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  2. ApplePay!

    I work on the basis that they have a record of the tranaction as well.  Equally producing a receipt does not prove its the same item anyway unless possibly it was unique or the only one sold in time period etc.  (And of course quite a lot of people actively want no record of a shedload of their cash).   I understand that many people like a comprehensive record of transactions but it also seems a bit "tail wagging dog" to me - just because it's there, we ought to make use of it, when people have managed their money for centuries without.   And, arguably it pushes more obligations on to the consumer as in "no receipt, no refund" view when our statutory rights and consumer law etc are not impacted by that.
  3. ApplePay!

      You need the receipt.    But some places would some times take the item back or at least replace it without the receipt if you ask nicely.  Some I know are IKEA and indeed Kaufland at least with small items, not sure what will happen if you bring back a TV to Kaufland without a receipt.
  4. Hi Melanie,   I have been staying in an apartment by Kolumbusplatz (2 stops from Wettersteinplatz)for the last 3 years and can recommend it highly. It is a convenient location and also a generally quiet place to live. Iam relocating back to the US soon, so the apartment will be free. I have attached the links to the apartment and the email for the landlady, Sabine Geiger, is can contact her directly. I hope this helps!    -Anastasia
  5. We are looking for a qualified and experienced Portugese native-speaker trainer/teacher for the Wuppertal area who has time in the mornings, on a long-term basis. If you know of anyone, we would be very grateful if you could ask them to get in touch with us on 0202 76907917 or send an email to if they are interested. Thanks guys! :-)
  6. ApplePay!

      I noticed that I always got asked if I wanted a receipt, which then lead me to notice that it seems more often than not other people don’t take their receipts here.   So if people are largely paying in cash, and not taking receipts, how do you take something back if you have a problem with it? I saw someone recently buy a 500€ Samsung TV in Kaufland, pay cash, and decline the receipt.  And if I bought something like a tin of kidney beans from a brand that is stocked in different supermarkets, opened it up and it was full of maggots, how would I prove to that store that I bought it there if I have no receipt?
  7.   Islam actually discourages to preach to nonbelievers.   That's why you almost never see Muslims knocking at your door trying to convert you.  
  8. Politics Gen XYZ

      she should get in the fucking sea.
  9. Anger over pork sausages at Germany Islam event

      Then they misinterpret their own word. "Jihad" actually (I may be wrong) means "struggle", not necessarily armed. It implies the duty of every Muslim to convert nonbelievers. Again, I stand to be corrected by Arabic experts.
  10. Politics Gen XYZ

    Meanwhile, in American and Russian politics. It's business as usual, Putin pulling the strings.
  11. Anger over pork sausages at Germany Islam event

    At least they wrote on their labels what you would find in the Koran: "Lies"
  12. ApplePay!

      That is super helpful.   Things are improving, but I do find the amount of time an EC card purchase with signature not PIN number takes to drift over to my online bank overview very tiresome. These are often shops with regular household purchases.  These sums of "lost in transit" transactions can add up and I can see the value of just looking in your wallet to see how much cash you have left rather than double checking all the receipts you have collected in the interim.    Another thread could be why are receipts so long ... The elegance of an ApplePay style service is somewhat lost when you are still fighting to shove reams of paper in your wallet. 
  13. Politics Gen XYZ

      she should get a nose job and call it the italian job!
  14. Thanks for the information.   Yes, asking here for an english based explanation - often the best explanations of something for a foreigner (or easiest for the foreigner to understand) come from another foreigner as they learned the information themselves rather than growing up with it. I couldn't find information on the Internet as to the "rules" of repayment - only the rules of applying. Not sure how that is grotesque?    I did more searching on the liability of debts between spouses and it seems that not just before marraige are the debts separate but even while married new debts remain separate unless both parties sign off on something together. That is taken from here but it is Wikipedia and my German is not very good so I am relying on translations thus am open to misinterpretation.
  15. German B1 level not enough for blood donation?

    This is good: The Red Cross Spende-Check. It's a quick way to find out whether you're eligible to donate blood in Germany.   I wish there'd been something like this years ago, when I went along to give blood in Cologne and was told - after filling in all the forms - that they wouldn't let me. I was in the UK between 1980 and 1996, too.
  16. Random pointless comments

    Donald Trump forces Stormy to cough up.  (Maybe he is as well hung as he says)
  17. Anger over pork sausages at Germany Islam event

      Yeap, the Salafists, which for a long time and still are on a Germany security watch list as all known terrorists in Germany have had some form of contact with a Salafist group.   This type are perhaps the most dangerous as their view is that, since Muslims are discriminated against around the world, a "true Muslim" is called to defend his faith, with violence, armed jihad's presented as a legitimate means.  
  18. It was a very good course when I did it but like I said, usually 6-8 people back then, not circa 20 or however many it seems to be now.   It might be a good idea to enquire if they open those spots to private payers.   We used to only get assigned right before the start of the month, after the obligated got assigned their place and they knew no more were coming that month.
  19. ApplePay!

      So does opening up the relevant app on a phone    Some institutions display pending transactions very quickly, so it can be pretty much real-time. 
  20.   Thanks Swimmer! Yes we were planning on doing the course on a 'voluntary basis' at a location with free spots - hopefully somewhere near where we live. I had a look at the website and most still had a free spot or two - at least that's what was on the website. It's not critical if we can't do the integration course exactly when we want - we will just have to continue learning alone and by talking to people in that case.
  21. German B1 level not enough for blood donation?

    If the OP would like to have another shot, then they can always swing by, for example, Charité.    Here is their website info, to inform upfront for those who are interested (in German) 
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  23. German B1 level not enough for blood donation?

      Very good hint! @Free Prince: How about you volunteer with the Red Cross? Then you can do something good and learn German better at the same time. And if you consider naturalization at some point, there's another advantage: you only need six years of regular residence.
  24. Brexit: The fallout

    Always believed that he like many in the city are just parasites, it's all about gambling with someone elses money. Even easier now when you realise that trading is done with algorithms and so no one has to risk making a dodgy decision.                                                         
  25. BaFöG repayments and spousal liability when later married

    So your German wife can't pay her Bafög debts at the moment and that's why you as a foreigner ask other foreigners at an expat forum?    That is somehow grotesque, sorry. Your wife has to file an application for (interest-free) suspension of repayment, done. No, there are no penalties for having to pause repayments.   But, of course, spouses are also liable for each other's debts.
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