After serving as President of Poland for five years,the splendidly mustachioed Lech Wałęsa resumed his old job as an electrician at the Gdansk shipyard, on the Baltic coast, repairing forklifts and electric vehicles for the equivalent of $1.40 an hour. When he returned to the shipyard gates on April 2, 1996, he was immediately handed a set of screwdrivers.
Wałęsa returned to his job for economic reasons as Poland does not provide pensions for its former presidents. “It just cannot be that a former president has no means of support,” Wałęsa told reporters. “What is he supposed to do, become a barman or something?”