Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Living in Switzerland > Complaints corner  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 19.01.2010, 14:14
summerrain's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Zürich
Posts: 4,362
Groaned at 4 Times in 4 Posts
Thanked 985 Times in 325 Posts
summerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond repute
Meddlesome neighbours

I just a full blast of the "I do nothing all day but spy on my neighbours".

I made a wrong turn whilst walking my dog and there was a lovely grass patch which he promptly went on to for a poop. No sooner when he got into "the position", I heard someone shouting really loudly at us. Although my German / Swiss German is appalling, I have to assume that it is related to what my dog is doing.

I showed her the Rabidog bag in my hand, apologising profusely and indicating that I will pick up after him. I mean, I couldnt possibly stop the poor dog mid-track, can I?!

But the old bat kept going on on top of her voice ("das is privat! das is privat!") even as I was picking up the poop, apologising again and again at the same time. Hand on heart, I didnt see any "Privat" signs. It was simply a patch of grass in the middle of 2 houses (none of them even hers) pependicular to the main road.

At this point, even my dog had enough and barked once at her, which of course fueled her annoyance even further. We walked away with her shouts ringing in our ears -- I highly amused, and my dog, rather irritable.

Pesky meddlesome old bat.

But thank you EFers, for posting similar stories before. Rather than getting all worked up, I was really amused and walked away chuckling.
__________________
Remember when someone annoys you, it takes 42 muscles to frown, BUT it only takes 4 muscles to extend your arm and b****-slap the mother-f***er upside the head.
Reply With Quote
The following 4 users would like to thank summerrain for this useful post:
  #2  
Old 19.01.2010, 14:21
Kamarate's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Neuchatel
Posts: 1,914
Groaned at 57 Times in 38 Posts
Thanked 1,619 Times in 685 Posts
Kamarate has a reputation beyond reputeKamarate has a reputation beyond reputeKamarate has a reputation beyond reputeKamarate has a reputation beyond reputeKamarate has a reputation beyond reputeKamarate has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Meddlesome neighbours

Old Swiss people can be really weird sometimes. One of my boyfriend's neighbours is really schitzo. We came into the flat building as she was collecting her mail, and she said goodevening to us, and we replied in kind. She then said "rather rudely, might I add) "you know, it is customary here to say good evening when someone says it to you" (presumably aimed at the fact that my boyfriend is French and I am English - although I only visit, so she may not know my nationality). When we informed her that we had said good evening and she merely hadn't heard us, she went into this sweet old lady routine, although she didn't apologise. Just slapped a big smile on her face and said "oh, I didn't hear you". Then walked off. Freak.

Also, they have allocated days for doing the washing. My boyfriend needed to do some, and did it on a Sunday instead of his day (no-one is allocated on a Sunday, so it's not like he nicked someone else's spot). One of his neighbours had a problem with it and, instead of knocking on his door to take it up with him, they rang the building agency. It's the typical Swiss attitude. No confrontation - oh no, can't have that! Just look at the wars that have taken place in Europe. Oh no, we don't want to get involved... but we will look after your money...
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Kamarate for this useful post:
  #3  
Old 19.01.2010, 14:23
argus's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Southern Germany; was in Zug
Posts: 3,385
Groaned at 15 Times in 14 Posts
Thanked 2,564 Times in 1,242 Posts
argus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Meddlesome neighbours

I often felt bad if the dog had to poo near someone's house, especially since the (likely future guide) dog is obligated to do both No. 2 and No. 1 in the gutter between street and sidewalk (No. 2 of which of course I hurriedly picked up). Thank goodness no one ever shouted at me.

But once, opposite a bus-stop, the dog had to pee and some guy seated on the bench there saidly loudly in English: "That is disgusting!" (The Lab, true to her nature, was nonchalant; gave him a look that said, "Read my pee-mail!")

