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Perhaps i should have put my ramblings in the Complaints Corner?
... or on one of the many prostitution threads?
which may be found in the Complaints Corner too though...
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Old 25.06.2011, 14:10
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You mean the same Switzerland that allows illegal dumping only depending where? Dumped fridges out in the field somewhere near Plan-les-Ouates (GE) a few years ago didn't seem to bother authorities. Habits seem to be different. Adliswil then is the place to be where you get the stereotype confirmed. And the rest of swiss-german speaking Switzerland probably too
I canNOT judge the regulations and Cantonal laws of the Republic of Geneva. What I however CAN tell you is that the Canton of Zurich already in the 1950ies and 60ies did NOT allow illegal dumping ANYwhere. And the definitions for "illegal dumping" already in the 70ies and 80ies got stiffened. Further on, do not forget that the Union only gives "framework laws", and that the Cantons only give "general guidelines and framework regulations" but that the REAL regulations are done on the municipal level.

So that, if you want to know details about facts in Plan-les-Ouates, first check up with their municipal WEBsite
http://www.plan-les-ouates.ch/
and in case of questions consult the government of the place directly
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Old 25.06.2011, 14:57
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Now I agree on that - it's really annoying - the same as having to polish the mail box all clean coz of the old paper stickers. Yeah, landlords..I don't know, but Zurich area seems to be worse than others.
The administration of this building here does NOT care about HOW the boxes are labelled, only wants to HAVE names on them. While the "housemaster" of the place I lived in Adliswil (2002-09) was most strict on this ! So that everything depends on the administration. The administration-company in charge here is in charge of houses between Rapperswil and Schaffhausen, and the ladies there generally are NOT narrow-minded strictists
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I had 'keine werbung' notice on my mailbox (no ads), and i haven't received almost any ads. After some time i wanted to get few promotion coupons or something like that so i took it off, and my mailbox was FULL next day!

wow, people who put thiese fliers/ads etc really respect that sticker. Just please don't tell me it's like this everywhere in the world
It isn't! We have a flat in the UK which is un-occupied a lot of the time. We've asked the Post Office, the Postman, Liddle and Aldi - to NOT POST ADVERTISING- but apparently we do not have the right to say no in the UK. They can ENFORCE advertising posting, and there is nothing we can do- apart from asking a neighbour to clear our postbox of all the **** every few days. Normal post is forwarded here of course. GRR.

If you lived in a building with noisy plumbing, you would actually get really cheesed off if all your neighbours constantly flushed the toilet throughout the night, hoovered or had their washing machine spinning at full pelt on after 10pm, etc. When we lived in a semi in Newcastle (Staffs) our next door neighbour would start hoovering at about 11pm- waking us and of course our baby. She was lovely, and we tried to explain - but to no avail. Rules can be a real pain- but sometimes they are there to make life more pleasant for all. Must say though, that apart from a few years in London, I've never lived in a flat. It would drive me bonkers! I gladly give up any luxuries for space- and be able to do what I want when I want to. Hence we live in the sticks, hurray. We get on really well with the neighbours, but nobody lives within 50 m of us to the west, and the other sides have nobody at all, and never will have.

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Old 26.06.2011, 09:57
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Re: Only in Switzerland... (anecdotes)

Roadworks...
everywhere!!!
the whole time!!!
the one on the Autobahn between Wädenswil and Thalwil has been going on for years!!! and I can't see any difference!!!
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Roadworks...
everywhere!!!
the whole time!!!
the one on the Autobahn between Wädenswil and Thalwil has been going on for years!!! and I can't see any difference!!!
that is true... but if you take into account that they don't work on sunday, saturday, after 17:00, durning lunch AND they have probably complicated procedures for everything (due to safety etc.) then it is pretty clear why... Also since they are paid a lot, not many of them are working on the same site at the time...

it is extremely annoying, but traffic issues are still blamed on the immigrants
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Old 27.06.2011, 10:55
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Im pretty sure this is a universal phenonemon but it seems pretty acute here.
damn I wish I could get me one of those jobs.
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Old 27.06.2011, 10:58
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/piccy snip

Im pretty sure this is a universal phenonemon but it seems pretty acute here.
damn I wish I could get me one of those jobs.

My Dad used to refer to the orange-vested brigade as "Idles"
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Re: Only in Switzerland... (anecdotes)

I forgot my cellphone on the roof of my car. Drove the car and dropped the phone about 1km away. Somebody picked up the phone (still working) and called the last person who called (my girfriend). The met and gave back the phone.

