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[Laundry] Over-reaction to my laziness?

This morning on my way out, I noticed an envelope in my mailbox. So I opened the thing and there was a white envelope with my last name. I was hoping to see the name stickers for my entrance buzzer, mailbox, but to my suprise it was a letter from "someone"

My german is terrible, but I was able to figure out that it was a complaint about me doing my laundry last Wednesday. This jerk took I would say 30 minutes of his life to write me a letter AND send me the stuff from the dryer filter because I forgot to clean out the filter. He put it all in the envelope. WTF?

I was in a hurry so I forgot to clean the filter when I took out my clothes because it was 10:30p.m. and I was in a rush to go out. Instead of taking 3 seconds to clean it or come and knock on my door the next day, this person wrote me a 3 paragraph letter and in the envelope put the stuff from the filter, AND he did not sign his name.

I think I have neighbours from hell.
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Old 01.12.2007, 18:14
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Re: Why are Swiss such wussies?

The Swiss don't get laid enough. Typical sign of sexual frustration. Looking at Swiss women, I can understand why.
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Re: Why are Swiss such wussies?

Not that I agree with the title of your thread. I'm actually hoping the moderators will change it but. . . . . . . I get in trouble all the time for not remembering to clean out the lint trap. I really really really try to remember but sometimes, I just forget. Conveniently though, my neighbor always makes sure that I know when I've done it. Haven't been lucky enough to get my lint back but I did receive a 4 page document in my mail box (who from I'm not sure) outlining the proper use of the washer/drier and laundry room etiquette.
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Old 01.12.2007, 18:38
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Re: Why are Swiss such wussies?

Mike, why don't you make your dear neighbour a personal Christmas card using the returned "fluff" from the dryer for Santa's beard!
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Re: Why are Swiss such wussies?

I would if I knew his/her name
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Old 01.12.2007, 19:37
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Re: Yet another laundry complaint

You broke the rules. The neighbour took the effort to write a letter to complain. Since you freely admit that your German is poor, perhaps your neghbour felt that this was the means of communication that was most likely to succeed in alerting you to your mistake.

I can certainly imagine worse things that could qualify for the tag "neigbours from hell"
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Old 01.12.2007, 20:14
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This morning on my way out, I noticed an envelope in my mailbox. So I opened the thing and there was a white envelope with my last name. I was hoping to see the name stickers for my entrance buzzer, mailbox, but to my suprise it was a letter from "someone"

My german is terrible, but I was able to figure out that it was a complaint about me doing my laundry last Wednesday. This jerk took I would say 30 minutes of his life to write me a letter AND send me the stuff from the dryer filter because I forgot to clean out the filter. He put it all in the envelope. WTF?

I was in a hurry so I forgot to clean the filter when I took out my clothes because it was 10:30p.m. and I was in a rush to go out. Instead of taking 3 seconds to clean it or come and knock on my door the next day, this person wrote me a 3 paragraph letter and in the envelope put the stuff from the filter, AND he did not sign his name.

I think I have neighbours from hell.
Hahaha. 10.30p.m. & in a rush to go out. You should move to Zug - if you're out after 9p.m. you start getting all paranoid because the place is so deserted. It's like there is an unspoken agreement for a curfew in this place and seeing as though the last train back from civilisation (Zurich) runs at just after pumpkin time, you'd never be going out at that time and probably clean up your lint cause there is bugger all else to do :-)
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Re: Yet another laundry complaint

I would disagree with the last comment. My husband certainly found something to do in Zug on Friday night. He managed to stumble back home at 4.30 am!
As far as the lint from the drier, I've never had that yet but I am sure that my time will come given my laundry angst
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This morning on my way out, I noticed an envelope in my mailbox. So I opened the thing and there was a white envelope with my last name. I was hoping to see the name stickers for my entrance buzzer, mailbox, but to my suprise it was a letter from "someone"

My german is terrible, but I was able to figure out that it was a complaint about me doing my laundry last Wednesday. This jerk took I would say 30 minutes of his life to write me a letter AND send me the stuff from the dryer filter because I forgot to clean out the filter. He put it all in the envelope. WTF?

I was in a hurry so I forgot to clean the filter when I took out my clothes because it was 10:30p.m. and I was in a rush to go out. Instead of taking 3 seconds to clean it or come and knock on my door the next day, this person wrote me a 3 paragraph letter and in the envelope put the stuff from the filter, AND he did not sign his name.

I think I have neighbours from hell.
I can't agree with your neighbour's style of complaining, but if you aren't shown the error of your ways, how will you improve? Leaving the laundry in the correct condition is central to the whole of Swiss life. Errors made in the laundry are interpreted as signs of much worse character flaws. You have committed a major social error. Get over it and to do it right from now on...
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Errors made in the laundry are interpreted as signs of much worse character flaws. You have committed a major social error. Get over it and to do it right from now on...

