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  1. Park & Collect experience

      Thanks for the feedback. I see it the same way.Yesterday, I discovered that some people make good living out of this app. I suggest this reading: https://www.welt.de/wirtschaft/article198634201/Park-Collect-Neue-App-macht-Privatpersonen-zu-Freizeit-Polizisten.html   Actually the letter I received mentions the address and the name. He is quite publically known person and google revealed the photo (from newspapers). This is the guy I spoke with. He does not need to be the owner. Just a resident is enough. I suggest reading at least the end of the article I linked above.    
  2. Handling a hostile colleague in Germany

    Don't wait and start a dialogue with HR. Don't go there with a complaint. Go there and ask for an advice. (it is part of soft skills, people react to "asking for help" differently than to complaints). Anyways, i discovered that 96.7% of personal conflicts are about emotions and communication. Talk, talk, talk...
  3. Park & Collect experience

    tl;dr; first Guys, I messed up. I parked somewhere where I should not have. The owner uses the Park&Collect app, took the evidence, and now I received the bill for 147€. I am guilty, I exactly know when and where this happened, and I am ready to pay the settlement. I understand that this is an alternative dispute resolution (wiki). The property owner gets 40€ the rest is for the company behind it. Is there a chance that he may still require more money when I pay the settlement? Using e.g. a different app? I am not trying to get off the hook. I just want to make sure that the owner can't use five different apps where every single one sends me a bill for 150€.   A longer (but slightly entertaining) story: I built a new desktop PC for my elderly father as a Christmas gift. Due to the pandemic, I decided to ship it to him along with my spare LCD screens. The package was over 30Kg. I had to change the packaging about three times to get under the GLS limit (31.5Kg). I rushed to the nearest GLS Paketshop on 18th of December. Since the package was difficult to carry I wanted to park as close to the door as possible. I turned on the hazard light to show that I am around. There was room for one compact car but not for my station wagon. The rear axle was already on the border. A part of the car slightly blocked the exit from someone's house. At the same time there was a guy leaving the backyard and he could easily pass by. I knew that I exceeded but the guy made it. We even nodded to each other so everything was all right. I took the beefy package and brought it to the GLS Paketshop. On the way back there was already a guy in Cayenne (what a silly car) waiting for me to move away. I went straight to him and apologized as much as I can. He was extremely mean (a guy with golden Schmuck like disco owners used to have in 90'). I was not surprised. I would be also mean if I had to drive white Cayenne. I guess most of you know how much time it takes to drop off a package. It may have been 3 minutes, probably less.  Even though the guy was a grotesque resemblance of Al Pacino he was right and I was wrong. I also somehow understand that if this happens to him 4 times a week it sucks. Driving a tractor is not convenient in the city and when somebody blocks the entrance? That ruins the day ;-)   #Stay healthy & park well.    Korla
  4. Fake Google Reviews

    I typically read only negative reviews. This is useful especially for products. It often means that there is something wrong or the product has an unexpected design flaw. Positive reviews such as "looks great" or "arrived on time" are useless. Amazon sellers have repeatedly contacting me with the offer that they reimburse my purchase if I write a positive review (and send a printscreen).    Reviews that cover restaurants, hotels, doctors, etc. are more troublesome. You never know who writes it. If this is a pissed customer or the competition... If you see suspicious reviews on google you can also look which places the autor typically reviews. My GF has recently found a dental clinic in Munich. Most reviewers have around 5 reviews total. A bistro in Moscow, restaurant in Nebraska and dental clinic in Munich...   Maybe it is a good idea to go to places that have no reviews at all. It means that they can do business without the "kind help" of Yelp or google.
  5. Fake Google Reviews

    Yelp? Not necessarily. They have their own dirty business practices.  I suggest this Louis Rossmann's video for further details: https://youtu.be/C67Lh4LE5LY Give him a chance. He is a very interesting person (not for politics, but for laptop repair knowledge).  
  6. American IT Companies in Munich

    Well, you can put Austria to the selection too. Note there are no kangaroos in Austria. On the top of the list above I would add that pretty much every semiconductor manufacturer has a site in Munich area. They often offer a relocation package but only for higher rank jobs. With bit of exaggeration Munich is a small silicon valley. Also make sure that you understand the cost of living in the area. I once got an offer from ABB for a job in Zurich. The offer looked insanely good until I checked how much normal life cost. I earn well but Switzerland is still shockingly expensive for me. Another point is writing the CV. For jobs in Germany you shall use the German format. Don't be creative. Just stick with the template. Your husband can put his creativity to the cover letter. My last thought is if this is really a good idea to relocate in the middle of the pandemic. Most people work from home here and it is not going to change anytime soon, i think. I have not seen our HR since February. Also, I somehow sense that american companies pulled many interesting projects back to the U.S. This has something to do with the Trump's administration. At least this is something I see in the semiconductor industry (not talking about the specific company). But this is just my personal feeling and opinion. I am likely wrong.   A secret tip: https://www.sap.com   oh, an apple of course.
  7.   I checked this online and the critical milestone for the insurance is the change in the Grundbuch. (Eigentümer vs Besitzer). And you're bet is right. "Übergang von Besitz, Nutzen, Lasten und Gefahren" (I bet that´s what your contract will say)" is exactly what the contract says. I wish I was notary. I could earn money likely easier. A friend of mine told me that my contract is practically copy/paste from his contract. No wonder the office is on the most expensive street in Munich. 
  8. Grocery refund rules in German Supermarkets

    In Czechoslovakia (Czechia and Slovakia nowadays) the bag looked like this: http://retro.mnoho.info/l-n/mleko-v-sacku Different colors meant different types (fat content).
  9. Grocery refund rules in German Supermarkets

