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dodgyken 12.06.2015 09:33

TIS - This Is Switzerland
 
We all know TIA - This Is Africa - which explains why something is simply because it is in Africa. Example: 20 people loaded into the back of a bucky.

There is also TIS - This is Switzerland - which explains why something is simply because it is in Switzerland.

Kicking things off.
- A friend left their phone on top of their bag at the pool, going off to another section for 45mins. They went back and their phone was still there. TIS

- Going to test drive a car and the dealer just hands you the keys - no scanning of licence or going with you. TIS

- Buying a watch for 10k, calling the insurance to add it as an individual item only to be told that you only need to name items over 20k. TIS

- Buying a 25 year old car and finding it has all the documents including original "Dealer map of Europe (without the M25!!!!)" and a service book covering 25 years and 250,000km with every service done at a BMW dealer. TIS

yacek 12.06.2015 09:39

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Out of 40 people in my office there are two natives. TIS.

TiMow 12.06.2015 09:43

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Originally Posted by dodgyken (Post 2403700)
We all know TIA - This Is Africa - which explains why something is simply because it is in Africa. Example: 20 people loaded into the back of a bucky.

There is also TIS - This is Switzerland - which explains why something is simply because it is in Switzerland.

Just as well you didn't include the British comparative example:

newtoswitz 12.06.2015 09:44

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- went for MFK and the whole thing was on time, took ten minutes, the place was spotless, and I stayed in the car while it was lifted 3m in the air on a ramp and shaken to test the suspension - cool :D .TIS.

Guest 12.06.2015 09:54

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Originally Posted by newtoswitz (Post 2403708)
- went for MFK and the whole thing was on time, took ten minutes, the place was spotless, and I stayed in the car while it was lifted 3m in the air on a ramp and shaken to test the suspension - cool :D .TIS.


This is very new then, they don't usualy let you into the test area, let alone leave you in the car when it's on the ramp......another case of "TIS" ?

st2lemans 12.06.2015 09:56

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This is very new then, they don't usualy let you into the test area, let alone leave you in the car when it's on the ramp......another case of "TIS" ?
They always have when I've taken a bike or car in for MFK.

Tom

Eved 12.06.2015 09:58

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What a fabulous thread! I hope it stays positive....

Thanks for posting ....

newtoswitz 12.06.2015 10:02

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Kaltbrunn SG test centre.

Very automated - plates on the floor that automatically checked the suspension, rollers for brake testing and the shaking ramp thing.

Also efficient to use me - I did the indicators and brakes so he could check the lights without walking backwards and forwards, and steering wheel and handbrake for the linkages.

Was slightly surprised he also did the emergency stop and hill start with me in the car as well, but probably a good idea - I wonder if they ever get someone say "ah, can I just admit something about my brakes before we try" ;) TISx2

Ten minutes from Grüezi to Tshüss.

CuttySark 12.06.2015 10:07

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The regie charging you 150chf for nameplates for the doorbell, that you didn't ask for. TIS

The place where you work at, charging you 110chf (a "deposit") to give you the keys to your office (really!!!!). TIS

Your health insurance company not being able to implement a standard direct debit with the bank for six+ months, but at the same time sending bills for a period that you didn't have a contract with them. TIS

Clumsy Maman 12.06.2015 10:22

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My son (6) came home from kinsky, all happy that he was taught how to light a fire - then begged us to buy matches for him to practise at home. :eek::eek:. TIS

I found a 10fr note in a bin in Migros, took it to the Customer Service desk, and the girl did not even bat an eyelid. Must be another normal day at work. :)

dodgyken 12.06.2015 10:26

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Originally Posted by Clumsy Maman (Post 2403754)
My son (6) came home from kinsky, all happy that he was taught how to light a fire - then begged us to buy matches for him to practise at home. :eek::eek:. TIS

I found a 10fr note in a bin in Migros, took it to the Customer Service desk, and the girl did not even bat an eyelid. Must be another normal day at work. :)

A proper TIS is:
- Went to COOP to buy lunch and a few things for dinner. It came to about 30chf - handed over a 1,000chf note. Cashier didn't bat an eyelid. TIS

- Submitted my tax return - received the final bill and they had corrected my form resulting in me paying LESS tax. TIS

roegner 12.06.2015 10:29

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Bringing your car to the car shop to change the tyres and having a "spring check". Getting it back also cleaned inside and out (and that for free!) = TIS

Faltrad 12.06.2015 10:32

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Originally Posted by dodgyken (Post 2403760)
A proper TIS is:
- Went to COOP to buy lunch and a few things for dinner. It came to about 30chf - handed over a 1,000chf note. Cashier didn't bat an eyelid. TIS

Nope, bragging about giving out 1000 CHF notes is not TIS, it's TIZ: This is Zürich. You might have to move.

