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Old 04.10.2011, 18:53
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Re: Playing the foreign card - stories?

How is that different than let say..... DB and Mathnut who when they got their jackets they had reductions and some kind of special treatment because some people thought they worked for the city?

Did they told them no? (I am no idea if they did say no or not) but the context is not that different. It is to enjoy something somehow you wouldn't have had if it wasn't because of the foriegner card, a special jacket, etc.
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How is that different than let say..... DB and Mathnut who when they got their jackets they had reductions and some kind of special treatment because some people thought they worked for the city?

Did they told them no? (I am no idea if they did say no or not) but the context is not that different. It is to enjoy something somehow you wouldn't have had if it wasn't because of the foriegner card, a special jacket, etc.
Whenever we were offered a discount, we took great pains to explain that we bought the jackets second hand. The assistants didn't always believe us, but it was certainly not for want of trying on our side.

Furthermore, some ticket collectors didn't ask to see MN's ticket when she was wearing her jacket on long distance trains. She was always, however, in possession of a valid ticket for her journey.

The only times when we didn't bother to explain were in situations when people were asking for help and we were able to oblige, like the time MN showed an old lady to her seat on a train to Vienna because it was quicker - and kinder - than trying to explain the truth to her.

We have never, on any occasion, used our jackets - purchased entirely legally from the Salvation Army - to gain benefits to which we were not entitled.
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Old 04.10.2011, 19:05
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Re: Playing the foreign card - stories?

I've never played the 'foreign' card but boy-oh-boy am I going to play the 'flirt with all the hot girlies' old dude card when I get mine.
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Old 04.10.2011, 19:06
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Re: Playing the foreign card - stories?

Sure, of course. Being a foreigner sucks so often that you should enjoy any small advantages you come across! (I was objecting to his classification of what he was doing, not his doing it.)

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How is that different than let say..... DB and Mathnut who when they got their jackets they had reductions and some kind of special treatment because some people thought they worked for the city?

Did they told them no? (I am no idea if they did say no or not) but the context is not that different. It is to enjoy something somehow you wouldn't have had if it wasn't because of the foriegner card, a special jacket, etc.
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Old 04.10.2011, 19:11
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How is that different than let say..... DB and Mathnut who when they got their jackets they had reductions and some kind of special treatment because some people thought they worked for the city?

Did they told them no? (I am no idea if they did say no or not) but the context is not that different. It is to enjoy something somehow you wouldn't have had if it wasn't because of the foriegner card, a special jacket, etc.
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Whenever we were offered a discount, we took great pains to explain that we bought the jackets second hand. The assistants didn't always believe us, but it was certainly not for want of trying on our side.

Furthermore, some ticket collectors didn't ask to see MN's ticket when she was wearing her jacket on long distance trains. She was always, however, in possession of a valid ticket for her journey.

The only times when we didn't bother to explain were in situations when people were asking for help and we were able to oblige, like the time MN showed an old lady to her seat on a train to Vienna because it was quicker - and kinder - than trying to explain the truth to her.

We have never, on any occasion, used our jackets - purchased entirely legally from the Salvation Army - to gain benefits to which we were not entitled.
And yes again, you are standing very high in my respect level!
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Re: Playing the foreign card - stories?

No, I`ve never "played the foreigner card" - I`m just not intelligent enough for that. My errors have been honest ones.

Like the time I bought too much meat in Germany, and then the Zoll guys told me to park my car and go into the office........

I was horrified to hear that I had 1kg of meat too much! ..which meant paying them extra AND a fine!

I was new at the shopping trips, and was painstakingly keeping track of what I`d spent .. having to pay whatever it was to take that meat into CH, it was no longer a "bargain" - which I explained in my pre-German language course german (truly painful speaking) to the old guy behind the counter ....... and he gave me the option of taking it back to the shop!

And then he gave me one of their leaflets, and carefully explained WHAT I am allowed to bring over the border

(Okay, so I did rather over-do the "My son is going to kill me" scenario)
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And yes again, you are standing very high in my respect level!
Mine too! Buying jackets from the Salvation Army is worth much respect! Seriously!
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Old 04.10.2011, 19:36
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Trying to fluff by in English is pointless because even the conductor-chappies on the trains and trams seem to be fluent in it. Plus my face isn't as fast as my brain at trying to cover up my understanding of their German.

