to get annoyed with people who are not ready when it's their turn?

(176 Posts)
HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sat 06-Oct-12 19:29:04

I stood behind a woman in the queue in H&M today for 20 minutes. When she got to the counter she wanted to exchange something. The lady serving asked for her receipt. Cue 10 minutes of searching all her carrier bags, her handbag, her pockets, her purse, through 100 other receipts that were in her purse, the floor before she finally located it. The queue got longer and longer and longer.

I also find this at the airport when people wait until it's their turn to put their stuff in the little tray thing to take off their belt/shoes, take out their laptop/liquds. Why not do it while you're waiting, so you can just put it in when you get there?

AIBU to think that you should have your receipt/card/cash/shoes/liquids or whatever to hand if you've been waiting to be served for 20 minutes?

mumblechum1 Sat 06-Oct-12 19:37:05

<<hops onto hobbyhorse>> YANBU. And as for the bloody people who stand at the checkout, laboriously pack everything fussily then spend 5 minutes finding their purse, then put the card in, then have an inner debate about whether they want cashback then put the card in a special little place in their purse then put the receipt in the other special little bit of their purse then slowly pick up their bags AAAAAARCGHHHHHH

I have my card in my hand, stick it in the card reader as the girl is running the stuff thru, put my pin in as soon as she asks for it and finish packing while the transaction completes.

I think people who do stuff like that slowly are just so selfish.

Salmotrutta Sat 06-Oct-12 19:37:09

YANBU at all!

Why does it seem to come as a surprise to some people that they have to pay - cue much rustling for purses/wallets hmm

Shutupanddrive Sat 06-Oct-12 19:39:23

YANBU at all! I hate this angry, and I work in a shop so see other people getting annoyed while I am standing there waiting for someone to pay me! Grrr

creamteas Sat 06-Oct-12 19:39:53

can I add the people who wait until at the cashpoint to get their card out....

I want to shout, "DID YOU THINK IT WAS FREE?" I got told off on another thread for this, though. They are just protecting their purse/card don't ya know? Bollocks. If you have your card in your hand, it is perfectly safe.

steben Sat 06-Oct-12 19:42:56

YANBU this drives me fucking insane. Similar to people who dick about at supermarket checkouts looking for coupons/reward cards etc....

BupcakesAndCunting Sat 06-Oct-12 19:43:39

There was a thread like this a while ago. The general consensus was you just have to wait for these twat-o's to do their business, at their leisure, and it's YOUR fault because YOU should have managed your time better. hmm

YANBU. Sort your fucking shit out, people.

PinkFairyDust Sat 06-Oct-12 19:44:01

Wen at the airport and the q is sooooooooo long

And they ask for a passport which means lots of opening and closing bags when you know they will ask for your passport!

Also when a man was waiting in line and I was right behind him - he suddenly produces 6 passports?!!! His family had gone t I look at the shops/toilet etc! Arrrrrrrgh he then started to call for them, shout out etc - so I just went Round him and asked to go in front - he got really shitty but the woman on the desk said I could go in front - thank goodness for common sence!

Euphemia Sat 06-Oct-12 19:44:16

Also people who get a print-out of their balance at the ATM, frown at it for a bit, withdraw some cash, then wait for a print-out of the transaction.

TiggyD Sat 06-Oct-12 19:45:03

Er...I'll reply in a minute...

BupcakesAndCunting Sat 06-Oct-12 19:50:32

<glares a hole into Tiggy's back>

Hold on I'm sure I've got a voucher for a free post in my suit-case size handbag!

TiggyD Sat 06-Oct-12 19:54:22

...yes! It is.

"have your receipt/card/cash/shoes/liquids or whatever to hand if you've been waiting to be served for 20 minutes? "

I always have my liquids to hand if I've been waiting 20 minutes.

I had a woman in front of me buying a about four things. She asked the cashier to get another of one of them because she didn't like the one she had, she wanted her bags packed and help to the car. She wanted to check the flyer because the thing she had looked like the things on the flyer but wasn't. I had... one bottle of milk for DD's bedtime. Could she have let me go first? No, she was just mean with no life and wanted me to waste mine <fumes>

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sat 06-Oct-12 20:00:15

hmm @ Tiggy

<taps foot>
<eye rolls>

There certainly are people who think it is a moral failing to have your card in your hand in the street while you wait for a cahspoint - I have been upbraided for this by at least two exes.

Pascha Sat 06-Oct-12 20:05:23

I muttered to myself in the queue in sainsburys some time ago about the slow, loud, fumbling old baggage at the til taking all the time in the world til I clicked it was my Granny blush

MaryZed Sat 06-Oct-12 20:06:24

What about the people in Lidl who are surprised by the fact that (a) they don't take credit cards and (b) YOU HAVE TO FUCKING PACK YOUR OWN STUFF.


GoSakuramachi Sat 06-Oct-12 20:07:46

Your first and second examples are completely different.

Yes you should have your receipt/cash/card ready at the till.

But the airport? I'm supposed to take my shoes and my belt off and have my liquids out while juggling a baby (and have his shoes and belt and liquids out)o and hand luggage, and the pram, and another couple of children and all their shit, and the boarding cards and the passports......No. You can bloody well wait behind me at the conveyor belt.

