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Old 18.10.2011, 18:23
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Re: Asian tourists - rather "clumpsy" people?

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Old 18.10.2011, 18:50
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Re: Asian tourists - rather "clumpsy" people?

I still once in a while use both hands to receive or give away something. One can imagine the culture shock for Asians upon first arriving in Europe - over time, they adapt.

Enjoy your sojourn in Asia Treverus!
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Re: Asian tourists - rather "clumpsy" people?

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Nah, the best thing about a trolley is that you can leave it somewhere blocking an aisle and then quietly get another. If it's a trolley that takes a coin deposit you can lock it onto somebody else's trolley when they're not looking and slip away quietly.
Hah .... I would never have thought of that one! Locking my trolley onto someone else`s! What an amazingly good idea! AND I get my money back!

I had a friend who loves to "shop" at Ikea. She goes around putting all the stuff she would like to buy into her trolley, and then abandons it, and goes has a 2 buck hot-dog and coffee. It satisfies her shopaholic syndrome - I think.

But now I have found out what these free coin shaped thingies on a keyring that I keep receiving from institutions (not mental ones, just ordinary ones) are for. They are discs for shopping trolleys!
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- When they are to pay at coop the act like its the first time ever they use paper money. They look scared, they discuss with their wife and they find it unbelievable they will recieve CHF return for EUR.
thats what i see- usually, Asian tourists dont come to do a Swiss trip but a Europe trip (its a L---ong way and cost a lot to come!), Switzerland, as a country surrounded by all those countries using EUR. Well, I got a few European friends from a big country in the EU but not using EUR, who have asked me, 'how much EUR i should get when i come visit you?' / 'what is CHF?'

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- One guy needed to be told how to use his own credit card 3 times by the cashier.

- Two girls simply put the whole SHOPPING BASKET on the belt at coop, ignoring the fact that everyone else took their stuff out of the cart. Its like they have never seen that system before.
oh, such a co-incident . I would never forget this : )
I DID THE SAME, when I first arrived CH had my first shopping at Coop, I put the basket on the belt and wait . The lady was saying something sounded very angry ( i had 0 knowledge of the local language/s at that time) and kept looking at me like , i was alone and i had no clue what was happening to her and in fact i was thinking, 'why dont you just take my groceries out from the basket, scan them, and let me pay?' at the end, she looked very much discouraged and scanned all the stuff, showed me the amount on the screen . I gave her my CC (with a kinda less boring design on it), she pointed me to the machine with number keyboard. I said, 'but there is no pin code on my card ' . She just took my card and put it in, then i figured out ....

I have never seen that system before and was very disappointed that there was no service. Even now, i still blame that I put everything on the belt and they're scanning things while chatting with the other cashier somewhere out there, laughing, ah, doesnt matter if they chat. Tho i often told myself, 'i could do it much faster, perhaps they should let me scan....'

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- In fact, even adults act like they are on a different planet just while shopping at Coop - are asian stores really that different?
INDEED, at least in the asian countries I have been to, where there was SERVICE and people were much polite that sentences were followed by/started with 'please', as well as thank you. not saying in here they dont, some do, i guess it has to do with the training.

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- The like to stop whereever they feel like, for example in a doorway oblivious to the fact that people are trying to pass.

- They have a limited field of vision, they simply refuse to note that people are trying to pass or whatever.
I complain that a lot in Switzerland, I found so often that people are just stuck(not even slowly, suddenly.) in front of the escalator seemed like thinking of 'errr, should i take the stairs?' ; also the fact that in a very busy area like hallway or doorway, they met some old/good friends, they started with the three kisses in the middle of the way while not knowing the road is not made for them . Or, the ladies often walk in a line that they're like the 4 in Sex in the City , and so on

I cant say it doesnt happen in where I am from, ' please / excuse-me ' always
work tho. Except here I had to use all the languages I know to ask the person/s blocking on the escalator please move. Dont they teach 'please stand on the right hand side on escalators' here ?

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Old 19.10.2011, 05:35
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Re: Asian tourists - rather "clumpsy" people?

awesome, i'm rather clumpsy then
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Old 19.10.2011, 07:55
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They sometimes ask to take pictures with me. Especially when I'm wearing heels. I think it makes them LOL that I am a foot taller and wider than most men in any given group of Chinese or Japanese.

I don't know about wider, but you're definitely hotter than most asian men!
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Old 19.10.2011, 09:08
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Now, where are my white trainers, baseball cap, and gigantic eyeglasses?
You should have warned us about the spider cows.
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Old 19.10.2011, 09:13
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- Two girls simply put the whole cart (EDIT:Carrier thingy) on the belt at coop, ignoring the fact that everyone else took their stuff out of the cart.
I often do that.

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friend of mine who used to live in Hongkong told me its even worse there, he sometimes needed to physically move locals out of his way on the sidewalk, literally almost lifting them up just to get past.
The Ti-Chinese are no better.

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Old 19.10.2011, 09:17
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This is Trademark Swiss... there is nothing Asian about it...
Yes, my wife bitches about that all the time, and she's Swiss born and bred.

What irks her (and me) the most is when someone stops their car in the middle of the street to talk to someone either in another car, or who is walking down the street!

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Old 19.10.2011, 11:04
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Yes, my wife bitches about that all the time, and she's Swiss born and bred.

What irks her (and me) the most is when someone stops their car in the middle of the street to talk to someone either in another car, or who is walking down the street!

