As I was unloading the groceries from my cart at the check-out, the cashier said something to me that I couldn't quite hear above the din of hundreds of other Swiss and German shoppers around me.
"Wie bitte?" I asked.
The cashier repeated her statement. I realized that she wanted me to remove my wet umbrella from my grocery cart so she could check that I wasn't stealing anything.
As I picked up the umbrella, all I could think was, wow. I had almost forgotten what it was like to not be trusted.
Switzerland may be high on cost, but unlike its more affordable German neighbor, it is also high on trust. I had forgotten how nice a society of trust is.
I still enjoyed my German-priced Swiss ice cream, though.