Gooseysgirl Sat 06-Oct-12 20:07:51

YANBU... My best ever example of this actually happened to me in the supermarket this morning. Lady ahead of me in queue arrived at checkout with full trolley of groceries and unloaded them onto the conveyor belt. Then stood doing nothing while waiting for her turn. Then when it was her turn she proceeded to go through each item trying to decide whether or not she was going to buy it!!!! In the end the very patient check out girl called her supervisor to bring another trolley along for all the items the lady wasn't buying... Unfortunately I had already unloaded my own shopping so it was too late for me to jump ship... I almost lost the will to live.. 15 mins later she finally had finished and then began the inevitable dig through her bag for coupons. It took every ounce of will power in me not to explode. She kept saying sorry while I was going a deeper shade of purple by the second. When she finally left I just took one look at the poor misfortunate check out girl and we fell about the place laughing grin nothing else we could do really!

VeritableSmorgasbord Sat 06-Oct-12 20:08:48

Oh don't. Marks and Spencers queue on pension day. I want to get all Basil Fawlty and scream 'Please try to understand before one of us DIES' but it's a bit close to the bone really and I'm quite nice.

caeleth Sat 06-Oct-12 20:11:49

I saw the thread title and jumped in here thinkinh it was about board games and how thrilling it was that i'm not the only impatient geek game-lover out here...blush

Still, this is almost as annoying. YANBU, esp airport queues!

BupcakesAndCunting Sat 06-Oct-12 20:11:55

There should be a separate queue for timewasters like Sakura and an queue for normal people, at the airport.


BigFatLegsInWoolyTIghts Sat 06-Oct-12 20:12:07

"Mary" but what if they're new?? I went to Lidl and was shocked at the flinging of things at top speed! It was horrible! Never been back. Cheap doesn't have to mean shitty service.

BupcakesAndCunting Sat 06-Oct-12 20:12:40

People who cannot abide by the Lidl/Aldi self-pack rule in a timely fashion need to be BANNED from these shops.

MaryZed Sat 06-Oct-12 20:15:39

BigFat, the specific woman I'm complaining about goes there a lot. And still doesn't seem to get the hang of it.

Sakura, people with prams, children and random shite can be excused at airport security (though it would be polite to stand to one side while you unload it all). Businessmen who seem to forget they need to put their wallet AND keys AND change AND laptop AND cardholder AND random shite in the tray aren't excused [mutter].

lokabrenna Sat 06-Oct-12 20:17:11

I'm gonna go against the grain and say that people should just slow down, take a breath and let other people live how they want. So what if they take a few extra minutes at the till?

I think this one of society's problems these days is we don't take five mins to just slow down and stop rushing around everywhere.

I think I may be one of those annoying people at the checkout, I even let my toddler bleep the items at the self checkout, and chat to the lady on the tills.

TiggyD Sat 06-Oct-12 20:17:23

I was walking round a supermarket full of old people the other day. I felt like had magical powers and could move at super-speed round people. I was shopping at 3 times the speed of everybody else. It felt weird but really cool.

bitbizzare Sat 06-Oct-12 20:18:26

YABU. Not everyone can get everything sorted in advance, I have dyspraxia and am usually struggling to hold onto my handbag, basket/trolley, whilst remembering to move forward and not simply stand dreaming, keep a suitable amount of space between me and the person in front/behind.. things like that. That and I struggle to engage various voluntary functions simultaneously - so I struggle to use hands, feet, thinking etc at once..

Far easier to put the shopping down first at the till and I can then sort out money etc. Reduces the risk of me dropping my purse or shopping etc or worse, getting completely distracted and forgetting to walk to the till when it's my turn haha!

Have in the past tried to keep my purse in my pocket but have lost many a purse that way - was told when a teenager that the best method was to take my time at the till and not to feel panicked by people getting angry/frustrated at me grin

I'm sure people would rather wait an extra 5 mins anyway as opposed to me spilling shopping (or whatever) everywhere or throwing my money all over the floor - both of which have happened before..

VeritableSmorgasbord Sat 06-Oct-12 20:19:15

TiggyD that sounds about right! I nipped in front of a double-old-lady-and-trolley-combo to get my single cream (I would have been there for days otherwise) and did feel rather smug (I am going to hell, I know). However, they did not appreciate my superpowers and merely tutted.

McHappyPants2012 Sat 06-Oct-12 20:19:18

Also on the bus stop, wait 10 minutes for a bus then scramble around for change.

Ok Go, I'll wait behind you but I'll be VERY SAD if then, when you get through the check, you don't take your stuff to over to a seating area to put your shoes on. I get quite exercised when people do this at the converyor belt.

I've only ever bought one thing at Aldi - gin - so haven't encountered the rule. Why is it tougher than other supermarkets on no-scouts-to-pack days?

Seriouslysleepdeprived Sat 06-Oct-12 20:24:06

YANBU this drives me potty. It's the same on the buses...people fannying around, holding the whole bus up while they look for their pass. You could see it coming ffs.

Seriouslysleepdeprived Sat 06-Oct-12 20:24:52

Xpost mcHappy

hugoagogo Sat 06-Oct-12 20:25:24

These people do annoy me; I have a very low tolerance for slow walkers in front of me ( dd pats my hand and tells me to calm down. blush), couples with a trolley each walking next to each other around sainsburys and so on. angry

BUT Some people's only human contact in a day is the little chat with the person on the checkout and they don't want to hurry up and get out. sad

So I try and remember- not easy when they are making you late though.

NellyBluth Sat 06-Oct-12 20:25:42

Some woman did this in front of me in Sainsbury's the other day, after separating her shopping in to two separate shops so she had to go through the whole pallaver twice - and then she couldn't remember her bloody pin number!

