That is why I take the whole complaint by Avalon with a giant pinch of salt.
Pawian, I am not in the habit of lying. I leave that to others.
The parking incident was in a main square, did not involve being on the grass or pavement, blocking anyone else in or being nearer than 1.5 metres from a building. This is your interpretation to justify you accusation that I must be lying or making up stories to "bash" Poles.
On receiving the parking ticket I went to the local "straz" station, explained what had happened to the officer who issued the ticket and he agreed that there was a lack of signage, no parking bays are marked out and the fact was that many tickets were issued there because of this. He "tore" the ticket up. This has happened twice now. A waste of everybodies time.
The incidents in my original post did happen, and, those are only a few of them.
Sometimes the stupidity gets a bit too much and I get very angry. Its interesting to see the comments on my post. Most non-Polish who live here tend to agree with what I tried to say (I apologise if it sounded like a generalisation as this was not my intention, I can only write about my experiences here in Southern Poland) but the Polish contingent have automatically jumped on the defensive, accusing me of lying and telling me to go home?. This is my home!!!, I have been here for 8 years now and I would never want to return to the UK.
Is it so wrong of me to want to see Poland progress and become more business friendly. Is it so wrong to want people (of any country) to do what they are supposed too and know the rules and regulations that apply to the jobs they are paid to do?
I have permanent residence here in Poland, I pay ZUS and I am supposed to be treated, eactly, the same as any Polish Person. My partner recently went to pick up our "Health Cards" to carry with us when we went on holiday. Hers and the childrens were valid for 6 months, mine was valid for 30 days, what happened to the "equal" part?
Fed up with my bad (Radio) internet connection, I decided to change to "Netia" which involves letting go one of my TPS landlines. Now, after two months, 5 couriers coming to the house asking me to sign contracts/transfer forms, I still do not have the new service installed.
I am not Pole bashing, simply pointing out how difficult it is to get the simplest things done. Polish people might think this is "normal" in everyday life and I should get used to it, at my age, I am too old to change and I do not tolerate fools gladly.
To me it makes no sense for business's to be run this way and may explain why the costs of services is so high here. If all these people have to run around with bits of paper to be signed and stamped, the cost will always be passed on to the customer.
Just because I criticise things that annoy me, does not mean that I do not love this country. Sometimes things build up and you have to let off steam. I am not asking for forum members to agree with me, I am just explaining things that happen to me on a far too regular basis.
For the foriegners living here, you know the truth. For the Polish who seem to think that any criticisem is a slight on the whole of Poland, be aware, if you do not learn from mistakes you are apt to repeat them and nothing will change for the better.
Lastly, I repect the present Polish government and admire the way they have guided Poland through a very difficult financial period. I simply wanted to point out that if thy removed a lot of the "red tape" and stupid rules/laws, the economy would grow at an even faster pace and truly make peoples lives, easier.
lets talk turkey, your motivation for living in Poland was cheap housing and a way of life and now you realise that there are strings attached
Really!!!, I have never lived anywhere "cheap", even now. There are no strings attached, unless you think that stupidity is something we all have to accept?
arrogance and blame, change yourself and not the system.
You then go on to say,
I personally think that people like you and Seanus have a very positive impact in bringing change or giving options to people they come across in their lives.
Which is it?, either I need to change, or I bring a positive change to others?
The rest of your comments I agree with.