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Old 04.03.2010, 09:16
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Re: How great are the Swiss?

Last week, a kindergartner left her pink backpack on the bus - i found it and passed it to the busdriver. He said he knew the little girl who owned it, that she often forgot her hat, gloves, etc.
He just leaves it at the front of the bus and when it makes it's full circle round back to the stop, she collects it again.
And true enough, the little girl was waiting patiently there -with a huge grin on her face. I had to smile, yes where else but here?
I love the bus drivers on my route, esp as they always greet me in the morning and make sure i alight at my stop in one piece*


(*specifically on a friday night - after weekend drinks )
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Old 04.03.2010, 09:53
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Re: How great are the Swiss?

I am enjoying this thread so far. Normally it goes down the route of all the negatives of the Swiss personality. I am yet to have a bad experience with a Swiss person so I love them all so far.
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Old 04.03.2010, 10:00
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Re: How great are the Swiss?

How about this for phenomenal service? In the long running saga of getting our French car registered here, (having had to take it to Leichteinstein for its MOT), my husband had a word with our local garage about getting new plates fitted. Well, having met me, and knowing that I don't speak the language, the garage owner really kindly offered to come to our apartment, remove the French plates, take them to the Reg office to pick up the new CH plates, return here and fix them to the car!!! All of which he did with a smile. Absolutely fantastic.
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Re: How great are the Swiss?

Nine months ago, I had a serious accident. After a couple of months in hospital I went home. I live alone, and needed a fair bit of help for housework, shopping, cooking, driving me around etc. Its at times like this that you discover who your friends are. I discovered that those who I thought were friends (sometimes 20 years standing!) became very scarce. Those that I considered mere acquaintances were there, knowing what I needed before I did, without me ever having to ask.

And who were these people? With very few exceptions, they were Swiss.
I personally am very grateful and will never say or hear anything negative about them again. I have learned a lot in this process, and become very humble.
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Old 04.03.2010, 10:28
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Re: How great are the Swiss?

truly awesome , just makes you fell warm and smiley inside. once whilst a very young hare , many moons ago...1966 i think, i found a UR numberplate lying on a dirt track in Glarnerland ( engi ) so cycled to the nearest polizei station and dumped it on the desk. weeks later i got a funferliber through the post from glarner police and a thank you note from mr uri. was chuffed to bits.
well worth the pedal into glarus and back .....boy they got some hills up there .
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Old 04.03.2010, 10:33
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Re: How great are the Swiss?

just to bore you further , saw a film in the states called Pass it On. a bit morbid in places , but it gets the message across that if you are favoured by a stranger , you pass it on in the guise of another favour to another stranger ....changed my outlook for the better and now i always look for that elusive opportunity to do good.
will it change the world ? probably not , but if it brightens someones life up , i'm all for it.

ps ; excellent thread , what a lovely day this is turning out to be.
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Old 04.03.2010, 10:34
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Nine months ago, I had a serious accident. After a couple of months in hospital I went home. I live alone, and needed a fair bit of help for housework, shopping, cooking, driving me around etc. Its at times like this that you discover who your friends are. I discovered that those who I thought were friends (sometimes 20 years standing!) became very scarce. Those that I considered mere acquaintances were there, knowing what I needed before I did, without me ever having to ask.

And who were these people? With very few exceptions, they were Swiss.
I personally am very grateful and will never say or hear anything negative about them again. I have learned a lot in this process, and become very humble.
this is a great example about the swiss (i am not being naive, there are some godawful swiss that i've run into during my years here)
BUT when it comes to really needing assistance and help - they will come to your rescue. It's not about the niceties or just being social - the swiss i know are most definately dependable and trustworthy when you really need them (like the saying goes, a friend in need is a friend indeed)
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Old 04.03.2010, 13:37
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Re: How great are the Swiss?

I was running for a tram at Stadelhofen station last week and I had a feeling that I wasnt going to make it but I tried anyway because I didnt want to wait another 10 minutes for the next one as I was already running late.

A group of boys were at the end carriage and saw me running like a mad woman. One of them pressed the button and stood between the steps of the tram and pavement in order to hold the tram for me to finish running the last 10 metres and I made it! Said a breathless "danke viel mal" and the group smiled and said "bitte!"

Made my day.

Its little experiences like these that make those miserable old bats who have a go at you for not speaking German or pushing past you seem so distant.
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just to bore you further , saw a film in the states called Pass it On. a bit morbid in places , but it gets the message across that if you are favoured by a stranger , you pass it on in the guise of another favour to another stranger ....changed my outlook for the better and now i always look for that elusive opportunity to do good.
will it change the world ? probably not , but if it brightens someones life up , i'm all for it.

ps ; excellent thread , what a lovely day this is turning out to be.
Pay It Forward - a beautiful movie and a life message to anyone. It is not wrong to cry after such a movie (I won't give away too much).

I've not really been the receiver that I can mention of - but whenever I find something that likely belongs to someone and miss, I will absolutely go out of my way to ensure it heads back towards the rightful owner. Last thing was a cellphone left on the train.

If we all do it, the world becomes a better place. Pay It Forward gives the right message - don't wait for acts of kindness before responding ..... act first!
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Old 04.03.2010, 13:59
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Re: How great are the Swiss?

Some positive experiences I've had with random Swiss people.