But the worst part was that she turned to the three of us in the queue behind her, rolled her eyes, turned back to the woman behind the till, and snottily said - "Can't they go to another till?"


LilyCocoplatt Sat 06-Oct-12 20:28:18

YANBU, I got stuck behind someone who seemed to have a million coupons at the supermarket recently, fair enough maybe they are skint and need the money off, but the thing was half the coupons were for different versions of things they had picked up, e.g money off radox shower gel when they had picked up imperial leather, she just couldn't seem to get the fact that she had to buy the thing named on the coupon to get the money off and I was losing the will to live, along with the cashier I suspect.

cantspel Sat 06-Oct-12 20:30:11

The people who piss me off are not the old as they can be excused being slow but the yummy mummies who let their toddlers unpack their shopping very slowly from the trolley whilst keeping up a running commentary of each item.

"Yes Tristram place the sun-dried tomatoes there and now pass me the muesli"

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sat 06-Oct-12 20:32:32

Sakura why is it easier to get your stuff ready whilst standing still at the conveyor than it would be to get your stuff ready standing still in the queue? Standing still is standing still surely? If you can't do it in the queue, you should move to one side whilst you sort it, not block everyone else. It's just good manners.

'we don't take five mins to just slow down and stop rushing around everywhere'

loka you will see from my OP it was 20 minutes waiting time and then 10 minutes to find the bloody receipt, if it had been 5 minutes I wouldn't have minded!

OK, three types of queue. 10 items or fewer, fannying about/want a chat/annoying load parent, the rest of us. How will that work?

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sat 06-Oct-12 20:35:48

MrsTerryPratchett that sounds like an excellent plan grin

YouMayLogOut Sat 06-Oct-12 20:39:05

YABU. Just chill, spend some extra time chatting to the person behind you, and have a nice day grin

peppersaunt Sat 06-Oct-12 20:51:41

No I will not have a nIce day! Do not appreciate the pfaffing around when I have lots of other things to do! Get your card our while you're queuing at the ATM! Get your money out while you're queuing in the (dare I say it) Waitrose! The end.

Tryingtothinkofnewsnazzyname Sat 06-Oct-12 20:52:46

YANBU. Worst though are people who stand around obliviously blocking an aisle / access to the shelves with the product you're after and then look affronted when you say 'Excuse me'.

BupcakesAndCunting Sat 06-Oct-12 20:55:02

Yesterday, in Sainsbury's, a couple were scanning the contents of a TROLLEY through the self-checkout.

I almost shat my spleen out.

YouMayLogOut Sat 06-Oct-12 20:57:13

People are so impatient these days.

Figgygal Sat 06-Oct-12 20:57:39


How do some people take so long just to take some bleedin cash out not to mention the bastards who do a 2 card visit!!

Drives me spare!!

diddl Sat 06-Oct-12 21:00:41

Perhaps the poor woman thought she knew where her receipt was, though.

I sometimes put it in an easy to find place-then for some reason that´s not the first place I look.

And the tutting from behind just makes you faff even more.

As for the airport-you´re going to get on the plane in time!!

CheerMum Sat 06-Oct-12 21:05:23

Hmmm normally I would be on the side of "FFS just get ON with it" but today I was in tesco and had nicely put all my stuff onto the belt and then left a nice three inch gap between my shopping and the Next Person Stand Uppy Thing.

Some Tosspot ( ugly fucker) came in, picked up the standyuppything and moved it to right alongside my shopping. I stared at him in disbelief and the fucking cunt smirked at me....SMIRKED!!!!!

( I should point out I am changing medications at the moment so am a tiny bit high-strung)

I couldn't really say anything to him as (a) how would I sensibly explain my anger, and (b) I may well have screamed or

How slow do you think it is possible to pack 19 items? Turns out you can stretch it out A LOT. I even made the lovely checkout girl explain the vouchers for cheaper cutlery offer. I even paused and counted to two in between each number of my PIN.

Luckily, Dh ( who was driving due to my med change) didn't say a word (would normally expect eye rolling and to be told I ABU) and simply glared at the ugly cunt for upsetting me. Chortle chortle

Seriouslysleepdeprived Sat 06-Oct-12 21:05:54

God yes self checkouts. A breeding ground for dillydallying. Must confess to taking a trolley through though, didn't realise you weren't suppose to blush

YANBU. It's people getting on the bus who piss me off who have to search through their bag to find their purse. Have it ready for when you get on ffs. I stand waiting with my pass in my hand and before I had a pass I used to have the money in my pocket.

And pensioners who stop the bus at 9.25am to ask "is it too early?" Yes it fucking is! If I'm going into work late I can guarantee that there will be one at every stop from about 9.20am and they will all stop the bus and ask that question and then not get on. You're retired, why can't you go for the bus at 10am? Unless you've got an earlier appointment of course and then you need to pay like everyone else! Grrrrrrr

PigletJohn Sat 06-Oct-12 21:14:13

Once upon a time, a woman at a supermart till packed all her shopping into bags, then got out her card, when suddenlt a handsome prince rode up on a white horse.

"No, no," said the prince, "Put your money away! Today, everything is free!"

So when you're waiting, and instead of getting her money out, the woman in front is just standing and looking around, you know it's her again. She's looking for the white horse.

cocolepew Sat 06-Oct-12 21:17:08

I was behind a woman in Sainsburys once who refused any help to pack her bags and just stood there as they were scanned through. The cashier must have offered 3 times to help her as her trolley load of shopping piled up at the end.

