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Old 14.02.2021, 15:09
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The UK isn't a great example, IMO, because it's so extreme.

A big proportion of kids are taught the British (or maybe English) "no you first" approach..
Canadian as well.
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Old 14.02.2021, 15:20
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Re: Swiss Blocking

I always felt it was boonie people versus city people.

Go to Hauptbahnhof in Zürich and most people get that if you want to stand on the escalators, you stand on the right to let people who are in more of a hurry to overtake on the left. Go to London and people are even more disciplined about it. But if you go to some boonie village nobody has a clue. I think this is true the world over and has nothing to do with Switzerland.

And of course when country folks come to a city for shopping, or to live even, this is often what makes them stick out.
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Re: Swiss Blocking

If it's any consolation - plenty of Swiss people are absolutely exasperated by this thoughtless behaviour. Bonus points for the aggressive response you get for telling them to stand out of the way. Not just Swiss people doing it, though, plenty of foreign-origin inhabitants will happily form a human traffic jam.

It's like the thing with standing / walking on escalators, it is not that hard to do right. Just don't be surprised if you get yelled at or physically put in the correct place if you do it wrong.
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Old 14.02.2021, 18:30
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It's like the thing with standing / walking on escalators, it is not that hard to do right. Just don't be surprised if you get yelled at or physically put in the correct place if you do it wrong.
Until they refurbished them and got the painted footprints all wrong, it was like a dangerous version of twister !
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Old 14.02.2021, 19:07
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Re: Swiss Blocking

I've noticed this sort of behaviour, but not particularly so in Switzerland. It's much more common, IME, in more rural places, but is equally common in France, for example, as it is here.

So not a Swiss thing at all, just a more chilled set of people not always in a rush and assuming everyone else is as well. Doesn't stop it from being annoying, mind, especially if you are perceived as rude when you ask them to get the fsk out of the way...
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Old 14.02.2021, 19:22
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Re: Swiss Blocking

Sure, the blocking. But what about the staring?

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Sure, the blocking. But what about the staring?

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That has been covered on EF like a million times.....


But it depends, is it a curious stare? Disaproving stare? Furious stare? We can develop the subject . We can guess who and when does it. We can.....nah, I'm not that bored.
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Old 14.02.2021, 19:44
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That has been covered on EF like a million times.....


But it depends, is it a curious stare? Disaproving stare? Furious stare? We can develop the subject . We can guess who and when does it. We can.....nah, I'm not that bored.
I think I've aired that picture before in one of many staring threads. But it's always worth another run around the block. And I don't have a decent 'blocking' picture (it's hard to distill the 'frustration' into an image), whereas the staring photos virtually take themselves...
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Old 14.02.2021, 20:06
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Re: Swiss Blocking

I wanted to edit the above post to add 'a staring photo that took itself', but couldn't find the attachment dropdown. If a mod could merge it, that would be nice. (Put it right under the ellipsis...)

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These staring photos... were they taken in Switzerland?
Yes, in Basel about 20 years ago. Do you want to see another?
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Re: Swiss Blocking

Totally agree, rather annoying!

Families or groups of people act as if they own the streets and pathways, spreading across the whole area with their kids and their strollers, so no one else can pass through, and only move a few centimetres at the very last second or after you have to tell them "Entschuldigung" even though they noticed you from way before that
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Old 14.02.2021, 22:19
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Sure, the blocking. But what about the staring?

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These stares are very angry, clearly about that plonker who takes pictures without asking = illegally.

And now you've even published them! World wide. Admitting you took them and in Basel and about when.
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Old 14.02.2021, 22:34
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These stares are very angry, clearly about that plonker who takes pictures without asking = illegally.

