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Old 31.03.2011, 21:40
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I always appreciate the amount of time it must take to half-fold and then quarter fold each Frank/note in their wallet so they're individually seperated and of course sorted into descending order. At the check out they also make sure to give you your coin change first, allowing time to toss them in your purse/pocket before giving you the bills.

*I don't know if it's specifically Swiss but it's definitely not done where I come from.
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At the check out they also make sure to give you your coin change first, allowing time to toss them in your purse/pocket before giving you the bills.
For the record our experiences differ.

I usually make them give me the coins first as they try to pile them onto the note they are also trying to give to me.

I've also had to explain why - on more than one occasion - when being charged 15.45 CHF for some goods, I am giving them 20.45 CHF in cash. Bless.

Although, much less so recently, I'll admit. I think they finally cottoned on to the benefits of the occasional shrapnel clear-out...
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Old 31.03.2011, 22:10
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Sending you an invoice instead of demanding you pay cash in advance.
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Dos this guy live about 200km South of Sault Ste Marie Canada,50Km west of I 75.If so I heard of him to
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I always appreciate the amount of time it must take to half-fold and then quarter fold each Frank/note in their wallet so they're individually seperated and of course sorted into descending order.
I've never noticed such, but if people do it indeed, especially older ones, that may date back to those times when Swiss bank notes were almost as big as bed sheets. I remember the laughing fits of my friends in Denmark in the early 'seventies when they say a place-mat-sized 100 CHF bill. There was no way to fit it in a normal wallet without double folding it.

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I've also had to explain why - on more than one occasion - when being charged 15.45 CHF for some goods, I am giving them 20.45 CHF in cash. Bless.
Now this is something I don't understand. Since the 'fifties, I've never done it any other way. My grandma did it that way, my parents did, and everybody else I know did, all of them Swiss.

When I stranded in rural Greece in 1986, however, I tried to do the same (basically, in Drachmes, and with bigger amounts, of course, because the Drachma wasn't worth much, but it still was the same principle, namely moving around lots of coins). I thought it must be common practice world-wide, simply because it makes sense. To my amazement, those people returned the small change to me, then head-dived into their cash box and gave me a shovel-full of coins. Always. I challenged them hundreds of times, and I always lost.

Could it be that those cashiers were Greek immigrants?
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Old 31.03.2011, 22:55
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Now this is something I don't understand. Since the 'fifties, I've never done it any other way. My grandma did it that way, my parents did, and everybody else I know did, all of them Swiss.

When I stranded in rural Greece in 1986, however, I tried to do the same (basically, in Drachmes, and with bigger amounts, of course, because the Drachma wasn't worth much, but it still was the same principle, namely moving around lots of coins). I thought it must be common practice world-wide, simply because it makes sense. To my amazement, those people returned the small change to me, then head-dived into their cash box and gave me a shovel-full of coins. Always. I challenged them hundreds of times, and I always lost.

Could it be that those cashiers were Greek immigrants?
that's funny. i lived in greece till 2003 and i was doing that all the time since i remember myself. sometimes the cashiers even get upset if you don't do it!
but i found that here (and to a certain extend in the uk) they get a bit confused.
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Swiss people love reading certain threads on EF to learn new things they are meant to love, like or constantly do.

Well, at least one Swiss guy I know as closely as it can get does.
So does he like the gelatined open face sandwiches?
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Old 31.03.2011, 23:12
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Could it be that those cashiers were Greek immigrants?
Hard to tell. Swiss German's all Greek to me...
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-Traubenzucker.
- Swiss Miltary recruits have a blast hanging out at schools doing military exercises at the school gym. Giving military chocolate to Swiss students at the school.
- Swiss like tea's, especially herbal tea.
- Swiss men like to dress up at Fasnacht in a scary outfit to get into a parade in order to steal your girlfriend at Fasnacht so that they can put her in a cage on their wagon.
- Swiss admire American culture, music, although they hate G.W.
- Swiss love being detail-oriented.
- Swiss also like to travel, and the Swiss are better traveled than many citizens of other cultures.
- Swiss kids get so many gifts at Easter (that used to annoy me as a kid, I got nothing).
- Swiss love using English words in their vocabulary.
- Swiss have a knack for telling racist jokes.
- Swiss love hating on Austrians or even worse Germans.

