My computer is fixed. Yeah! It took a little longer than I thought because our friend did not have the right part. He knew what part I needed, though, so he wrote it down for me. I took it to the computer store and presented the written part number to the nice man behind the counter.
This man, by the way, spoke English, and apologized to me for his subject/verb order. “I need to work on my English!” he said. I thought that if I could get both a subject and a verb in German I wouldn’t care about the proper order, I’d just be thrilled I’d communicated something.
Anyway, the computer store (and I find this amazing), does not accept credit cards. Cash or debit only. They sell computers! And big screen televisions! And fancy computer equipment.
I can only imagine that a place like that in America would go out of business if it didn’t accept credit.
Fortunately, my part was only 29.90CHF, so not buying on credit wasn’t a hardship. Still, I was amazed. They definitely have a different attitude towards credit over here.