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Saving Seats?????? Come on people.

What’s up with the common Switzerland practice of leaving articles of clothing to reserve seats while standing in restaurant lines?

I’m appalled by the selfish behavior, but even more surprised that it’s widely accepted. Looking around for a place to sit I always notice several seats “reserved” by those behind me in line. When forced to take one of the "reserved" seats I'm always confronted by some smug individual claiming ownership of the stool because they put a scarf on it.

Do us all a favor and simply wait for a seat to come available when you’re ready to sit. Reserving seats is something we did in 3rd grade…

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Old 05.11.2012, 16:30
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Re: Saving Seats?????? Common people.

LOL Maybe it's just perspective. I've been enjoying leaving my scarf on my seat, knowing it would be "safe" here in Switzerland!

In America, I'd never leave any item unattended. It wouldn't be there when I returned. In America, at least one person in your party has to sit there and guard the items left to save the seats.

Maybe join the do-in-Rome practices? Drop off your scarf first, then get in line at the eatery. Enjoy the fearless confidence that you have a seat waiting for you when you arrive with your food.

Pick your seat, not your nose. (And I'm not talking about the fleshy seat covered with pants.)
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Old 05.11.2012, 16:32
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Re: Saving Seats?????? Common people.

And when in Germany, use a bathing towel.
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Re: Saving Seats?????? Common people.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/p...ch-Towels.html

Happens on ferry decks etc. even on the ICE trains.
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Re: Saving Seats?????? Common people.

did you mean "come on, people" or "common people"?



as for reserving seats, I don't use articles of clothing, I use kids.
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Re: Saving Seats?????? Common people.

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Maybe join the do-in-Rome practices? Drop off your scarf first, then get in line at the eatery. Enjoy the fearless confidence that you have a seat waiting for you when you arrive with your food.
A public message to the senate and the people of Rome: Dear fellow Romans if I ever find a scarf or jacket at a table I will bring it to the lost and found once I finished eating. Thank you.
PS: Carthage must be destroyed.
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Re: Saving Seats?????? Come on people.

I don't have kids. Lumps of phlegm work well; you can even stay in the queue whilst reserving your seat, if you aim well.
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Re: Saving Seats?????? Common people.

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did you mean "come on, people" or "common people"?



as for reserving seats, I don't use articles of clothing, I use kids.

me, too. (un)fortunately, they have always been there once I get through the queue, even in the States...
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Old 05.11.2012, 16:46
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Re: Saving Seats?????? Come on people.

That is what I love about Switzerland!
To have the confidence to leave my stuff at the seat/table, because that is where I want to sit.
(In SA I`d NEVER do that - it would be gone the minute I turned my back!)

Most times, especially at town festivals, one finds friends at a table, go over to greet, take a place, get up to go fetch drinks/food, leave articles on seat to say "it`s reserved". It`s the practice here.
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Re: Saving Seats?????? Come on people.

I always ignore these "Reservations". If the offenders complain, I tell them to get the manager. They never come back.

Is a restaurant supposed to buy extra chairs, to cover the reservations of people waiting in the queues? The idea is ridiculous. You either have a self service restaurant, or you eat at a proper restaurant, with the higher prices.
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What’s up with the common Switzerland practice of leaving articles of clothing to reserve seats while standing in restaurant lines?

I’m appalled by the selfish behavior, but even more surprised that it’s widely accepted. Looking around for a place to sit I always notice several seats “reserved” by those behind me in line. When forced to take one of the "reserved" seats I'm always confronted by some smug individual claiming ownership of the stool because they put a scarf on it.

Do us all a favor and simply wait for a seat to come available when you’re ready to sit. Reserving seats is something we did in 3rd grade…
Re-reading your post, I see you actually answered you own question.
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Re: Saving Seats?????? Come on people.

I'm going to try this tonight. Will report back!
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Re: Saving Seats?????? Come on people.

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I'm going to try this tonight. Will report back!
What? Reserving with a scarf? Kids (Own or some that are just around)? Phlegm (How is your aim)? Or just ignoring it? I am looking forward to this conclusive report. Will be fun to read.
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Re: Saving Seats?????? Come on people.

Kind of similar, I dislike when people are in a long queue (the kind which goes through product ailses) at the Coop/Migros, and they pick up things as they go. Not too bad, but when they leave the queue walk a few meters off to the shelf they need something, then expect to get back in queue at the same place. Get all your things, then queue. (And i'm not referring to the small items taken from the impulse section).
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Kind of similar, I dislike when people are in a long queue (the kind which goes through product ailses) at the Coop/Migros, and they pick up things as they go. Not too bad, but when they leave the queue walk a few meters off to the shelf they need something, then expect to get back in queue at the same place. Get all your things, then queue. (And i'm not referring to the small items taken from the impulse section).
The best is the couple spliting the task. One stand in queue with the trolley while the other one goes around the store and bring the stuff in.
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Re: Saving Seats?????? Come on people.

To be honest I find it logical to acquire a seat first, then go for food. How am I going to eat my food from a tray, if I have no where to put it?
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Re: Saving Seats?????? Come on people.

I also do it :-) and I am not swiss. I do not like to eat while standing, so is better to reserve place and make sure I can enjoy my food.
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I don't have kids. Lumps of phlegm work well; you can even stay in the queue whilst reserving your seat, if you aim well.
I'm reminded of the old joke. Bloke in a pub wants to make sure his pint's still there while he goes for a piss. Sticks a note on the side saying "I've spat in this beer".

Comes back and finds another note stuck below his. "So have I".
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Re: Saving Seats?????? Come on people.

Who wants to walk around and look for a place to sit while holding one or more heavy trays of food and bags and god knows what else?

Of all the things to complain about..
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Re: Saving Seats?????? Come on people.

I am an offender
If you were to go to a buffet restaurant, you would be first seated and then go up for food. Whats the difference?
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