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Old 09.09.2010, 19:27
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I love the Swiss!

You read and hear so many arrivals moan about their lot, I thought I would share a little tale. I was on a bus home with my two children the other day. One announced that she had left her pencil case on the bus.
About an hour later my door bell rang and there was a chap on his bike with the pencilcase in hand. He had been on the bus, so picked it up, saw the address and took the time to cycle to our apartment.
Now that was a most welcome and soul cheering act. Hurrah to the organised Swiss!
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Old 09.09.2010, 19:29
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And I got my tax stuff back from the Kanton....and they owe ME!!!

The Swiss experience gets better and better
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Old 09.09.2010, 19:41
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Re: I love the Swiss!

a friend of mine , was quite drunk one night , he left his wallet in the back of a taxi , he had 1250 chf in there for his gym membership , the follow day the same taxi driver called him and delivered it to him , they guy after my friend in the taxi found it and told the taxi driver to return it to him , all contents in place ....i can honestly say in England that would have not happened .
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Old 09.09.2010, 19:46
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one day you will find out that money doesn't make hapiness.
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Old 09.09.2010, 19:47
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And I got my tax stuff back from the Kanton....and they owe ME!!!

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Yea, we got one too !!! Adds a little sunshine to the day
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Old 09.09.2010, 19:52
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one day you will find out that money doesn't make hapiness.
That day came and went. I found out that it did make me happy. Go figure!
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Old 09.09.2010, 20:06
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i dont agree ......makes everyone happy , but maybe not forever
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Old 09.09.2010, 20:10
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Re: I love the Swiss!

I once left my iphone on the train and made a claim, sure it was never to be seen again. They e-mailed me a few days later that someone turned it in!!! I love people like that in the world, and yes there seems to be plenty here is Switzerland. Awww
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Old 10.09.2010, 10:34
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I was playing "fetch" with my dog the other day and I accidentally threw his favourite toy too far out into the lake. My dog hates swimming so no chance of him getting it. I tried wading in myself but it was floating further and further out. There was no way I could have reached it without getting almost fully wet. By this time, some people were gathered around, watching - and wondering what the hell this crazy foreigner was up to: getting into the lake fully clothed and a dog barking from the shore.

I gave up, got out and explained the situation about the toy. No one helped and some even laughed. A woman told me that my only solution was to approach a group of noisy boys over there, who were drying off and drinking beers. She even added that she wouldnt do it as they were rather rowdy and seemed drunk.

I didnt care. Went up to the boys and explained what happened. No hesitation whatsoever on their part. All 3 of them got up and after a little boyish banter, they decided between themselves who would be the one to go in and I heard a cheeky remark of "yeah! Do it for Switzerland!!" He gallantly swam in and returned it to me cheerfully. By this time, the sun has already set and it was chilly. Bless. Not much of an inconvenience that they had to go all out of the way to help me, but I liked how well mannered and ready to help they were - real contrary to the impression they gave the onlookers.
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Re: I love the Swiss!

I agree with the OP, everything i've ever lost (wallets, bags) has turned up all contents intact... would rarely, if ever, be the same in the UK. Good old Swiss!

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As opposed to losing it and not getting it back? Yes, that would make a man so happy.
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Old 12.09.2010, 20:22
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you just got to love the swiss! they're very lovable people, in and outside switzerland.
that is why i'm thoroughly convinced that switzerland is the best place on earth!
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Old 12.09.2010, 22:00
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I was playing "fetch" with my dog the other day and I accidentally threw his favourite toy too far out into the lake. My dog hates swimming so no chance of him getting it. I tried wading in myself but it was floating further and further out. There was no way I could have reached it without getting almost fully wet. By this time, some people were gathered around, watching - and wondering what the hell this crazy foreigner was up to: getting into the lake fully clothed and a dog barking from the shore.

I gave up, got out and explained the situation about the toy. No one helped and some even laughed. A woman told me that my only solution was to approach a group of noisy boys over there, who were drying off and drinking beers. She even added that she wouldnt do it as they were rather rowdy and seemed drunk.

