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Polish people are miserly??


Atwood88
1 May 2015 #1
I have noticed during my stay in Poland that polish are very miserly and they hate to spend money and sometimes this makes them illogic like traveling to Mexico with 2000zl!! I back to Germany now but this subject is still confusing me
Wulkan - | 3,250
1 May 2015 #2
All the richest people in the world are great savers including Warren Buffet. I had a period of my life when I loved money saving and although I spend quite a lot this days I still hate overpaying for anything which the habit from the past, a good habit in my opinion.
Roger5 1 | 1,458
1 May 2015 #3
In a country where you have to work hard to make your money, thrift is a virtue. During even harder times Poles had to make do and mend, and this mentality prevails. Why blow money you've sweated for? btw, how many people did you base your opinion on?
OP Atwood88
1 May 2015 #4
All over the world people are working to save money except the stupid once. But poles.... Common they crossed all limits because they can blame all day about 2zl and quarreling... I spent 1 year in Poland and I couldn't tolerate this behavior
Wulkan - | 3,250
1 May 2015 #5
I spent 1 year in Poland

Considering that you don't speak Polish and have bad command in English it must have been a hard time for you.
OP Atwood88
1 May 2015 #6
My English doesn't bother me because I speak more better than a lot of polish people :)) and no wasn't hard time for me because I enjoyed my stay and please focus on the main subject aha! I forgot you poles are arrogant as well
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
1 May 2015 #7
Actually, many visitors to Poland complain of the Poles' excessive, arm-bending hospitality, forcing
food and drink on a guest despite his protests. It is about the Anglos (Brits, Yanks, Cannucks) that Poles have coined the saying: "Nalał po kieliszku wódki, resztę schował do lodówki!"

Accordimng to Polish custom, it is mean and miserly to recork an opened bottle -- it must be drained at a given sitting.
smurf 39 | 1,981
1 May 2015 #8
For a huge amount of people, wages are terrible in Poland, thus you gotta be a bit more careful with your money.

Actually, many visitors to Poland complain of the Poles' excessive, arm-bending hospitality, forcing food and drink on a guest

Many Polish people say this about themselves. It's strange. Hospitality in Poland is no different that any other country I've ever been too. Most people (when you're a guest in their homes) are hospitable regardless of where they're from.
Gosc123456
1 May 2015 #9
@Polonius: in ALL countries, people act this way re food and drinks and refusing may be an insult (have you tried Arabic homes, for instance?) It is particularly so in very poor countries where people often have nothing but almost kill themselves to please foreign guests. Polish people have nothing special and if talking about people in developed countries, I can say from experience that Americans are the most generous. In America, in cas of a problem, everybody will try to help one way or the other whereas in Poland (for instance), most people don't give a sh###t
Wulkan - | 3,250
1 May 2015 #10
I speak more better than a lot of polish people

And even more Polish people speak better than you.

and no wasn't hard time for me because I enjoyed my stay

So far you only mentioned that you couldn't tolerate something.

I forgot you poles are arrogant as well

We are nowhere near to Germans at that.

please focus on the main subject

Sure. You either met passionately tight people or having financial problems ones, there is no shortage of those in Poland.
Gosc123456
1 May 2015 #11
@Smurf: of course! I say the same too. Polish people are no more hospitable than any other people. I have lived in 7 countries and visited close to 30 of them and it's the same everywhere (in some places, it's even rude to refuse, for instance with Arabs). As I said, Americans are from my experience the most generous (they don't only give food/drink).
OP Atwood88
1 May 2015 #12
When the subject turn about money poles become miserly, jealous, arrogant specially if you are foreign and you were able to get a well paid job and a luxury life in their own country.
Gosc123456
1 May 2015 #13
@Atwood88: true! I personally can't stand new rich mentality of many Poles
Wulkan - | 3,250
1 May 2015 #14
When the subject turn about money poles become miserly, jealous, arrogant specially if you are foreign.

This happens in every nation. You can even observe it here on this forum how certain British people are jealous about me having a good life in their motherland. You shouldn't complain about it because to me it's quite amusing.
jon357 63 | 15,533
1 May 2015 #15
Hospitality in Poland is no different that any other country I've ever been too.

Very much so. Just the same.

Worth remembering that many people are asset rich and cash poor, meaning the two flats in town, the bungalow in the countryside, the over-expensive car and the iPhone may make them look like they can afford to buy a round of drinks but in fact they're living on kielbasa so they can make the credit payments.
Roger5 1 | 1,458
1 May 2015 #16
certain British people are jealous about me having a good life in their motherland

I haven't noticed any jealousy expressed, Wulkan. Could you give examples?
johnny reb 28 | 4,751
1 May 2015 #17
You can't be serious !
The English are a very jealous bunch since their decline.
The Poles are excelling every day and are very happy about it.
Wulkan - | 3,250
1 May 2015 #18
I guess you haven't visited Random chat lately.

Worth remembering that many people are asset rich and cash poor

That's truth
jon357 63 | 15,533
1 May 2015 #19
One thing that's long irritated me is certain people I know in PL who have fancy smartphones but either can't afford to use them (just sending those sygnałki which are downright rude) or have to change their sim before sending a text message so they get it free.

In some cases, yes, it's meanness. In other cases, no, because people do often have tight budgets in PL and without that thrift they wouldn't be able to afford a holiday.
Roger5 1 | 1,458
1 May 2015 #20
fancy smartphones

Why would people pay for smartphones? Mine cost nothing. I get a new phone every two years, and my account is nothing fancy. I pay about 70PLN/month.
jon357 63 | 15,533
1 May 2015 #21
I buy mine because I'm not tied to a network. I think people in PL often do the same, or alternatively. they have contracts like 'mix' where you often have to pay something if use over a small limit or want the latest or the blingiest model. Without actually having enough money left to make calls or use date transfer on them. Most people in PL would want to pay less than 70zl a month.

All about show really. Not really miserliness, more keeping up appearances against a background of necessary thrift. Still annoying sometimes.
trucker
1 May 2015 #22
LOL this is true that Polish (most of us) are pretty,well, stingy.We even give the proverbial Jews good run for the money in that respect.But I don't see it as a bad trait (as long as I don't have to deal with other Poles lol) as every dollar saved is a dollar I can spend on other things e.g vacations in Phillipines.(already cannot wait!).
jon357 63 | 15,533
1 May 2015 #23
as long as I don't have to deal with other Poles

They say wire was invented by a Krakowiak and a Poznaniak fighting over a 1 grosz coin.

every dollar saved is a dollar

Not złotówki?
trucker
1 May 2015 #24
No, they pay dollars here.Oh and btw I am not envious about what someone else drives or has as I can walk in a dealership at any time and pick pretty much any car I want except some really expensive exotics.At the same time I am using adress from taxfree state to save $10 on my phone bill.LOL.
Crow 144 | 8,684
1 May 2015 #25
Ha, nonsense. i never saw miserly Pole. Not even female. Males are even overconfident


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