Clumsy Maman 12.06.2015 10:33

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Originally Posted by dodgyken (Post 2403760)
A proper TIS is:

Come on man, I am trying really hard ;). We are not all earning min 120k, you know

PaddyG 12.06.2015 10:33

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Originally Posted by CuttySark (Post 2403740)
The regie charging you 150chf for nameplates for the doorbell, that you didn't ask for. TIS

The place where you work at, charging you 110chf (a "deposit") to give you the keys to your office (really!!!!). TIS

Your health insurance company not being able to implement a standard direct debit with the bank for six+ months, but at the same time sending bills for a period that you didn't have a contract with them. TIS

This should be in the "You've been Switzerlanded" thread ;)

PaddyG 12.06.2015 10:35

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Originally Posted by Faltrad (Post 2403764)
Nope, bragging about giving out 1000 CHF notes is not TIS, it's TIZ: This is Zürich. You might have to move.

Not at all, we dealt in 1000.- notes when selling/buying our car.

Faltrad 12.06.2015 10:37

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Originally Posted by PaddyG (Post 2403768)
Not at all, we dealt in 1000.- notes when selling/buying our car.

Did you buy your car in Coop with the rest of the groceries and your 1000 CHF bills? I don't think so. You are not a TIZ candidate. Good for you.

swisspea 12.06.2015 10:39

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Train runs every twenty minutes from my local station to Zurich city...train is running 3 minutes late...due to waiting for the vintage steam train to go past... train driver apologises for the delay... :D

GenevaSculler 12.06.2015 10:43

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Keep telling my 3 year old that she needs to keep out of the way when I'm ironing my shirt. Then she casually drops in yesterday morning that they have their own (small but real) iron at school for ironing the napkins... TIS

st2lemans 12.06.2015 10:45

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I've bought several vehicles with a fistful of 1k CHF notes (two motorcycles and a couple cars), but this is Ticino (TIT). :p

10 year old son goes to the store to buy me a beer (20 years ago), TWS (This Was Switzerland).

Tom

dodgyken 12.06.2015 10:46

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Originally Posted by swisspea (Post 2403774)
Train runs every twenty minutes from my local station to Zurich city...train is running 3 minutes late...due to waiting for the vintage steam train to go past... train driver apologises for the delay... :D

The bus from St Peter Pagig to Chur is running late - say 10mins or so - but more than enough to prevent the people catching the trains to civilisation ;) - bus driver calls ahead, gets confirmation the trains will be held for as long as possible - bus driver tells passengers - they all make their trains. TIS

nabeel.a 12.06.2015 11:33

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Tram in Geneva got malfunctioned at some random stop, so the people at the stop where i was started to get worried after a 15 minutes delay. I pulled out my smartphone, browsed to tpg.ch and checked that there was a tram not functioning and the track was blocked. Just before i did that, an old man sitting next to me on the stop whispered "it must be a malfunctioning tram at blabla stop" and it turned out to be true at the TPG site. Truly TIS

newtoswitz 12.06.2015 11:53

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Limmatschwimmen - 10000 people float down a fast flowing river in a city - and it's a laugh, nobody panics or tries to ban it :) TIS

mirfield 12.06.2015 12:09

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Originally Posted by Eved (Post 2403723)
What a fabulous thread! I hope it stays positive....

TIEF


obligatory lower case

Faltrad 12.06.2015 12:14

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Originally Posted by GenevaSculler (Post 2403777)
Keep telling my 3 year old that she needs to keep out of the way when I'm ironing my shirt. Then she casually drops in yesterday morning that they have their own (small but real) iron at school for ironing the napkins... TIS

Did you ask her if the boys also have their own iron? If yes, then TINRS=This is not really Switzerland.

zmaster1911 12.06.2015 12:36

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Originally Posted by dodgyken (Post 2403700)
We all know TIA - This Is Africa - which explains why something is simply because it is in Africa. Example: 20 people loaded into the back of a bucky.

There is also TIS - This is Switzerland - which explains why something is simply because it is in Switzerland.

