The old lady used to haunt the new comers with her look but was harmless.
One aspect of cultural shock for me in America, is their treatment of crazy people.
There are so many of them on the streets, in the parks, and on the subway.
In Russia, it's very rare to see one by himself, out and about.
At first, I thought that this says something about how Russians are a shame-based culture. That is, people are embarrassed of their mentally ill relatives, and basically keep them locked up at home. Americans seemed more humane in comparison, taking them out, and even letting them roam about on their own.
Now I think, it must be something to do with how f*cked up public healthcare is in America.
So question is, what are Polish attitudes towards mentally ill people being outside unaccompanied?