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post #1 of 7 Old Oct 31st, 2011, 7:46 am Thread Starter
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$witzerlanded again.

Again this is not intended as a rant, but I suppose you could call it one.
Went for a stroll over the Herbstmesse, loud noise and garish light funfair thingy in Basel yesterday, I am not too much into crowds and tend to back away from more than 10 people in a bunch, but I steeled myself and dove into the fray, about 15 minutes later my people tolerance fuses started to smolder and I went back to the bike. On the way I passed a stall selling Worschtle (sausages) and meat skewers and other edibles, I opted for a skewer , smallish as they were, scarcely the width of my hand and more like Döner- bits stuck on a stick, I gave the bloke 20 Chuff´s and to my dismay I got 10 Franks, 50 Rappen back.
That came to 4.50 Chuff´s a bite but you get to lick the stick for free.
By this time I really, really should know, anyway I felt again $witzerlanded and it set the tone when
this morning I went to the Strassenverkers-und Schiffartsamt to change my SG number plates to the BS ones, “BS” that stands for “Basel Stadt” and not what you are thinking.
I had prepared myself in advance as you do in these matters and felt confident that I could take on anything the Strassenverkehrsamt could dish out.
“Grüzi, my name is Slammer and I want to change my numberplates.”
“Grüzi Herr Slammer.”
“I need paper “X””
Slam! On the table.
“Now do you have document “Y”?
Slam! On the table
“You are well organized” for a foreigner, she just managed not to say.
Then she had me..
“Now go to the men´s room and wash these plates, I can´t send them back like this.”
I set Sarcasm to stun.
“You want them ironed too?”
“No! Just wash them.”
I should know by now not to waste perfectly good sarcasm on a Swiss person.
Then she tallied the bill:
Car: 277 Chuff´s
Bike: 109 Chuff´s
Boat trailer: 90 Chuff´s
Blue Area parking thingy: 60 Chuff´s, valid until end January 2012.
I walked out of the Amt with tears in my eyes and a 20° list to Starboard.
I also needed a new set of Plateholders as the old ones had disintegrated so I stopped at a Ford garage.
“Yes I can give you a set, that will be 20Chuff´s, he must have read my mind.
“You know that everything costs money in Switzerland.”
I let him have it full blast, with red ears he went and got the holders as I reloaded.
So that has been my day up to now and yours?
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post #2 of 7 Old Oct 31st, 2011, 11:10 am
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Re: $witzerlanded again.

You mean to tell me that when you went to the Strassenverkers-und Schiffartsamt , you didn't have to stand in que for one hour-twenty whilst three windows were closed and the phones were being used??

NO??

Then - - - rant dis-allowed. Carry on!!


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You mean to tell me that when you went to the Strassenverkers-und Schiffartsamt , you didn't have to stand in que for one hour-twenty whilst three windows were closed and the phones were being used??

NO??

Then - - - rant dis-allowed. Carry on!!


Ah sorry, i did not mention tomorrow is a bank holliday so people take a so-called bridge day, even then I had to take a number then spend the next half hour sitting on my four letters "Arsch" with my brain in neutral.


(i know it's five letters but it is an ethnic thingy)
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Ah sorry, i did not mention tomorrow is a bank holliday so people take a so-called bridge day, even then I had to take a number then spend the next half hour sitting on my four letters "Arsch" with my brain in neutral.


(i know it's five letters but it is an ethnic thingy)
OK - 3/4ths rant allowed.

BTW - Full rant recognition IF - - when you had to sign paperwork, and didn't have your own pen, you were handed one from behind the counter and the thing had chew marks on it!!! Eeeeyew - that might make the rant a 125%-er!!

Notes from an impatient friend - always carry own pen; yell 'fire' if more than third in line; when pulling number tabs, pull 10 and when leaving, hand 'em to last person in line !!
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Re: $witzerlanded again.

Well, it could have been worse Slammer...she apparently loved your sarcasm as she didn't find another fee to charge just to add insult to your injury.

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But it really is a tidy little country.
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Re: $witzerlanded again.

It's more or less like that all over Europe.

Once you fully understand the procedures and comply with it to the T it's not so bad. It's really tough when you are in a place with an impossible language and a Austrian and Communist heritage of Bureaucracy.

The rubber-stamp business that has just about died in the USA in booming here

Every document, however minor gets at least one rubber-stamp and two signatures. Opening a bank account with a debit card attached took three visits to the bank. One to apply for an account, one to execute the paperwork after approval, and a final one to pick up and activate the debit card. If you like all the different banking fee's in the US you will love it here

Each country has it's good and bad sides. No point in getting frustrated, enjoy the positives.

PS: Sarcasm and sarcastic humor is completely lost on Europeans except the Brits and some Germans, me for instance LOL

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