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Heard in Passing
March 29, 2012   
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“Belt tightening is most often proposed by the guys in [stockbroker] braces. It’s not working people who caused the crisis; that was done by the banks which later received enormous state support.”
—Piotr Duda, head of the NSZZ Solidarity trade union, on who should shoulder the costs of dealing with the crisis

“The girl is out of luck. When she took on the job, she admitted in public that she knew nothing about sports; now it turns out that knowing something would come in handy.”
—Eugeniusz Kłopotek, a deputy from the Polish People’s Party, the junior government coalition partner, on a string of blunders by Sports Minister Joanna Mucha

“The difference [between Germans and Poles] is that they call our inclination for improvisation messiness, while we see their hysterical pedantry as a lack of imagination.”
—Jan Klata, a theater director who often works in Germany, on cultural differences between Poles and Germans

“This is not discrimination. I simply cannot afford to take in strays who can’t find a job after graduating from college.”
—The owner of a children’s clothing store in Lublin, explaining why her ad for sales staff said that the lack of a college education would be an asset
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