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Crying Polish truck driver on British roads is Internet hit


PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
10 Jul 2012  #121
The reason Americans are whining on is the frustration because so many other things are going on that are much worse than this that cops either ignore or arent there to catch, speeding and reckless driving the most urgent but you can bet they are there when a parking ticket is needed. As for it causing accidents, its due to drivers looking then driving into a parked vehicle. Just dont look at them and continue onward. Put some rest stops for trucks in too. None of my posts have been about this mans nationality btw.
PolkaTagAlong 10 | 186
10 Jul 2012  #122
He was probably upset because he didn't know exactly what was going on. But that is weird the way he was crying though LOL!
Harry
10 Jul 2012  #123
Put some rest stops for trucks in too.

There are a hell of a lot more in the UK than in Poland.

He was probably upset because he didn't know exactly what was going on.

Sorry but that's impossible: if he'd pulled the same trick in Poland and the police caught him, he'd also get a ticket, as he well knows. Although he'd get more than a ticket for waving a knife at Polish police.
eberhart 13 | 120
10 Jul 2012  #124
If this were a Romanian driver in Spain...there wouldn't be so much argument going on. This is a case of Polish pride pure and simple. The Poles arguing cannot admit one of their own acted like a goof. Ego is a silly thing.
Vincent 9 | 801 Moderator
10 Jul 2012  #125
Put some rest stops for trucks in too.

All motorways here have "service stations" where drivers can have refreshments and rest. Other dual carriage roads have lay-bys for the same purpose. The whole point of motorways is to keep the traffic flowing and the hard shoulder is only for breakdown emergencies and not for cooking your dinner or resting
Harry
10 Jul 2012  #126
If this were a Romanian driver in Spain...there wouldn't be so much argument going on. This is a case of Polish pride pure and simple. The Poles arguing cannot admit one of their own acted like a goof. Ego is a silly thing.

And if this was a Romanian driver in Poland and any non-Pole dared to make any comment at all that the poor sod was just using his knife to peel potatoes and didn't deserve to be, at best, pepper sprayed, or quite possibly shot, by the Polish police, the same people who here are defending the Polish driver to the hilt would have a fit at non-Poles daring to say a bad word about anything Polish.
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
10 Jul 2012  #127
Well the guy isnt in Poland, he is in Great Britain. So what would happen in Poland has nothing to do with this. Its irrelevant. As for the carrying on, the guy knew what was coming and he was protesting. Its not uncomman. Doesnt do much good, but definitely not extraordinary.

Vincent, thanks for the info but sometimes people do have the need to stop on the shoulder and take a break for a few moments. It could mean the difference between wrecking from exhaustion or not. I would rather have them pull over a few moments to collect themselves than continue on in a dangerous state of fatigue.
grubas 12 | 1,391
10 Jul 2012  #128
The Poles arguing cannot admit one of their own acted like a goof. Ego is a silly thing.

He wasn't acting like a goof,he was acting like a ******* retard,stopping on the shoulder to cook (?!) potatoes (!).This guy is a ******* retard,plain and simple.And then all this drama about what,30 pounds ticket?What a ******* retard,they should take his DL away!
Harry
10 Jul 2012  #129
Well the guy isnt in Poland, he is in Great Britain. So what would happen in Poland has nothing to do with this. Its irrelevant.

It is entirely relevant: if he'd been driving in his home nation and had pulled the same trick, he'd get a ticket, as he well knew.

he was protesting. Its not uncomman.

It is rather uncommon that people in Poland protest to the police while waving a knife around.
eberhart 13 | 120
10 Jul 2012  #130
PlasticPole certain cultures do this "carrying on" far more than others. Find me a Finn or German or Australian or whatever who acts like this. If you even can I will find you ten Italians, Poles, Arabs of various nations to every one you can find. It is simply ridiculous behavior for any nationality.