Then, once she had paid for it, she started to pack.

I swear I was so close to braining her with a banana it was untrue.

mumblechum1 Sat 06-Oct-12 21:20:44

I would lhave tried and failed not to, cocolepew. It would have been perfectly justifiable homicide with a deadly fruit

ducklingpie Sat 06-Oct-12 21:21:00

He he, if I even get so much as a hint of impatience coming from people behind me in the queue I take great pleasure in going as slow as humanly possible, so there!

CaliforniaLeaving Sat 06-Oct-12 21:31:22

I think you're all being unreasonable, you don't know these people or why it's taking them longer.
I get migraines, but can function thought them with meds, at least 8-12 times a month. I can be a bit dazed and confused with this, so move a bit slower some days. Now I can usually get my stuff up on the moving belt and get my card through and the pin done, but I'm flippin aching from head to toe, so be patient.
I am dreading the weekly shop when I move back to UK, I think there will be posts about me flaking out in Tesco not packing fast enough. I have decided I will just bung it all back in the trolley and have boxes in the boot of the car to sort it (unless it's pissing it down)

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sat 06-Oct-12 21:31:40

<opens spreadsheet>

<adds ducklingpie to the shitlist>

<closes spreadsheet>

Slightly off topic but similar. I work in a job where people are ringing me specifically to make an appointment. These are the calls that drive me potty.

"can I have an appointment with xx"
"of course. when would you like to come in?"
"oh anytime. I can come whenever you say xx is available"
"ok. how about Tuesday at 9am"
"I don't know. I'll just get my dairy"

Cue them disappearing off the line for 5 minutes while they look for said diary which is apparently empty anyway!!!!!!

ZombTEE Sat 06-Oct-12 21:37:14

Buses! You know you're going to need money/ticket/whatever so why isn't your purse handy?!?!?!?!?

Don't get me started on till faffers...

TheProvincialLady Sat 06-Oct-12 21:45:49

Marks and Spencers on the last pension day before Christmas - now THAT is a slow checkout day. Assuming you don't give up and die in the quiche aisle because you have been boxed in by fifteen elderly couples, the male of each having been made to come to help carry the shopping but it's only the third time he's every had to make a shopping decision that involves food and he's not coping well.

And yes, the bus queues. I find it is usually a youngish woman who stands tutting at the bus being late along with everyone else, and she gets on after fifteen other people and then thinks about looking for her purse. Or asks the bus driver for complicated ticket/bus route advice connected with a different bus company for a journey she might make tomorrow. AAAAAAGH.

YouMayLogOut Sat 06-Oct-12 21:46:19

<links arms with ducklingpie and CaliforniaLeaving>


YokoUhOh Sat 06-Oct-12 21:48:03

Also slightly off-topic but my latest supermarket bugbear is people fuckers who don't say 'thank you' when you let them past/open the door. I have a nice line in retorts:
'You're welcome'
'You're most welcome'
'Don't mention it'
'Don't even think about mentioning it'

FairPhyllis Sat 06-Oct-12 21:49:02

YABU about the airport security queues. I travel on my own a lot for work and often carry two computers. I need to have a surface to rest my bags on to get them out safely - I am certainly not going to dance around trying to get my boots off, toiletries bag out, coat off and computers out while carrying everything at the same time. Unless you're offering to help me, perhaps?

ducklingpie Sat 06-Oct-12 21:57:36

I even let my children put everything on the conveyor belt too. Sadly they're too short to pack at the moment in most supermarkets, they're only 4 and 6.

In the co-op they have two little trolleys so unpack and pack everything themselves... you'd love to be behind me then, it takes ages whilst they argue over who's going to put what in their bags wink

ducklingpie Sat 06-Oct-12 22:01:39

oooh, I've never knowingly been on anyone's shitlist - I feel quite proud of myself smile

(I fully acknowledge I need to get out more)

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sat 06-Oct-12 22:02:31

Fair get organised before you get in the queue then.

'Unless you're offering to help me, perhaps?'

If someone asked me to hold something for them while they took their shoes/belt off, of course I would hold it. I think most people would, wouldn't they? If you asked me to take your belt off, while you held the computer I might be a bit confused

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sat 06-Oct-12 22:03:59

duckling you've even got a special star next to your name after these latest revelations!

WishICouldBeLikeDavidWicks Sat 06-Oct-12 22:10:26

Along these lines....

When there's a gang of you in the curry house, waiter brings food, says 'chicken shashlik' 5 times, no one except you is paying attention then eventually the person who ordered chicken shashlik turns round 'oh yes, I ordered chicken'. THE WAITER IS BRINGING FOOD, IT IS FOR US, I AM STARVING, PAY ATTENTION.

FairPhyllis Sat 06-Oct-12 22:11:34

I have stood in security queues for over an hour. I am certainly not getting my stuff out before because I would not physically be able to hold it for a long period of time and I can't risk dropping or damaging my work computers. You couldn't possibly do it if you were travelling alone with children, either.

And people are rarely as helpful as you in my experience, I'm afraid. They are usually too busy either sorting themselves out or getting their judgy pants in a twist.

YANBU. And I don't understand the ducklingpie attitude at ALL, either. So, if you sense that people are in a hurry, you slow down on purpose. That seems very passive aggressive to me. Perhaps there is a very good reason that the person behind you is stressed and in a hurry. Maybe they have a hungry baby in tow. Or an elderly parent they are shopping for before doing the school run. Or any number of things.

