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I have a lady who was a friend of my aunt back in the days... every week she shows up around noon and does not leave until midnight. We have tried everything, even sleeping on the couch or start working on our computers for a while... I thought this was a Swiss thing... because it already happened with other (Swiss) couple, who stayed until 2AM.
I also had the opposite experience. We were invited to have lunch at a friend's house, who is British. After she took the plates off the table, while pouring the coffee, she said: "Now you have to go, because I have many things to do. The next bus is in 7 minutes. Hurry up". I guess I am a socially lost.
The only reason she stays until 12am every week is because you allow her to. Grow a spine and be honest with her, otherwise you only enable her behaviour and make yourself seem completely weak to boot.
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Old 28.08.2017, 09:09
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Re: How do you get rid of your Swiss guests?

McT how about this?
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I also had the opposite experience. We were invited to have lunch at a friend's house, who is British. After she took the plates off the table, while pouring the coffee, she said: "Now you have to go, because I have many things to do. The next bus is in 7 minutes. Hurry up". I guess I am a socially lost.
How rude. That would be the last time I visit them. Don't follow this, it's really, really rude.

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I have a lady who was a friend of my aunt back in the days... every week she shows up around noon and does not leave until midnight. We have tried everything, even sleeping on the couch or start working on our computers for a while... I thought this was a Swiss thing... because it already happened with other (Swiss) couple, who stayed until 2AM.
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Did you invite her or does she just pop up at you door? Tell her you have other things to do and you will not be available or at home for any visitors, but before her coming to your place.
I suppose she is an old lady. If you feel like you must take care of her somehow, maybe you can make a plan - on a specific day she will be invited for 2 hours or something like that. She will have something to look forward to and some structure.
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They stayed till 6.45 p.m.!! They said they had a lovely time and so did we, to some extent, but they clearly outstayed their welcome. What should we have done other than stating "Right you lot, we like you but time to bugger off!"


When sending the invite, you can't just say that from 12 - 16 as you need to meet uncle bob at 17 or something?


My guests had a good time, and so did I, so I kept the good vibe, brought in more food and drinks and kept entertaining them and they decided to stay, how do I solve this problem...


I am not sure if you're being funny with this post or if this is a real problem.... The ironic part being that people here complaining that the Swiss complain a lot... Thanks, made my day though, laughing at work
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Old 28.08.2017, 18:29
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When sending the invite, you can't just say that from 12 - 16 as you need to meet uncle bob at 17 or something?


My guests had a good time, and so did I, so I kept the good vibe, brought in more food and drinks and kept entertaining them and they decided to stay, how do I solve this problem...


I am not sure if you're being funny with this post or if this is a real problem.... The ironic part being that people here complaining that the Swiss complain a lot... Thanks, made my day though, laughing at work


I did not send an invite...we're talking next door neighbours! Done verbally. I know what you mean if everyone is having a good time, but we clearly had run out of things to say around 4.00 (we don't know them, we're new to the neighbourhood, they suffered a bit of the noise when the renovation work in our flat was going on, we thought we'd do the decent thing with this invitation).


Don't get me wrong, I am VERY sociable and do look after my guests, but had it been the other way round, knowing they also work full time and are busy, however great a time I may have had, I would have said "Thank you so much, we had a really lovely time, but now we need to leave you as I'm sure you've still got plenty of things to do..." It's just the education I received and was merely asking if it was a question of education or a cultural difference.
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Don't get me wrong, I am VERY sociable and do look after my guests, but had it been the other way round, knowing they also work full time and are busy, however great a time I may have had, I would have said "Thank you so much, we had a really lovely time, but now we need to leave you as I'm sure you've still got plenty of things to do..." It's just the education I received and was merely asking if it was a question of education or a cultural difference.
You get people of all cultures who won't leave. Nothing to do with the culture here - it's just that some people can't seem to recognise when they have outstayed their welcome.
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We stayed till next year once. Ok, it was New Years Eve but they kept plying us with food & alcohol + my son ended up in their daughters bed (he was 2, she was 14 & not in the bed) but apparently a good time was had by all, including the sing song.
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