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Old 28.02.2015, 10:03
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Warning Grenz Crossings Near Basel

Some of the smaller crossings around Basel in the past week where I have crossed have 2 or more men outside of them, often times with what appears to be police or military blue security outfits on.
They in fact are not associated at all with the Swiss nor French police, customs, military or anything. You have to stop at these borders if you have officers to declare and so on, but these people are there as pan handlers, trying to sell french flags or harass drivers who feel obliged to stop and roll down their windows.
I crossed a few points where this happened. And I saw some aggressive behavior from these men to drivers ahead of me. Approach these crossings with caution, or just use the main border crossings as they are always manned by someone official.
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Old 28.02.2015, 11:15
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Re: Warning Grenz Crossings Near Basel

Yep... I've fallen for this a few times in France just short of the Allschwil border. In retrospect it was daft to stop.. they're not in 'uniforms' and the French police would never stand 'by the side of the lane/road'. I've seen them when they do want to check cars and they stand, en masse, at the actual border in the middle of the road. Plus.. of course.. the beggars (and that's what they are) are in France but flagging down cars going into Switzerland.. I'm sure the police can check 'exiting' cars.. but I've only ever seen the police check 'entering' cars... i.e. on the other side of the road !
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