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Old 07.07.2009, 15:43
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Swiss and their attitude to queuing

Hi all,

I have held off saying this for months but I finally have to bring it up!

Why oh why can't the swiss learn the polite art of queuing? We use the ferries on a very regular basis, We get in line to get on the ferry only for a ton and I mean a ton of folk to just pile to the front? It really gets my back up! and they are so blatant with it too, just shove in front!

We now have a system that when we are queuing the whole family form a line across the queue that we have waited patiently in and no one can get past us! ok so we get black looks and evil mutterings but lets face it if they tried pushing in a queue in lets say erm Liverpool, they would be dealt with very harshly indeed!

Has anyone else noticed this or am I just oversensitive?

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Have you ever watched cows running to the shed for feeding?

So have they.
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Old 07.07.2009, 15:54
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Re: Swiss and their attiitude to queuing

yes. its the most annoying thing here together with blocking aisles (shops, train platform...) blocking exit of bus, tram, train... queu-jumping in shops, infront of any tray etc. or not moving out of another persons way.

eg the Kiosk at platform 9 at Zurich HB has two 3 ailes, 2 with a cash desk at the end. so you pick up your goods from a row display, stand in the ailes leading you to cashier where a queu has already built...there is always one moron coming from far left and reaches across your face his news paper he picked up from the front display...and i am close to snap, have my personal m.douglas "falling down" moment.

same is with Rimini bar, local bakery etc. the first couple of month there was a miss-match, but now i do like they do and give a fookin crap about the one next to me, harsh looks and the like! so the score is slightly equal....
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My response to this ignorance is to tread on their heels as they shove past. They don't like that, but can't prove it was deliberate. This is followed by a smirking apology. I consider it a victory if I can get their shoe to come off, or get a good scrape in down the achilles tendon. Fairly evil, and purely for my own satisfaction, (I'm not naive enough to expect them to suddenly change the habits of a lifetime).

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Old 07.07.2009, 16:04
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Re: Swiss and their attiitude to queuing

Big handbags also comes in handy in these circumstances ;-) "oh, did I hit you with my bag as you just tried to jump the queue? I am sooo sorry!"


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My response to this ignorance is to tread on their heels as they shove past. They don't like that, but can't prove it was deliberate. This is followed by a smirking apology. I consider it a victory if I can get their shoe to come off, or get a good scrape in down the achilles tendon. Fairly evil, and purely for my own satisfaction, (I'm not naive enough to expect them to suddenly change the habits of a lifetime).

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....and which of course is refined through years and years of practice in the queues in the skii-slopes.


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My response to this ignorance is to tread on their heels as they shove past. They don't like that, but can't prove it was deliberate. This is followed by a smirking apology. I consider it a victory if I can get their shoe to come off, or get a good scrape in down the achilles tendon. Fairly evil, and purely for my own satisfaction, (I'm not naive enough to expect them to suddenly change the habits of a lifetime).

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That made me laugh! I would pay money to watch that in action.
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Old 07.07.2009, 16:15
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....and which of course is refined through years and years of practice in the queues in the skii-slopes.
its the only occasion i never had that: at ski lifts. not a single time since 5years of snowboarding in CH.
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Why oh why can't the swiss learn the polite art of queuing?
Yeah, this used to get right on my thrupenny bits when I first moved to Switzerland. I guess its just not part of their culture to queue (?), meanwhile an uber important part of my british culture. Over the years I've refined a range of comments and actions to said 'offenders' - my preferred action is the 'stealth overtake move' as soon as the counter becomes free.....note requires super-nippy footwork to outwit the offender and sharp elbows.

En garde!
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Re: Swiss and their attiitude to queuing

I hate this, they KNOW youve been waiting in the line longer, and yet they push through or get served first without breaking a sweat. I usually say "Bitteschon" accompanied by an elaborate wavy arm gesture and they carefully ignore me. Gits.
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My response to this ignorance is to tread on their heels as they shove past.
Hahaha Gold!!

Yes, I have experiences like this all the time it actually just happened when I was at the Airport the other day and this guy just came and stood in the middle of the check in queue, which would have been fine if he'd said something like he had to rush for his flight, but he was on the same one as us! The thing that actually makes me laugh is it reminds me of a sneaky 5 year old: There's absolutely no subtlety about it!
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I hate this, they KNOW youve been waiting in the line longer, and yet they push through or get served first without breaking a sweat. I usually say "Bitteschon" accompanied by an elaborate wavy arm gesture and they carefully ignore me. Gits.
My husband gave a lady and her husband a bit of a telling off last week at the lake swim because there was me shivering in swimming costume, towel and daft red swimming cap waiting patiently in line for a plate of freebie risotto when lady and hubby performed a kind of pincer move to get in front of me. It was quite amusing to watch an angry Swiss-German exchange between the lady and my husband but she backed down.
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Old 07.07.2009, 16:40
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Re: Swiss and their attiitude to queuing

Is this worse in the German part? I haven't really noticed it, even in Geneva (with the exception of boarding trams).
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Can anyone give me the Schweizerdeutsch for "Get to the back of the effing queue you ignorant barsteward?"

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Old 07.07.2009, 17:43
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Re: Swiss and their attiitude to queuing

They'll never learn if you sit there and quietly fume. You're basically enabling their behavior. They do it because they know that you'll sit there quietly and say nothing.
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its the only occasion i never had that: at ski lifts. not a single time since 5years of snowboarding in CH.
I just wanted to write this as well: As much as I make the same experiences as everyone else, ski-lifts are the complete oposite: Compared to Austria and Germany, the lines work well without idiots stepping and scratching over my skis at all.

In the other cases I sometimes simply say friendly but loudly enough for the people around to hear "Sie dürfen sich auch gerne hinten anstellen". Works.
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Re: Swiss and their attiitude to queuing

You can take the Swiss out of the village, but you can't take the village out of the Swiss.
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Re: Swiss and their attiitude to queuing

Why oh why can't the swiss learn the polite art of queuing?

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absolutely no problem to tell the idiot who wants to jump the queue or wants to get in front of someone(I realized that the swiss are not saying anything, only rolling their eyes and acting snubbed) that we are all queing and that the end of the line is after this person. It always works, as they dont expect such directness,
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Why oh why can't the swiss learn the polite art of queuing?

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absolutely no problem to tell the idiot who wants to jump the queue or wants to get in front of someone(I realized that the swiss are not saying anything, only rolling their eyes and acting snubbed) that we are all queing and that the end of the line is after this person. It always works, as they dont expect such directness,
In some cases the problem might lie in the shops and businesses which have an olympic obstacle course of shelves, overstacked shopping baskets, announcement boards, and other crap right next to the cash desk which creates more than one channel to the shop worker behind the counter. Everyone in their own individual channel is convinced that they are next in line because they can't see each other between the books, kids sweets or 6 x 4 advertisements for cheap chicken breasts and half price asparagus.

It only seems to work well in the post office where you have to take a ticket.
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and they are so blatant with it too, just shove in front!
the other perspective is just as bad: getting off a train at the HB with all these cows, i mean, people, trying to get into the shed. i mean, train.
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