Again....everyone else parked there left when the highway guards or whatever they are called said to...except this Pole and one Turk which is why the Police were called. And contrast the Turks behavior when questioned to the Poles. The defenders here keep ignoring the fact that he was the ONLY one who threw a tantrum.
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
10 Jul 2012  #131
Tell me about it, Eberhart, I am surroinded by that type of culture here.
p3undone 8 | 1,135
10 Jul 2012  #132
I think he probably did wave the knife at the other motorists who reported that he did,He was certain that he would go to jail and that's why

we had the histrionics.Once he found out he wasn't going to jail,he calmed down immediately.I seriously doubt he was reacting that way to a

possible ticket.
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
10 Jul 2012  #133
And if there are that many people parked on the sides, with all due respect, Vincent, it sounds like there is a need for some kind of rest stop. The service stations are not meeting the needs of these truckers.

He might have calmed down p3undone, when he realized he wouldnt be required to leave his truck for long. Probably worried about losing his job.
monia 3 | 212
10 Jul 2012  #134
In February I got nabbed in a typical traffic cop trap.

Did they film you , laughed at you , I bet not .

Where did you actually see him waiving with a knife . Thtat`s just a hearsay . Yoiu are not a lawyer , do you ? If you were you would know that`s a hearsay and needs to be proved. But you come into a conclusion without any substantial evidence . You would lose every case in the court . How do you know about this fact from ?

How do you know that he was not just holding a knife . That would be more reasonable situation to believe in , because he was eating this diner inside a truck he has just prepared for himself minutes earlier . Holding and vaiwing a knife are just two different things . But you take it without a second thought .

Perhaps explain to us how and where exactly they 'behaved like animals'?
Some people have no sense of humour......

Most humans use thieir brain to act humanely contrary to animals who just follow their instincts .

To me performing duties , representing justice system requires proper behaviour it is not about showing simple minded , raw instincts - rounding him , laughing, talking to him and at the same time knowing that his command of English is poor .That behaviour was unnecessary .

In Polish TV, there are programs about cops on duty I have never seen cops laughing at people while doing their duties , no matter how ridicule stories they were saying .

I bet you would not be in a cheerful mood if you were put in his position .
p3undone 8 | 1,135
10 Jul 2012  #135
PlasticPole,could be,but we don't know one way or the other.We do know he was parked where he wasn't suppose to be and he ended up

with a ticket and this would have happened to you me or anyone else.I don't think he was being picked on.
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
10 Jul 2012  #136
I don't think he was being deliberately picked on because of who he is and that's not what bothers me. It's the fact that it's such a minor thing when so many major problems occur daily. Like speeding and people changing lanes incorrectly. My front end fenders almost get hit on the interstate from people changing lanes incorrectly yet no police anywhere in sight. It's like these people do not know the turn signal exists. It would be nice if cops would spend more time patrolling people who are actually moving and handing out tickets to people who are speeding and driving recklessly. No one parked on a shoulder has ever caused me as much grief as people who are driving around me. So, when I see police responding promptly to someone who is simply parked it brings out the frustration at all the others who are not parked and cause far more harms, like roll overs and driving off an overpass. It has happened. None of them caused by someone parked on a shoulder. All caused by inattentive driving, speeding, weaving in and out of traffic.

And, the ones causing the problems are not truck drivers. In fact, they are the best drivers out there. It's the people driving pick up trucks, SUVs and cars thinking they can do whatever they want out there causing a lot of accidents, numerous injuries and some fatalities. These are people who aren't earning a living driving. They also are not receiving their fair share of tickets imho.
p3undone 8 | 1,135
10 Jul 2012  #137
I agree that a lot of times the police overreact on minor things.It is dangerous to be parked in a breakdown lane,I don't question his driving

ability at all.I bet he's a great driver.If not for the peeling knife and the camera's they probably wouldn't have come in as deep.They have to

respond to that though.
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
10 Jul 2012  #138
If the driver was on the highway going 95, weaving in and out of traffic, failing to use turn signals and nearly hitting cars as he changed lanes and a cop came along and gave him a huge ticket, I would be the first to shout "Halleluja" and cheer. It wouldn't matter what nationality or race the driver was, either. I would just be glad to see a cop giving a reckless driver a ticket for a change instead of them always getting away with it. The problem is, when the cop shows up in his patrol car, everyone starts driving correctly. The only way they can stop them is in unmarked vehicles and crappy drivers cry "entrapment" so cops cannot use them to pull people over.
Des Essientes 7 | 1,291
10 Jul 2012  #139
Well the guy isnt in Poland, he is in Great Britain. So what would happen in Poland has nothing to do with this.

