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To think the British youth of today is a bit lazy??

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TwittyMcTwitterson Fri 07-Mar-14 06:24:46

Disclaimer: sweeping generalisation so obviously not true for all. Also, basing a lot of this on my friends and what they do.

I work in the office of a factory where I regularly go down to the factory floor. We have approx 95% Eastern European workers. They work shockingly hard and some of them are my friends who I love. There's a slight issue of communication but we have translators so not a problem.

We rarely get British people through our agency and when we do I always think 'brilliant, they'll be easy to tell what's what' rather than guessing, doing strange hand gestures, calling another person off their shift or google translate.

The problem is, they're no where near as nice as our current workers (the last pair felt the need to tell me they thought my DP was my son when he pulled up one day) and they work at snails pace. And run off screaming 'yay break time' at break. They also stand back doing nothing while regulars set up the shift. Though that may be a communication issue as the regulars aren't telling them what to grab from where as they can't. Basically, they are never called back.

Looking at my Polish friends, not one is unemployed or lazy. My English friends... They either work in some fancy role and work hard or Most popped a baby out not long after school and saw it as a means of staying at home. They feel they are entitled to benefits. They talk a good talk about wanting to work but when I ask how many jobs they've applied for I get excuse after excuse.

It's all very well saying British jobs for British people but I feel like younger people don't push themselves.

For the record I'm 26

Do we have less drive than our Eastern European counterparts???

BazilGin Sat 08-Mar-14 21:37:39

Nigella, (no not at me - just at random people on the tube ...'czarny' means black, 'maupa' means 'monkey' and 'nie ladnie' means 'not pretty'. put them all together and you have some pretty vile racism.)

Actually, nie ladnie means not nice and it is usually used in context when behaviour is described. Nothing to do with not being pretty, and certainly never heard it used in any racists rants nor can I imagine it being used for that purpose.
Maupa, or rather Malpa is a word for monkey, but as a negative word would be used for anyone (a woman) who is not nice. Again, this sort of word would not be used as a racist remark, unless you think the word hag is racist?
Czarny does mean black, but considering that you are trying to bend a few phrases you understand and interpret the whole conversations as racist, I doubt you know exactly what was discussed.

NigellasDealer Sat 08-Mar-14 21:45:28

hardly a 'discussion' and it was not a'one off' i can assure you, I have heard this type of comment many times.

TwittyMcTwitterson Sat 08-Mar-14 22:02:26

Wombles, how the hell do u binge on jam??? I'm always interested in new ways to food binge. shock

BazilGin Sat 08-Mar-14 22:31:36

Nigella, how can you know what they are talking about if you clearly don't understand the language? just saying, you seem to have a problem with Poles so no point discussing it further.
All I am saying is that the three words you have quoted earlier, I have never heard used in a racist rant nor can I imagine anyone doing so.
But then I am Polish, and a woman so according to your xenophobic statement I am probably just 'bitchy'...

NigellasDealer Sat 08-Mar-14 23:35:46

'xenophobic' of course i am, and lazy.
I do understand your language pretty well, sometimes i wish i did not tbh

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