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Old 21.08.2015, 10:44
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The Swiss Rules you love to break

So, it's Friday, and for a good Friday thread I was wondering if there are any typically Swiss rules that forum members break on a regular basis. I'm not talking big misdemeanors, just small things that you do, knowing that you shouldn't, just because it makes life that little bit easier.

To get the ball rolling, I'll give a few examples:
  • In the summer I'll regularly throw out meat packaging into the bin without using the correct gemeinde bin bags. Reason being that by the time I've filled up a sack these things start to stink in the heat.
  • Boarder crossings. I'll regularly come back from across the boarder with far too much wine, spirits and beer. Occasionally meat too. I know one day I'll most likely get caught, but in all my time here nothing's ever happened, so I just carry on doing it. The one occasion I did get stopped with 3 cases of wine in the boot, the boarder guard just asked if they were for me, grunted and waved me on my way. More recently I took my tortoise across the boarder without any paperwork. I knew it was wrong, but I just weighed up the hassle of sorting it all out with the chances of getting stopped, caught and punished.
  • Furniture disposal. Not really breaking the rules, but now I put out old furniture on the street for collection without any gemeinde stickers on it. This is because I know, 9 times out of 10 someone will come and pick it up and take it away anyway for themselves. But I guess if it was still out there after a few days I'd stick some stickers on it.
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Old 21.08.2015, 10:54
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Re: The Swiss Rules you love to break

About two years ago I mowed my lawn on a Sunday because it was the only day without rain... my heart still races when I think about it

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Old 21.08.2015, 10:57
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Re: The Swiss Rules you love to break

Last night I ran across a road at "red man" even though no cars were coming. A lady yelled at me and I yelled back "Ja i weiss - bi eifach durre bi rot".
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Old 21.08.2015, 11:00
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Re: The Swiss Rules you love to break

Sometimes I cross the road within 50m of a pedestrian crossing when I'm out running.
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Re: The Swiss Rules you love to break

I sometimes park the motorbike on the pavement when I'm not 100% sure that there is 150cm of space left for pedestrians etc to pass. (note: I'm aware that the 150cm is not a rule as such but in Geneva at least the tolerance for parking scooters and motorbikes on the pavement is quite high)
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Old 21.08.2015, 11:10
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Re: The Swiss Rules you love to break

Sometimes I flush the toilet at night
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Re: The Swiss Rules you love to break

I flush the toilet after 22:00
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Old 21.08.2015, 12:11
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Re: The Swiss Rules you love to break

I once forgot my Cumulus card when shopping in Migros (soooooooooo embarassing).

It took me a couple of months to strike up the courage to shop there again, and still always search the queues to make sure there are no-housewives or elderly ladies who witnessed my previous downfall.
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Re: The Swiss Rules you love to break

Sitting down in the train without asking "Is it free"
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Old 26.08.2015, 01:14
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Re: The Swiss Rules you love to break

I've been known to parked my car in front of the local post box to drop off a letter quickly, 1/2 minute tops. It's clearly not a marked parking spot but I was not obstructing traffic either. Each time the fingers come wagging my way and I just wag it right back at them and tell them to call the cops if they don't like it. I figure it's better than taking the disabled spot when all the others are full, something I see many people do without the assigned disabled parking permit.
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Re: The Swiss Rules you love to break

I often sneak a wash into our communal washing machine on a Sunday...
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Re: The Swiss Rules you love to break

I read the 20 minutes in 25 minutes.
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Old 04.09.2015, 12:25
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Re: The Swiss Rules you love to break

I fart in Globus.
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I fart in Globus.
Does Globus have a non-farting rule?

I love going into Migros, using Subito and only scanning half my items
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I love going into Migros, using Subito and only scanning half my items
But where self-checkouts are concerned there are some items that can't/don't need to be scanned, but should be keyed in:
- individually sold (not by weight/pack) lemons, limes, persimmons (Sharon(-frucht)/Kaki), bread rolls, there are possibly some more I haven't come across (yet)...
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Does Globus have a non-farting rule?
If its not obligatory it must be verboten, oder?
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Re: The Swiss Rules you love to break

I cross my neighbour's lawn to get to the bus stop in 5 minutes, instead of statutory 15 minutes using a main gate and the primary road.

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Someone taught me how to save money with fruit and vegetables that have to be weighed, they weigh the bag half only quarter or half full, label it with the barcode and then continue adding a few more pieces of fruit or vegetables etc. before tying the bag up ready for checkout!
There is a difference between breaking the rules and a plain stealing
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Re: The Swiss Rules you love to break

I never secure boxes, suitcases or anything of that matter at the back seat of my car with a safety belt or some sort of rope. And on more occasions than not my dog has free rein at the back seat too! where he can stick his head out the window, "catch the wind" and enjoy the cool breeze between his hair

And reading all the previous post it has come to light that i have been breaking the law for over 2 years now... I flush my toilet at night! haha.. Oh dear
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Old 13.09.2015, 14:43
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I never secure boxes, suitcases or anything of that matter at the back seat of my car with a safety belt or some sort of rope. And on more occasions than not my dog has free rein at the back seat too! where he can stick his head out the window, "catch the wind" and enjoy the cool breeze between his hair
Who was it that said 'Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men'.
Have a look at the link in this post.
Unfortunately in German but the pictures give an idea of the results of braking. 300G is an awful lot for the head of the dog. And a fully packed car...
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Re: The Swiss Rules you love to break

I like it when I am the only person crossing the street even though there are no cars coming, clearly, from either direction, while people wait for the "walk" signal. But after I cross, every time, people follow...
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