What can you do but grin and bear it?
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank argus for this useful post:
  #4  
Old 19.01.2010, 14:26
Sandgrounder's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: ZH
Posts: 13,961
Groaned at 128 Times in 119 Posts
Thanked 26,346 Times in 10,116 Posts
Sandgrounder has a reputation beyond reputeSandgrounder has a reputation beyond reputeSandgrounder has a reputation beyond reputeSandgrounder has a reputation beyond reputeSandgrounder has a reputation beyond reputeSandgrounder has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Meddlesome neighbours

Quote:
View Post
Also, they have allocated days for doing the washing. My boyfriend needed to do some, and did it on a Sunday instead of his day (no-one is allocated on a Sunday, so it's not like he nicked someone else's spot). One of his neighbours had a problem with it and, instead of knocking on his door to take it up with him, they rang the building agency. It's the typical Swiss attitude. No confrontation - oh no, can't have that! Just look at the wars that have taken place in Europe. Oh no, we don't want to get involved... but we will look after your money...
In all fairness, most places don't let you wash clothes on a Sunday and it probably states it in your boyfriend's contract. Ours has a note on the wall in the laundry, although nobody really minds if washing is done at any time of the day or night. Obviously you are going to get places where the rule is enforced - maybe the building structure isn't really well soundproofed so a drone of the washing machine and dryer might p*ss someone off on their only free day of the week.

Summerrain - you should have made a big exaggerated effort to drag your dog away from its epicenter accidentally spreading a trail of do-do across the lawn. Perhaps the neighbour will splash out on a "Privat" sign now...
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 19.01.2010, 14:28
Carlos R's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Roundn'about Basel
Posts: 7,224
Groaned at 105 Times in 95 Posts
Thanked 9,908 Times in 4,166 Posts
Carlos R has a reputation beyond reputeCarlos R has a reputation beyond reputeCarlos R has a reputation beyond reputeCarlos R has a reputation beyond reputeCarlos R has a reputation beyond reputeCarlos R has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Meddlesome neighbours

Quote:
View Post
Old Swiss people can be really weird sometimes. One of my boyfriend's neighbours is really schitzo. We came into the flat building as she was collecting her mail, and she said goodevening to us, and we replied in kind. She then said "rather rudely, might I add) "you know, it is customary here to say good evening when someone says it to you" (presumably aimed at the fact that my boyfriend is French and I am English - although I only visit, so she may not know my nationality). When we informed her that we had said good evening and she merely hadn't heard us, she went into this sweet old lady routine, although she didn't apologise. Just slapped a big smile on her face and said "oh, I didn't hear you". Then walked off. Freak.

Also, they have allocated days for doing the washing. My boyfriend needed to do some, and did it on a Sunday instead of his day (no-one is allocated on a Sunday, so it's not like he nicked someone else's spot). One of his neighbours had a problem with it and, instead of knocking on his door to take it up with him, they rang the building agency. It's the typical Swiss attitude. No confrontation - oh no, can't have that! Just look at the wars that have taken place in Europe. Oh no, we don't want to get involved... but we will look after your money...

Washing on a Sunday - that's one of the BIGGEST NO NOs in CH . Surprised you havebeen deported yet...
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Carlos R for this useful post:
  #6  
Old 19.01.2010, 14:28
summerrain's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Zürich
Posts: 4,362
Groaned at 4 Times in 4 Posts
Thanked 985 Times in 325 Posts
summerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond reputesummerrain has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Meddlesome neighbours

Quote:
View Post
(The Lab, true to her nature, was nonchalant; gave him a look that said, "Read my pee-mail!")

What can you do but grin and bear it?
Mine behaved more like a yob. He barked at her once and I assuming he was telling her to f*** off. some attitude this one has.

Quote:
View Post
Washing on a Sunday - that's one of the BIGGEST NO NOs in CH . Surprised you havebeen deported yet...
For most buildings, it is. The past 2 apartments I've lived in, including this one, are ok with Sundays as wash days.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 19.01.2010, 14:31
olygirl's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: d' Innerschwiiz
Posts: 5,852
Groaned at 246 Times in 166 Posts
Thanked 12,972 Times in 3,953 Posts
olygirl has a reputation beyond reputeolygirl has a reputation beyond reputeolygirl has a reputation beyond reputeolygirl has a reputation beyond reputeolygirl has a reputation beyond reputeolygirl has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Meddlesome neighbours

Do you know how many people have left the dog poop on the lawn for her to scoop up? Or have just removed half of the poop.

