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Do Polish people help one another?


childwithin 8 | 136
6 Feb 2010  #1
or they don't give a s..t? at work? in life?
Seanus 15 | 19,706
6 Feb 2010  #2
Do Polish people help others? Some do and some don't. End of discussion!

You want a comment?! I tend to find an extreme here. Some are very helpful indeed whereas others are very unhelpful. In general, I wouldn't describe most Poles as helpful but you see them do extended translations here for free. It just depends!
OP childwithin 8 | 136
6 Feb 2010  #3
you see them do extended translations

yes, they can lend you some thought, according to their qualifications or interests, but in my opinion they seem to be less practical in helping people the practical way, sometimes i have a feeling like they're deprived of compassion
EchoTheCat - | 137
6 Feb 2010  #4
yes, they can lend you some thought, according to their qualifications or interests, but in my opinion they seem to be less practical in helping people the practical way

You really want to generalize something that can't be generalized. Are people from Gdynia helpfull ?:)
Exiled 2 | 425
6 Feb 2010  #5
They can help you to buy vodka for them.
OP childwithin 8 | 136
6 Feb 2010  #6
want to generalize something that can't be generalized

no, i'd like to hear different opinions and different experiences

They can help you to buy vodka for them

yes exiled, i will always get a vodka for you as long as you share some in a park
Seanus 15 | 19,706
6 Feb 2010  #7
It depends how well you know them. The ones close to me are super and go out of their way to be friendly and assist. If you are talking about shops and general service, then many fall short. They tend to serve you begrudgingly and say 'do widzenia na odpierd*l siÄ™). It just depends! Some are really nice!
OP childwithin 8 | 136
6 Feb 2010  #8
It depends how well you know them

or maybe how well they want to know you? if they're curious about getting to know someone? on the other hand it's difficult to get to know a stranger in poland
Seanus 15 | 19,706
6 Feb 2010  #9
Well, people around the world use assets to get what they want. I can help with English and life is like a contract, I can accept or refuse their offers.

Poles can be very curious but largely to know what you think of their country. They help you if they feel you can help them in return.
OP childwithin 8 | 136
6 Feb 2010  #10
life is like a contract

an interesting idea...
EchoTheCat - | 137
6 Feb 2010  #11
or maybe how well they want to know you? if they're curious about getting to know someone? on the other hand it's difficult to get to know a stranger in poland

If you are talking about helping strangers on the street that it has nothing to do with knowing them. It's natural we help our family, friends, neighbours etc.

Most of Poles are distrustfull and maybe that's the problem.
dnz 17 | 710
6 Feb 2010  #12
Generally the ones that have travelled a lot or lived outside Poland are really helpful as they seem to have absorbed some of the western european culture, The ones who havent seem to take more pride in causing problems for people than helping.
OP childwithin 8 | 136
6 Feb 2010  #13
Most of Poles are distrustfull

i always have a feeling they expect me to be someone without mercy, this is when they bacome nice to you, the way to put it is....they respect authority... i know my family and i know what they are like and i don't think they are any different, it's really difficult to find feelings in poland, bla, bla...well, this is my experience, bit too much out of proportion maybe, but...

it's jst a strange experience
Seanus 15 | 19,706
6 Feb 2010  #14
Dnz has a point there. Those in administration love complexities as it keeps them in a job. They tend to complicate matters and don't make them as smooth as they should. I have had a couple of positive experiences with clerks here but they tend to be anal and pedantic.
Exiled 2 | 425
6 Feb 2010  #15
Anal clerks?Not so much.It is more your ass on stake when you deal with them.
Seanus 15 | 19,706
6 Feb 2010  #16
Or so they would like you to feel. I was there for services and ones which I was entitled to so they needed just to follow procedures and get on with it. Quite a few have assisted really well in administrative offices but largely because I have had Polish people with me at those times.
Piorun - | 658
6 Feb 2010  #17
Generally the ones that have travelled a lot or lived outside Poland are really helpful as they seem to have absorbed some of the western european culture

Speaking for myself but it should give you a perspective on things I find that opposite is true. My parents instilled this idea in me but since I did traveled abroad I find myself to be less inclined to help a complete stranger. I’ve been taken advantage of, used by others etc, etc. The western attitude “it’s not my business” rubs off on you plus when you hear a Polack joke one too many times you start to develop this “F*** them all attitude” if you know what I mean.
OP childwithin 8 | 136
6 Feb 2010  #18
did anyone have the pleasure to be removed by the security guards, bacause you're causing trouble? it happens to me from time to time, but they usually have the excuse, because i always had a little drink, i am not drunk thogh, they still hate me for making trouble and stuff like that, i really don't understand that, maybe they can't stand being tought by someone like me?

I’ve been taken advantage of, used by others etc, etc.

you think you're the only one? it must be more of a personality, don't know...
z_darius 14 | 3,969
6 Feb 2010  #19
So are you asking a question ir starting a brawl?
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
7 Feb 2010  #21
did anyone have the pleasure to be removed by the security guards, bacause you're causing trouble? it happens to me from time to time, but they usually have the excuse, becausei always had a little drink, i am not drunk thogh, they still hate me for making trouble and stuff like that, i really don't understand that, maybe they can't stand being tought by someone like me?

So you get merry, cause trouble and security throws you out.
Sounds like they are doing their job well to me.
OP childwithin 8 | 136
7 Feb 2010  #22
So you get merry

not exactly

cause trouble

what?????????? i think i didn't get it

Sounds like they are doing their job well to me

yeah, i like all saints too
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
7 Feb 2010  #23
not exactly

You said it yourself, I even highlighted it when I quoted you.

what?????????? i think i didn't get it

Again here are your own words:

did anyone have the pleasure to be removed by the security guards, bacause you're causing trouble? it happens to me from time to time, but they usually have the excuse, because i always had a little drink, i am not drunk thogh, they still hate me for making trouble and stuff like that, i really don't understand that, maybe they can't stand being tought by someone like me?

Raj_ryder 10 | 106
7 Feb 2010  #24
The younger generation in Poland is more helpful than the older generation. Atleast thats been my experience. Ofcourse this could be due to the face that very few of the older generation speak english. but some of the younger ones are a pain too. Ive met some who just want ciggies or a zloty even before you ask a question.
OP childwithin 8 | 136
7 Feb 2010  #25
SeanBM

there's no point in pushing it further, obviously you don't understand what i wrote
rjramos 2 | 3
7 Feb 2010  #26
I'm portuguese and so far my experience with poles is that the majority is helpful and kind. No complains from here!
Seanus 15 | 19,706
7 Feb 2010  #27
Some are about as helpful as a punch in the face. When a culture comes to be hard-nosed and selfish then helping others becomes difficult. Still, many have overcome that and have worked towards endearing themselves to those around them.

A key observation is that many Poles cannot reconcile their romantic visions with reality and that's why they up sticks and leave.
OP childwithin 8 | 136
7 Feb 2010  #28
The younger generation in Poland is more helpful than the older generation

i completely agree with that

Ive met some who just want ciggies or a zloty even before you ask a question.

yeah, like the people they employ in bars or as a security, i doubt they even finished primary school, they think world revolve around them
Seanus 15 | 19,706
7 Feb 2010  #29
They put the toilet roll on the toilet roll holder. Is that help?
frd 7 | 1,399
8 Feb 2010  #30
In the modern rat race era nobody helps no one.


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