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Kostrzewski, Leszek

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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 23/12/2015

At least restrain capitalism on Christmas Eve

Only three Polish food retail chains have heeded the call by unions to close their stores at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve. December 24 is a normal working day in Poland, and stores are usually open until 9 or 10 p.m. Shopping hours should be reduced across the board, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza urges: "In the capitalism that we've developed over the last 25 years we've grown used to thinking that longer shopping hours are an essential part of our free market economy. But what would we lose as consumers if stores weren't open for so long - for example just until 2 p.m.? Nothing at all. At worst, a few people wouldn't be able to buy the eggs they want for a certain dish, or something else they don't absolutely need. And in such cases you can always just ask your neighbour."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 26/03/2010

The dumbest rules last the longest

People who spend more than four days away from home in Poland must register with the authorities. Readers of the daily Gazeta Wyborcza have selected this regulation as the absurdest in the country. The paper comments: "Is that absurd or what? No wonder compulsory registration was crowned the absolute mega-balderdash in our competition, winning top spot over 10,000 other proposals sent in by our readers. And yet it should all be so simple. At the beginning of 2008 Prime Minister Donald Tusk announced: 'Compulsory registration will be done away with once and for all.' ... Then the project got stuck in parliament while some special committee or other mulled it over for at least ten months. The parliamentarians' latest proposal: 'We'll get rid of compulsory registration but not before 2014. It's not possible to do it any earlier because we've got to prepare the country's officials for the change."

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