The parking attendant who let me out the car park for free when I lost my ticket, twice.
The pair of random shoppers accosted by the sales girl at Interio to help translate what I needed.
The great game of charades with broken french I had with 2 assistants at Manor trying to get some curtains made.
The youth at the bus stop who paid for my ticket when the machine wouldn't accept my change.
The bus conductor who stepped off the bus to get me the correct ticket after showing me mine was invalid.
The hauswart who saved me hundreds on a locksmith by managing to find the guy who installed the locks in the building.
And all the locals who recognise me and give me a gruetzi.

And more.
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Old 04.03.2010, 14:03
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He was approached by a random stranger who announced "lone travellers should stick together", proceeded to bundle him into a taxi to the bus station, bought him a ticket to where he needed to go, accompanied him to the nearest town, organised a taxi to the village, and saw him on his way before disappearing off to her own part of the island.

The Yam Yam never saw the mysterious stranger ever again.

Several years later, the same Yam Yam found himself, while on holiday in the city which was no longer quite so foreign to him, stood behind a young, naive and utterly clueless young lady who was trying, without success, to buy a single ticket to the same town to which the Yam Yam had been whisked all those years before. The Yam Yam stepped in, bought the ticket for her, accompanied her to the town, organised a taxi to the address she had written on a scrap of paper, and saw her on her way before disappearing off to his own part of the island to enjoy the rest of his holiday.

The Pay It Forward principle really does exist, and really does work.

I'd recommend it.
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Re: How great are the Swiss?

this thread makes me happy.


(apart from the massive pictures of yam yams).
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(apart from the massive pictures of yam yams).
...I can't help it if I got some big yam.
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Old 04.03.2010, 14:35
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Re: How great are the Swiss?

What a wonderful thread! Nothing really spectacular here, but...

When I asked Mrs Texaner whether she could remember anything especially kind a Swiss had done during her first visit to CH last year, she said no, but what actually stood out to her was what they did not do: she couldn't remember a single rude or unkind word or deed on the part of a Swiss; everybody was friendly and courteous (I'm truly delighted that her first visit went so well!).

It bears mentioning that when I announced to my Swiss friends and acquaintances that we were planning that visit, we were immediately invited to stay as long as we wanted at two different people's apartments — one (who barely knew us) even voluntarily moved in with her daughter for several days so we could have her place to ourselves. When we thanked her with a Migros gift card, she was stunned, having neither expected nor desired anything in return for her hospitality.

At the end of another visit by myself, I was on the train to Kloten with three overstuffed bags (full of "Swiss goodies" shopping lists). I realized there was no way I could lug everything off the train in one trip, and would have to return for one bag, leaving two unattended on the platform. As I maneuvered the bags as close as possible to the exit, a kind gentleman noticed my plight and cheerfully volunteered to carry one of the bags off for me. Another small, but much appeciated gesture of Swiss thoughtfulness.
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I think the Swiss have a soft sport for the fellow cyclist. Before the snow I was cycling on my new bike (being new no punture repair kit or anything just me and my massive excitement) only to get a puncture about 5 miles away from where I live. I decided not to ruin my new shoes (stupid cleats) so I started to walk bare foot along the side of the road carrying my biek on my shoulder. After about 10 minutes or so of walking this lovely woman stops her car and asks if I need a lift anywhere. Feeling relived I jumped into the car hoping she wasnt a serial killer or something and after fropping her childern off at home she drove a few miles out of her way to drop me off at my front door! That made what was quickly becoming a terrible day into an amazing one. I couldn't ever imagine this happening back in the UK
I have an equally hard time imagining this happening in the states - even cycling havens like Boulder, Co, or Seattle, the majority of drivers have a barely concealed contempt for cyclists.
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Old 04.03.2010, 18:06
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Re: How great are the Swiss?

I love the fact that I can play pick-up ice hockey from october to march outside on Zamboni'd ice, and half the time the attendants just wave me in without having to pay.

Back home, pick up hockey was dependant on a cold streak long enough to freeze the ice, take the time to make the rink, flood by hand, then do it again every month after a typical southern Ontario thaw.
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Just a reminder...We can't assume that everyone who does a good deed in Switzerland is Swiss (well I have Swiss citizenship, but not a natural born Swiss)...I remember finding a wallet with cash money and a 1month abonnement (which I surly could have used) and I turned everything in.....So just sayin...
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Re: How great are the Swiss?

In answer to the question about the British at the moment I did the London marathon 2 years ago and handed in a bag with all my vluables to the race officials at the start, the idea being they take it to the end for you. Mine somehow got split up from the main group and was founded by a member of staff in greenwich park. He kept it safe and even met me at the end of the day.
To be honest I was suprised, living in London has made me overly cynical but it was a great end to a rubbish situation.

But the Swiss as a people are more helpful I think.
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I forgot my Ausweis last year in the printer at the post office
and someone very kind did put it in my mail box,it
save me a trip to re do my ausweis,thank you to the person who did
it,i think they are nice peoples.
I have to say i alway s help others,and workind in Stores ,i don t know how
many thing i gave back to customers that had forgot,the most expensive
was a dark blue bag with a pair of Diamond Earrings as well as the matching pendant from a very nice jewelry place,except when the cliente came 1 hour
later she didn t sound surprise ,i had the bag for her,lucky i found it in the store and not another clientes!
let me tell you it was big diamonds,as i open the bag to see what it was,so when the cliente came in i knew what was in the bag and could give her back.
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Just a reminder...We can't assume that everyone who does a good deed in Switzerland is Swiss (well I have Swiss citizenship, but not a natural born Swiss)...I remember finding a wallet with cash money and a 1month abonnement (which I surly could have used) and I turned everything in.....So just sayin...
well, the same applies aswell to all the complaints in here
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