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

Old Jun 22nd, 2013, 06:41 PM
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janisj,

You have posted on this thread 4 times on 3 different days so you must have gained some benefit because you keep coming back or is your cable out
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Old Jun 22nd, 2013, 07:00 PM
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Hez,

Sorry I missed your earlier question. Honestly, I don't know if I was or not and that is the problem I have with this situation.

IMO, just because "The City Police Authority Of Zurich" say that I was does not necessarily make it so unless I am willing to accept that their system is perfect and mistake proof.

A simple photo of the infraction would put the case to rest. However, in most cases like this authorities make it as difficult as possible for you to fight your case because IMO, these cases are nothing more than just a source of revenue.

I gather from the postings of many here they are simply willing to accept what an authority or local government states as the truth, I am just not as willing to do so.

Again from "simpsonc510" posting, you can see that mistakes can be made by the police and rental car companies unless of course you are also willing to attempt to discredit that posting too.
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Old Jun 22nd, 2013, 07:12 PM
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I don't understand how a photo would prove that you were or weren't speeding.
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Old Jun 22nd, 2013, 07:49 PM
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>>>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.<<<<

NEWSFLASH - You weren't in the US so what the US may or may not do doesn't matter.

>>>>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<<<

NEWSFLASH #2 - You can do likewise and fight your ticket, but it seems you would rather just whine on Fodor's.
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Old Jun 22nd, 2013, 08:10 PM
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Hez,

You are right, a photo would prove nothing. I am guilty as charged
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Old Jun 22nd, 2013, 08:30 PM
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kybourbon,

As far as I know Fodor's is still a site to share one's travel experiences. If others like yourself see it as "whining" then so be it.

I will continue to post my experiences and I'm sure that many who claim not to like them will continue to read them.

You will always be welcomed to post your comments. I do find it interesting how everyone takes something different from them.

I am sure it surprises you and others that not everyone is a critic or an expert on everything that I post.

Hope to continue to read your input on my future postings. I do get something from all of the comments including yours even if I do not agree with them
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Old Jun 29th, 2013, 11:45 AM
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I like DMB Traveler. He visits countries that many people don't even consider. I remember that one on the Death Road in Bolivia.

http://www.fodors.com/community/sout...ad-bolivia.cfm

I had a friend who got one of those surprise tickets or two when driving in Europe. He wasn't happy either. He was far from an unsafe driver.

I wonder if this is the same Australian company in Europe as in the western US. Many of the California cities have had their cameras removed. It turned out that the entity making the most money was the Australian company, little revenue went back to the government after taking into account the cost of defending the tickets. And there were legal issues which made them easy to fight. But then due process is a bit more important in the US than in Europe. Isn't that sort of why we are a separate country and not a colony anymore?
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Old Jun 29th, 2013, 12:23 PM
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What Australian company? European speed cameras operated by the police and/local government.

I'd trust a fine from a European speed camera more than one from Bubba the Hick in his cop car in Smalltown USA.
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Old Jun 29th, 2013, 12:39 PM
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I do understand photos for running a red light, but I also don't understand what a photo would show for speeding. A picture of your car license plate with a number supposedly representing your speed at the time? I've never been caught by a speed camera, so I really don't quite get what a photo would prove exactly.
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Old Jun 29th, 2013, 01:26 PM
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I agree with cold and muskoka and thin

1. Don't speed - it kills people
2. Boycotting a country because you were essentially told in a friendly manner to "Enjoy your stay" by someone who may or may not have known you still had one more immigration inspection coming up is ridiculous beyond belief
3. Boycotting a country because they actually enforce speeding regulations - even more ridiculous
4. Get over yourself
5. Actually I am sure any country you choose to boycott for your absurd reasons would probably be relieved about your decision. No-one enjoys dealing with self-important overly-entitled people.
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Old Jun 29th, 2013, 01:41 PM
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This thread is hilarious. Who cares what someone who writes 'trip reports' thinks or doesn't think? Anyone who writes 'trip reports' has already shown all anyone needs to know. LOOK AT ME, LOOK AT ME, LOOK AT ME!!!!!

Clearly, the OP is a troll and clearly many are willing to feed the troll. My comments here are addressed to you, not the OP.
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Old Jun 29th, 2013, 03:18 PM
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The Australian company is Redflex.

I think it's hilarious that a person who posts trip reports on a travel forum is considered a troll.
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Old Jun 29th, 2013, 04:42 PM
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"I've never been caught by a speed camera, so I really don't quite get what a photo would prove exactly."

It shows the driver. I think in Germany speeding photos which are blurred or otherwise don't identify the driver normally don't lead to tickets.

European countries differ a lot considering speeding. For example in Germany you're a hindrance to traffic if you drive less than 20km/h above the speed limit in restricted zones outside of cities. The reason is that the fines are pretty low if you're speeding like that. The main penalty is the loss of your driving license if you speed even more.

But Switzerland has a zero tolerance policy and you pay like heck for even a few kilometers above the speed limit.
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Old Jun 29th, 2013, 05:15 PM
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"I wonder if this is the same Australian company in Europe as in the western US."

Quite certainly not. If it isn't the Swiss police, then probably the Verkehrsüberwachung Schweiz.
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Old Jun 30th, 2013, 03:02 AM
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it's good to see some new names, welcome to Fodors.

We recently had a newbie who did not know that using capitals is like shouting. Generally we don't shout a lot on this site and the number of Trolls are very low and blatant advertisers are triangled out in minutes so chill guys. Chill.
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Old Jun 30th, 2013, 08:14 AM
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I consider trip reports as definitely like shouting, LOOK AT ME!!! Back in the day, the equivalent was pulling out your photo album to show people. Boooooring.

Trolling is posting for the purpose of annoying, not advertising. This thread was definitely intended to elicit a reaction. I'm sure the OP knew it would get a mixed reaction and that is why it was posted. That's a troll.
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Old Jun 30th, 2013, 08:40 AM
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One person's annoyance is another person's entertainment. If being annoying makes one a troll, then half the posters here would qualify.

You may not see the value in trip reports. Others here do.

I'm assuming that Imposter is a new screen name for an old poster. Implies that someone got booted off for being annoying.
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Old Jun 30th, 2013, 08:42 AM
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Or perhaps Imposter is a new secondary screen name for someone that wants to engage in behavior likely to get them booted, but wishes to retain their other handle for the purpose of Lounge postings. That's rather clever, actually.

And also rather troll-ish.
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Old Jun 30th, 2013, 08:53 AM
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improvisor: Serious? Fodors actually encourages TRs - special tag and all that. My guess is you are an old ban-ee back to cause trouble. If not, you are awfully new to be an expert on trip reports.

This particular OP happens to be a special case . . .
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Old Jun 30th, 2013, 09:04 AM
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"I consider trip reports as definitely like shouting, LOOK AT ME!!! Back in the day, the equivalent was pulling out your photo album to show people. Boooooring."

you are wrong
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