German user Dominik + Eva
is definitely cheating while he (and/or she) was entering notes during the last days in Switzerland. His comment “got it here: …” is completely fake. And it is not the first time he does…. I’m mainly talking about the more than 350 notes he was entering in the Jungfrau Region (Grindelwald and surroundings), a region where I literally know every little corner since I have been spending my holidays there more than 20 times.
I’ve made a list with the locations where Dominik + Eva was entering notes during the last days:
Let’s start with the notes Dominik + Eva was entering from the Kantonalbank in Grindelwald: (25 notes). At first sight, nothing suspicious. There are 4 banks in Grindelwald (Raiffeisen, Berner Kantonalbank, UBS and EKI), where you can indeed change CHF into € and ask to get the amount in small notes. My experience tells me that, when you are lucky, the bank employee will give you up to 60, sometimes 80 notes of 5 euro. But according to what will follow, I guess that even those notes did not come from that bank.
As many of you probably know, it is not a big problem to pay with euros in Switzerland. There are a lot of tourists (mainly Japanese and Arabic) in the Jungfrau Region and sometimes you can see one of them paying with euros, but it’s all about notes of 50 and 100 euros! Especially since the exchange rate is almost 1:1, euro notes are widely accepted. But in 99% of cases, the money you will receive as change will be in CHF! Swiss people are (rightly) very proud of their currency. When I was asking if it was possible to get euros back as change somewhere in Grindelwald and surroundings, the default response was “In Switzerland we pay with Francs!”, and of course neither did anyone want to change euros for euros with me. To conclude, it is very hard to get euros back as change in this region!
Dominik + Eva enters (mostly 25) notes in a location where it is really impossible to get such an amount of notes if you play the game in a fair way! Moreover he is only entering notes of 5 euro, not a single note of 10, 20 or any other denomination, while -as I have stated before,- tourists who pay with euros, mainly pay with notes of 50 and 100 euros! Let’s have a look:
Luftseilbahn Pfingstegg Grindelwald (35 notes): The lovely Pfingstegg cable car! I have such beautiful memories about this cable car! And I also know one of the employees very personally! And for 100% sure: there are no 35 notes of 5 euro in the cash desk of the Pfingsteggbahn!
Restaurant Pfingstegg Grindelwald (30 notes): The restaurant on top of the cable car. Same story: impossible! https://nl.eurobilltracker.com/notes/?id=179503627
Migros Grindelwald (25 notes): The local supermarket, really not that big. And in contrast to some other parts of the country, there is no Migros Bank connected to this supermarket. So it is very unrealistic that you can get 25 notes here.
Coop Grindelwald (25 notes): The most popular supermarket in the town, but just like at the Migros supermarket, I see no way to get such an amount of notes here.
K Kiosk Grindelwald (25 notes): A very small paper shop along the street side, mainly used by the local inhabitants. I guess that the operator of this shop will not even receive this amount of euro notes in a year!
Hotel Bodmi Grindelwald (129 notes): Hotel Bodmi is one of the large hotels in Grindelwald. But getting 129 notes of 5 euro over there… No way: that’s even more than you can find in the banks!
Hotel-Restaurant Wetterhorn (25 notes) and Hotel Blümlisalp (10 notes) Grindelwald: 2 medium sized hotels with each about 15 rooms. Both hotels are not even located in the center of the town. It would be a very big coincidence if there would be this amount of notes in each hotel!
Lütschental station (10 notes): Lütschental is a very small township with an even smaller railway station. At each train ride, there are only about 2 passengers mounting the train. I’m not even sure whether there is a ticket office connected to this station. So it seems impossible to get 10 notes of 5 euro here!
And to continue…
Gündlischwand (2 notes): A small restaurant in a small town: strange!
Trümmelbach Lauterbrunnen (15 notes): Receiving 15 notes of 5 euro as change in the ticket shop of the waterfalls: you must be very lucky!!
Hotel Restaurant Rütti Stechelberg (8 notes)
Coop Mürren (3 notes): Same story as Coop Grindelwald. I also tried very hard to get some notes in Mürren, but I did not succeed…
Restaurant Isenfluh (8 notes): A very small pub/restaurant in the -not very touristic- mountain village Isenfluh
Luna Restaurant Wilderswil (2 notes): again a restaurant… Adding the 21 notes he was entering in March earlier this year, makes that Dominik + Eva has entered 23 notes from this small restaurant. https://nl.eurobilltracker.com/notes/?id=179480572
Last year, Dominik + Eva was also entering a huge amount of notes from the local Bakery Ringgenberg. That was really ridiculous!
I admit, maybe you can be very lucky when you meet a very kind waiter in a restaurant who wants to change 1 or 2 euro notes with you. But every time again, in every place you visit and such a big amount of (25) notes… No, that’s impossible!
It seems that Dominik + Eva loves travelling just like me, and especially to the wonderful town of Grindelwald as we can read in his comments “got it here: Luftseilbahn Grindelwald - Pfingstegg valley station, Rybigässli (below the dramatic impressing mountainwalls of the Berner Alpen)”. However, I think the way Dominik + Eva is entering notes is even much more dramatic than the mountain view in Grindelwald! He is betraying other Eurobilltracker users who really want to do an effort to obtain euro notes over there in a fair way. And on the other hand, he is cheating hits in Switzerland and betraying his hit partners with notes that he simply obtained in Germany or maybe even invented!