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Old 10.07.2012, 12:05
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Was just going to say the same. Swiss humour is very dry at times, they won't so much as smile when telling you a porkie. You might have said "just wait a second, I'll get it really quickly." to which he replied "ok, you've got 10..9..8.."

I quite like to observe Swiss-expat communication patterns and there is sooo much lost in translation and I bet you would laugh if you knew the Swiss side of just about every complaint story here on EF.

Remember, and that also goes to long-term expats: there are always two sides to a story, and you might be baffled how different they are.
So the next time EF gets a thread with "My neighbour is complaining at the noise" the new advice is for the EF-er to pause, look thoughtful then spread a big grin across their face saying "Aaaahhh, you got me there, ya cheeky scamp!" and close the door in their face.
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Was just going to say the same. Swiss humour is very dry at times, they won't so much as smile when telling you a porkie. You might have said "just wait a second, I'll get it really quickly." to which he replied "ok, you've got 10..9..8.."

I quite like to observe Swiss-expat communication patterns and there is sooo much lost in translation and I bet you would laugh if you knew the Swiss side of just about every complaint story here on EF.

Remember, and that also goes to long-term expats: there are always two sides to a story, and you might be baffled how different they are.
... and by now the gossip factory of Zurich states that foreigners don't have any sense of humour...
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... and by now the gossip factory of Zurich states that foreigners don't have any sense of humour...
Exactly, or take everything literal, as Sandgrounder helpfully suggested.
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Re: SwissPost Postman said 'I give you 10 seconds to get 1 frank here'

Well i just loved the whole entire story, i think your post man is a LEGEND!!

Id love to have the balls to do that to people when they are holding up my day! LOL

If someone did it to me though there would be handbags at dawn

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Re: SwissPost Postman said 'I give you 10 seconds to get 1 frank here'

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he gave me 10 secs to get 1 frank while he was the one who supposed to give me change?
My postman only gives me 5 seconds
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My postman only gives me 5 seconds
He must have realised that you are not a Bernese. We locals do get our 5 minutes
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Re: SwissPost Postman said 'I give you 10 seconds to get 1 frank here'

Over worked,perhaps poorly paid postal workers being rude to the public.

Your rude postie sounds as if he is under stress,which may account for his bad manners.

You don`t deserve to be spoken like that to and the postie probably deserves an easier life.

Sign of the times i`m afraid.
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Over worked,perhaps poorly paid postal workers being rude to the public.

Your rude postie sounds as if he is under stress,which may account for his bad manners.

You don`t deserve to be spoken like that to and the postie probably deserves an easier life.

Sign of the times i`m afraid.

He made a joke!
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Re: SwissPost Postman said 'I give you 10 seconds to get 1 frank here'

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He made a joke!
Apparently funny for him but not the customer.
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Apparently funny for him but not this customer.
FTFY. To me the reactions here are absolutly priceless and hilarious!
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Old 11.07.2012, 17:27
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My postman only gives me 5 seconds
Really? I actually have to go the the depot to pick my parcels up!

Oh wait thats ups....
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Re: SwissPost Postman said 'I give you 10 seconds to get 1 frank here'

Next time get a roll of franks and throw it at him. He will get his Franks and you will get the gratitude of throwing soemthing at him
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Old 18.07.2012, 01:33
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Re: SwissPost Postman said 'I give you 10 seconds to get 1 frank here'

If my mail man is not super nice ,i water the walkway when we have minus 30 degree C.And then watch him crawling up to my mail box on all 4.I give him 10 minuts
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Re: SwissPost Postman said 'I give you 10 seconds to get 1 frank here'

Happy Birthday, and no real consolation, but...
Atleast your postie rings your doorbell...
this is about the 5th time mine has failed to even ring, and I've been on the phone to Post trying my hardest to rage in my poor German.

I find the Swiss post to be very unprofessional.

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Re: SwissPost Postman said 'I give you 10 seconds to get 1 frank here'

Our postman is a hoot, and has a great, dry sense of humour. This is just the sort of thing he would say, looking dead serious - but he would be joking of course Thing is I can well imagine that somebody who does not speak the language fluently would miss this altogether, and see it as a thread- and lead to a misunderstanding.
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Old 18.07.2012, 16:05
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Re: SwissPost Postman said 'I give you 10 seconds to get 1 frank here'

I've always found the Post Service here as good as a Postal Service can probably get.

For example: I recently stopped my post (Saturday - Thursday) as I was on a short break. I returned Thurs evening from the break and found two letters in my postbox. I didn't think much about it. However, the next day (Friday) the door bell rings and it was my postie and he was most apologetic saying that he put the letters in the postbox on Saturday before he saw the stop notice. He couldn't have been nicer or more apologetic (no harm done, said I).

Also if I am working from home I occasionally get to see the fellow who brings me my parcels (usually my Amazon.UK order ) and he's a nice bloke. Recently he asked me if I could take a big parcel (and one that did not require a signature) for a neighbour - so I did and this will probably end up to my benefit in the end.

In all, I think that the Swiss Post is generally good and I have had nothing but courteous and good to excellent service from the posties who work with the public

TD

However I DO have a less kind opinion of those anonymous, back room, employees who take fiendish delight in ham-fistedly ripping open my hobby supply parcels in order to slap a CHF 40 tax and service charge on a CHF 20 value item
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What did he do wrong? Fail to speak English? Fail to prove to you that he didn't have change in his bag?
I think the part with "ten, nine, eight, seven, six..." is over the top (EDIT: over the top for the OP). But to me, it was humour. Just a personal view.

For the rest, I agree it's perfectly normal German. The fact that he way trying to speak English and translated this "dryness" word-for-word must be hard to take for English mother tongue speakers, I totally understand that too.
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Re: SwissPost Postman said 'I give you 10 seconds to get 1 frank here'

Oh well, that's part of the standard swiss way of being with any foreigner. I've been 16 years living in the german Switzerland, and I know what I say. Time is money. You have to learn to react like a swiss does: look at the worm upside-down and ask in a harsh tone: "wie ist Ihre Name?" Then take note, and he will change his attitude immediately. If you feel like or it suits your character, you can then bark he should be carrying change if he intends to be paid for something, and give him 10 secs. to pay back before you call his boss. They are only poor stressed guys, sheep on a conveyor belt.
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Oh well, that's part of the standard swiss way of being with any foreigner. I've been 16 years living in the german Switzerland, and I know what I say. Time is money. You have to learn to react like a swiss does: look at the worm upside-down and ask in a harsh tone: "wie ist Ihre Name?" Then take note, and he will change his attitude immediately. If you feel like or it suits your character, you can then bark he should be carrying change if he intends to be paid for something, and give him 10 secs. to pay back before you call his boss. They are only poor stressed guys, sheep on a conveyor belt.
Well, I can certainly see why Swiss people would not bother to be very friendly with you...
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Oh well, that's part of the standard swiss way of being with any foreigner. I've been 16 years living in the german Switzerland, and I know what I say. Time is money. You have to learn to react like a swiss does: look at the worm upside-down and ask in a harsh tone: "wie ist Ihre Name?" Then take note, and he will change his attitude immediately. If you feel like or it suits your character, you can then bark he should be carrying change if he intends to be paid for something, and give him 10 secs. to pay back before you call his boss. They are only poor stressed guys, sheep on a conveyor belt.
Lucky you, that so far we never met! I can guarantee you that you would open immediately afterwards a new thread in this forum
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