Be grateful that your misdemeanour was small Mike! I cannot imagine what would have happened to you if, say, you had disposed of your rubbish in a brown and not black plastic bag!
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Re: Yet another laundry complaint

I was tutoring a 16-year-old in English for awhile, and she told me that they had a 1 week retreat to learn all about household duties, both boys and girls go. I wonder if "how to do the laundry properly" is one of their lectures!
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Re: Yet another laundry complaint

For some reason, I have spent the morning surfing UN sites, reading about failed states, global poverty and development economics.

It is really sad how poor much of the world is:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ing_in_poverty

What has all this got to do with Switzerland's lint problem?

Perhaps it places the issue in context. After all:

"No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee."

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<snip>What has all this got to do with Switzerland's lint problem?
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Switzerland has a lint problem now? Oh no, whatever next?

I think you are the exception that proves John Donne's 'rule'...
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Re: Yet another laundry complaint

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Rolling on the floor giggling! Nonetheless, I should endeavour to take you more seriously.

Alas, people who have lived all the world, and have quite a global mentality, can find provincial attitudes difficult to appreciate or understand.

I will try harder in future.

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Please don't respond to the post above or this particular user.
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Rolling on the floor giggling! Nonetheless, I should endeavour to take you more seriously.

Alas, people who have lived all the world, and have quite a global mentality, can find provincial attitudes difficult to appreciate or understand.

I will try harder in future.

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That seems a bit strange to me. If you have lived all over the world then you should understand that the world IS provincial and it is the small things that cause offense.

Unless you have lived all over the world sealed in an expat bubble.
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Hi AbFab, you say:


Rolling on the floor giggling! Nonetheless, I should endeavour to take you more seriously.

Alas, people who have lived all the world, and have quite a global mentality, can find provincial attitudes difficult to appreciate or understand.

I will try harder in future.

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That's the word I was looking for... "Provincial attitudes." The Swiss should get out more... and get laid more...
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Old 02.12.2007, 12:15
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Be grateful that your misdemeanour was small Mike! I cannot imagine what would have happened to you if, say, you had disposed of your rubbish in a brown and not black plastic bag!
When I was new to Zürich, 9 years ago I had a funny incident,

I came from Geneva where you can throw your trash in the standard plastic bags, as the trash tax is included with other taxes, not like here in Zürich where you have to buy special taxed bags. I lived in the Gemeinde Richterswil.

Also in Geneva, every big building has a janitor that takes care of the trash bags and organise them and take them out when the time for collection comes.

Well, I arrived to Zurich and then just throw my trash in the black bags, I went out to the trash containers ( no janitor here ) and they were closed with a lock, so I found one that was open and put it there.

next day.. my trash bag appeared over my car.

I threw it away to other place... the trash bag appeared at my appartment's door.

etc.

So as I didn't know what to do at the end. I was keeping my old trash bags at the cellar.

until one day someone came. A factory worker that spoke spanish. He came and explained me that I had to put the trash on taxed bags and only deposit it in the container that belonged to my building, that container happened to be away from home and locked, so I found finally what was this little key they gave me for .

I had several trash bags at the cellar and so he told me to get the 110 lt. bags and put mine inside and throw them.

So I did, got the 110 lt bags and made it....

next week i received a CHF 200 fine for throwing my trash all mixed up and not classified by glass, paper, cardboard etc etc....

Well, off course this is something you have to learn.

But what is really amazing is that the neighbors never gave any sign of life. Not a welcome, or a hello, never saw them outside. ( the village is a desert all day long excluding the peak hours when everybody rushes to work or the migros ).

But they were observing me, knew that this was my trash, which was my car, where did I live. To be able to shove my trash back to me...
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Old 02.12.2007, 12:33
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Apparently during the times of the Iron Curtain, Stalin, Kruschev, etc it was common to spy on your neighbours - at least it was behind the Iron Curtain. I didn't know the habit had spread this far west but then now that you mention it...

The other amazing thing is the sign on my post box that says Keine Werbung but every bloody day I get home there is some cr@p in the box that I have to recycle... I have even tried to speak to the Postman that delivers the d@mn things & told him "deutsch verstehe ich nicht" which I am lead to believe is understandable yet I keep getting the stuff. Maybe I should take it to the post office and put it at their front door..... or ask the police to fine them for leaving their paper in my box.

Think it would work?
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Re: Yet another laundry complaint

Although a bit off topic, this thread is turning into a bit of a train wreck anyway.

Are you sure this stuff is coming from the post office? In other places I have lived I am accustomed to junk advertising mail being distributed by private organisations.

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The other amazing thing is the sign on my post box that says Keine Werbung but every bloody day I get home there is some cr@p in the box that I have to recycle... I have even tried to speak to the Postman that delivers the d@mn things & told him "deutsch verstehe ich nicht" which I am lead to believe is understandable yet I keep getting the stuff. Maybe I should take it to the post office and put it at their front poor..... or ask the police to fine them for leaving their paper in my box.
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