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Visited Zug this weekend as a bit of a reccy before moving out in 3 weeks, did the usual and drove around the area looked at flats etc.

Anyway my employer said have a look at some cars and see what you want... so we found a second hand dealer in the centre saw a nice car and pulled up on the side of the road ( it was sunday at 11am and the town looked as if it was shut!! ) nipped onto the forecourt and then after literally 2 mins they were there giving me a ticket I explained our situation at which they snotted at me in German and looked amazed when I said we didnt speak their language... I asked if they would just let us move on but OH NO they were there with fine in hand and a stincking attitude.

Question - are they all w#####s like this in Zug!!!

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Re: Zug police with anal attitude!!

Cops have nothing else to do.At the main station in Zurich last week I counted 7 , yes 7 , cops "interviewing" 2 young Ethiopian girls who looked scared sh*tless.
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( it was sunday at 11am and the town looked as if it was shut!! )
Most Swiss towns look like that on Sunday. I cant stand it !
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Re: Zug police with anal attitude!!

Well apparently you comitted a crime, and you are just angry that you got caught.

If it does not suit you and your non-german speaking family, then maybe you should be on your way back to wherever you came from, yes?
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Re: Zug police with anal attitude!!

Bad luck, mate.

No doubt there will be someone along any minute to give a sanctimonious lecture about respecting the laws in other countries etc etc blah blah.

Sounds like you were unlucky. On a different day you might have gotten away with it. Walking around London t'other week I saw the "Blue Meanies" out in force sticking tickets on anything that stopped for more than a second.

I remember a few years back in Basel I'd parked my bike at the entrance to the Vita Parcours in Lange Erlen - and came back from my run to find the saddlebags had been rifled through and my detachable lights had been pinched (yes..I know...my fault etc). Then a day later near Viaduktstrasse the cops were stopping every other pushbike (not me - I was going the opposite way) giving tickets for this and that. Of course I had the usual Daily-Mail-reader grumble to myself about cops having nothing better to do and there being no crime in the city...

Anyway, just pay the fine and damn their impudence. Hope it gets better for you.

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Old 16.08.2010, 09:59
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OP: Same happend to me on a Sunday. Parked the car on the side of a road to figure out where I am with a map (GPSs-they are so very helpful) - got out of the car a walked a few meters just to see the name of the road - and the next thing you know CHF 120.00(And yes, about 4 police officers surrounding me as well ) I was totally lost !!

AT the end it was my fault for parking there..

It sucks
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To the groaners....I think you might need some lessons in understanding sarcasm.

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If it does not suit you and your non-german speaking family, then maybe you should be on
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Cops have nothing else to do.At the main station in Zurich last week I counted 7 , yes 7 , cops "interviewing" 2 young Ethiopian girls who looked scared sh*tless.
Again?!?!
FFS

I know they have f all to do, but this harrasment of ethnic minorities at HB does seem to be getting a bit out of hand.

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Again?!?!
FFS

I know they have fu ck all to do, but this harrasment of ethnic minorities at HB does seem to be getting a bit out of hand.
Yes, because they're all racist and they couldn't possibly have any valid reason that you don't know about.

For the clue-impaired, that was sarcasm. I'm all for questioning authority, but outright assuming that the cops are the villains is a bit over the top.

To the OP - hey, it may not have lasted long, but you committed a foul. Same as speeding - doesn't matter if you do it for 1km or 100km, if the camera catches you, you get a ticket. Buck up, pay it, and forget about it - you have to take the good (very safe and lawful country) with the bad (lack of leeway in law enforcement).

I'll try to avoid preaching on the German issue, obvious though the opportunity is.
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Again?!?!
FFS

I know they have f all to do, but this harrasment of ethnic minorities at HB does seem to be getting a bit out of hand.
Yes, its just impossible for it to have been anything else but harassment.
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Old 16.08.2010, 11:30
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Re: Zug police with anal attitude!!

