It's the Plumber, I've Come to Fix the Tourism


Tourism numbers are up in Poland because of wrench-toting hunk Piotr Adamski. "I am staying in Poland -- come on over," says the poster, featuring an image of Adamski dressed as a plumber. A 14 percent rise in tourism over the summer months is attributed to his invitation.

"The symbol of the Polish plumber, representing cheap labour from new EU member states, was vilified earlier this year during national referendum campaigns on the EU constitution, which was rejected by French and Dutch voters."

But the Polish tourism board knew that with cheap labour comes equally cheap thrills.

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  1. I will refrain from the requisite 'cleaning my pipes' comments. I will just say, I like to look at Piotr.

    A lot.

    Posted by: Dean | Oct 18, 2005 3:15:09 PM

  2. LOL....Dean...perfect comment

    Posted by: PSMike | Oct 18, 2005 3:20:14 PM

  3. I will refrain from any Big Kielbasa comments. He is pretty cute though

    Posted by: Donald | Oct 18, 2005 5:25:17 PM

  4. Now to find Polish guys like that in the U.S......

    Posted by: cafegogo | Oct 18, 2005 5:54:52 PM

  5. hey, he turns MY crank!

    Posted by: dolly | Oct 18, 2005 10:01:41 PM

  6. Those Polish boys look like hunky mid-west American boys.

    Posted by: Naked Boy | Oct 18, 2005 10:47:34 PM

  7. that's because so many of the mid-west boys come from good middle or eastern european stock. i recommend the high school football games in cleveland or chicago. yum.

    Posted by: mundy | Oct 18, 2005 11:01:11 PM

  8. i am staying in piotr. i am overcome.

    Posted by: avi | Oct 18, 2005 11:09:59 PM

  9. >>It's all part of an ad campaign to lure tourists to Poland by spoofing French fears about a mythical Polish plumber who would move to France and steal jobs.
    >>Even Poland's president, Aleksander Kwasniewski, was forced to pointedly refute fears over the plumber at a May news conference following a summit with French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.
    >>Even Lech Walesa, the electrician who became Poland's president after founding the Solidarity union, provided advice for Adamski before his Paris trip, telling him to ask the French "why the devil they encouraged Poles years ago to build capitalism since as we see now they themselves are communists?"

    Screw France, I'm going to Poland.

    Posted by: Jay Croce | Oct 19, 2005 12:50:15 AM

  10. jay Croce,
    Do you know what "Polish plumbers" really means in France, do you know the real story behind it?
    Have you ever heard about the Bolkestein's directive and neocon Europolitician Fritz Bolkestein himself ( a strange guy indeed)?
    OK read this:

    "April 14th 2005 - On french TV, Bolkestein said it was impossible to find a plumber or electrician near his French home, and his EU plan would have allowed "POLISH PLUMBERS and electricians" to fill the gap. "France doesn't need to fear a tsunami of cheap Polish plumbers", Bolkestein said in Paris: "if only some would come, because I really need a couple of them in my second house in Northern France."

    "In the Yellow Pages for the area 13 plumbers and electricians are listed which could have been of service within 24 hrs if he had phoned" - in a sour comment the mayor of Maubeuge said, where in nearby Ramousies Bolkestein has a second house.

    "The reality is that Bolkestein is too greedy to pay normal wages, as agreed upon in France". Forcing whatever people to work as much and cheap as is possible, without consequences - apart from the profit - for the traders, that's the Bolkestein proposal for the EU .

    And now, go screw yourself, ignorant!

    Posted by: Dans ta geule | Oct 19, 2005 8:09:38 AM

  11. Poland is by far the most homophobic (some times in a violent way) country in the European Union. Watch out!

    Posted by: John R. | Oct 19, 2005 10:49:30 AM

  12. Yes Frenchie! I know the French are too cheap to pay decent wages, and that's why the non-EU workers are pouring over the goddamn borders. We have the same thing here with the Mexicans, and the Italians have the same thing with the Albanians.

    It's a shame people have to travel so far to find work, and then become the targets of xenophobes and hate mongers, but it happens here, and it certainly happens there.

    The Poles will do the work that your own people have deemed as low-wage, menial, and beneath them. When you need a plumber, you'll have to settle for a handsome Polish guy, instead of some stinking, arrogant, worthless Frenchman.

    Posted by: Jay Croce | Oct 20, 2005 12:27:46 AM

  13. Jay Croce,

    First, believe it or not Poland is an European country and Polish people are EU workers.
    And they have the right to come in France (or another EU country) to work. And yes you're right it's a shame people have to travel so far to find work.

