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the whole world is talking about how Oprah Winfrey was treated in Zurich.  

That story must have been in every single newspaper in the entire world.

It won't do tourism in Switzerland much good.  Ha ha!  It couldn't happen to a nastier bunch of people.  I have heard so many stories of racism in Switzerland, it's amazing.

by stevesim on Sat Aug 10th, 2013 at 12:32:20 PM EST
the problem I have is that it plays so much into our assumptions about the level of general racism amongst the Swiss (Dear Fran obviously excepted) that I worry whether it might actually be what the shop claims, a mistake.

But I think 70:30 probability they were just being snobby racists.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Aug 10th, 2013 at 12:38:29 PM EST
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they are snobby, no doubt about it.  They were snobby to me very often.

but my dear, dear friend in Zurich is Indonesian and she gets it almost every day.  

the Swiss sponge off the hidden assets of other countries and think they are well off because of who they are and how hard they work.  In Americanese, they say "He was born on third base and thought he had hit a triple".

by stevesim on Sat Aug 10th, 2013 at 04:36:24 PM EST
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Have you got enough tar on that brush?
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Aug 10th, 2013 at 04:40:29 PM EST
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maybe you should investigate the Swiss economic model.  
by stevesim on Sat Aug 10th, 2013 at 04:49:17 PM EST
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the Swiss sponge off the hidden assets of other countries and think they are well off because of who they are and how hard they work.

Those spongers are the Swiss 1%. Those who are considerably less well off by who still identify with that 1% are little different than most US Tea Party members who identify with and are tools of the interests of the Koch brothers.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Aug 11th, 2013 at 12:09:15 PM EST
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Agreed.  Alas, assholes know no national boundaries.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Aug 11th, 2013 at 05:38:39 PM EST
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My hotel manager in Switzerland during my recent holiday was a first-rate asshole. He was an immigrant from northern Germany, though... But the ladies at the two shops at Zurich main station where I bought presents (all of them locals based on accent) were rather nice. I left my briefcase in the first shop, but (falsely assuming that I put it away when I put the present away) I thought it was stolen when I discovered it's missing at the counter in the second shop. A fellow shopper lady wanted to buy me the present I left at the counter, while the shoplady advised me to go to the station police, but first I checked the dustbins on my route. I got back to the first shop when one of the shopladies returned, too, with my briefcase in hand: she was searching for me two levels up along the train tracks. That's three instances of helpfulness on own initiative I'm not used to, especially as a foreigner.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Aug 11th, 2013 at 06:33:21 AM EST
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She should've just gone to City Hall and bought Zurich.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Aug 11th, 2013 at 05:37:55 PM EST
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