        Yup, Freising is the best, that's where my spouse and I stay :-) :-) Actually, there are many strawberry fields around. Just make sure you take a container (big tupperware) with you. They put it on the scale, note the empty weight and you're good to go to enjoy nice strawberries picking. Kids love it (and I do too). Afterward you can have a nice break at  https://goo.gl/maps/YPbMXvVCrGQMN3mL9 Swimming is excellent there and the nearby Biergarten with a grumpy old man has an awesome ambiance.   Btw: I am not sure if you're aware - you're allowed to bring your own food to the traditional Bavarian Biergarten. Only drinks you need to purchase. Many Bavarians do it. It's always a good idea to ask around where it is allowed. As the rule of thumb, it is in places with kiosks. Not in restaurants.  
  10. Grocery refund rules in German Supermarkets

    You're welcome. Some discretion is still advised. Grocery stores and shopping centers in the U.S. are way bigger. E.g. Kaufland misses many departments that Walmart has (sports, clothes, etc.).   I also realized that I forgot Rewe. I think it is close to Kaufland but smaller. I somehow don't like Rewe but it's because of the two stores around me. They have reasonable offerings of pretty much everything.    For sports equipment you can try Decathlon https://goo.gl/maps/iXsbPjhpSMiVZkK57 . The chain offers great value for casual outdoor activities. This is great especially when you have kids.    Keep in mind that these small farms have just a small cabin/hutt with a few fridges. Just look at pictures in googlemaps. It is not something you should drive from Garching for but it is definitely something to investigate in your area. I know about them mainly because I ride a bike a lot.
  11. Grocery refund rules in German Supermarkets

    Condensed milk 
  12. Grocery refund rules in German Supermarkets

    @GoldenLizard I see you're in my area. I suggest trying fresh milk or eggs from nearby farms.I occasionally buy ice cream, yogurts, etc. here:  https://goo.gl/maps/Q4tFiQfEsj3YhvQR6 alternatively here: https://goo.gl/maps/Q3AzpfQ9fTpjZpEW6 or: https://goo.gl/maps/McJZ3EvuBroacz6U6 and: https://goo.gl/maps/kuWFJuJHQ8EkMi8k7   Don't forget cash and small change with you. It is self-service 24/7. Speaking for groceries shopping - After five years in Germany I developed the following rules:   Edeka (not Edeka express) - hard to get & mostly luxurious groceries (e.g. shiitake mushrooms, steaks, fish, various kinds of noodles, etc.). Definitely the most expensive place for daily groceries but the most pleasant experience. I would call it a smaller alternative to Wholefoods. Kaufland - I go there if I want to buy everything under the same roof. I think this is as close to Walmart as it can get. I often buy bio meat there. I still haven't found a decent butcher. Lidl - is a discount store with some positive surprises. For example, vegetables are affordable and of decent quality, especially if you opt for "BIO" quality. Unfortunately, I can't live just with Lidl. Aldi - is pretty much the same as Lidl.   Penny - I don't like Penny stores in the area. It reminds me Ocean State Job Lot. Netto - is even worse than Penny. Norma - there are not many Norma's in the area, if any. It is similar to Netto.   We used to buy bread in Lidl but we switched to the bakery. It is more expensive but all pastry lasts longer and tastes way better.  Please note that even the same chain varies in the quality. You can find from outstanding to disgusting e.g.Penny stores. Just give it a chance and discover stores around.   I hope this helps,  Korla   edit: Oh my god, I forgot beer - I use Rewe Getraenkemarkt. Don't fall for a trap with beer in Lidl. 99% of them are terrible and there's 25cents deposit for their bottles/cans. 
  13. Nah, I think the bank is quite useless here.   Thank you everyone for reading my complicated posts and helping!  
  14. Hello everyone, I hope you've been all doing well. My GF and I have been in the process of buying a house this year. We're very close to finally move in but  there are still some open topics. The real-estate agent and the seller have been generally supportive and reasonable. Nevertheless, I am a man of "trust but verify" motto.  We bought the house in summer but the formal owner stays there till the end of the year. This has been known from the beginning and the deadline is a part of the contract. We agreed that the previous owner will pay us a rent as soon as we pay for the house. This is about ~3 months transition period. In typical examples online the process is  1. you pay for the house, 2. you become the Besitzer, 3. you get the key (Schlüsselübergabe), 4. the process at Grundbuchamt runs in parallel, 5. You become the Eigentümer when all changes in the Grundbuch have been finished.   In our case it is different and I am confused.   We get the key when the guy moves out in next few days. It is perfectly understandable. We bought the house in summer, he wanted some transition period and it makes not sense to handover a house with all the furniture, etc.      Here are the questions: * We've already received a bill for the Eigentumsumschreibung from Landesjustizkasse Bamberg. It is practically a fee for changes in the Grundbuch. It is already the second bill. The first one was for Auflassungsvormerkung.  -> Is this the only confirmation that we are officially owners (Eigentümer)? I would expect something more than a bill. Like a mail from the notary saying so.**** -> Who ideally notifies us and how we find out that the lengthy process of Eigentumsumschreibung is finally over? Could it be that some mail has been lost? This year has been overwhelming for nearly everyone and it would not surprise me.   A less important question -> Do one need to send the Schlüsselübergabeprotokoll to the Notary? If so, what are to consequences?   **** I am amazed that important mail in Germany goes without any tracking (ohne Einschreiben).   PS: Guys, I know that you're not lawyers. I just seek for additional experience and maybe ideas where and what to ask.    Happy holidays,  Korla