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Stereotype: <<The Swiss are very rules oriented>>

An American expatriate explained that one night he was crossing a street in Zug with absolutely no traffic in sight when he was stopped by an imperious old lady who reminded him that when the traffic light is red, one should wait. When he complained that waiting for the green light when the city sleeps was useless, the lady answered, I know, but Regeln sind Regeln, (rules are rules) and you cant bypass them. In some businesses, especially banking, and particularly in German-speaking Switzerland, people can be obsessive about rules.


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