    The problem is not the Polish plumper (it was a example -a sad and stupid example i admit- to explain the Bolkenstein's directive.
    The Bolkenstein's directive is simple: I have the right to come in your country and because i've not your nationality i don't need to respect your laws.

    An example: I'm a mexican, i've got the right to work in your beautiful country and because i'm not an american i don't need to respect your laws only the mexican laws. It's legal and your government have nothing to do against it. That is the famous Bolkenstein's directive.

    This directive is not to make poor people more rich but more exploited. There is laws against people's exploitation in my country (for native and non-native people)but with the Bolkenstein's directive those laws will not protect the foreign workers anymore.

    Your stinky, arrogant but EDUCATED frenchman.

    PS:You are the first to talk about xenophobia and racism and you are the first to use dirty words to describe me because my nationality.You are pathetic and your ignorance seems endless.

    Posted by: Dans Ta Gueule | Oct 20, 2005 4:25:02 AM

  14. mmmm....jay, first of all Poland is in the EU, secondly the Poles have just elected a government which is to be led by an ardent homophobe Jaroslaw Kaczynski (a bit of an anti-semite as well. Dans Ta Geule simply mentioned a fact which most well informed people in Europe know and the majority in North America are unaware of, if had you read accurately you would have seen his disapproval of such expoitation. (A footnote: if you turn up ill at a French hospital, and your from anywhere your credit worthiness won't be checked first before they treat you.) By the way I'm not French.

    Posted by: Samhraid | Oct 20, 2005 4:30:01 AM

  15. corrections: exploitation; you're from anywhere.

    Posted by: Samhraid | Oct 20, 2005 4:50:14 AM

  16. Yeah, well the French still stink.

    Ever hear of a bath and deodorant?

    Didn't think so.

    You're all a bunch of terrorist loving douchebags.

    Posted by: Jay Croce | Oct 20, 2005 3:51:17 PM

  17. I state my case,it's people like you Jay that REALLY make the world love the US.

    Posted by: Samhraid | Oct 20, 2005 6:52:21 PM

  18. Oh! I must be off my meds! Did I forget to mention that the French eat frogs, snails, and the fungus from tree roots?

    Only an Arab could love the French.

    Posted by: Jay Croce | Oct 20, 2005 8:07:30 PM

  19. jay, keep talking. Talks like this tells the world how US is brain washed and run by the jews. you go girlfriend!

    Posted by: jolie's magical pussy | Oct 21, 2005 1:57:04 PM

  20. Did I mention AIDS? How could I forget that France brought AIDS to the United States.

    Remember "Patient Zero", Gaëtan Dugas? The Air France sky-waiter who slept his way around the world and is best remembered for bringing the AIDS virus to the US.

    Thanks again France!

    Posted by: Jay Croce | Oct 21, 2005 5:11:58 PM

  21. Freaky, this guy is so full of self-loathing that he tries to foist it on others. Hey Jay honey, would you like a list of what many of us on this side of the Atlantic (and not only)think of the gifts (sic)the US has presented the rest of the world with? Grow up, love life. (By the way same sex marriage will soon be the norm here. Yes, and I know most of the whites in the US originate from this part of the world.)

    Posted by: Samhraid | Oct 22, 2005 6:07:12 AM

  22. >>most of the whites in the US originate from this part of the world.

    I don't know exactly what you mean by that, but it sounds like you're mighty proud of your White Heritage.

    I'm Italian myself, and unlike you, I don't consider myself any better than anyone born anywhere else. I may be better educated or have more sensible politics, but aside from that, I consider all people to be equal.

    You think you and the French are better because you are White. That's sad, but it explains a lot.

    Posted by: Jay Croce | Oct 22, 2005 4:32:13 PM

  23. I was commenting on the fact that your supposed superiority,making snide remarks about other nationalties, was an inverted phenonomen. As too your presumption about my being a white supremacist, well all I can say is that your command of the English language is somewhat lax, if that is how you read what I wrote. Magari anche il tuo italiano e dello stesso livello. I find your position naive, if not purile, and your inability to argue points in a rational manner leaves me to end this debate here and now.

    Posted by: Samhraid | Oct 22, 2005 8:08:20 PM

  24. You may as well quit, because you sound like an idiot.

    Posted by: Jay Croce | Oct 22, 2005 10:58:59 PM

  25. Has it occurred to none of you that the tourism increase owes more to the traveler's desire to be reassured in regard to the dependability of his destination's bathroom fixtures, than it does to the sexiness of the boy?
    Hot sex with a built Pole is swell, sure. But we still need to wash up afterward, kids.

    Posted by: Giacomo | Oct 23, 2005 5:07:55 PM

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