I often thought about learning "I don't speak German" in Hungarian to give me a nice get-out from all the clipboard-clutching politicians that seem to line our street looking for my opinion or signature when I am flying about on my Saturday morning errands.
I tried this once in Finnish...(mostly because the brain has a way of speaking not the one you need, but the last one that was useful) and I must have had lightning strike me as the train person knew enough Finnish to tell me to pay up. Once the shock wore off, I explained in German that the ticket thingy at the station didn't punch my (valid) ticket even though I kept shoving it in there about 10 times. He relented and punched it for me but, I think if I would have spoken english, he would have savaged me.
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Old 04.10.2011, 19:42
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Interesting choice of words but i agree with you.....language is often pointless whilst so engaged
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Re: Playing the foreign card - stories?

I once played the foreign card in a very special situation, not for gaining any kind of profit or benefit but for the mere fun.

I was sitting in a street cafe in downtown Athens, near Omonia Square, waiting for the bus to Agios Konstantinos to catch the hydrofoil ferry to the Northern Sporades. A young guy approached me, looking left and right over his shoulders before showing me a bunch of watches wrapped in a white towel, all of them, of course, genuine Swiss watches, and, of course, between 50 and 120 Euros a piece.

Without saying a word, I turned away from him. Five minutes later, he came back and did the same again. I silently motioned him to p1ss off.

Third attempt, again about five minutes later. He said in broken English, "Mistair, these are all real Rolex, made in Switzerland. Very tseap. Honestly."

I replied in Greek, "Oh really? That's nice. May I have a closer look? You must know, I am Swiss and I work with Rolex in Geneva. Isn't this a nice coincidence?"

His expression was a sight to behold. His watches were wrapped in a split second, and I could enjoy the rest of my frappedaki without being disturbed.
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Re: Playing the foreign card - stories?

I don't recall playing the foreigner card as such... apart from maybe when a telesales person just won't give up... (although I get a surprising number of calls that go as follows: I answer the phone in French, person at the other end of the line says, in a surprised voice 'Oh, you speak French?', I say yes, and they hang up!)

But this thread reminded me of last Christmas, when I was manning a stall at the Montreux Christmas market. A group of English lads came past, talking (using some rather foul language) at the top of their voices.

I stood up, used my best 'teacher voice', and told them to stop the swearing because some of the people around them could understand what they were saying and found it offensive.

They were so surprised, they complied!
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I don't recall playing the foreigner card as such... apart from maybe when a telesales person just won't give up... (although I get a surprising number of calls that go as follows: I answer the phone in French, person at the other end of the line says, in a surprised voice 'Oh, you speak French?', I say yes, and they hang up!)

But this thread reminded me of last Christmas, when I was manning a stall at the Montreux Christmas market. A group of English lads came past, talking (using some rather foul language) at the top of their voices.

I stood up, used my best 'teacher voice', and told them to stop the swearing because some of the people around them could understand what they were saying and found it offensive.

They were so surprised, they complied!
Same happened to me. I was waiting at the airport for the love of my life (Hubby, back then! ) and I was next to two french ladies bitching about the turks. It was as revolting and insulting as some of the stuff we can read here sometimes about the swiss.

After I heard enough, I cut them and told them that many turks had ''enough'' education to know french and understand them. They should be careful and more respectful to not talk like that in such a bad manner.

They were like this:
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Re: Playing the foreign card - stories?

Been there, done that - many times too. Sad but hilarious to watch their stupid faces.
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I do the same thing with Polish or I just say the following, very slowly with a dumb face expression: Mein Deutsch ist nicht sehr gut.

Oh Polish, beautiful Polish......

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Works on some obnoxious Casanovas as well, not that there have been so many
I cannot imagine why
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Re: Playing the foreign card - stories?

Sometimes you don't actually 'play' the card- but it sort of plays itself. Like when people think that you are foreign and don't understand and they start making personal comments about you - you let them go on, and when they've finished just reply in their language. The look on their faces is so funny too. Fortunately when it's happened to me, the comments happened to be positive - so it was just fun.
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Who never made a mistake should pitch the first stone!

I am very surprise to see so many people on this thread who never ever took a free ride on a system or an other, no matter the situation or weight of ''how bad'' it was...

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