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It's Friday, August 31st and 15 minutes ago (6.00pm) a policeman knocked at my door and I of course opened it and he started to go on and on about something in German but I stopped him and said I did not speak too much German at which point he produced a traffic ticket, radar pictures with me in them driving our family car and some forms that apparently my husband and I had incorrectly completed. I tried to call my husband who is Swiss, no answer so I called our Lawyer and she then explained to me that we had apparently received a traffic ticket but my husband had completed the form and signed his name and that was wrong because the radar pictures showed it was a woman. Trouble is, we have one car.. we share it on a daily basis so it's hard to tell who was where and when. The policeman understood that and did not doubt me especially because our lawyer had explained what was going on but I'm still in shock that the police have a right to come to your door at 6.00pm and demand that you provide an explanation as to why a traffic ticket was incorrectly completed and demand for your personal information. I must add that i live in a VERY small village and we stick out along with two other families one from D.C. and the other from Chicago. I'M VERY, VERY, disturbed by this incident. A speeding ticket people..a speeding ticket! I have only been here for 10 months and I'm ready to pack my bags and get the hell out of this rigid country!
welcome to the EF, which in theory was created to help folks like you adapt to situations like the one you described, and instead seems to be a place for people to take the piss for why you didn't do a doctoral thesis on the differences between Swiss and your native cultue before moving here. it is not unusual for the police to come to your door if you fail to pay a ticket or there are questions about your paperwork. chances are you will actually come to appreciate this, though admittedly this is more likely if you aren't the target of the visit. you did the right thing by refusing to sign any papers that you did not understand.



P.S. my German is also horrible, but I often want to politely point out to some of the EF posters that it's called "anstand", scho mal ghörts?
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I think you'll find that you are deft, but not deaf.

Thanks! I am certainly not deft as I am very very clumsy and I am a little deaf.
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ask for your information if you cannot speak the language
This is normal in pretty much any country on the planet.

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Is this normal behavior of the police in Switzerland to come to your door in the evening or whenever over a minor traffic ticket? Can they ask for your B Permit, Drivers License and proceed to complete new forms for you even though its clear that you don't know what's in there and then proceed to get agitated when you refuse to sign them?
Yes.

They are doing YOU a favor, rather than having you waste YOUR time to come to THEM!

What don't you get?

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Yes, I think now would be a good time to learn a few sentences in German!
Why?

Cops up north understand Italian just fine, though they are pleased when I respond in bad German.

(guess that's why they always let me off)

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Re: Police were at my door over a Traffic Ticket?

Yes, people do call their lawyers... especially when they also happen to be a personal friend as the OP has explained ad nauseum.

Really encouraging to see the same 'ole gang having so much fun at the expense of a poster who was pretty confused by a "foreign" situation. Hope it makes you feel better to pile on... and the OP has been pretty good natured in the face of some of the responses.

I had a similar situation once, and the police came and knocked on my door in a secured building (we know how to get in) and demanded I come down to the "betreibung's" office. It turned out to be a mistake and while the person at the betreibung's office was extremely apologetic, the police were not. I was not impressed.

So good for you if you have been here for long enough to get used to the quirks of CH. But it is a pretty strange place (IMO) and I have lived and worked in quite a few places. Might be nice to take a minute to think about why it is SO important to tell someone how wrong they are for reacting in a certain way instead of being constructive... or just choose not to say anything.

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Do people actually "call their Lawyers" in real life? I thought this only happened in American films...
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It's Friday, August 31st and 15 minutes ago (6.00pm) a policeman knocked at my door and I of course opened it and he started to go on and on about something in German but I stopped him and said I did not speak too much German at which point he produced a traffic ticket, radar pictures with me in them driving our family car and some forms that apparently my husband and I had incorrectly completed. I tried to call my husband who is Swiss, no answer so I called our Lawyer and she then explained to me that we had apparently received a traffic ticket but my husband had completed the form and signed his name and that was wrong because the radar pictures showed it was a woman. Trouble is, we have one car.. we share it on a daily basis so it's hard to tell who was where and when. The policeman understood that and did not doubt me especially because our lawyer had explained what was going on but I'm still in shock that the police have a right to come to your door at 6.00pm and demand that you provide an explanation as to why a traffic ticket was incorrectly completed and demand for your personal information. I must add that i live in a VERY small village and we stick out along with two other families one from D.C. and the other from Chicago. I'M VERY, VERY, disturbed by this incident. A speeding ticket people..a speeding ticket! I have only been here for 10 months and I'm ready to pack my bags and get the hell out of this rigid country!
If you don't learn to use paragraphs, I suspect the style police may be paying you a visit soon...
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It's not so strange ...... I lived in California for 3yrs. and at the end of it, all I could say was: "Have a nice day" and "Do you want fries with that?"
All I could manage from my time in California was "I'll be back" with an Austrian accent.