There are too many irresponsible dog owners out there.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank olygirl for this useful post:
  #8  
Old 19.01.2010, 14:32
argus's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Southern Germany; was in Zug
Posts: 3,385
Groaned at 15 Times in 14 Posts
Thanked 2,564 Times in 1,242 Posts
argus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Meddlesome neighbours

Quote:
View Post
Washing on a Sunday - that's one of the BIGGEST NO NOs in CH . Surprised you havebeen deported yet...

I often do my laundry on a Sunday (we've our own little laundry room in the basement). It's the best day to do it! No one has complained - yet. In three years.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 19.01.2010, 14:33
Nickers's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Zurich
Posts: 3,735
Groaned at 41 Times in 35 Posts
Thanked 4,899 Times in 1,697 Posts
Nickers has a reputation beyond reputeNickers has a reputation beyond reputeNickers has a reputation beyond reputeNickers has a reputation beyond reputeNickers has a reputation beyond reputeNickers has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Meddlesome neighbours

can we stick to the topic of poo please and not laundry
Reply With Quote
The following 4 users would like to thank Nickers for this useful post:
  #10  
Old 19.01.2010, 14:34
Papa Goose's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Ägeri
Posts: 3,700
Groaned at 193 Times in 162 Posts
Thanked 4,254 Times in 1,805 Posts
Papa Goose has a reputation beyond reputePapa Goose has a reputation beyond reputePapa Goose has a reputation beyond reputePapa Goose has a reputation beyond reputePapa Goose has a reputation beyond reputePapa Goose has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Meddlesome neighbours

Quote:
View Post
Do you know how many people have left the dog poop on the lawn for her to scoop up? Or have just removed half of the poop.

There are too many irresponsible dog owners out there.
Typically judgemental, but equally there are a whole bunch of mean spirited crones who will sieze any opportunity to moan, it's an age thing.... how old are you

Quote:
View Post
can we stick to the topic of poo please and not laundry
Alas Nicky, **** happens
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank Papa Goose for this useful post:
  #11  
Old 19.01.2010, 14:38
altehase's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Rikon im Tösstal
Posts: 92
Groaned at 2 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 59 Times in 26 Posts
altehase has made some interesting contributions
Re: Meddlesome neighbours

"Just look at the wars that have taken place in Europe. Oh no, we don't want to get involved... but we will look after your money..."

That's a cheap shot! How did you expect the neutral Swiss to get involved? Any alliance with France or Britain would have had an immediate reaction with a German invasion. Or should the Swiss have formed an alliance with Nazi Germany? I have talked withh older Swiss, most recently while in hospital with a retired judge, born here, who remembers the war and the tough choices that the Swiss made to stay out of it.

Too many people with little perspective look at the money side and see the Swiss as greedy bankers. The US lawyers are still having a field day chasing holocaust money and enhancing their reputations as vigilant upholders of the law, like Elliot Spitzer ex-governor of New York State (sacked for using state funds to buy prostitutes).
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 19.01.2010, 14:38
argus's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Southern Germany; was in Zug
Posts: 3,385
Groaned at 15 Times in 14 Posts
Thanked 2,564 Times in 1,242 Posts
argus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Meddlesome neighbours

Quote:
View Post
Do you know how many people have left the dog poop on the lawn for her to scoop up? Or have just removed half of the poop.

There are too many irresponsible dog owners out there.

Olygirl, did you read the part in which the OP said it wasn't even near the meddlesome woman's property?
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 19.01.2010, 14:39
altehase's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Rikon im Tösstal
Posts: 92
Groaned at 2 Times in 2 Posts
Thanked 59 Times in 26 Posts
altehase has made some interesting contributions
Re: Meddlesome neighbours

Sorry about my last, not because it was not what I think, but because it was off track.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 19.01.2010, 14:40
Carlos R's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Roundn'about Basel
Posts: 7,224
Groaned at 105 Times in 95 Posts
Thanked 9,908 Times in 4,166 Posts
Carlos R has a reputation beyond reputeCarlos R has a reputation beyond reputeCarlos R has a reputation beyond reputeCarlos R has a reputation beyond reputeCarlos R has a reputation beyond reputeCarlos R has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Meddlesome neighbours

