Smiling in Poland actually means something, is is not just a mask you put on every day, without any emotion behind it... Mostly I am looking at you, Americans, but most of the West is infected as well, - the obligatory good mood in US can get very creapy: "How are you", "Great!" - even if I know that her dog just died this morning. It freaks me out. On the other hand, this "friendliness" can be shown only on the most superfical level, as apearently even hugging is verboten in Amerika:
UK Smile Police strikes!Man arrested for not smiling during the olympic games
I cannot believe it....
Western enthusiastic extrovert mafia strikes again.
Mark Worsfold, 54, a former soldier and martial arts instructor, was arrested on 28 July for a breach of the peace shortly before the cyclists arrived in Redhouse Park, Leatherhead, where he had sat down on a wall to watch the race. Officers from Surrey police restrained and handcuffed him and took him to Reigate police station, saying his behaviour had "caused concern"
"It could have been done better. I was arrested for not smiling. I have Parkinson's," he said, adding that he realised the officers were working long hours and trying to control the event properly, but they had not, in his case, acted correctly. He said he did not want to make further comment until he received a response from Surrey police
Ugh, what kind of man takes this kind of authority abuse like this? Say what you will about the USA, the average American would sue the sh!t out of the police force and make a fuzz in a case like this. An arrest and two hours of questioning after the man clearly stated that he has facial paralysis and can't smile?
Should even matter if he has Parkinsons or not? You need to smile or the cops'll arrest you now? Great
Generally, I don't smile unless I have a reason for it. That is meeting someone I like a lot or someone saying something funny or something like that. Damn, I'm starting to appreciate our ever-frowning supermarket cashiers.
Someone should register introverts as a race and start calling the fetishists of an enthusiasm racists.