, I went back to the banhof and the SBB office, they said speak to a driver and they can radio the bus.... great thinks me. Sadly the radio on my bus was down, so another driver checked the schedule and said he will be in Cham at the same time as the bus I was on was returning from Rotkreuz, hop on I'll take you there.

He did, he walked me to the bus spoke to the driver who 70 mins after I had left it handed me back my phone, telling me a young lad had handed it in...phew.

Sadly, he had no contact details for me to thank the lad or give him a reward for his honesty, so this post will have to do.... good on ya wee man, thank you!
That´s great! This country can be cold in both, weather and personality ways, but you can trust on people and feel safe. So many countries that should learn from Switzerland!
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Old 13.06.2015, 22:09
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I once found a wallet in a shopping centre. There was an address in it. I walked all the way to the owner's house and gave them their wallet (which they thought they would never see again).
Oh, and that was in the U.K.

Switzerland doesn't have the monopoly on honesty.
Didn't you say you're naturalized?
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Old 14.06.2015, 00:00
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Re: Swiss honesty

Talk about oddities:

I come from a place where people don't lose things but get those violently stolen. Nothing strange there.

On at least five occasions I have defended the victims, recovered the stolen items and gave those back to the owner.

I was young. I couldn't do it anymore.

When I remember this, I guess the victims must have seen me as an UFO. Totally unusual in a place in which everyone minds his/her own business.
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Not to its original owner.

I don't know if its swiss honesty, or if any nationality can join in.

I gave a young lad his iphone back after he left it on the seat on a train. It didn't cross my mind to be opportunistic, although he was surprised to be given it back.
Thank you. I dont think its uniquely swiss. I'm from Singapore in Asia and we have extremely low crime rates. I can leave a laptop/wallet/phone on a table in a cafe, come back and it'll still be there. Drop it in a taxi, call lost and found and you get it back. In my uni back home we always left all our bags and stuff on a table that we were using, went off for lunch, came back and expected it to be untouched. In quite a few other countries I have travelled to it is similar.

I recently lost my wallet in my Riad in Morocco (Africa) and got an email that it had been found! It comes down to luck and the individual person who finds your item. Also there are tons of immigrants here and it could have been one of them who turned it in.
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Old 18.06.2015, 17:29
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Interesting.... Golface groaned a post praising the honesty of a young lad for returning the phone, case and emergency 20 chuff note

Maybe it was a mistake, OR, he's the young lad and miffed he didn't get a reward
Thought that was strange myself....
Certainly hit the wrong button....
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Re: Swiss honesty

I agree that honesty is not an exclusivity of certain nationalities but very much depending on people. I left my brand new skiing helmet on a train two years ago, called SBB but still did find it
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Old 18.06.2015, 20:07
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u can take bottles of wine in the check-in-luggage easily. Often did so and not a single bottle lost. Of course, a decent packing is helpful. Use your clothes as cushioning material
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Same here. I wrap them up in paper (ld newspapers, magazines) first, then use some clothes and make sure they're "protected" by layers of clothes. Never had any problem and seeing how the luggages are treated...am still amazed everything is OK each time.


that's what dirty laundry is for
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Old 18.06.2015, 23:20
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that's what dirty laundry is for
You'll notice the difference once a bottle breaks
It's been said to happen despite the protection
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Old 18.06.2015, 23:59
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You'll notice the difference once a bottle breaks
It's been said to happen despite the protection
all my clothes are red.
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Old 20.06.2015, 20:26
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Re: Swiss honesty

I found an iPhone on the dancefloor of a (dubstep!) club in 2008. I was a bit, uh, intoxicated so the best I could manage was to thrust it into the air a la Lion King and yell excitedly "WHO'S LOST THEIR PHONE?!" thrusting it in different directions until someone grabbed it off me I felt warm and fuzzy for helping someone but I did assume that it was the owner or a friend who grabbed it, hmmm...

A little thing happened to me today, I was putting away groceries and couldn't find my sesame oil. I checked the receipt and it was on there, so I went back to try my luck and was pleasantly surprised that the customer behind me had not packed it in their own bag (I'd assumed this was what had happened in the past when I had forgotten something and was only met with blank/suspicious faces at customer services!)
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Re: Swiss honesty

My first experience of swiss honesty was after a decently violent prodigy concert; when the lights came up there were half a dozen people standing around holding wallets in the air for the owners to find them, I'd never seen anything like that before.

Then when it came my turn to lose something I left a daypack of running gear on the train and expected to get it back, but nope, no 'Find my stinky running gear' app back then
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no 'Find my stinky running gear' app back then
You probably can buy it back in the second hand section on fetishgear.ch
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Old 21.06.2015, 17:30
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Re: Swiss honesty

Found a nice little note in my postbox yesterday, with my Trash-card attached to it! Apparently, I left it behind, after using the trash crusher. Then, a woman found it, went to the Gemeinde, asked for my name and took the time to return it!

So thoughtful!
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Old 21.06.2015, 17:32
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Re: Swiss honesty

We had similar experience in Finland, 200 KM north of polar circle in Ivalo. My wife forgot her Ipad on airplane. They found it there, gave to airport workers, and driver from hotel brought it 2 days later. awesome experience!
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Re: Swiss honesty

You were lucky...

I put a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (no SIM card as it was used by my daughter to play games on) to charge in the Inter-Regio train between Zurich and Lausanne, forgot it when I changed in Lausanne and, although I opened a ticket with the SBB Lost and Found, it was never returned
My daughter hates me
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Re: Swiss honesty

Yes most swiss are very honest. Many times we went to lakes that springtime or summertime and they just leave their open wallets in the grass by public walked on by. So it means,nobody will touch or grab it right?
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Old 24.06.2015, 10:40
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You'll notice the difference once a bottle breaks
It's been said to happen despite the protection

THIS is why I spoke about good packing and cushioning
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Yes most swiss are very honest. Many times we went to lakes that springtime or summertime and they just leave their open wallets in the grass by public walked on by. So it means,nobody will touch or grab it right?

The Swiss are, as a people, honest and have a strong sense of order. I have _twice_ left the cash at a Bankomat... The machine will suck the cash back in if left for a certain period, and this is recorded in the machine log. Both times it was middle of the day, at an ATM just outside the regular bank Counter. In both cases, when I realised the incredible depth of my stupidity I went back to the bank and asked if the machine had pulled the Money back in - both times the next person came along, found my 400-500CHF, went into the bank (probably stood in the line) and returned the Money to a a cashier.
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