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MacGregor's Daughter 25.05.2010 17:23

Re: people shaking their heads
 
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Originally Posted by greenmount (Post 822095)
Thanks, in fact I don't want to do that. I was wondering if someone knew anything, I think Switzerland is the only country where I saw this...:D

You will find them in Germany too.

cannut 25.05.2010 17:35

Re: people shaking their heads
 
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Originally Posted by psychodelicate (Post 804424)
I know, I cannot drive, I cannot park my car, and in general when I'm driving I am very clumsy. I easily panic, too.
But is it necessary to shake heads and look at me with such contempt everytime I do something wrong? Even people not directly involved in my awkward manoeuvres feel the need to show their disappointment by looking at me and shaking their heads.
Is it happening only to me or this "shaking the head" habit is typically Swiss?
I find it so unpleasant!

Edit:

I am a good enough driver, never had a car accident in 20 years of driving. I often drive with my child on board, so I am very prudent, never drive faster than 50 or (maximum) 60 km/hour.
My weak side is parking: I am a perfectionist and I know I am not so good in parking, so I prefer trying longer than leaving the car parked so-and-so.
Today I woke up silly and thought to post a silly thread. But if I want to be serious, politically correct and even tearful, I'll tell you I had a very dear person who died because of a road pirate. Those are a different story, you know.
But let me tell you that when a person is in trouble with parking a car, there's no use shaking heads or insulting. (Actually there's NEVER use being so ostentatiously impatient with people in trouble, but this is up to your sensibility).
Forget this post please, it wasn't meant to be taken so seriously.

Just Ignore us head shakers :rolleyes::D:p

summerrain 25.05.2010 18:50

Re: people shaking their heads
 
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Originally Posted by higgybaby (Post 821826)
I think a handful of carparks in Zurich have women only levels.
I don't know how they tell if you're female, maybe you have to register and get a special electronic badge to gain entry.
Try googling it in German. Or maybe someone here knows more about it.

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Originally Posted by greenmount (Post 821816)
How do you all find the parking places allocated to women ?
Frankly, I think it's quite condescental :msncrazy:

The women-only parking lots can be found nearest to the exits or lifts (the parkhaus at Stadelhofen has them). There will be a sign saying "for women only" I've also seen loads in Germany as well.

Having said that, it is not strictly enforced. I've seen men zipping into these lots. Its not really condescending - as the lots are located nearest to the lifts and exits, you can just nip into your car if you are leaving the carpark late, and alone - rather than walking 50m away to your car. Lessens the chance of opportunist attackers I guess.

amaraya 25.05.2010 19:17

Re: people shaking their heads
 
now i wish i had a car. i think they are a good idea too.i've always felt a bit vulnerable in a car park- esp. at night. in the u.s they have parking for people with babies. having tried to lug groceries and an infant i am in full support of those as well.

summerrain 25.05.2010 19:20

Re: people shaking their heads
 
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Originally Posted by amaraya (Post 822261)
now i wish i had a car. i think they are a good idea too.i've always felt a bit vulnerable in a car park- esp. at night. in the u.s they have parking for people with babies. having tried to lug groceries and an infant i am in full support of those as well.

They are - until the men come along and use those lots (because they are so convenient) as well. :msnsarcastic:

CheesyKiwi 25.05.2010 19:55

Re: people shaking their heads
 
Car Parking Perfection. It's harder than it seems but.. shows you that it is all about positioning.

http://www.notdoppler.com/frame/165.html

CK


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