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Poor people / street children in Poland?


sne 1 | 2  
17 Jun 2009 /  #1
is there still many poor people and street children like it was some years ago in poland?
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387  
17 Jun 2009 /  #2
like it was some years ago in poland?

If you give more details of what it was like... then I/we might be able to give a description of present day Poland... for you to compare.
OP sne 1 | 2  
17 Jun 2009 /  #3
well is it many childrens that live in the street like it is in russia?
like.. is it many beggars in poland?
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387  
17 Jun 2009 /  #4
In twenty years... I've never seen any in Wroclaw.

is it many beggars in poland?

Begging is a seasonal thing in Poland. There are some beggars, usually at intercity railway stations.
red_devil 1 | 23  
18 Jun 2009 /  #5
It depends which city you go to. There are loads of homeless people in Warsaw, for example, but here in Lublin you only see the odd tramp. You have to watch yourself in the Stare Miasto as you do still get some groups of local kids pinching bags and stuff.
Kamil_pl - | 59  
21 Jun 2009 /  #6
Only gypsis, which actually are not Poles.
Agricola - | 6  
22 Jun 2009 /  #7
I've seen one or two beggars in Krakow in my several visits but no great number. I would expect to see that where there are many tourists to be fair. They are certainly fewer in number than in my home city of Manchester.
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
22 Jun 2009 /  #8
They are certainly fewer in number than in my home city of Manchester.

Same here...back in my city of Leeds there were far more people trying to get me to pay for their beer...and no they were not Polish...
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
22 Jun 2009 /  #9
They are certainly fewer in number than in my home city of Manchester.

Have you been round St. Anns Sq. recently? Or round Debenhams? There a loads of them...usually toting a dirty looking baby! I have ignorning them down to a fine art now ;0)
Agricola - | 6  
22 Jun 2009 /  #10
Yes indeed! I try to ignore them mostly but the sheer numbers mean that they do catch your attention sometimes.
red_devil 1 | 23  
23 Jun 2009 /  #11
There are a group of gypsy women (complete with dity, sleeping child) who beg for money in Lublin. Later on you can see them getting picked up in a Mercedes. I've heard they live together in a rather nice house. Not sure if this is true as I haven't seen for myself. I've seen them get picked up at the end of the day though.
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
23 Jun 2009 /  #12
complete with dity, sleeping child

Is it actually a real child...? probably a cabbage patch doll or something...!
red_devil 1 | 23  
24 Jun 2009 /  #13
Hadn't thought of that. Come to think of it, they never move. Hmmmm...
Polskamann  
24 Jun 2009 /  #14
I only see gypsy beggers in Poland i think there scamming they have new nice clothes and look all clean when i see them.It annoys me alot that there putting such a bad image on Poland
graceingdansk - | 24  
27 Jun 2009 /  #15
I see a few gypsy beggers-mostly children during tourist season in the old town in Gdansk on ul. Długa.
There are periodic stories on the news telling people not to give money because the kids are being exploited by gangs.
There were also gypsy families kneeling with cans at the entrances to the cemetary on the major holidays. They sure seem to know the best times to go out and practice their trade.

Poland doesn't seem to have the problem with street kids like Russia-not yet anyway.
OP sne 1 | 2  
13 Jul 2009 /  #16
pawian
did you take those pictures to show in this thread, or are you actualy collecting pictures of beggars and homeless people?
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
13 Jul 2009 /  #17
It's quite bad here in Gliwice, they target the ryneks and fastfood joints. The worst are the gypos, they are rich enough but are just greedy.

They usually bugger off after some time. The worst I had was in Skopje, Macedonia. I was very close to belting them. They were too persistent and I couldn't shake them off.

In Poland, it's not too bad.
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
13 Jul 2009 /  #18
I never saw street children in Gliwice market square, didn't know it was a problem there.
Seanus 15 | 19,706  
13 Jul 2009 /  #19
I don't know how it is now as I prefer not to drink there but, back in the day, they used to come up with a cup and beg. They usually took a telling. Złoty Kurczak is another favourite, they know that people wait for their food so they prey on them. I don't mind giving but it's just their attitude and annoying/whining perseverance.
Brandon 4 | 4  
27 Jul 2009 /  #20
Jul 27, 09, 19:41 - Thread attached on merging:
Homeless/Beggars in Poland

(Just a random question for those who live in Poland)

I don't live in a big city, so I am sensitive to seeing beggars. It seems that every time I go to Seattle, no matter where I am, every other person asks me for money, and every other street corner there is someone holding up a cardboard sign asking for money, and at least twice a day I get yelled at by a schizophrenic.

My friend told me that I need to walk quickly and intently and ignore people as I pass them.

Do you have to adopt the same defensive attitude when walking through the streets of, say, Warsaw?
Is this a trait of cities in Poland as well, or is this pretty much an American thing?

-Brandon
dxx 12 | 108  
28 Jul 2009 /  #21
In krakow u got a lot of beggars, but they usually ask for a cigarette rather then for cash
tj123  
28 Jul 2009 /  #22
It's not just Krakow and it's people of all classes. I wonder who in Poland actually BUYS their own cigarettes as they are always asking for free ones from strangers. I have never seen this anywhere else.
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649  
28 Jul 2009 /  #23
lol. I've seen it all over America. You must have led a sheltered life.
dxx 12 | 108  
28 Jul 2009 /  #24
wonder who in Poland actually BUYS their own cigarettes

You and me man :)
tj123  
28 Jul 2009 /  #25
You must have led a sheltered life.

Do you ever get tired of being wrong? Or is it the fact that being Polish you never admit you are?
niejestemcapita 2 | 561  
28 Jul 2009 /  #26
Or is it the fact that being Polish you never admit you are?

She is not Polish she is a Yank
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649  
28 Jul 2009 /  #27
Actually, I live in the US but am of Polish descent to be precise.
tj123  
28 Jul 2009 /  #28
Ah I should have known...Polish expats/descendants are even more nationalistic than the ones who live here or who were born here.

Either way I know you are lying about the cigarette thing...it is EXTREMELY common in Poland and rare to absent any place else I have been or lived (and that is likely a LOT more than most). But with Poles....anytime you say anything critical of the culture they immediately try to turn it on you or make something up to counter. It is the most annoying thing about the culture...they never admit any fault and are quick to blame others.
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649  
28 Jul 2009 /  #29
Ah I should have known...Polish expats/descendants are even more nationalistic than the ones who live here or who were born here.

The reason I responded to your post is to tell you that it's not that uncommon. So many times I have been asked for cigarettes. It's not that rare. That's all.

I don't know where you have lived but I have been around the US and people ask me for them, others for them. It's called "bumming stoges or cigarettes" around these parts.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387  
28 Jul 2009 /  #30
So many times I have been asked for cigarettes. It's not that rare.

It does happen in Poland... and also Germany.

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