Swiss get les­son in tran­sit cour­tesy

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Pub­lic tran­sit rid­ers in Switzer­land learned some tips on queu­ing from ex­perts in the field: the Bri­tish. The Swiss city of Geneva hired three ac­tors to play quin­tes­sen­tial Bri­tons — a woman dressed as the Queen, a gen­tle­man in black tie and top hat, and a red-jack­eted Buck­ing­ham Palace Foot Guard, com­plete with bearskin cap — to en­cour­age cour­tesy among bus and train pas­sen­gers. The cliched Bri­tish char­ac­ters were cho­sen be­cause they are fa­mil­iar to ev­ery­one, Geneva’s trans­port min­is­ter, Luc Barthas­sat, told The Lo­cal news site. “On pub­lic trans­port, the English take care to be re­spect­ful,” he said. “They let peo­ple get off (be­fore board­ing). Th­ese are things that un­for­tu­nately in Geneva we get the im­pres­sion have been lost.”

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