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Old 13.07.2011, 12:55
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Don't people get towed here?
I think it's way harder than in the US. But parking is an uncivilized wild west there. Don't even get me started on towing and booting in US parking--it's complete BS. I once got towed from my own condo complex--for blocking in someone who illegally parked in my space (with a note on their windshield). No one should be able to seize your property like that, I think.

Also, can you imagine if you have someone's car towed in Switzerland and the car is damaged in any way (sometimes towing will even mess up the drive train!).

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No one should be able to seize your property like that, I think.
..and right he was.
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Old 13.07.2011, 13:02
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Trev baby, I drove way before you knew how to insert a key. I wouldn't deal with that personally...it is not my job to play police officer. I'd tell the secretary to contact the building administration and let them deal with it. Blocking somebody's way is harassment and is perceived very negatively...and I'm bigger than some tit-for-tat BS.
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a) not that old
b) not that big

c) we obviously told the gym first. What can they do? They hang up some note to their members "Don't use the private car parks". There is a huge sign saying "Privat" already, a "Parken Verboten" sign with an explanation that they get towed if they do so anyway and a company sign in front of every single spot. Yes, we could call the cops. I guess it is a cultural thing, but I only call them when I see some danger for myself or others, not to settle small stuff like this.
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Old 13.07.2011, 13:04
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You are

a) not that old
b) not that big

c) we obviously told the gym first. What can they do? They hang up some note to their members "Don't use the private car parks". There is a huge sign saying "Privat" already, a "Parken Verboten" sign with an explanation that they get towed if they do so anyway and a company sign in front of every single spot. Yes, we could call the cops. I guess it is a cultural thing, but I only call them when I see some danger for myself or others, not to settle small stuff like this.
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c) we obviously told the gym first. What can they do? They hang up some note to their members "Don't use the private car parks". There is a huge sign saying "Privat" already, a "Parken Verboten" sign with an explanation that they get towed if they do so anyway and a company sign in front of every single spot. Yes, we could call the cops. I guess it is a cultural thing, but I only call them when I see some danger for myself or others, not to settle small stuff like this.
That's pretty much my opinion, too, but it does take you out of the equation if the rogue parker decides to get in a "He broke my car" frame of mind.
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Old 13.07.2011, 13:07
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Does anyone know if there is a website/database where you can enter a car's registration number - and find out the address the car is registered to?
We have some communal parking spaces in front of our apartment, for the residents of the block of flats - but often there are no free spaces, as I think drivers in nearby houses are using the spaces instead.
See this thread.

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Blocking somebody's way is harassment and is perceived very negatively...
Just curious, is stealing someone's parking spot considered harassment since the offender is essentially blocking the renter's way? Can the offender be charged with harassment as well?

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Old 13.07.2011, 13:17
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No one should be able to seize your property like that, I think.
Kind of like taking your parking spot, right?

How about removing the valve cores from their tires and taping them to their windshield? You are sending a message and not confiscating property!
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Old 13.07.2011, 13:37
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How about removing the valve cores from their tires and taping them to their windshield? You are sending a message and not confiscating property!
An old mechanic I used to work with kept a valve core tool in his car for just such things. Though he would just unscrew the core a leeetle beeety bit, so there was a constant leak.

Personally I don't condone such behavior for safety reasons, but in case someone needs such a tool they look like this:



Machinists have their own approach. Prussian blue is the universal problem solver and revenge item. If you aren't familiar with it, it is essentially intense dark blue pigment in a grease base- really oil paint that takes forever to dry. A little bit of that on microscope eyepieces, glasses frames, and for real bastards a dab under their car door handle. By the time you notice it it's everywhere. One white haired bastard got the inside band of his hat done on a Friday afternoon... came back in on Monday bald (he was less of a bastard after too ).
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You are

a) not that old
b) not that big

c) we obviously told the gym first. What can they do? They hang up some note to their members "Don't use the private car parks". There is a huge sign saying "Privat" already, a "Parken Verboten" sign with an explanation that they get towed if they do so anyway and a company sign in front of every single spot. Yes, we could call the cops. I guess it is a cultural thing, but I only call them when I see some danger for myself or others, not to settle small stuff like this.
a) You don't know when I started driving.
b) You don't know me.
c) By danger, you mean like when you put your car in a way that blocks the person from leaving your rented parking spot....and the guy, in addition to being another tit-for-tat idiot is also a total nutter...and waits for you to get off work..with a Louisville Slugger...you mean danger like that?
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See this thread.



Just curious, is stealing someone's parking spot considered harassment since the offender is essentially blocking the renter's way? Can the offender be charged with harassment as well?
No it's not harassment. It's a simple traffic or property violation.
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c) we obviously told the gym first. What can they do? They hang up some note to their members "Don't use the private car parks". There is a huge sign saying "Privat" already, a "Parken Verboten" sign with an explanation that they get towed if they do so anyway and a company sign in front of every single spot.
If your company or the car park owners retain the services of a towing company, then why not just call them?
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Come on, it is NOT a Swiss thing - it happens anywhere where parking is limited.
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If your company or the car park owners retain the services of a towing company, then why not just call them?
Nah, that'd be too much tit and less tat.
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Does anyone know if there is a website/database where you can enter a car's registration number - and find out the address the car is registered to?
We have some communal parking spaces in front of our apartment, for the residents of the block of flats - but often there are no free spaces, as I think drivers in nearby houses are using the spaces instead.


It depends on the Canton. Sometimes you can look it up right on the webpage. I'm told Baselland is one of these. http://www.baselland.ch/main_fahrz-htm.276909.0.html but I couldn't find it.

In Basel Stadt you have to send an email to Motorfahrzeugkontrolle (motor vehicle control) info.mfkbs@jsd.bs.ch. In your e-mail just ask them what you are looking for. You don't have to go into any accusations or details other than the vehicle make and plate number.

You can use this template, giving the details of the car in the subject line:
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Können Sie mir bitte den Namen und Adresse für den Halter des oben angegebenen Fahrzeuges mitteilen ?

Im voraus besten Dank für Ihre Hilfe.

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Yeah, but nowhere else in the world are so many Swiss culprits involved!

See! So it is a Swiss thing, obviously!

Except when it's foreigners, which it usually is anyway.
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Re: Parking spot thieves

Anyone know how to start a clamping business in Switzerland? Sounds like it could be a nice little earner....if done legally. Given the high costs maybe CHF300 to be released if you park in someone's spot when a warning sign is displayed?
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I was talking about the fondue.
The parking was just a rant. Everyone knows the Swiss can't park.
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Limited parking very much so, that place is slammed.

And if somebody noticed past few years, that there is this foreigner who despite paying for two parking spots, regularly uses just one, they will send their shop customers to squat that single free spot that is often left there...Towin', I tell ya.

Paying for two spots, while using one, in CH, is not really done. I think another car is needed

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or this one? I am getting all sentimental..

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Limited parking very much so, that place is slammed.

And if somebody noticed past few years, that there is this foreigner who despite paying for two parking spots, regularly uses just one, they will send their shop customers to squat that single free spot that is often left there...Towin', I tell ya.

Paying for two spots, while using one, in CH, is not really done. I think another car is needed

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or this one? I am getting all sentimental..

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Oh god....

What's wrong with Russian cars?
Aside of those 12l of gas we had to pump in it, good ol' Zigulik, sniff.

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