But you take your pleasure from adding to their stress, and making them wait.

SelfRighteousPrissyPants Sat 06-Oct-12 22:21:49

I normally hate faffing about though I must admit I couldn't find my bus ticket the other day blush Though they have put M&S right by the bus station and I'd been waiting behind the faffers first so only got to the bus just as it was about to leave. The lovely bus driver just waved me on before I searched through all my pockets/receipts for the ticket though grin

Poundpup Sat 06-Oct-12 22:27:48

YANBU. The people that kill me are those that go through the self service checkouts with trolleys, not with a couple of items but a jam packed full trolley and then keep calling the assistant over to remove the blimming security tags. Meanwhile, all the other tills grind to a halt and become stuck with the most irritating message known to man 'there is an unexpected item in your bagging area'.

ARGH! It's enough to give me a nervous twitch. wink

ducklingpie Sat 06-Oct-12 22:29:26

It's especially satisfying when there is an arse behind me who has been standing so close they're breathing down my neck and loudly tutting at the poor flustered elderly person/shopper with baby/person with a migraine etc who is at the front of the queue.

I'm of the opinion that you should not be bullied into feeling you have to do anything faster just because of someone else's impatience.

differentnameforthis Sat 06-Oct-12 22:31:23

So as well as holding onto dd2 to make sure she doesn't bolt (airport scenario), I also need to be holding my handbag, my hand luggage, my belt (pray you aren't behind me as my jeans WILL fall down), my sunnies, loose change in my pocket, shoes off etc until I get to the xray machine.

Not gunna happen. Cos it will get dropped several times & that will piss people off even more.

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sat 06-Oct-12 22:33:54

You don't need to hold your belt, sunglasses, loose change and shoes you can put them in your bag. Even if your shoes don't fit the rest should.

differentnameforthis Sat 06-Oct-12 22:33:55

I'm gonna go against the grain and say that people should just slow down

Amen! When did we all get SO impatient.

differentnameforthis Sat 06-Oct-12 22:34:28

Holy, I don't want them in my bag. That is why they aren't in my bag.

differentnameforthis Sat 06-Oct-12 22:35:04

OH & did you miss the part where my jeans would fall down if I took my belt off?

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sat 06-Oct-12 22:35:53

You don't need loose change and sunglasses in the queue at the airport, you can just put them in for the purpose of going through security. It really isn't going to be that traumatic for you.

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sat 06-Oct-12 22:36:17

No, I didn't miss it, I just didn't believe it.

EugenesAxe Sat 06-Oct-12 22:38:59

YANBU... it always seems to be fucking women who do it and get all the commonsensical women a bad name. It probably isn't though... and I leave out from my tirade any woman with a practical reason for not getting organised in whichever way... such as one that has small children, or even children, with her.

Initially I thought your post was about board games or 10-pin bowling, in which case I would have been even more vehement in my YANBU grin.

If your jeans fall down when you take your belt off, you need smaller clothes you lucky thing.

Also, if you are in anything other than the slow lane, and there are cars behind you, and none in front of you YOU ARE GOING TOO SLOWLY OR IN THE WRONG LANE.

YouMayLogOut Sat 06-Oct-12 22:40:28

"any woman with a practical reason for not getting organised in whichever way"

How do you know what people's reasons are? And why should they need a "reason" to go at a normal pace anyway, rather than a super-fast impatient one?

E320 Sat 06-Oct-12 22:41:26

I am SO with you on the airport thing. I fly a lot for work at the moment and, as a frequent traveller, get to use the fast track. However, on a Monday morning (very early), it drives me wild when people in front of me do not get themselves sorted out before they arrive at the security screening. These are usually men and the types that also have the large cabin bags that take up all the room in the lockers on the plane (another potential rant).
However, it also irritates me, when I have deposited my bag, laptop/iPad, jacket etc. to be asked if I have any liquids. Why? It is obvious that I do not, otherwise they would already have been put in the plastic tray.

Eugene I have seen another thread turn out like this:

Man: Why do women not get their fucking purses out to pay before the cashier asks for the money?
Many women: Because we're busy packing the fucking shopping in the bags, dumbo - why do men always leave this until after paying?

Can't say I've noticed this particular gender difference myself, though.

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sat 06-Oct-12 22:44:27

erm....youmay this is an AIBU about people going really, very slowly, not at a 'normal pace'.

I'm pretty sure no-one has said you should go at a 'super-fast impatient' pace.

If you look at the OP, you will see the woman took 30 minutes to find the receipt (20 mins not bothering to look and 10 mins looking), that is not a 'normal pace'. It's slow, very, very slow.

EmBOOsa Sat 06-Oct-12 22:54:12

This used to drive absolutely loopy when I'd be on my lunchbreak and needing to buy food. It's so stupid, it is obviously lunchtime, there will obviously be people trying to buy food for said lunchbreak, and obviously they would quite like to buy it in time to eat it before their lunchbreak is over. So why, of all the times of the day, choose that time to piss about at a checkout??

MinnieBar Sat 06-Oct-12 23:00:42

I went to Lidl for the first time recently and I didn't know they don't take credit cards.

I tried to pay with American Express blush

Frontpaw Sat 06-Oct-12 23:10:37

People on buses. Why does the person in front of me get on the bus before lookimg for their Oyster card? Then when theu do find it, its out of money and they refuse to believe it and a mexicam stand off with the driver to get a free trip.

