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Re: Swiss don't stop for hitch hikers and don't invite anybod to their homes

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Reminds me of my trip through Dover last week.

Literally at the car entry to the passport control, two youngish teenage girls with a hitchhike sign for Calais... I'm thinking WTF? Don't they realise that you have to pay by the person to go on the ferry?! And anyway, why don't they walk to the terminal and buy a ticket and go to Calais directly?

Some people...
Isn't it car and upto 4 people though?
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Old 19.08.2015, 19:27
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I see hitchhikers almost daily around here.

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Cause you live in the ghetto
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Old 19.08.2015, 19:34
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Re: Swiss don't stop for hitch hikers and don't invite anybod to their homes

Cause of my appearance and my truck I get hitch-hikers to fling themselves at me. I see them in Switzerland, atleast once every 2 weeks. Normally with the hot girlfriend at the side of the road, and the less then attractive boyfriend out of sight in the bushes.

The problem for me is not to pick anyone up. But rather, if I am going to point A, and themselves B, they try far too hard to stay in the truck as long as possible to get to point B then I can stand.

I have had bad experiences, I have have had good experiences. Bad being a guy pulling up his shirt to reveal his 9mm, this was in Detroit, to good being 2 hippies(they're all hippies outside of the D) offering me to sleep over at their final destination and partake in the partaking.

In the end for me it is about time and if I have my kids in the back. It's one thing if I get my throat slit, its another when I have a passenger with me.
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Old 19.08.2015, 20:00
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Cause you live in the ghetto
No, most are teenagers on their way back to school after lunch.

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Old 19.08.2015, 20:22
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No, most are teenagers on their way back to school after lunch.

Tom
Actually...I found your neck of the woods ridiculously friendly. I see why people from Ticino come to Zurich and think everyone is all a**holes. When people here are just fine.
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Re: Swiss don't stop for hitch hikers and don't invite anybod to their homes

Its not worth the hassle as its hard to wash the blood out of the boot of my car as the car washes are shut on Sundays in AG
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Old 19.08.2015, 23:25
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Isn't it car and upto 4 people though?
you have to list the number of people in the car on the booking... so while yes, you would need to change the booking AFAIK. So a little more than just picking up some hitch hickers...
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Old 20.08.2015, 00:32
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I would nearly always pick up if I were on my own, but I'm struggling to remember seeing hitchhikers more than once or twice in the 15years I've been here.
I'm struggling to remember seeing hitchhikers ever in 25 years.

I think it is partially that most of those of a hitchhiking age have their own cars and almost all the rest have a Gleis 7, eliminating the need to hitchhike.
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I'm struggling to remember seeing hitchhikers ever in 25 years.

I think it is partially that most of those of a hitchhiking age have their own cars and almost all the rest have a Gleis 7, eliminating the need to hitchhike.
I never saw a hitch-hiker here. And when(if) I'll do - it would seem so weird to me that I'd definitely avoid this situation.

Anyhow, they seem to be hitchhiking at every corner, according to EF......
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Re: Swiss don't stop for hitch hikers and don't invite anybod to their homes

I don't think I've seen any hitchhikers here either, but I once hitched a lift to the station as I'd missed the bus my husband and kids were on due to a mix up. A kindly older couple picked me up. A few months later my youngest started kindergarten and to my embarrassment her teacher was the lady, my eldest started middle school and her teacher was the man, and both referred to my hitchhiking antics when I met them!
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Old 20.08.2015, 09:39
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I think it is partially that most of those of a hitchhiking age have their own cars and almost all the rest have a Gleis 7, eliminating the need to hitchhike.
My daughter always used to hitchhike to get home from the train station, as there are no late buses.

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Old 20.08.2015, 10:04
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Re: Swiss don't stop for hitch hikers and don't invite anybod to their homes

Hitch-hiking is common among paraglider pilots too. When you land out after a cross-country flight, it can be quite a walk to the nearest bus stop which, on a Sunday, may run infrequently anyway.
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I don't think I've seen any hitchhikers here either, but I once hitched a lift to the station as I'd missed the bus my husband and kids were on due to a mix up. A kindly older couple picked me up. A few months later my youngest started kindergarten and to my embarrassment her teacher was the lady, my eldest started middle school and her teacher was the man, and both referred to my hitchhiking antics when I met them!
I once lost a bus that was running one time every half an hour, and a guy saw the scene and asked me whether I want him to give me a lift. I politely declined... (I thought it was so uncommon for CH that he must be a raper in disguise or something )
He's one of our neighbours...found out later.
Anyway, according to OP I'm integrated!
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My daughter always used to hitchhike to get home from the train station, as there are no late buses.

