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Old 06.12.2015, 19:57
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Swiss bar staff awareness when serving drinks...

Haven't made a light-hearted complaint thread in a while, and while I love this country to the nth degree, in my years here one of my wee gripes has always been...bar staff.

For some reason, many Swiss bar staff completely lack the ability to keep an eye on who has been waiting at the bar and making a mental queue of who to serve next. It's like, despite their eyes flickering across you multiple times as they make their drinks during the 10 minutes you have been waiting to be served, they have just really only seen you for the first time, and ask "Who is next?" while looking at everyone. This inevitably results in some plonk or plonkette who know full well that they have just got to the bar ordering their drinks before everyone else.

This is such a basic skill for any bar man or woman, and I am so used to it in the UK (or UK pubs in CH) that I find it absolutely baffling that it seems to be such a problem in Switzerland. Add to this a trend for staff to look flustered and service to massively degrade in a bar that is only half or less full, and after a while it genuinely becomes an annoyance.

Anyone else experienced this in Swiss bars, or is it only Zürich that has this problem?
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