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Are the Portuguese lazy?

Discussion forum for expats moving to or living in Portugal.
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Re: Are the Portuguese lazy?

Post Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:36 pm

I think it's because it's still the dark ages here, emails aren't really looked at it would appear and everything is done on paper. The amount of paperwork is shocking.

Since being here since September I can categorically state that people who have jobs where they sit behind a desk seem to think that they are superior in some way and they all have their specific job and will not help if it's to do with anything else within their company! Such jobsworths.

I dread going to the doctors or the council to sort something out as they just give you a look, a sigh, slam their papers around and stomp.

Customer service is really lacking.

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Re: Are the Portuguese lazy?

Post Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:19 pm

Oh well; all I can say is they are friendly people. On occassions despite not knowing English they have tried to help me in whatever possible way. sometimes they pull someone who can speak in English for me. Very warm Smile

My main complaint would about the doctors who can not communicate in English no matter how good they are. and the laboratories. I mean even for simple blood test; they take 2 -3 days to give the report. For scan; I needed to take an appointment which was 15 days later; and post scan it took another 10 days to get the report. I mean this is way too much time.

 

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Re: Are the Portuguese lazy?

Post Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 7:19 am

They are absolutely brilliant people. That's why I decided that this is the place to buy property and ultimately retire.

The weather's a bonus but the people are the real reason.

They are very laid back and, in big organisations very bureaucratic, that's all.

In the UK they are just bureacratic without the nice bits.

Early in this thread some one got the hump with me and I let the matter drop because Piglet wisely called a halt. I just want to say I meant no offence - I wouldn't be here now if I didn't think this was just about the best place to be in the world.


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Re: Are the Portuguese lazy?

Post Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 4:20 pm

Well I have seen no nice bits while being dealt with here, sometimes they get nicer once my husband comes along with me to sort things out but in the main people have been extremely rude.

I have been escorted out of the Camara by security guards as my daughter was crying. I have been sent threatening letters about my sons school fees when he wasn't even at the school in the month they are fining me for, and when I try to sort it out all I get is 'that's not my department' but no-one can tell me what department I need, I was refused to go on a doctors list yet lo and behold when my husband went in with me all 5 of us were accepted...the doctor is scary as hell, the receptionist at the doctors is even scarier.

When I went to the immigration office the lady had a real face on her until my husband started speaking PT, then she was sweet as pie. However a Romanian lady came in after us and all she got was abuse 'you can't come today, there's only 1 of me doing 5 people's jobs how do you expect me to deal with everyone on my own' slamming papers around the desk...the R lady eventually stuck up for herself and said there was no reason for her to be spoken to like that - too right!

The lady in the Customs office in Faro was rude, no time for us whatsover to ask questions just had a piece of paper shoved at us and then she looked to the people behind to make us move on.

Is it because I understand when I'm being slagged off or spoken to badly? Maybe!

People in the service industry I have no problems with, restaurants, shops etc it's just those behind a desk.

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Re: Are the Portuguese lazy?

Post Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 1:45 am

my wife is portuguese and she is lazy and her daughter is also. but her sons are not. so its just a personal thing. i've adjusted so...
my wife does not clean because she doesn't want "to be my maid" yet me going to work everyday and paying for everything makes me???? stupid????

my wife does no work out of the house and inside...she likes to cook and does some policing of the kitchen

 

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Re: Are the Portuguese lazy?

Post Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 1:56 am

- itsmeagain

They are absolutely brilliant people. That's why I decided that this is the place to buy property and ultimately retire.

The weather's a bonus but the people are the real reason.

They are very laid back and, in big organisations very bureaucratic, that's all.

In the UK they are just bureacratic without the nice bits.

Early in this thread some one got the hump with me and I let the matter drop because Piglet wisely called a halt. I just want to say I meant no offence - I wouldn't be here now if I didn't think this was just about the best place to be in the world.



I am 100% with you itsme.

I am sorry to read of the problems some of you encounter and find some of the reading quite mind-boggling as we have only encountered courteous people, both in the 'service' business and in offices.

rodreese, I wonder why you are married to this woman? .....


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Re: Are the Portuguese lazy?

Post Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:03 am

This thread is back again?
Well, with respect 'itsmeagain', if you say in the Uk they are beaurocratic you don't know what you are talking about as this is simply not true, specially compared to Portugal. And civil servants are much nicer there.

What 'supremegermalene' is saying is so true. Only last month I went to the tax office in Portimao to help some friends get a fiscal number. The woman behind the desk was so unhelpful. To avoid confrontation I just went away, got another number and went to another desk, not much more helpful but a bit better. Had I not know what to do and what questions to ask they would not have got their number which they much needed.

 

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