Anyone who has ever lived in Ireland, even for a short while, is at least intuitively aware of the dangers awaiting the poor Polish emigrants.
Those who still have low awareness of local customs should make it up as quickly as they can. Roman law stated that ignorance is harmful. No one should be surprised that the main hazards to the emigrant Poles don’t come from the Irish, blacks, masons, Jews, homosexuals or even cyclists. The main, almost organic threat to Poles is their own countrymen. A Pole is a Pole’s wolf and can drown him in a spoonful of water. Nothing has changed.
- Never, ever trust a Pole who does nothing but play World of Warcraft. If you find yourself in a house where the main occupant is always playing the game with little regard for anything else and declares that all he needs from the world is to leave him alone to play, get the hell out of there while you still can! Don’t be fooled. He doesn’t want to be left alone, he wants to dominate you and put you down under the false pretence of keeping peace at home. In time, the computer addict will multiply don’ts as if it were his house and you’ve just come for a visit, until you find a note on the bathroom door that it is forbidden to flush the toilet at night. Sooner or later, the Polack will get hammered and force a confrontation, following which you will move out anyway. It’s better not to move in at all.