Hey, don't missunderstand me, I think you do ave right aswell. When it comes to friends and families, this rule is quite applicable. But strangers, no, not really. When I was in a car accident (in Poland), my friends and thoose who were in it really took care of eachother (me too ofcourse).
As friends might do in any country, certainly in any country Ive ever been in. Thats what friends are for, support . . its universal ;) I find that impossible to understand. . Friends are friends, they take care of eachother everywhere, thats what friends do! :S I doubt very much Polish friends are different than friends anywhere else in the world ??? lol
But in another circumstances, when being in a accident alone (and as a foreigner), and a lot of people around, rather recording the accident, than helping, not a single person could give a helping hand. And when youre asking for help, is like no one gives a ****, not even lending your phone for just making one phone call to ask someone for help. And when being in a accident, usually the first thing you would do (normally) is asking if everything is okay and offering some help to them who's involved. But when it comes to strangers, you cant even expect any help from the police. No, mind your own business and dont get involved with ppl u dont know.
That would be what I might expect being in an accident in Poland, you will be ignored and people will walk past you. An Irish friend of mine was in Krakow over Christmas, he was in a car accident just outside Krakow. My friend was pretty bloody and shook up, and his car was in bits after crashing into a tree but nobody stopped to see if he was ok. Countless people kept driving past him, ignoring his pleas to slow down or to phone the emergency services etc. Finally he managed to walk to a nearby hostel / motel and he managed to book a taxi to the hospital. That would never happen in Ireland, and certainly no other country I have been to.
Another day my gf and I were coming out of IKEA just outside Krakow and noticed a woman broke down in the middle of the road in busy traffic. She was visibly upset yet instead of someone stopping to see if she was ok or needed help, car after car just drove past her angry that she was stopped in the middle of the road and slowing them down. Eventually I managed to get across to her and helped push the car off the road and my gf called her friend who is a mechanic. That also would never happen in Ireland or any other country I have visited, especially never to a lady in need of assistance.
I love Poland and Polish people, and see the greater good rather than the bad in both. However there are aspects of the Polish character that do not appeal to me and it isn’t just myself that have noticed it. So for me to read a thread about how caring Polish people are is surprising to say the least, you live in a very different Poland than I do, or indeed any of the regular Polish posters here