I didnt care. Went up to the boys and explained what happened. No hesitation whatsoever on their part. All 3 of them got up and after a little boyish banter, they decided between themselves who would be the one to go in and I heard a cheeky remark of "yeah! Do it for Switzerland!!" He gallantly swam in and returned it to me cheerfully. By this time, the sun has already set and it was chilly. Bless. Not much of an inconvenience that they had to go all out of the way to help me, but I liked how well mannered and ready to help they were - real contrary to the impression they gave the onlookers.
nice story. though i wonder if it is a good idea to get drunk people to swim in a lake?

i also would take issue with the assertion that "this would never happen in the uk". i've had things returned and i have also handed things in myself.

the most scrupulous person i've met was english: she once bought chocolate using a vending machine and 2 bars fell out. i was amazed when she bothered to go and return the second bar!
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Old 12.09.2010, 22:01
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you just got to love the swiss! they're very lovable people, in and outside switzerland.
that is why i'm thoroughly convinced that switzerland is the best place on earth!
Step away from the Koolaid ...
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Old 12.09.2010, 22:19
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That is why things are usually returned in Switzerland, you are expected to pay a 10% reward of the total value.
That's BS the reason people in Switzerland return lost property is because they are honest. It's got nothing to do with expecting a reward.
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Old 12.09.2010, 22:22
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whooops! stepping away from the koolaid... but can i have some more please?
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nice story. though i wonder if it is a good idea to get drunk people to swim in a lake?

i also would take issue with the assertion that "this would never happen in the uk". i've had things returned and i have also handed things in myself.

the most scrupulous person i've met was english: she once bought chocolate using a vending machine and 2 bars fell out. i was amazed when she bothered to go and return the second bar!
to swim in a lake is no problem even if being bit beyond the limit. To try to cross the lake is subject to some very decent planning. I in case of the lake of Zurich did it some three or four cases, the first time together with friends, later on alone. If you do it just out of an idea without proper planning it can be deadly.
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whooops! stepping away from the koolaid... but can i have some more please?
Spoken like a true junkie ...
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Old 12.09.2010, 22:38
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One day I was travelling from Chur to Zurich. I was searching something inside my wallet and forgot to put it back inside my pocket. When the train stopped at the Zurich I came out of the train with my bag. When I walk few step ahead then I searched my wallet to buy Cigarette. I searched it all over my body twice and thrice also inside my bag but I was unable to find. Afterwards, I ran inside the train I searched up and down all over the place where I was sitting but there was nothing, not even a single person was inside that compartment. Train was about to move; therefore, I had to step out of the train.

I was really stressed because my all cards was inside the walle (B-permit, driving license, Insurance card, gym card, Student card, ATM card.....thank god to that ticket control unit..I put my glice 7 card inside the right pocket of my jeans). I complained on SBB and they said me that I had to submit an online application. The same day when i reached on my apartment I send an application with full details of my lost property.

The next day, I blocked my account and payed 20CHF to get a new master card. I waited for 1 week still there was no any clue of my wallet. I went to Baden police and took an application that I lost my wallet and my permit. They gave me a letter which I had to submit on my gemeinde in-order to issue a new permit.

2 weeks later my new permit arrived at my post with the bill of 67CHF. When I was on my way after paying them the charge of my new permit, there was a call in my cell phone. It was from my college- they said me my lost wallet was found and I can receive it from the front desk. I felt happy and sad at the same time. I lost my everything and I get it back but I had to suffer the loss of 87CHF (for my ATM card and for the permit) Thanks to the honest person Zünger Jonas from st.gallen. Hats of Switzerland.
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want some koolaid tomcat? i know you want it too.
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Old 12.09.2010, 23:21
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want some koolaid tomcat? i know you want it too.
Thanks, I tried it, but after 3 yrs developed a case of rösti rejection syndrome.



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