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Old 11.06.2021, 16:10
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The probably were looking for someone specific who you might have resembled. Perhaps someone tall, dark and handsome.
That made me think of an acquaintance of mine who is short, dark-haired, olive skin, and handsome. This man really doesn't look suspicious or troublesome and is neither rowdy or unstable. He doesn't drink and he doesn't do drugs. He is polite and generally keeps to himself and has a good deportment. But his life has a certain element to it that I would loathe having to live with.

He has lived in the greater Zurich area for about 12 years and in each of those years he has been checked by police or similar at least 20 (!) times. He gets stopped on the street, and he gets checked in railway stations, randomly, sometimed by the police, by railway police, by customes officials and by private security guards at entrances. He is consistently cooperative with the officials checking him. Sometimes he has only to show his Swiss (!) ID card to be allowed to go; at other times that doesn't suffice and they do a full body search and unpack his entire day-pack.

This was his main reason for buying a car, because it made him a little less visible, and obviated going into railway stations. He's learnt that, if ever he does have to go somewhere by train, he should look up two timetables, to budget for the chance that he'll miss his train due to being searched. He has learnt not to drive into Germany and back, because his car will almost certainly be searched, and if he crosses the border overland at all, it is now only as a passenger.

The only explanation he can find is that presumably, he resembles someone else who is being sought.
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I am a white guy from the Central Europe, dressed regularly (a tshirt etc)
Maybe you resemble someone they're looking for. I've seen the police checking on people in trains and tbh (please don't judge) I was quite happy. A few years ago there was a nutter who followed me since I got in, sat next to me, was very close, tried to touch me, generally looked really agitated. I don't need to tell you the whole incident here but read afterwards he (I assume it was the same) has been doing the same things to other women. I'm not a snowflake but it shook me a little. So when I see the police I have a nice feeling.
If you're a white average looking woman it's like you don't exist for them when they do their checks. I recognise my privileges and I feel sorry for those who're always searched but generally speaking having the police keep an eye on things is not a bad thing.
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Old 11.06.2021, 18:53
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That made me think of an acquaintance of mine who is short, dark-haired, olive skin, and handsome....
That's me, albeit long hair and not that short

My funny story is that during most of my time in the university I rode the bike and only used public transport for Friday and Saturday nights out. I was completely wasted on the tram or nightbus and never was asked anything.

One Monday night by the end of the PhD I was returning home at 23h00 or so. Too tired to pedal, I took the tram home. Anxiety for finishing the thesis, for not having any concrete offer after finishing, exhausted...I think I was just sitting in the tram looking sad bracing my backpack like it was my future hahaha.

Couple mins later a team of 4 police boards the tram, keep a 2-3 meter distance and ask me in very serious way what's in my backpack. I was lost in my thoughts, I guess still thinking if the conclusions of the thesis were clear or not.....they switched to English and made the same question. I just answered in French: sorry I'm tired, too much work, what's happening? Then I showed my backpack containing articles and my empty lunch box, and told my story about 1 or 2 weeks away from finishing the thesis. By then, the tram was already 5 min late, they descended and the tram finally departed.

Still not sure what happened that night, did I really looked that sad? I had no bomb on my backpack and intentions to harm anyone but myself hahahaha. Only time I've been stopped by the police (save the Basel border). Other times are just the typical roadside controls, at least a dozen times.
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