Kicking things off.
- A friend left their phone on top of their bag at the pool, going off to another section for 45mins. They went back and their phone was still there. TIS

- Going to test drive a car and the dealer just hands you the keys - no scanning of licence or going with you. TIS

- Buying a watch for 10k, calling the insurance to add it as an individual item only to be told that you only need to name items over 20k. TIS

- Buying a 25 year old car and finding it has all the documents including original "Dealer map of Europe (without the M25!!!!)" and a service book covering 25 years and 250,000km with every service done at a BMW dealer. TIS


its Bakkie :)

zmaster1911 12.06.2015 12:39

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walking home from gym around triemley area and having a small fox cross my path...

TIS

Roo7 12.06.2015 13:00

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Originally Posted by dodgyken (Post 2403700)

- A friend left their phone on top of their bag at the pool, going off to another section for 45mins. They went back and their phone was still there. TIS
TIS

Guess it wasn't an iPhone then! :D
I left my sunglasses and flipflops next to the pool in Fribourg once. Both gone when I got back - is Fribourg maybe too close to the French border? ;)

tigereyeali 12.06.2015 13:26

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I misread the thread as TITS and quickly opened it...


Then again...This Is Truly Switzerland.

TiMow 12.06.2015 13:30

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Originally Posted by Roo7 (Post 2403853)
Guess it wasn't an iPhone then! :D
I left my sunglasses and flipflops next to the pool in Fribourg once. Both gone when I got back - is Fribourg maybe too close to the French border? ;)

No .... but probably too close to Albania.

Pixie B 12.06.2015 13:44

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Originally Posted by Clumsy Maman (Post 2403754)
My son (6) came home from kinsky, all happy that he was taught how to light a fire - then begged us to buy matches for him to practise at home. :eek::eek:. TIS

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Originally Posted by GenevaSculler (Post 2403777)
Keep telling my 3 year old that she needs to keep out of the way when I'm ironing my shirt. Then she casually drops in yesterday morning that they have their own (small but real) iron at school for ironing the napkins... TIS

Ha yes. My son came home from chindsgi and announced "today we learned how to cut oranges with a big knife!. Also while I was at a friend's house, her son showed us this "cool trick" he learned in his kindergarten, lighting an empty teabag on fire and watching it float, burning, up into the air over all the kids' heads! dearie me haha.

Guest 12.06.2015 13:51

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There is a shop in the next village that sells "vintage" things for the garden. They have most of their wares outside, some look very heavy, most don't.
When they close in the evening, they don't bother to put things inside... what's the point, everything is there in the morning...TIS

CorsebouTheReturn 12.06.2015 13:52

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People in Switzerland have overpaid Billag for years (VAT was illegally charged on the radio and television reception fee). Hardly anyone are claiming their money back. TIS.

Guest 12.06.2015 13:53

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Glorious sunshine and no clouds as far as the eye can see, but 5 minutes on the motorway (on my motorbike) and I get drenched in a stupendous thunder storm. TIS

newtoswitz 12.06.2015 14:09

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Public fireplaces, with wood, in some incredible and beautiful places. TIS :)

http://www.schweizerfamilie.ch/unter...erstellen.html

smackerjack 12.06.2015 15:10

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Train delayed so missed last connection to get home - Taxi paid for by SBB - TIS

Crossing the border from France and the Swiss customs main question - Where's your meat -TIS

newtoswitz 12.06.2015 16:19

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Originally Posted by Yokine (Post 219572)
Just a tip, Veloplus has these bags on special for 59-, offer ends today 5th May. I finally ordered one ;)

- from 2008, the link is still valid and the item in stock. TIS

http://www.englishforum.ch/transport...tml#post219572

The special offer seems to have expired :msnsad: but the full price probably hasn't changed much :msngrin:

i-b-deborah 13.06.2015 07:27

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Some one offers you this old camera they wanna get rid of, and it turns out to be the most wicked piece of kit you eva had!

Actually that was the English Forum.

i-b-deborah 14.06.2015 10:31

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Samsung, galaxy 5, waterproof and fancy actually. I still hate it though (1st world prob).

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Originally Posted by Roo7 (Post 2403853)
Guess it wasn't an iPhone then! :D
I left my sunglasses and flipflops next to the pool in Fribourg once. Both gone when I got back - is Fribourg maybe too close to the French border? ;)


3Wishes 14.06.2015 12:18

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Went to a BBQ with friends yesterday. Everyone at the table switched between Swiss German, High German, French and English from one sentence to the next without skipping a beat, depending on whom they were talking to. Well, except me.:o Even the kids at the gathering were fluent in SG, HG and French. TIS


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