And tourists... I usually read up on such boring things as travel before I go abroad. Besides, all the stops have signs telling you to but a ticket before you get on the bus. But noooooo, they decide to get on and try to pay with a £50 note.

sashh Sun 07-Oct-12 07:29:09

Can I just add, the people who will not push their trolly through. They unload at the end of the conveyer and then stand there watching their shopping disapear into the distance, and there is a mile of conveyer behind (OK I might be exagerating) but I can't start to put things on because of the idiot incapable of walkin a few steps with your trolly.

zlist Sun 07-Oct-12 07:43:00

I was collecting a parcel from the delivery office last week, no one there when I arrived and I was getting my ID out before ringing the bell. A woman turned up then and I moved away from the counter so she could go ahead. A few seconds later I had my ID ready and got behind her. When the postal worker arrived at the desk I was fuming to discover that not only did this woman not have her ID ready she didn't have any and thought it was ok to keep me waiting ages whilst she attempted to argue about the lack of ID and getting her parcel!

gettingeasier Sun 07-Oct-12 07:58:24

Amex in Lidl grin

I love getting locked into a competition with the checkout person in Aldi , I will keep up with the flying groceries grin

YANBU about people messing around looking for purses etc or being slow but I stand and count in my head or something because I think we should probably be more patient and tolerant.

The exception to this is the parents who want to let their little darlings to be involved with every stage at the checkout " Do you want to put the card in for Mummy Perseus " ffs

MorrisZapp Sun 07-Oct-12 08:17:50

This is all just kid's stuff. A paddling pool of faff.

To fully experience rage inducing timewasters, you need to enter the hell that is the advance ticket office at the train station.

AAAAARRRRGGHHHHHH you old fucker! Do you even know where you want to go? Or have a vague idea of when? I'm dying here. Actually dying.

It's the ones who go up to the counter, dump a huge pile of books and papers including a five year diary and a wartime map of the Cotswolds, breathe deeply and say 'right then' who make me weep.

I've arranged house purchases and hospital admissions in less time than these utter cunts take to buy a single off peak to York.

Stop. Pissing. About.

gettingeasier Sun 07-Oct-12 08:24:06

Yes I was thinking the purse rummagers (sp) are the most annoying in the queue to buy a train ticket when your train is minutes away

redexpat Sun 07-Oct-12 08:24:20

I once worked as a bar maid at a racing festival. It was at least 3 deep at the bar all day. You'd go over to a customer - yes sir? or what'll it be? or what can I get you? and only then would they turn round to their group of 10 mates and say 'right lads what you avin? Then they would watch you pour 10 pints. Then wait for you to add it up, and only then would they start searching for their wallet.

RikersBeard Sun 07-Oct-12 08:30:10


Traffic lights. If everybody was actually ready to move when it was their turn, about double the number of cars could move through. If you see the lights go green, stop fiddling with your radio, put your lipgloss away, put your car in gear (or at least your hand on the gearstick) and be ready to move when the person in front does. Please.

MorrisZapp Sun 07-Oct-12 08:34:25

My step mum refuses point blank to look at menus in restaurants. Then when the waiter pitches up she ignores him until the rest of us have ordered then looks as surprised as if he'd turned up in her bedroom.

Then she begins to look for her specs. The whole scenario plays out again when the food arrives. She blanks it until the entire table is joined in a chorus of 'chicken with ginger and spring onion?', at which point she 'wakes up' in cartoon fashion and says oh I think that's for me.

It is unbearable.

CondoleezzaRiceKrispies Sun 07-Oct-12 08:47:57

Surely at the airport, if there's a limit to what you can achieve in the queue, you then do you organising where you pick up the trays, whilst telling people to go past you?

mrsminerva Sun 07-Oct-12 09:07:29

I hate people who just.... stop......

At the top of escalators. Don't they knop there is nowhere for those following to go apart from into them? Surely these people must have single digit IQs?

limitedperiodonly Sun 07-Oct-12 09:08:07

At an appointment for a smear test the receptionist said to me in the packed waiting room: 'Can you pop your tights and knicks off now to save time for Doctor?' shock

Five minutes after I'd said no and she walked away to await the inevitable letter of complaint, the person next to me nudged me and said: 'Don't you think you should get ready?'

I suspect they would approve of this thread.

<AIBU to want to exterminate anyone who uses the term 'knicks' and refers to the doctor as 'Doctor'>

BupcakesAndCunting Sun 07-Oct-12 09:12:54

Actual LOL at MorrisZapp and wartime map of the Cotswolds. grin

hermioneweasley Sun 07-Oct-12 09:13:03

Agree, YANBU. As a frequent flyer the people who get to the front of the security queue, start faffing, are surprised that liquids are limited and have to be in alastair bag etc, I think should be sent to the back of the queue to think about what they have done.

alienreflux Sun 07-Oct-12 09:13:59

sorry if this has already been said, haven't got time to read all 5 pages of pissed offness, but ON THE BUS!!!! You need bus fare people, you know (generally, you get it every f*&^%ng day!) how much it is, so whyyyyy do you wait til you're at the driver to rummage for purse in bag, rummage for change in purse, rummage putting ticket in said stuffed purse special place, before you sit the fuck down??!! and breathe!!