Hear hear! The people on this forum that believe that speculative claims about how the driver would've been treated worse in Poland are relevant to this topic are being off-topic trolls. Unfortunately this off-topic garbage is all to common on this forum.
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
10 Jul 2012  #140
It's easy to get into the habit of comparing when these situations are taped, Des. Show me a video of a similar situation happening in Poland and only then can I comment on what is happening there.
Des Essientes 7 | 1,291
10 Jul 2012  #141
It's the typical trollishness on this forum, Plastic, anyone who dares to criticize the British authorities has to weather a barrage of off-topic "it's worse in Poland" garbage.
jon357 63 | 14,124
10 Jul 2012  #142
So Dave, what would the police in your country do to a truck driver who parked up on an interstate highway and waved a knife at the cops?
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
10 Jul 2012  #143
But the thing is, Jon, it's not a problem like it, apparently, is in Britain due to the numerous places trucks can park legally along the route. This seems to be a broad problem on this channel. It needs addressing. Maybe this segment will draw attention to it?

I see trucks stopped very rarely on the side of the interstate and when they are, usually there aren't any cops nearby giving tickets. I have seen cops on occasion, tbh, but have no idea if they are giving tickets or assisting the driver in some other capacity when they are stopped on the shoulder.

From the looks of it, this is a bigger problem across the pond and it needs solving.
p3undone 8 | 1,135
10 Jul 2012  #144
Des essenties,how is it off topic when we're discussing the topic and how we interpret the situation.I don't care what country it happened in

or who's police force it is,It's as simple as;you park in a breakdown lane and you risk a ticket in most places.Solution;don't do it.
jon357 63 | 14,124
10 Jul 2012  #145
Either it's legal or not. He knew the law - after 20 years as a driver probably very well, broke it, then waved a knife at the police.

An arsehole in fact. He deserved a much bigger fine and a driving ban.
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,665
10 Jul 2012  #146
I bet you would not be in a cheerful mood if you were put in his position

i would be extremely cheerful if I had waved a knife around and that were taken no further......
What a total idiot.(the driver, that is..:)
monia 3 | 212
10 Jul 2012  #147
if I had waved a knife around

Do you really believe it that lie ? Show me the evidence of your claim , pls.
eberhart 13 | 120
10 Jul 2012  #148
Monia just stop. You are so nationalistic you can't even pretend to be fair here. Just stop.

You now as well as everyone does if this driver was from a country you don't like you would respond totally differently. Just forget he is Polish and face that he behaved like an infant unlike all of his colleagues that day.
rozumiemnic 8 | 3,665
10 Jul 2012  #149
Do you really believe it that lie ? Show me the evidence of your claim , pls.

what is a lie exactly? I do not understand what you mean.
Monia, this 'argument' is becoming silly.
I can assure you from personal and bitter experience that even being in possession of a knife in a public place can very easily land you in a whole heap of trouble.

I will spare you the details, suffice it to say I will not be working in FE colleges as I used to, any time soon.(CRB check), despite being released after some hours without a caution.(and WITH my knife!)

My DNA is now on the government's database.
My knife was not for potatoes, but for something equally innocent.
So this guy was lucky that these police officers left it at that, and were so kind to him.
I don't know why you are getting so upset about it.
PlasticPole 7 | 2,649
10 Jul 2012  #150
I bet the knife was a misunderstanding and the guy meant no harm. He simply had it because he was peeling potatoes but the attendants didn't know that and thought he was menacing with it.


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