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Hi, I would be happy to hear your thoughts and if I should do anything.

I already got nice Tips here in the EF but yes, I am aware I could get now some rude Comments, no problem, free of Speech

Sometimes my Kids go to School alone, sometimes with me with Bike and today my small one was in a hurry so she asked I take her with the Car.

I dropped her on the Road beside (like I noticed many Parents do that) and then she called me cause she did not know where to go, so I told her and I stood beside the Car waiting to see all OK.

During this Time, I see a Father (probably, as he was with a Kid) driving beside me back and forth (I did not bother his Lane) so I smiled. Then he came and in English and quite strong he said "you can not stand here, u should go park the Car) I said Ok and smiled, then he said "do it now" I said OK, but you are standing in front, I will go, then he said very strong almost shouting "NOW" and then he took a Picture of my License Plate with his Phone... I was shocked.

So, now what? To start with, I came later just to make sure, 6 Cars after me did exactly the same, I also looked for a sign that says dropping Kids there is not allowed, I did not see (maybe my German is so bad, who knows)... Should I go to the Police before this Civilian Police is sending my Plate to who knows where in Switzerland?

I asked several Neighbours (Foreigners) they all said its ok, just ignore this stupid Person. I should write a Book about my experiences here

And seriously, maybe this nice loving Person is here in the EF, a bit kindness, a bit good Morning, a bit sense of easiness between People did not kill anyone up to date.
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The sign that indicates that you cannot drop children there doesn't require any German. It looks like this:

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The sign that indicates that you cannot drop children there doesn't require any German. It looks like this:

I will go check if there was a Sign there. So if there is a sign it means every day dozens of People are violating the Law - should I Picture them all ? Because about that I was asking - about being rude and showing as if he is "telling" someone about it...
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So, now what? To start with, I came later just to make sure, 6 Cars after me did exactly the same, I also looked for a sign that says dropping Kids there is not allowed, I did not see (maybe my German is so bad, who knows)... Should I go to the Police before this Civilian Police is sending my Plate to who knows where in Switzerland?
google maps street view might help to find the sign critical places (for traffic) like schools have even time intervals in fractions of hours telling what you can and cannot do.

about the concerned citizen.....old EF threads mentions that police ignores everything about traffic violations unless there are witnesses. My guess is that they worry about serious speeding or accidents, driving in the opposite direction in a highway, that kind of stuff. Being standing next to your car for a couple mins will just be ignored by the police. https://www.englishforum.ch/transpor...g-driving.html

But, there's crazy people out there. A police officer out of working hours drove dangerously and intimidated a driver in the highway a couple years ago. The story reached the local newspapers/sites https://translate.google.com/transla...e-354677794818
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Re: My License Plate was pictured He He.

Generally speaking, most schools dissuade or ban dropping the kids off in cars.
Some have even started fining parents. But, obviously, it is not illegal.
The guy was rude, however, but as long as he didnít take a photo of you or the child he has not broken the law either.
If I were you I would just ignore the angry man and get on with your day. X
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Re: My License Plate was pictured He He.

Only Swiss People are allowed to violate the Law.
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Only Swiss People are allowed to violate the Law.
Best Comment I have seen on EF, ever +
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Old 23.09.2021, 13:03
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Best Comment I have seen on EF, ever +
Also, you should not be shocked by a clown that takes photos of license plates. Clowns exist for one reason: laugh at their carefully crafted performances.
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Re: My License Plate was pictured He He.

However, this sign allows dropping off, picking up and delivery. I believe 15 minutes is permitted. You can also park on a pavement for up to fifteen minutes (at least in BL and BS unless otherwise indicated), where it's a) necessary to not block the traffic and b) you don't block the pavement for pedestrians.



Swiss people are not allowed to violate the law. They abide by the same rule as everyone else - don't get caught!
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The sign that indicates that you cannot drop children there doesn't require any German. It looks like this:

No, that's the Confederate Flag. I think it has been banned, and if it hasn't it can safely be ignored.
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However, this sign allows dropping off, picking up and delivery. I believe 15 minutes is permitted. You can also park on a pavement for up to fifteen minutes (at least in BL and BS unless otherwise indicated), where it's a) necessary to not block the traffic and b) you don't block the pavement for pedestrians.



Swiss people are not allowed to violate the law. They abide by the same rule as everyone else - don't get caught!
Yes I checked now that is exactly the Sign, so nothing about dropping Off. I guess just bored Parents whos' Manners are left somewhere else.

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Just walked down the street and someone looked at me in a strange way. What do you recommend I do about this?
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Just walked down the street and someone looked at me in a strange way. What do you recommend I do about this?
Did you already forgot how it feels to arrive to a new country or culture?