Quote:
View Post
can we stick to the topic of poo please and not laundry
You'll have to change the title of the thread to specify poo, as the current title of "Meddlesome neighbours" means open season on all related topics
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 19.01.2010, 14:40
Nickers's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Zurich
Posts: 3,735
Groaned at 41 Times in 35 Posts
Thanked 4,899 Times in 1,697 Posts
Nickers has a reputation beyond reputeNickers has a reputation beyond reputeNickers has a reputation beyond reputeNickers has a reputation beyond reputeNickers has a reputation beyond reputeNickers has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Meddlesome neighbours

Quote:
View Post
You'll have to change the title of the thread to specify poo, as the current title of "Meddlesome neighbours" means open season on all related topics
true but poo is a far better topic than laundry so lets stick to it
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 19.01.2010, 14:41
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Nyon
Posts: 82
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 23 Times in 18 Posts
dragonblu has no particular reputation at present
Re: Meddlesome neighbours

I know exactly what you mean! We got a letter from our commune telling us that we should not use the empty piece of land across from our house for our dogs' business (at least that's how my husband translated it as). As far as I know, the land is not private, it belongs to the commune. I pick up my dogs' poo. I know some other people don't pick up after their dogs. So I think it's not fair that I get a letter personally addressed to me! And don't get me started on the horse poo!!
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 19.01.2010, 14:41
Carlos R's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Roundn'about Basel
Posts: 7,224
Groaned at 105 Times in 95 Posts
Thanked 9,908 Times in 4,166 Posts
Carlos R has a reputation beyond reputeCarlos R has a reputation beyond reputeCarlos R has a reputation beyond reputeCarlos R has a reputation beyond reputeCarlos R has a reputation beyond reputeCarlos R has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Meddlesome neighbours

Quote:
View Post
true but poo is a far better topic than laundry so lets stick to it
If you have kids the two are related
Reply With Quote
The following 6 users would like to thank Carlos R for this useful post:
  #18  
Old 19.01.2010, 14:42
Papa Goose's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Ägeri
Posts: 3,700
Groaned at 193 Times in 162 Posts
Thanked 4,254 Times in 1,805 Posts
Papa Goose has a reputation beyond reputePapa Goose has a reputation beyond reputePapa Goose has a reputation beyond reputePapa Goose has a reputation beyond reputePapa Goose has a reputation beyond reputePapa Goose has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Meddlesome neighbours

Quote:
View Post
true but poo is a far better topic than laundry so lets stick to it
But what if the poo is on a blanket... do we still have to stick to it
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 19.01.2010, 14:42
olygirl's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: d' Innerschwiiz
Posts: 5,852
Groaned at 246 Times in 166 Posts
Thanked 12,972 Times in 3,953 Posts
olygirl has a reputation beyond reputeolygirl has a reputation beyond reputeolygirl has a reputation beyond reputeolygirl has a reputation beyond reputeolygirl has a reputation beyond reputeolygirl has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Meddlesome neighbours

Quote:
View Post
Olygirl, did you read the part in which the OP said it wasn't even near the meddlesome woman's property?
How does she know the patch of grass doesn't belong to the woman? Or that it might in the woman's care?

The Swiss don't usually go around yelling at other people if it's none of their business.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 19.01.2010, 14:43
argus's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Southern Germany; was in Zug
Posts: 3,385
Groaned at 15 Times in 14 Posts
Thanked 2,564 Times in 1,242 Posts
argus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond reputeargus has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Meddlesome neighbours

Quote:
View Post
true but poo is a far better topic than laundry so lets stick to it
Sorry I mentioned pee. Should have stuck to poo.

Last edited by argus; 19.01.2010 at 14:47. Reason: cutting out crap
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank argus for this useful post:
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I've got LOVELY neighbours, and I want to tell you all about it! Dougal's Breakfast General off-topic 16 10.08.2009 01:41
Noisy Neighbours English Beancounter Housing in general 4 02.12.2008 10:41
psyco neighbours alicesmorrison Complaints corner 119 18.09.2008 16:11
Nice neighbours (part3 Sh*tty neighbours) HAT Complaints corner 7 06.10.2006 14:15


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 01:27.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0