And now you've even published them! World wide. Admitting you took them and in Basel and about when.
They were published in the Basler Zeitung 20 years ago when I was interviewed by them. I had a large street photography website which was quite well known in Basel (especially after the newspaper interview). They're not illegal, they slip under the 'artistic' justification. Also, looks can be deceiving - they probably didn't even realize I was taking a picture. It just seems like they're staring at me angrily.
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Old 14.02.2021, 22:44
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They were published in the Basler Zeitung 20 years ago when I was interviewed by them. I had a large street photography website which was quite well known in Basel (especially after the newspaper interview). They're not illegal, they slip under the 'artistic' justification. Also, looks can be deceiving - they probably didn't even realize I was taking a picture. It just seems like they're staring at me angrily.
Is the website still up? I could do with some nostalgia.
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Old 14.02.2021, 22:48
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Is the website still up? I could do with some nostalgia.
It's not up at the moment, but I could put it back up. Let me have a look (may take a few days, I'll send you a message).
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My apologies as I am late to this thread... And I have to say, I find the comments here very funny. In 30 plus years as expats (actually 25 of which have been as locals ) we have lived in 5 different countries other than the US: England, Netherlands, Australia, Singapore and now Switzerland.

In our view, by far the most egregious country regarding "blocking" is Singapore and then some. Until one lives or visits there, you cannot imagine the amount of blocking we experienced.

We have been here coming up on 4 years living in Switzerland and reside in Zurich (very close to the city center) and my OH and I have never even registered that blocking exists here. THAT is how bad "blocking" was in Singapore. I kid you not
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My OH thinks it is/was due to cell phone usage. I am not so convinced as I cannot tell you how many times, escalators were held up because those in front could not decide which direction to turn (and they were not using cell phones) Beyond frustrating!
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My apologies as I am late to this thread... And I have to say, I find the comments here very funny. In 30 plus years as expats (actually 25 of which have been as locals ) we have lived in 5 different countries other than the US: England, Netherlands, Australia, Singapore and now Switzerland.

In our view, by far the most egregious country regarding "blocking" is Singapore and then some. Until one lives or visits there, you cannot imagine the amount of blocking we experienced.

We have been here coming up on 4 years living in Switzerland and reside in Zurich (very close to the city center) and my OH and I have never even registered that blocking exists here. THAT is how bad "blocking" was in Singapore. I kid you not

l have to laugh and agree 100% about Singapore. Be thankful here in Switzerland there aren't too many escalators. In SG the favourite place for blocking is right at the top of them...*cue auntie talking to other auntie* whilst you try to squeeze past them without falling backdown...

I've never noticed blocking here. The staring I am used to, it's not that bad. I think because space is not an issue here I don't get so annoyed by too many things here (note: aside fm mask dodgers)
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Re: Swiss Blocking

I’m glad others notice this as well, I knew I couldn’t be the only one.

I believe it has gotten worse with covid. The social distance makes sure no can get around the people and there untimely conversation. And god forbid you do interrupt and say something.

But I have noticed in some ways covid has helped the rude person from squeezing in front of you if you do accidentally block them for a second.
Before covid Me and my wife, who is Swiss. Had a guy basically squeeze his ass between us at the check-out without a word.

On the other-hand I have seen crowds of people stuck behind and shoving there way past an elderly man the couldn’t get up the steps.

The worse is two farmers in tractors talking to each other on a country road. No hurry what so ever, no care. And its not like you can drive your car through the field. So u just have to wait and give them a kind wave when they finally move.
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Re: Swiss Blocking

I guess I should be one of the slow ones.

Only time I've been blocked leaving the train was the time the police arrested the guy in front of me. This guy literally froze in the last step. I was starting to get nervous, thinking that the train will depart at any moment. Turned my head and saw the ticket controller there telling me not to worry, to let the police do their job and that the train will not move until I got down. All that while the police was handcuffing the guy.

I guess the only place I've truly been blocked regularly is the autobahn. Some people just drive at 110 km/s regardless of 80, 100 and 120 km/h zones. And people pulling a trailer or mobile homes using the left lane.

For the supermarkets I just learned to stand with good balance (feet at the right separation) and elbows out. Accidents happen and it's a pity. But, since covid19 people have been respecting a bit more in average.
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