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Don`t be surprised if a squirel comes to your door ,thinking your NUTSCanadian Humor
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All I could manage from my time in California was "I'll be back" with an Austrian accent.

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Yes, people do call their lawyers... especially when they also happen to be a personal friend as the OP has explained ad nauseum.

Really encouraging to see the same 'ole gang having so much fun at the expense of a poster who was pretty confused by a "foreign" situation. Hope it makes you feel better to pile on... and the OP has been pretty good natured in the face of some of the responses.

I had a similar situation once, and the police came and knocked on my door in a secured building (we know how to get in) and demanded I come down to the "betreibung's" office. It turned out to be a mistake and while the person at the betreibung's office was extremely apologetic, the police were not. I was not impressed.

So good for you if you have been here for long enough to get used to the quirks of CH. But it is a pretty strange place (IMO) and I have lived and worked in quite a few places. Might be nice to take a minute to think about why it is SO important to tell someone how wrong they are for reacting in a certain way instead of being constructive... or just choose not to say anything.

fduvall
The problem was that the OP's reaction was dramatic, full of hysteria, and over-the-top and they expected everyone to automatically agree with them. Actually, it was on the edge of paranoia! Basically, most people were saying "hold-up a minute were you just robbed or something?" I think through all the responses whether liked or disliked the OP managed to "chill out" a bit...and become a bit more level headed.

Anyways good for her, she seems to been able to take it all in her stride. If she wants to "survive" in Switzerland its best she learn how to take the hard-knocks to the ego now and get it over with. Switzerland does not cater to egos. Either a person senses that or learn the hard way.

On the other hand, she is trying to deal with children and her husband is working throughout the day, it leaves her a bit vulnerable so I think her "bounce-back attitude" did well for her in this situation. She seems like a positive person after all the drama calmed down...LOL
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Yes, people do call their lawyers... especially when they also happen to be a personal friend as the OP has explained ad nauseum.

Really encouraging to see the same 'ole gang having so much fun at the expense of a poster who was pretty confused by a "foreign" situation. Hope it makes you feel better to pile on... and the OP has been pretty good natured in the face of some of the responses.

I had a similar situation once, and the police came and knocked on my door in a secured building (we know how to get in) and demanded I come down to the "betreibung's" office. It turned out to be a mistake and while the person at the betreibung's office was extremely apologetic, the police were not. I was not impressed.

So good for you if you have been here for long enough to get used to the quirks of CH. But it is a pretty strange place (IMO) and I have lived and worked in quite a few places. Might be nice to take a minute to think about why it is SO important to tell someone how wrong they are for reacting in a certain way instead of being constructive... or just choose not to say anything.

fduvall
Thank you so much for your post. There are some good people left in the world uh? You really don't know how much I appreciate your post - you snapped me back from a very dark place . Everything is still so new and strange and I'm trying really, really hard to adjust and I had hoped that this forum would be a great resource and it is, but most of the responses have been terribly heartbreaking but I should have expected this when I put myself out here .
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If you don't learn to use paragraphs, I suspect the style police may be paying you a visit soon...
I can't imagine what that crop will have to say that hasn't already been said! boy! there are some terrible bullies here!! *runs to a corner and folds into a fetal position*.
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Thank you so much for your post. There are some good people left in the world uh? You really don't know how much I appreciate your post - you snapped me back from a very dark place . Everything is still so new and strange and I'm trying really, really hard to adjust and I had hoped that this forum would be a great resource and it is, but most of the responses have been terribly heartbreaking but I should have expected this when I put myself out here .
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I can't imagine what that crop will have to say that hasn't already been said! boy! there are some terrible bullies here!! *runs to a corner and folds into a fetal position*.
Do you have a heat wave in switzerland to ?We hier in Canada having a bad crop problem to
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Give the fuzz a break ! - how dull must it be to police small (Basle) town Schweiz , without scaring the kids of serial typists.

The Zuri lawmeisters regularly entertain the locals with baton rounds and tear gas backed up with water cannon when its going home time.

Its all Good humoured posturing policing - bizarre if you are not from here, but , Hey ! At least they show up.
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Give the fuzz a break ! - how dull must it be to police small (Basle) town Schweiz , without scaring the kids of serial typists.

The Zuri lawmeisters regularly entertain the locals with baton rounds and tear gas backed up with water cannon when its going home time.

Its all Good humoured posturing policing - bizarre if you are not from here, but , Hey ! At least they show up.
Have you been to Toronto yet ?
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