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Old 01.07.2011, 16:45
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German v French swiss, has this ever happened to you?

Interesting thing happened to me this morning. I buy a monthly ticket for the TPG network here in geneva and yesterday it expired. Me being me I totally forgot and this morning on the way to work, the first day after its expiry ticket inspectors got on the tram ). Its the first time in 4 months I've ever seen ticket inspectors in Geneva) and he looked at my ticket and said it expired yesterday. Interestingly he then said no problems I know youve probably forgotten (which I had) go and have it renew it as soon as possible and carried on. Very nice of him not to fine me 80 let alone have try and have me deported as the SVP seem to aspire to, especially me having a brown skin complexion.

Does this happen in swiss germany?
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Old 01.07.2011, 17:12
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Does this happen in swiss germany?
I guess you mean "the german-speaking part of Switzerland" (just saying because some people might get offended if you say "swiss germany", since Switzerland is not Germany).


And yes, this also happens in the german-speaking part of Switzerland. I don't think it depends on where you are, but what kind of person it is you're dealing with. And, as you know, you have all kinds of people everywhere. I've had both examples - the understanding as well as the non-understanding kind of person - in similar situations here in Zurich. And I guess you can have the same in Geneva...
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Old 01.07.2011, 17:14
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Re: German v French swiss, has this ever happened to you?

Even in Suisse Romande it depends very much on the individual inspector I think. One day last week I was sitting on the bus opposite a very respectable, middle-class looking white woman who was caught by inspectors with an expired AG. She explained to them that she had forgotten to renew it. I can believe this, on more than one occasion I have forgotten to renew my annual abo until a few days after it expired.

Anyway, they gave her a 100 CHF fine which she paid immediately and very apologetically, no complaints at all.
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Old 01.07.2011, 17:15
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Re: German v French swiss, has this ever happened to you?

I got off a fine for not stamping my Mehrfahrticketdingsbums by talking French to the ticket inspectoress, when it was clear her French wasn't too good
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Does this happen in swiss germany?
Only here. When the Germanics find out it creates quite an uproar.
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Only here. When the Germanics find out it creates quite an uproar.
Schwiez Deutch, where they speak swiss german
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Re: German v French swiss, has this ever happened to you?

Last time I was on a bus that got checked, the driver made an announcement on the PA that the inspectors would be getting on at the next stop, so have your tickets ready. A long queue immediately formed at the on board ticket machine, and lots of Mehrfahrkarten were punched at the on board machines. So much for Swiss honesty...
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Last time I was on a bus that got checked, the driver made an announcement on the PA that the inspectors would be getting on at the next stop, so have your tickets ready. A long queue immediately formed at the on board ticket machine, and lots of Mehrfahrkarten were punched at the on board machines. So much for Swiss honesty...
What would have been really funny would be if the inspectors never got on at the next stop.
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Re: German v French swiss, has this ever happened to you?

My first bus travel in 8 months was yesterday. When getting on, a french guy tried to ask the driver something (in french). The driver didn't speak french, the guy didn't speak german. In the end somehow the guy tried to get on (presumably without a ticket) and then the driver remembered his french lessons, cause he started barking "degagez! degagez!" and send the dude away
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Re: German v French swiss, has this ever happened to you?

Usually the swiss french are more relaxed than the swiss germans who like following the rules a lot more, but ya it goes a lot on what kind of person and especially on what train, there more likely to let you off on a tram than they would if you were on a train.
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