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

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.

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

As a hitch hiker, I've only been picked up by a Swiss driver once - and that was in Germany by a Mohican-wearing punk.

The last time I hitched a lift here, it was with a Russian woman and her kids.

France is still the best country for hitching.
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Re: Swiss don't stop for hitch hikers and don't invite anybod to their homes

I wouldn't take one unless it is very clear they are travelers. Then again the ones I see are at 5 am after they stumbled out of my nightclub and drank all their taxi/bus money...... . Last thing I am looking forward to is cleaning up the puke from one of them

I remember in Belgium where the police would set up stings with young people hitchhiking, anyone who stopped was checked and searched. So I'd rather not have anything like that happen.
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What is it about the Swiss, really. ....
I don't think it a Swiss thing. But maybe more to do with (overly) prudent people and (more) relaxed people!

We never give a lift to people, but that's because the back seats are full with two kids, half-eaten food, toys, junk, and more toys. If we did not have kids, we'd be in the overly prudent group of people, and would only ever stop for someone in distress.

Back on my little island, giving lifts to people is no longer the norm, as the place is slowing becoming like Jo'burg! Car-jacking is such a problem at night, that most people don't stop even if there is a road accident and it's obvious people need help. Sad world, I know.
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Old 19.08.2015, 14:34
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Re: Swiss don't stop for hitch hikers and don't invite anybod to their homes

We even give lifts to people when we got kids in the car - if there's room.

Of course who we choose to pick up depends - we do use some judgement.
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Re: Swiss don't stop for hitch hikers and don't invite anybod to their homes

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.
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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.
Do you have a key labeled "door to exit planet earth?" No? Well relax. We are all in it together in this mad house planet together. Still born argument you see.

Most people dont know how to judge others. Watch heaps of TV and your problems are compounded. Especially if you believe in these fake reality shows and rock/movie stars giving advice on parent hood.

I am happy to pick-up hitch hikers. A mother with a kid and a broken down car. Someone in the desert with no water (done that before in Oz). But someone in SUI? Think about it folks. What are the chances that the hiker wont make it home in SUI. Go figure. All within reason of course.

First rule of first aid is.....

Protect yourself before you help others.

And that people is the answer.

They dont help because they are afraid.

People are even afraid that friends wont see the red carpet being rolled out infront of them.

MR.Bean was sucessfull for a reason. Mr.Bean is about what lies below the surface in most people. We are not too far away from those rascal monkeys in the trees you know. And Mr.Bean showing off his new purchase is not at all different from the AUDI with red stickers all over it. I just bought a range rover and I too like all the fancy stuff.

Its all psychological you see. And easy to understand if the concept is explained well. If you dont believe me then watch the Richard Feynman videos on YT. He makes Tom Cruise look like a cave man.

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a Mohican-wearing punk.
A what? Do people go around wearing Algonquin Native Americans there days?
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Re: Swiss don't stop for hitch hikers and don't invite anybod to their homes

I always pick hitchhikers. It is non-homeopatic karma booster.

However, I have seen very little of hitchhikers in Switzerland. Last time it was a young guy, who overstayed (got carried away) chatting with friends, and he was late to take his little sister to cinema. So we drove him direct in front of cinema (we had nothing better to do, it was only 15 min detour, and he was happy). It is an easy way to make someone's day a little bit better.
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Re: Swiss don't stop for hitch hikers and don't invite anybod to their homes

I stop for hitchhikers in Switzerland when they look like this:

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/...alive/31454212
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Re: Swiss don't stop for hitch hikers and don't invite anybod to their homes

Friday, August 14:
"Switzerland ranked world['s] safest country"
Wednesday, August 19:
"Swiss don't stop for hitch hikers and don't invite anybod[y] [in]to their homes"

Causation?
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I stop for hitchhikers in Switzerland when they look like this:

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/culture/...alive/31454212
I don't know, give them longer eyelashes and they may be a Swiss version of Clockwork Orange
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Old 19.08.2015, 16:25
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Re: Swiss don't stop for hitch hikers and don't invite anybod to their homes

I didn't choose to pick up 1 I was just pulling out of a car park when a women jumped into my car and was upset she was going to miss her train and asked me to drive her to the train station totally in shock I drove her there
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Re: Swiss don't stop for hitch hikers and don't invite anybod to their homes

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.

But I'm astonished to learn that the "inviting people into your home" that the OP talks about is expecting that offers of a bed for the night would be forthcoming from total strangers. I've heard of this happening in the US, but it's a concept I doubt that 99.99% of Europeans would even consider to exist.
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Re: Swiss don't stop for hitch hikers and don't invite anybod to their homes

I see hitchhikers almost daily around here.

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Old 19.08.2015, 17:22
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Re: Swiss don't stop for hitch hikers and don't invite anybod to their homes

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 Nehch‚tel, 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

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

Ok I have another story me and my girlfriends had a few drinks in our local then decided to catch the bus to town, got fed up of waiting after a few mins decided to hitch a ride so we stood next to the road in our mini skirts sticking our thumbs and legs out, along came a car we all piled in on top of each other told the driver take us to town, when he looked around we all burst out laughing it was a friend of ours ( he worked at a garage and always had different cars )
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