-Traubenzucker. > a really nice thing
-Swiss Miltary recruits > you become a recruit long after having closed your education, unless you are a student. The "military chocolate" is of the "Prix Garantie" class, not overwhelming but quite good
- Swiss like tea's, especially herbal tea > and this means that most Swiss do not like tea. Many can only be convinced by delivering a mixture of your own. I still remember that my sister-in-law told me that my brother loved strong coffee but got ultra-nervours from it. I then provided my mix, which is a combination of EarlGrey, EnglishBreakfast, JasmineTea, RussianCaravan, and some other sorts, a fairly strong tea in fact, and then, for the rest of his live, my brother started to be a tea-drinker
- Swiss men like to dress up at Fasnacht in a scary outfit to get into a parade in order to steal your girlfriend at Fasnacht so that they can put her in a cage on their wagon > this only is the case in Cantons where Fasnacht is of real importance (Basel - Luzern for example)
- Swiss admire American culture, music, although they hate G.W. > Sure, Swiss people are still, in spite of GWB fairly pro American --- GWB of course was the "ugly American"
- Swiss love being detail-oriented > sure, pedantism in this country is extremely widespread
- Swiss also like to travel, and the Swiss are better traveled than many citizens of other cultures. > easy, 50kms into Germany, 70kms into Austria, 250kms into Italy, 130kms into France !!
- Swiss kids get so many gifts at Easter (that used to annoy me as a kid, I got nothing). > Swiss kids generally get gifts at Christmas and on their birthday. A schoolfriend of me had his birthday on 29th November and then all folks told him "nothing now, but something extra on Christmas, which was a blatant lie ! His godmother, a shrewed business-woman, solved the problem, telling all relatives, "nothing on 29th November, but something on Christmas of course and the birthday gifts on Easter
- Swiss love using English words in their vocabulary > why not. In the past, French words were introduced into the vocabulary, later on Italian words, and at present English words. But please realise that the actual meaning of these words in practice very often is no longer the meaning the word had in English, Just one example, "city" means "downtown"
- Swiss have a knack for telling racist jokes > you mean jokes as those in "Achmed the Dead Terrorist" ??

- Swiss love hating on Austrians or even worse Germans. > Austrians are not hated, only at times becoming victims of jokes ... Germans ? ehhmm well that is a different matter
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Old 31.03.2011, 23:47
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UHT milk and cream.
And what is your problem against UHT milk
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that's funny. i lived in greece till 2003 and i was doing that all the time since i remember myself. sometimes the cashiers even get upset if you don't do it!
but i found that here (and to a certain extend in the uk) they get a bit confused.
Ok, maybe it's a regional thing. When I say "rural Greece" I mean Bóreies Sporádes, especially Alónhsos, where even in this millenium, when I bought five postcards at 70 cents, store owners would use a piece of old cardboard full of former calculations and a ball pen to write
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And then they made an ordinary addition, although they had an electronic cash register just next to the cardboard. Of course, that kind of hi tech approach was mainly used to evade VAT.

On the other hand, in the course of almost 60 years, I did the 20.45 for 15.45 thing thousands of times in Switzerland and never ever had the slightest problem. As I wrote above, Swiss people like to learn new things about their country by reading the EF.

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So does he like the gelatined open face sandwiches?
He rather makes his own open-faced sandwiches without gelatine, but has been force-fed gelatined ones a few times. They aren't bad.

By the way, of course the gelatine is used to prevent the meat and other stuff from going dry.
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Ok, maybe it's a regional thing. When I say "rural Greece" I mean Bóreies Sporádes, especially Alónhsos, where even in this millenium, when I bought five postcards at 70 cents, store owners would use a piece of old cardboard full of former calculations and a ball pen to write
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70
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And then they made an ordinary addition, although they had an electronic cash register just next to the cardboard. Of course, that kind of hi tech approach was mainly used to evade VAT.

On the other hand, in the course of almost 60 years, I did the 20.45 for 15.45 thing thousands of times in Switzerland and never ever had the slightest problem. As I wrote above, Swiss people like to learn new things about their country by reading the EF.