Tom
We used to always hitchhike home from late night outs- never on my own though. This is rare now as people in my area have started a superb system called service Red Nose- bought a minibus and have lots of vounteer drivers- local kids are taken home from the local Club, Festival or other events throughout the night- so they do not drink and drive or hitchhike late. The first bus coming up to us is at 12.30, so perfect for when we go and have dinner out with or at friends.

BTW my Swiss mum who always took hitch-hikers would have been 100 this year - a war baby, of WW1. If anyone has parents or relatives in the UK who called themselves 'Chutney and Spice' in the 60s - I'd love to get in touch with them. Friends and I picked them up, took them home for a meal- and stayed for 3 weeks- would love to catch up with them (yep, my mum was super-cool - and dad just had to go with it hmmm).

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Re: Swiss don't stop for hitch hikers and don't invite anybod to their homes

I picked up a hitch-hiker once at the Shell garage in Kapellerhof, on my way to work (I had stopped off for petrol). Well, I ended up taking the guy to the next roundabout on the way to Turgi. He sat in my car singing (very vocally) about Jesus (for the three minutes that the journey took).

Funny, in a way.

Only other time was in Mozambique where I regularly picked up people in my pick-up on the way back from the power station there (poor sods had to walk all the way down the mountain and back up again every day, just to get fish from the lake)

Sometimes, the police were at the top of the mountain and gave us fines (of a minuscule amount) for having too many people in the back. But, what the hell.
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I was just watching a re-run of "Die Schweiz umsonst" (http://www.srf.ch/sendungen/die-schweiz-umsonst) where a German TV journalist tries to travel around Switzerland without money (emphasis on tries).

It was telling that in the episode I just watched, the only one who would offer them a place to sleep was a 19 year old American exchange student, and during 4 hours of hitch-hiking at a main road not a single car stopped.

What is it about the Swiss, really. And why am I that way myself. Someday this will be my ticket to the nut house.
I've actually watched this tv series when it was shown on TV. It's sad that you look at what happened so negatively. IMO your summary is somewhat misleading.

In the episode you are talking about the guy finds a place to sleep by using a couch surfing platform. He does not ask random people on the streets and they all turn him down, nor does he say that she was the only one that offered him a place to sleep.
Same thing for the hitch-hiking part: 1. It's not true that no car stopped. E.g. they show one guy who stops, but unfortunately he was heading to other directions (the journalist had to travel from Lugano to a small village). 2. In other episodes you see that there are enough people that pick him up, one lady even gives him 50 CHF after driving him from her home, to the place he needed to go.
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It's just that it bothers me that in the US, you get so many offers to stay with people even if they don't have money, and here, people are not even willing to invite somebody with a camera team who is obviously not dangeroous and just on a fun project.
Well there you go. I doubt many Swiss (being very private) would dream of letting a camera team into their home.

But hitch hiking? I've picked many up here over the years, particularly on the Zurich to Bern route but also many times late evenings and early mornings in the mountains, in fact I've hitched quite a few lifts up and down when I missed a bus and always got picked up by locals.
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http://hitchwiki.org/maps/

This is great I used to spend hours looking at the comments
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Re: Swiss don't stop for hitch hikers and don't invite anybod to their homes

the 60 and 70s were other times. Now everybody is paranoid over one thing or the other
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I hitchhiked all over in the 60s- and still pick up hitch-hikers now- all the time- as Tom says, not all of them- I'll often go past to have a look then go back if i feel like it. Just depends which part of Switzerland perhaps- certainly here I know a lot of people who pick up hitchhikers. My mum used to pick up hitchhikers because she knew we hitchhiked - our bank manager here told me recently that he and his mate never took the train to go to Nehchâtel, but waited for my mum by the side of the road, because she was such an interesting person. In the 60s we often had hitchhikers stay for days, some for weeks- most from the UK.

In the UK you rearely see hitchhikers, unless they are car delivery drivers- never any young people. We took one on the M1 in the 70s and as it was raining and getting dark, too him home, fed him, gave him a bed and drove him back to the Mway in the morning. He sent us cards from the USA for many years, etc, etc,

And we always have housefulls of people- last week musicians from UK and Spain- and 8 from all over Switzerland and 2 from Toulon stayed the night.
Something none of our neighbours in the Uk would ever do, that is for sure. I am Swiss, in my mid 60s and OH British, nearly 70.

I really wonder who those journalists are, doh
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Re: Swiss don't stop for hitch hikers and don't invite anybod to their homes

you can buy a ticket with your phone, so people don't think hitch hikers actually need a lift anymore, then it's all up to doing a favour to someone else.
regarding inviting other people in your home, this happens, but people do it through coachsurfing and such things that provide a filter and relative safety.
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