During my first month I had 2 totally unfounded stress situations. Today I laugh but, the day I went to the automat to get some cash of my first salary in CH....I left the automat, started walking to the bar with a colleague and right around the corner in a small alley of old city center a rather large guy blocks our way. I knew nothing in French beyond bonjour and merci at the time. My colleague said non, non, merci, then he explained to me that the guy looked at our relatively untidy personal appearance, age, coming out of the bancomat on pay weekend, and decided to offer some drugs to us. Later I learned that at one of the bars of the city center in that alley, drugs were more or less tolerated. But, just imagine leaving the bancomat, walk in a dark alley and someone blocking your way saying something in an unknown language hahaha

Some days earlier when I left my bicycle locked in the train station. Once again, dark place, I was almost on one knee on the floor, to unlock my bike, crouched.....suddenly someone talks to me rather loudly and half a meter behind my back. It was just a drunk guy asking for cigarette, but for f***s sake, I did not understood anything until he made the smoke gesture with his hands and I still have not learned that people around here have a quirky idea about personal distance: none. I had already wrapped the bike lock around my right wrist........hahahaha

So, totally idiotic and harmless things feel stressful, and it's normal, it's just culture shock.
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google maps street view might help to find the sign critical places (for traffic) like schools have even time intervals in fractions of hours telling what you can and cannot do.

about the concerned citizen.....old EF threads mentions that police ignores everything about traffic violations unless there are witnesses. My guess is that they worry about serious speeding or accidents, driving in the opposite direction in a highway, that kind of stuff. Being standing next to your car for a couple mins will just be ignored by the police. https://www.englishforum.ch/transpor...g-driving.html

But, there's crazy people out there. A police officer out of working hours drove dangerously and intimidated a driver in the highway a couple years ago. The story reached the local newspapers/sites https://translate.google.com/transla...e-354677794818
I would be happy if you can help me please with understanding the Law here. If I get you right, a Witness is any Person declaring he saw something? No Physical Evidence? So Person A can just walk the Street, Picture a Car while crossing the Pedestrian Pass for example, and say that "This Car did not let me cross the Street" ?
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Did you already forgot how it feels to arrive to a new country or culture?

During my first month I had 2 totally unfounded stress situations. Today I laugh but, the day I went to the automat to get some cash of my first salary in CH....I left the automat, started walking to the bar with a colleague and right around the corner in a small alley of old city center a rather large guy blocks our way. I knew nothing in French beyond bonjour and merci at the time. My colleague said non, non, merci, then he explained to me that the guy looked at our relatively untidy personal appearance, age, coming out of the bancomat on pay weekend, and decided to offer some drugs to us. Later I learned that at one of the bars of the city center in that alley, drugs were more or less tolerated. But, just imagine leaving the bancomat, walk in a dark alley and someone blocking your way saying something in an unknown language hahaha

Some days earlier when I left my bicycle locked in the train station. Once again, dark place, I was almost on one knee on the floor, to unlock my bike, crouched.....suddenly someone talks to me rather loudly and half a meter behind my back. It was just a drunk guy asking for cigarette, but for f***s sake, I did not understood anything until he made the smoke gesture with his hands and I still have not learned that people around here have a quirky idea about personal distance: none. I had already wrapped the bike lock around my right wrist........hahahaha

So, totally idiotic and harmless things feel stressful, and it's normal, it's just culture shock.
Your examples do totally make sense. But u think what I wrote is a Cultural Schock? It was not for me the Comment, no?
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I would be happy if you can help me please with understanding the Law here. If I get you right, a Witness is any Person declaring he saw something? No Physical Evidence? So Person A can just walk the Street, Picture a Car while crossing the Pedestrian Pass for example, and say that "This Car did not let me cross the Street" ?
I can look for the law/rules in the evening but what I understood from the other thread is that 1or 2 witnesses are needed. In the case of a crosswalk, 2 unrelated people should point the finger at the driver not yielding. In the case of car driver, a witness not traveling in the car of the person complaining is needed. But that's what I understood as random internet stranger roaming around this forum.
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Your examples do totally make sense. But u think what I wrote is a Cultural Schock? It was not for me the Comment, no?
That you were shocked instead of laughing to point of pissing your pants at the guy taking the photo.
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Just walked down the street and someone looked at me in a strange way. What do you recommend I do about this?
I suggest you start living on the London Underground. No-one ever makes eye contact there.
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That you were shocked instead of laughing to point of pissing your pants at the guy taking the photo.
Ha, got you Indeed I wanted to laugh, but then People will say that I am rude to the rude. Also, what if this Guy was a Police Guy? Then they could charge me here with insulting a Swiss Official. And that is much much worse than me sitting at the Park after 2200 .
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I asked several Neighbours (Foreigners) they all said its ok, just ignore this stupid Person. I should write a Book about my experiences here
Looking forward to your publication. When/where will you be signing personal copies?
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