Snorbs Sun 07-Oct-12 09:17:06

MorrisZapp, you'll have to kill her. For the good of humanity. I'm sure you'd get a statue erected and everything.

alienreflux Sun 07-Oct-12 09:19:26

morriszapp you are a fucking legend grin

DizzyHoneyBee Sun 07-Oct-12 09:21:03

It's not an issue now, but something that was guaranteed to make my blood boil was people who would write a cheque out when the guarantee card was a debit card - that used to really, really p*ss me off.

thixotropic Sun 07-Oct-12 09:39:02

It's not impatience though, when we are stuck behind a Faffer.

It's about respect.

The faffer in front is saying loudly and clearly, Fuck you, Fuck whatever else you have to do. You are not important, and I am.

That is what irritates me.

flowery Sun 07-Oct-12 09:40:10

Women in the supermarket queue who stand and watch all their shopping go through and then look surprised when the assistant says "that'll be £18.63 please" and they need to rummage in their bag to get their purse out.

People who slow down when approaching green traffic lights in case they turn. hmm angry

GoSakuramachi Sun 07-Oct-12 09:45:24

Sakura why is it easier to get your stuff ready whilst standing still at the conveyor than it would be to get your stuff ready standing still in the queue? Standing still is standing still surely? If you can't do it in the queue, you should move to one side whilst you sort it, not block everyone else. It's just good manners.

Because then you get to put everything DOWN into the basket doodads. I can't do it in the queue while shuffling forward, I don't have enough hands! How do I hold the baby and the hand luggage and push the pram and take my belt off and my computer out of the bag, all while moving forward in the queue? Who could do that? Its not blocking everyone else, its doing it in the correct manner, there is no need to have done everything before you get to the conveyor.

wisden Sun 07-Oct-12 09:52:59

Not finished reading the thread yet but gettingeasier I am with you on the lidl/aldi chllenge grin
At the start I am putting items carefully in my trolley in order of weight/size etc, but by the end I am scooping it off the counter into my trolley so my yoghurts split, pop fizzes, bread is squashed but it is worth it just so I can put my card in before the cashier can say "cash or card?"
Every single week, I walk out of there wondering what the hell got into me and vow I won't behave in the same way next week. I always do.
My theory is that as you enter the store they squirt some invisible spray over all the shoppers, a bit like like red bull, only you inhale it without knowing.

diddl Sun 07-Oct-12 09:55:10

"are surprised that liquids are limited and have to be in alastair bag etc,"

An alastair bag??!!grin

New brand that I haven´t heard of?

wisden Sun 07-Oct-12 09:59:45

Oh and DH is an arse at cashpoints. He enters his card, thinks for a few minutes about his pin number. Checks his statement on screen, then gets a print out. Studies it for 10 minutes, then gets cash out, then gets a receipt that he will study for another 10minutes, then will tear thge receipt up into a million pieces whilst the queue behind him gets longer and longer. Then he faffs putting his card back into the correct place in his wallet, the money in his wallet, puts the wallet in his back pocket which is a tight squeeze only then will he move away from the cash machine. Arse.

Carrie37 Sun 07-Oct-12 10:23:12

Funny story.... Several years ago at Dh's christmas party he was hottly debating some twaddle with his boss (best ever grand prix driver or similar crap) the waitress arrived and asked them THREE times "chicken or beef, sir?" and was completely ignored she then lost it and shouted "do youse want F--CKING chicken or what"?

The manager quickly appeared with free wine for all, the poor girl was moved to different table but amazingly didn't lose her job!

All this in thee poshest best known hotel in the City (not telling which city just in case.)

CelticParalympian Sun 07-Oct-12 10:41:37

limited shock

What was the response to your complaint?

CelineMcBean Sun 07-Oct-12 12:43:50

It is a wonder I ever leave the house because the following make me murderous:

People who insist on standing at the end of the checkout so you can't put your shopping on having loaded theirs. Move out the sodding way!

Those who don't put the divider on the belt but stand in the fricking way so I can't reach it.

People who wait until they reach the bank counter before writing out a cheque or paying in slip.

People who don't stow the basket tidily under the end of the counter so I have to move a 6-basket leaning tower of Pisa carefully out before stacking them neatly or risk serious injury to me, my toddler and the people behind.

People who take a trolley down the "hanbaskets only checkouts". They invariably get stuck and then huff loudly while doing nothing as if it is someone else's fault until being rescued.

Particular to Waitrose: people who unload then abandon their trolley in the queue wtf is that about?! And <<this has happened 3 times>> pair of posho women stand gossiping with full trolley of stuff. They wait until the person in front has paid for their shopping. They continue to chat before lesiurely unloading shopping, occasionally <<deep, calming breath>> pausing to continue chat unhampered by loading. They then continue chat once unloaded leaving shopping in a heap at end of conveyor belt while cashier and I eye-ball each other in disbelief before the cashier bag packs (having previously ignored cashier's offer to bag pack and any other conversation from said cashier) and then, only then do they look on in amazement when ask to pay for the shopping, before abandoning their trolley in my way!!! <<combusts>>

I want to shout at all of them "HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN IN A SHOP BEFORE YOU IGNORANT TWATS??!!" whilst simultainiously throttling them with the strap of their Mulberry but I resist because I know doing so would just make me even later.

WholeLottaRosie Sun 07-Oct-12 13:13:45

Another one to add to the list: the car parks that have pay-as-you-leave ticket machines. I'm walking at normal speed to the machine, ticket and money in hand, when some bastard will insist on getting to the machine first (they're doing that fast-walking thing as though they don't want to make it too obvious by actually running). They get to the machine all of two seconds before me...and then start rooting around in their handbag or pockets whilst I stand there grinding my teeth and boiling my piss.

crosscupcake Sun 07-Oct-12 13:24:40

Ok, what about those who are not ready when the traffic light changes from red to green.