Tom

I like when they get off of an escalator and then stand in front of it, looking around to see which direction they want to go, but then they see someone they know and decide to have a conversation right there in front of the escalator, not realizing that everyone coming off of the escalator behind them is going to mow them over in short manner if they don't pick a direction and move out of the way soon.
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Old 19.10.2011, 11:46
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Re: Asian tourists - rather "clumpsy" people?

This standing-in-the-way behavior must be really inbred. They do that even in foreign countries. A car in a parking lot in the Provence (where I spent some time during the summer) was standing in the way of everybody else's and sure enough it had a Swiss license plate.
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In short: Just because you are ignorant of their culture does not make them stupid.

Excactly what I thought when I read this idiotic rant.
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Re: Asian tourists - rather "clumpsy" people?

I could be wrong but I got the feeling the OP was a bit tongue in cheek. i.e. summing up a whole lot of things already said on the forum about Swiss people and then relating them to a different (random?) race/culture.

If not then it's funny how it's ok for lots of people here to say all these things about Swiss people (how many "non-racist" threads are there here about all the things "all" Swiss people do ) but the minute he stereotypes another race/culture everyone jumps down his throat.
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I could be wrong but I got the feeling the OP was a bit tongue in cheek. i.e. summing up a whole lot of things already said on the forum about Swiss people and then relating them to a different (random?) race/culture.

If not then it's funny how it's ok for lots of people here to say all these things about Swiss people (how many "non-racist" threads are there here about all the things "all" Swiss people do ) but the minute he stereotypes another race/culture everyone jumps down his throat.
If we talk about Swiss people we're not being racists. We're being factual observers.
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I could be wrong but I got the feeling the OP was a bit tongue in cheek. i.e. summing up a whole lot of things already said on the forum about Swiss people and then relating them to a different (random?) race/culture.

If not then it's funny how it's ok for lots of people here to say all these things about Swiss people (how many "non-racist" threads are there here about all the things "all" Swiss people do ) but the minute he stereotypes another race/culture everyone jumps down his throat.
Finally someone gets it. EF is the most "racist" - sorry observant - forum on the web. Im thankful for the 100 groans i got for my thread.

BTW when i moved here I:

- So did not get the weighing my veggies at the store system
- Remember to pay for doing my laundry
- Use a towel in the gym sauna
- Avoid flushing the toilet after 10PM

And more. Swedes are socially unaware people.

Now lock this sucker up and lets get back to work.
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Im thankful for the 100 groans i got for my thread.
Far less than that.
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Re: Asian tourists - rather "clumpsy" people?

I thought swidish people are generally friendly, remember the first day came to lausanne,2 years ago, a swidish construction worker chatted with me and wished me a good stay here when we were both waiting for the train in a small cabinet.

Not like the original poster feel strange about other culture, raising strange questions and observing others.


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First of all dont even bother with the racist-stuff, im certainly not racist, this is just me noticing a common behavour among our asian tourist friends.

- When they are to pay at coop the act like its the first time ever they use paper money. They look scared, they discuss with their wife and they find it unbelievable they will recieve CHF return for EUR.
- One guy needed to be told how to use his own credit card 3 times by the cashier.
- In fact, even adults act like they are on a different planet just while shopping at Coop - are asian stores really that different?
- The like to stop whereever they feel like, for example in a doorway oblivious to the fact that people are trying to pass.
- They have a limited field of vision, they simply refuse to note that people are trying to pass or whatever.
- Two girls simply put the whole cart (EDIT:Carrier thingy) on the belt at coop, ignoring the fact that everyone else took their stuff out of the cart. Its like they have never seen that system before.

Am i the only one who have noticed this? A friend of mine who used to live in Hongkong told me its even worse there, he sometimes needed to physically move locals out of his way on the sidewalk, literally almost lifting them up just to get past.
Me: Asian

-Perhaps it IS the first time they have ever used Swiss money. How well can you manage paying with say chinese money?
-Treverus has already cleared that for you. Thank you treverus.
-They might not be on a different planet but surely in a different continent. Never been to a Asian Stores? How about try it and see for yourself! I want to see how well you manage to buy groceries in China, Japan, Korea or any other Asian countries.
-Not they, but we all do stop where ever we feel like to, it is a grocery store! We are suppose to shop which means we stop(where ever we want to!!!),look and decide whether to buy or not. Or is it just us asians who do that? BTW if you want to pass, go around them or say the magic word!
-like I said go around them or say the magic word!
-once again Treverus has already explained that. Thank you.

You heard from your friend but you have never actually been to Hong Kong)or even in Asian Stores for that matter!) so perhaps you should visit Asia(or even Asian stores!!!) and see it for yourself! It will broaden your perspectives! And then come back here to complain about it if you still want to.

One more thing, we can pick up peas with our chopsticks, what do you think, are we clumsy?
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Old 21.10.2011, 06:27
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Finally someone gets it. EF is the most "racist" - sorry observant - forum on the web. Im thankful for the 100 groans i got for my thread.

BTW when i moved here I:

- So did not get the weighing my veggies at the store system
- Remember to pay for doing my laundry
- Use a towel in the gym sauna
- Avoid flushing the toilet after 10PM

And more. Swedes are socially unaware people.

Now lock this sucker up and lets get back to work.
Are you seriously claiming that Sarah's theory is true and that you wanted to make a parody on the Swiss bashing threads here?
Honestly: I didn't buy it for a second. Your descriptions of standard Asian behaviour were to precise, so it isn't something you copied from another context.
We all had some rants on here that wasn't perceived well - but you know: better stop posting on the thread or simply accepting that it wasn't that pc and saying sorry to the people you offended would be a decent reply. A less than believable "I only wanted to check your reactions, but you all don't get it" is, well,... not exactly showing off some soft skills.
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