Damn what a thread...i can't believe no one has stepped forward to curse everyone out for bashing Poland, thats usually what happens, where's Grzegorz?
No one is bashing Poland here at least not from my point of view, but you have only been here a few months and when you have lived here for a few years you will understand what problems are dealt with by Polish and us foreigners alike.
It's a new thing then, isn't?
No PESEL has been around since 1979.
I like his way of thinking; basically, what he is saying is: "They're not just being ******** to you, they're being ******** to everybody! They are equal opportunity ********."
Yeah, that makes sense.
So we here living in Poland bend over and take it just the same as everyone else, except it's kinda hard taking it when you have been use to another system "not perfect", but easier :)
When I put my house building plans into the Gmina planning office, I had to have an inspection of my building plot (parcel for our American friends), so the planning officer came out and he was learning English at the time and was very excited to meet me.
So we sat down and were talking about many subjects nothing related to the house and I offered him a drink, which he replied, thank you yes.
So after three hours of sitting drinking beer and talking on a lovely summers evening, he said he must go, and I said to him what about the inspection, he replied, "if I did the inspection now, I might find a lot of problems, so I think it is best if we just say that, it's good, no problems".
I'm not moaning about this at all, and he is a friend now and comes for conversation lessons (including the beer of course :) ), but it's just another way how "flexible", decisions are made in this country. :)