The police had stolen £350 English money out his wallet then when confronted about it denied it.
This isn't as common as it was (it used to be always but now is only sometimes) and is appalling. In Poland it's a very good idea (and certainly one that the locals have) to avoid the police.
It's usually fine in Warsaw; they were read the riot act after some high profile incidents and in my opinion really have improved, however outside Warsaw people should not assume the police are on the side of law and order.
The bouncers with guns or murdering bus drivers are more of a concern
Spot on. Anyway, the only drunken rowdiness that's crossed any sort of a line (being normally cheerful, a bit loud and drinkIng a lot in bars is after all what a lot of bars are there for anyway) I've seen in Kraków (or pretty well anywhere else in Poland) has been from locals.
I remember once sitting in the smoking bit of my favourite bar/restaurant in Gdańsk. There was a large group of young men on the other side of the room. An international group, maybe sailors or here for sports, they were loud-ish but still very well behaved. Any bar would be very happy to have them as customers. There were two older Polish ladies wearing hats and frumpy clothing on the table next to us who spent the whole time moaning and sniping about them saying how terrible those British over there are behaving, British this, British that, rowdy, nude, yadda, yadda, yadda. Just like some of the sillier posters in this thread.
The thing is that only two of them were British.. Most were Polish and Russian and the rest sounded Dutch.
As for badly behaved groups, vomiting, fighting, urinating and falling over drunk; Poles do that very well themselves as anyone who's taken a stroll up Nowy Świat on a Saturday night can see for themselves.
When I am In Krakow I never speak English in the bars, the Brits are turning the place into the Magaluf of the east
I can't say I've ever noticed that in Kraków, however if the Kraków tourist authorities will continue to pay for billboards in the less upmarket bits of England showing young people partying in Kraków and as long as Kraków businesses advertise stag tours (showing exactly
the sort of behaviour you and I dislike) in 'lads magazines' they will reap what they sow.