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Walking accident - who's at fault?

Person A and Person B are walking in the same direction along the street
Person B is going faster than person A
Just as B is "overtaking" A, A turns and walks into B

Person A demands an apology.
Who is at fault?
And, more importantly, which of the two people are Swiss?
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Old 31.08.2006, 16:51
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Re: Walking accident - who's at fault?

An English person would say "Sorry mate" regardless of whether he was A or B. It was a no-fault accident IMO.

As regards the swiss response....

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Person A and Person B are walking in the same direction along the street
Person B is going faster than person A
Just as B is "overtaking" A, A turns and walks into B

Person A demands an apology.
Who is at fault?
And, more importantly, which of the two people are Swiss?
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Old 31.08.2006, 16:53
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Re: Walking accident - who's at fault?

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Probably neither, and certainly not Person A - Swiss would avoid a direct confrontation.
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Re: Walking accident - who's at fault?

Dave, background reading here

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Re: Walking accident - who's at fault?

In the city, or the cases of apparently deliberate collision, this is so. However in the majority of cases English people apologise regardless to maintain a pleasant atmosphere. That is why the "walking" thang and the "train-door" thang is considered such an afront and lacking in manners by many English.

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Old 31.08.2006, 17:30
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Re: Walking accident - who's at fault?

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Person A and Person B are walking in the same direction along the street
Person B is going faster than person A
Just as B is "overtaking" A, A turns and walks into B

Person A demands an apology.
Who is at fault?
And, more importantly, which of the two people are Swiss?

1) If one of them is a foreigner, that one is then automatically at fault and will be deported at the next available opportunity.

2) If both are not Swiss, then I would put B at fault (overtaking must be done with care even as a pedestrian).

3) If both are Swiss, its a fantasy. As mark said rightly, conflict would be avoided.They would collide, avoid eye contact, mumble something and immediately retreat, perhaps contacting the police or their insurance company.
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Old 31.08.2006, 17:45
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Re: Walking accident - who's at fault?

I would be inclined to say A was at fault. Someone who's changing direction should be more aware of possible obstacles.

Is that a "Swiss" answer?
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Re: Walking accident - who's at fault?

I can't help but think of the animated intro to Dads Army, where the arrows are competing for ground. The swiss arrow if it existed would not of course cross any paths (literally or metaphorically), as it does not move, so the potential for conflict is minimal.

I recently had a row with a swiss colleague about the need for legal disclaimers in our consultancy reports. "We don't need that here as we don't resolve our problems in court.." It took me ages to convince him that you don't bet the farm on "we don't do that here". Oops I've going off at a tangent

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I would be inclined to say A was at fault. Someone who's changing direction should be more aware of possible obstacles.

Is that a "Swiss" answer?
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Old 31.08.2006, 18:06
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Re: Walking accident - who's at fault?

You have to get into the Cowherd mentality: remember, biologically they're on the Alp, off to pasture. Try picking your knees up, chewing a twisty cigar thingy, reducing to Cow Miles Per Hour and dreaming of tonights game of Jass... there ya go, no collisions
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Old 31.08.2006, 18:17
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Re: Walking accident - who's at fault?

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I recently had a row with a swiss colleague about the need for legal disclaimers in our consultancy reports. "We don't need that here as we don't resolve our problems in court.."
Actually I heard that outside the US, Switzerland is one of the most letigous countries. I just heard that and wasn't able to confirm it. So your colleague's statement could be up there with such myths as "Everyone speaks 3 languages fluently" and "We could defend our own country from invasion".
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Old 31.08.2006, 18:21
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Re: Walking accident - who's at fault?

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Person A demands an apology.
Who is at fault?
And, more importantly, which of the two people are Swiss?
Of course, person A is Swiss. So remember your manners and apologise to them that they are Swiss
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