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alonisos is beautiful, lucky you. i was mostly in thessaloniki, that might explain. i am sure the paper calculation is still used in many smaller places.
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-- -- Swiss love hating on Austrians or even worse Germans. > Austrians are not hated, only at times becoming victims of jokes ... Germans ? ehhmm well that is a different matter
Hating /hated ???? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz wolly


I am not swiss then!! I have nothing agings Germans,or AustriansI maybe dislike some individuals but hating
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Supposedly red shoes. That's according to Diccon Bewes recent book, but I haven't seen any evidence of this.
I have read his remark when sitting on the balcony, and so looked at people on the road. No one with red shows, but one chap with very yellow shoes. And I on Bahnhofstrasse almost never see anyone with red shoes
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-Traubenzucker. > a really nice thing
-Swiss Miltary recruits > you become a recruit long after having closed your education, unless you are a student. The "military chocolate" is of the "Prix Garantie" class, not overwhelming but quite good
No what I meant was during my time at school (Primarschule) in Switzerland as a kid the Swiss Military was stationed at our school. They performed military exercises at our gym and would hand out chocolate to us if we asked them for it. I only had the dark military chocolate. I agree its really good. I'm a big fan of Traubenzucker myself, but I'm also Swiss so no surprise.


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-- Swiss like tea's, especially herbal tea > and this means that most Swiss do not like tea. Many can only be convinced by delivering a mixture of your own. I still remember that my sister-in-law told me that my brother loved strong coffee but got ultra-nervours from it. I then provided my mix, which is a combination of EarlGrey, EnglishBreakfast, JasmineTea, RussianCaravan, and some other sorts, a fairly strong tea in fact, and then, for the rest of his live, my brother started to be a tea-drinker
Well that might be different from my experience, because every time I was at a "Lager" whether it was through school, Ice Hockey or Cevi we were served iced herbal tea. I liked it when there was enough sugar.

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- Swiss men like to dress up at Fasnacht in a scary outfit to get into a parade in order to steal your girlfriend at Fasnacht so that they can put her in a cage on their wagon > this only is the case in Cantons where Fasnacht is of real importance (Basel - Luzern for example)
actually I was thinking of the Fasnacht parade in Winterthur. I would opine that they have a decent parade, not as good as Basel or Luzern.

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- Swiss also like to travel, and the Swiss are better traveled than many citizens of other cultures. > easy, 50kms into Germany, 70kms into Austria, 250kms into Italy, 130kms into France !!
actually I was thinking of places like the USA, South America, Asia or Africa. Case in point last autumn I was Glouchester, MA, USA on a whale watching tour. My girlfriend and I happened to sit next to Swiss people, from Kanton Schwyz of all places. I've met Swiss vacationers in Indonesia, L.A and New York. I think its cool that Swiss travel quite a bit, may it be because of the extra vacation time or because of the strong CHF.

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- Swiss also like to travel, and the Swiss are better traveled than many citizens of other cultures. > easy, 50kms into Germany, 70kms into Austria, 250kms into Italy, 130kms into France !!
Spoken like a true Zurichois for all the Swiss...
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Hating /hated ???? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz wolly


I am not swiss then!! I have nothing agings Germans,or AustriansI maybe dislike some individuals but hating
Just to clarify, hate is a strong word and using it in an American context can distort the meaning I was trying to convey. From my experience Germans and Austrians are the butt of most jokes in Switzerland and many of my friends will just continue to speak Swiss-German to Germans when they try to engage them in conversation, although the Germans will not be able to understand them. Also, Swiss mock the German and Austrian accents. So maybe hate would be too strong of a word in this context.
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Putting up speed cameras in work zones with reduced speed limits although there is not a worker to be seen anywhere.
To be fair, the Swiss are absolute beginners at this particular art form compared to the British.
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And what is your problem against UHT milk
The taste.

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And what is your problem against UHT milk
UHT tastes like the container it comes in, horrible stuff. It belongs in a fall-out shelter. Some people claim not to be able to tell the difference between normal milk and UHT milk - but then I think you need your taste buds checked. It's like not being able to tell the difference between fresh milk from an udder and 'normal' pasteurized milk.

For a dairy nation, I am not surprised that there aren't milk-men, little electric milk trucks and milk dispensing satellites scattered around town and cities. I'm surprised there's not a town call Milch!

Fresh Milk has yet to be marketed here. We should tell Coop and Migros to get on to that one. This summer's latest food craze... Fresh Milk.

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