By the time i came back home my girfriend was waiting for me with the phone and telling me that I lost it 1km away from home
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Old 27.06.2011, 21:21
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Roadworks...
everywhere!!!
the whole time!!!
the one on the Autobahn between Wädenswil and Thalwil has been going on for years!!! and I can't see any difference!!!
June to September is highways-roadworks season here you cannot see any difference ? I am sure that the construction site in fact has moved by at least 328 meters
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June to September is highways-roadworks season here you cannot see any difference ? I am sure that the construction site in fact has moved by at least 328 meters
I don't think that memo got through somehow. There's been roadworks by my office since November, which has only just started to come to a close.

Come to think of it, there are at least two other sites on my route to work which have been in full swing for months and months.
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Old 27.06.2011, 21:30
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I received a letter from my landlord (tennant company that shall remain nameless but the name rhymes with "dross"). The letter started by telling me how pleasant it was that spring had now arrived and the weather was getting warmer etc. Then it went on the state that less pleasant was the fact that my garden needed trimming and tidying and that if i didn't get it done they would do it and send me the bill.

That's something I can't get used to. Every communication has to start with some artifcial and shallow introduction seeming to be concerned with your well-being or the weather. And closings equally so. "Have a nice evening! Enjoy your day!" etc.

I even got criticized at work because I didn't begin an email with "How are you doing?"

Maybe I just lived on the east coast too long.
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Old 27.06.2011, 21:39
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I don't think that memo got through somehow. There's been roadworks by my office since November, which has only just started to come to a close.

Come to think of it, there are at least two other sites on my route to work which have been in full swing for months and months.
Just in order to keep the car-drivers entertained, the show must go on, and so there are "full-year" roadwork sites
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Old 27.06.2011, 21:48
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That's something I can't get used to. Every communication has to start with some artifcial and shallow introduction seeming to be concerned with your well-being or the weather. And closings equally so. "Have a nice evening! Enjoy your day!" etc.

I even got criticized at work because I didn't begin an email with "How are you doing?"

Maybe I just lived on the east coast too long.
LOL. I just inhaled my swiss plonk chortling to this. I spent too much of my life with the Masshole population to imagine some guy from southie writing anything but, "Hey! Guy! WTF! Trim your f-ing garden before I kick your ass! Whatevah, OK?"

I should stop drinking so much wine...
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I forgot my cellphone on the roof of my car. Drove the car and dropped the phone about 1km away. Somebody picked up the phone (still working) and called the last person who called (my girfriend). The met and gave back the phone.

By the time i came back home my girfriend was waiting for me with the phone and telling me that I lost it 1km away from home
I`ve lost my cellphone a couple times and it keeps coming back home to me! Now I`m so fond of it, just cannot abandon it for a new fangled one, and it doesn`t even take photos or do GPS things or emails!$

First time I left it on a bench in the forest - someone found it and phoned most of the numbers, eventually the only local one, a good friend, phoned me (on the house phone) to tell me where to meet the phone-rescuer. (Since then I prefix my numbers with CH, SA, to save my call time, in the hope they only try the local numbers!) I took along a box of chocolates for a thank you.

Last time it dropped out of my jacket pocket in the main street of village and a local found it. This time, she did not phone the numbers (old lady, aware of phone costs?) but waited for me to phone my own number, and then I had to present all the details of my phone to claim it. I dropped off a nicely wrapped pot-plant and chocolates to say thank you.

Now, the phone is so old I just scratched my name and adress onto the back of it, and they can drop it into the letter box, hopefully.
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Old 27.06.2011, 22:16
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Re: Only in Switzerland... (anecdotes)

Only in Switzerland (and quite possibly Germany)... would the below comedy sketch not be a comedy sketch, but in fact be an instructional video from the local gemeinde

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmyHup4TpkU
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Old 27.06.2011, 22:43
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And that's the key for not getting caught. However, the Swiss are great at writing down license plate numbers and reporting anything suspicious so basically it's easier just to follow the rules.
Ohhh is this a swiss thing ?I think here in Canada the only one which doesn`t know my license plate # is me

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Old 27.06.2011, 22:52
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Have you witnessed or experienced something that only could happen in Switzerland?

Here's mine: I'd just moved to Switzerland when I picked up a package in the post with my Cablecom modem in it. As I was on my way to town by train and didn't want to carry the box all day, I took out the contents, put them in my bag, and dropped the flattened cardboard box in the bin outside the post. One week later I received an official-looking letter warning me against any more illegal dumping!

(Note: it was a smallish box, and I normally do recycle, but...)
One solution would be, move to Canada , the post is on strike
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...would our dog be given a bowl of water, and friendly smiles in a nice restaurant, but our children would be glared at during another meal.
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Old 28.06.2011, 21:57
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Re: Only in Switzerland... (anecdotes)

I've spent the evening siting on the balcony listening to the music from a disco at the local school. The kids were in good form and all sang along to the chorus of "sticks and stones will break my bones but chains and whips excite me"
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