I'm having a bit of difficulty understanding how this thread managed to turn into suspected racial profiling/harassment by the police at Zürich HB, from one which which started with the OP receiving a rather efficient parking ticket in Zug.

Maybe I'm just having a slow morning here, or maybe not. Back on topic please.
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Re: Zug police with anal attitude!!

No preaching from me on this one. In all honesty "there but for the grace of God go I". It can be an exceedingly difficult task for someone unacquainted with Switzerland (and often for those with familiarity) to know with certainty whether they are parking correctly or not.

I too am no fan of the rule with an iron fist style of policing parking. As others have said this is hardly unique to Switzerland. However the hostile attitude you met with is at odds with the public face Zug is spending a considerable amount of money and effort presenting to the outside world through e.g. roadshows in the U.K. aimed at convincing foreigners that it is a welcoming place to reside and conduct business.

This is one case where I find the US style of policing to be more favourable - in a recent trip to Arizona I was let off a speeding indiscretion that would have probably resulted in castration here on a fun rural mountain road by a cop who, after I apologised and he ran my details, simply said well I guess you won't want to stick around to turn up at court now will you? i.e. a human being with some common sense as opposed to an automaton blindly following the rules.
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Re: Zug police with anal attitude!!

Always stick this at the end of a sarcastic comment other ways the sarcasm is lost and you earn yourself a nice groan

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Visited Zug this weekend as a bit of a reccy before moving out in 3 weeks, did the usual and drove around the area looked at flats etc.

Anyway my employer said have a look at some cars and see what you want... so we found a second hand dealer in the centre saw a nice car and pulled up on the side of the road ( it was sunday at 11am and the town looked as if it was shut!! ) nipped onto the forecourt and then after literally 2 mins they were there giving me a ticket I explained our situation at which they snotted at me in German and looked amazed when I said we didnt speak their language... I asked if they would just let us move on but OH NO they were there with fine in hand and a stincking attitude.

Question - are they all w#####s like this in Zug!!!

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Yes, that sucks, but a question: would you expect English police to speak Swiss? Or an English traffic warden to take back the ticket they just wrote? Answer to both is a definitive no.
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However the hostile attitude you met with is at odds with the public face Zug is spending a considerable amount of money and effort presenting to the outside world through e.g. roadshows in the U.K. aimed at convincing foreigners that it is a welcoming place to reside and conduct business.
Well, they're after people's money... taxes or fines - they'll happily accept both.
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Re: Zug police with anal attitude!!

just move on. the consequences of not following rules are quite steep (financially). when in Switzerland always follow the rules

Zug is a beautiful place, i consider lucky to be here... don't let this incident effect your move

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Visited Zug this weekend as a bit of a reccy before moving out in 3 weeks, did the usual and drove around the area looked at flats etc.

Anyway my employer said have a look at some cars and see what you want... so we found a second hand dealer in the centre saw a nice car and pulled up on the side of the road ( it was sunday at 11am and the town looked as if it was shut!! ) nipped onto the forecourt and then after literally 2 mins they were there giving me a ticket I explained our situation at which they snotted at me in German and looked amazed when I said we didnt speak their language... I asked if they would just let us move on but OH NO they were there with fine in hand and a stincking attitude.

Question - are they all w#####s like this in Zug!!!

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I'll try to avoid preaching on the German issue, obvious though the opportunity is.
All new arrivals in Switzerland should be made to sit the Goethe Institut C2 exam at the airport before being allowed in to the country.

Even the ones who go to Ticino.

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Always stick this at the end of a sarcastic comment other ways the sarcasm is lost and you earn yourself a nice groan
Indeed, let's take intelligence out of the equation.
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....they were there with fine in hand and a stincking attitude.
Question - are they all w#####s like this in Zug!!!
Parking tickets bring easy money to these towns, even after paying for parking wardens, the good citizens will now have a tiny bit less tax to pay. You can expect this sort of treatment in any town here, tough luck on getting caught especially on a Sunday! Was the ticket for parking on the pavement or for stopping in a restricted piece of road?
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