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I'm Boycotting Switzerland And I'm Glad Belgium Makes Great Chocolate Too!

I'm Boycotting Switzerland And I'm Glad Belgium Makes Great Chocolate Too!

Old Jun 21st, 2013, 11:33 AM
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colduphere,

I disagree... because you keep posting on my threads. You must get some satisfaction from reading them .. a.k.a pleasure, enjoyment

As you are aware because you have commented on my other postings (that you do not enjoy), I have visited Canada many times and have enjoyed my trips there.

Don't be "Cold" or take offense because I have shared one bad experience, I have also shared many good ones!
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Old Jun 21st, 2013, 12:08 PM
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What kind of threshhold is a speeding ticket or dislike for customs officials actions for dismissing an entire country?

I cannot remember one trip where everything went smoothly or everyone treated us the way we THINK we should be treated.

In Turkey I had my pocket picked and the most absurd situations with car rentals. That included leaving our renatal car with airport manager at Kayseri because the car rental agent forgot to come.

But I would return to Turkey tomorrow, because the country is greater than those occurances.
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Old Jun 21st, 2013, 12:24 PM
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Another Ugly American scoffing their nose at local laws they are expected to abide by but refuse, thinking they have special status to ignore things like speeding.

Such carping makes all American tourists look like similar louts.
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Old Jun 21st, 2013, 01:58 PM
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You are not much of a traveller if you let the inconsequential things get to you and then write off a country for a paltry complaint. Big deal: the laundry list. Not impressed. Bulletin: you're not special; you're not entitled. People need to do their jobs and when they have to put up with a pain in the backside such as yourself, my sympathy lies with them.
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Old Jun 21st, 2013, 02:15 PM
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Another Ugly American scoffing their nose at local laws they are expected to abide by but refuse, thinking they have special status to ignore things like speeding.

Such carping makes all American tourists look like similar louts.
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I disagree, he is tedious in any society.
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Old Jun 21st, 2013, 03:44 PM
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I swore long ago not to read any more of DMB's threads - opened this one against my better judgement. Only confirms my original decision.
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Old Jun 21st, 2013, 04:54 PM
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Grasshopper,

Wax on, wax off.. "The rank and file are rank" but I am use to the stench

I learned long ago to be entertained by their ranting and raving.

I will continue to post my travel experiences and I have no doubt as much as they claim to hate it they will continue to read my postings because in some weird way I think it makes their day
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Old Jun 21st, 2013, 04:58 PM
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keorauc,

But where you again question by the same person two minutes later who allegedly admitted you into the country?

Immigration and customs procedures are always interesting in many countries but most do it professionally even if sometimes without personality...
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Old Jun 21st, 2013, 04:59 PM
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musokoka,

I am "Special" because I am an "Ugly American"
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Old Jun 21st, 2013, 05:14 PM
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BigAl,

Were you pick pocketed by the local police or a government official?

Is it all right with you and others if I decide how and where I spend my travel time or dollars?

Is there a reason you and others have to lower yourself to making personal attacks to try and make your point?

Typically this is a sign of weakness in your position, at least this is what I was taught in the third grade, last year
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Old Jun 21st, 2013, 05:21 PM
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So were you speeding?
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Old Jun 21st, 2013, 06:20 PM
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You're delusional if you think your fascinating posts make anyone's day, other than your own. But carry on, world traveller.
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Old Jun 21st, 2013, 07:14 PM
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DMB

I hope you are not an attorney who handles Capital cases because if you employ the same logic in those arguments, all your clients would be dead by now. And tedious is not a personal attack, but a kind word for your actions.
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Old Jun 22nd, 2013, 04:33 AM
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Some people should seek treatment for their Fodor's addiction.
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Old Jun 22nd, 2013, 04:54 AM
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>>>As stated in my posting what I find unique about this situation is the "guilty" and till proven "innocent" aspect of the process.<<<

No one is stopping you from proving your innocence. Just go to Zurich and fight your ticket, just like you would do in the US. To contest a ticket in the US, you have to go to court in that jurisdiction. Why would you expect Switzerland to be different expect for your ignorance of the laws?

I don't usually read DMB's threads either, but clicked on this one because I wondered if there was something to the boycott in Switzerland.

As for the $65, you agreed to it in your rental contract. Each company has a set amount listed in their contracts for providing your information to the police. It's also in contracts for car rentals in the US if you would bother to read your contract. You just haven't got caught yet in the US.

While Sixt has been nice enough to tell you about your ticket and inform you of the price, it's usually not the practice of the rental company to collect a ticket and I would be surprised if it's the case here. Your ticket will probably come in the mail later, either from the Swiss government or an agency they have contracted with to collect fines. If it's like Italy, they have a year to get the ticket to you (from the time they acquire your info, not from the time of the infraction).

You weren't ripped off. You broke a traffic law and got a ticket that has a set fine. You signed a contract agreeing to a fee if that happened. Where exactly is the rip off?
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Old Jun 22nd, 2013, 03:00 PM
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Old Jun 22nd, 2013, 03:28 PM
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kybourbon,

How difficult and expensive do you think it is for any police department that uses thousand dollar cameras to provide an accused with a photo of his/her alleged infraction? I image its pennies to print a photo on the letter that is mailed out.

In the US, in all the cities I am aware of where cameras are used for traffic infractions at least you are mailed a photo of the alleged infraction.

In cases where you are stopped by the police at least you are given an explanation right there of your alleged infraction and you know it is you that is been pulled over unless you have a split personality.

Obviously, you like others that have posted here think that this is a perfect system. However, the following from another poster on this thread shows that the police even with cameras and rental car companies are not above making mistakes.

"That said, my BIL is fighting a speeding ticket in France, which was issued on a DIFFERENT car, and on a date when he and his wife were already back HOME in the USA."

In your and others world I guess this posters BIL should just "roll with the punches" and send the French some bucks
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Old Jun 22nd, 2013, 03:29 PM
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BigAl,

Would be glad to do some "Pro-bono" for you if it will save you from the chair
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Old Jun 22nd, 2013, 03:36 PM
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See why there is no benefit to be gained by opening DMB's threads.

I'm starting my own boycott . . .
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Old Jun 22nd, 2013, 03:37 PM
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You still haven't answered if you were speeding!
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