HUUUUge line of traffic behind them and 8.30am, the light changes to amber then green...THEN they get into gear and take off handbrake and slowly pull off.

Some of us have to get to ready fuckwits angry

PigletJohn Sun 07-Oct-12 13:27:51

hee hee!

When I was on crutches after an accident, I swung towards the cash-machine in the corner of a supermart. When I was 6 feet from it, a person dodged in front of me and stuck her card in.

I went up very close behind her and made my warning-at-naughty-horses growl.

Pleased to say she quickly cancelled, grabbed her card and scuttled off.

Annunziata Sun 07-Oct-12 13:35:03

YANBU! It's infuriating, and six times out of ten it's the same people who tut about being in the queue.

The worst, though, is people who get surprised when you ask them for their order. You know, you've given them a menu, left them for a few minutes, or they've been waiting in the queue (right under the FECKING MASSIVE wall menu) and then you say, 'yes, can I help you?' and they looked surprised. WTF.


CelineMcBean Sun 07-Oct-12 13:37:33

Ooh just thought of another in the supermarket. Those people who have no concept of a turn. For example, they pay for their shopping, walk off a bit then come back brandishing their receipt/car park ticket/jar of olives or whatever and blithely resume their turn, as if they have never left, by complaining that the bogof on Parma ham hasn't gone through/pushing across me to insist their parking ticket is stamped/ask a fuckwit question like "are these kalamarta organic and what is the name of the grower?".

Of course the poor checkout person can't do anything now (except with the parking ticket but they should still wait their turn) and all of things could be dealt with at customer services who are at most 8 tills away.

AlionalovesPan Sun 07-Oct-12 13:41:57

<rolls up enough really huge spliffs for everyone on the thread..>

WholeLottaRosie Sun 07-Oct-12 14:17:29

No, no Aliona it's not us that needs spliffs, it's the faffers that need some whizz.

hermioneweasley Sun 07-Oct-12 14:42:07

Agree with thixotropic about respecting other peoples' time.

CelineMcBean Sun 07-Oct-12 14:52:11

Ok I am impatient but even I don't expect a woman to remove her pants and tights and then sit in the waiting room to save time. That is not only unreasonable but probably unhygienic on those nasty plastic chairs shock

I also get annoyed with those people who moon about in a queue so you don't know if they are queuing or not. You stand squished up while a gap of 5 metres opens up before they shuffle forward a bit or discover that they are really browsing the Hugh Fernley-Whatsits and her-off-Loose-Women books in the queue for the post office counter. Not that they actually SAY that. Oh no.

And anyone, anyone who pushes in front and THEN FAFFS... I think braining them with a butternut squash would be justifiable homicide.

Since when did we lose the ability to wait our turn, get out of the way as quickly as possible and if we need a bit of time to faff STANDING TO ONE BLOODY SIDE until we are ready? It's about manners and courtesy IMO.

wherearemyGOLDsocks Sun 07-Oct-12 15:09:10


I work in pubs and when it's very busy, lots of people waiting and I go to serve someone and only then do they start asking their friends what they want then I just say I'll come back when you're ready and start serving the person next to them. Likewise if after I've served their drinks and then they start faffing around getting their money out the I'll start serving the next person and make them wait before they can pay. I only do this when its really busy mind.

Mollydoggerson Sun 07-Oct-12 15:17:10

I think YABU and impatient.

LocoParentis Sun 07-Oct-12 15:29:02

M&S two dine in!!!!!!

In my dreams this is how i would like it to work:

You arrrive, you stand back to look at the available choices while you hum and har about what you want. or which combination will give the best monitary value you make your decision. Only when you are sure what you want do you step forward to put said items in your trolley and move on. It would take about 15 secs. No one would be inconvenienced or unable to see the options.

The piss boiling reality is:

You follow the sea of zombies people to the two shelves. you cannot get near them to even see what the available options are. Tall DH tells you. You try to elbow your way to the front but there is always at least four fuckers people agonising over the herb crusted cod or roast chicken, Totally blocking the shelf so the only way in is to elbow them in the face to extract your items, say excuse me as you shove them to the floor to get in front or wait for fifteen fucking minutes while they make their decision than then SQUEEZE ALL THE CHICKENS before choosing one.

It can ruin a perfectly good weekend.

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sun 07-Oct-12 18:09:29

'Its not blocking everyone else, its doing it in the correct manner, there is no need to have done everything before you get to the conveyor.'

No GoSak <shakes head>. I'm afraid you are mistaken. Causing the queue to build up, causing other people to wait for ages while you sort yourself out is NOT 'doing it in the correct manner'. It is being inconsiderate to your fellow traveller.

Do you ever wonder why all along the bit where you're queueing there are signs saying 'take your liquids out', 'take your belts off', 'empty your pockets' etc? Do you wonder why the staff say, loudly, to the people nearing the front of the queue 'make sure your liquids are out'? It's because you are supposed to be ready when you get there. <fact>

giraffesCantGoGuisingAsZebras Sun 07-Oct-12 18:15:11

"I almost shat my spleen out"

grinbupcakes I just spat on my screen with laughter at that.

GoSakuramachi Sun 07-Oct-12 18:21:39

So please do explain to me how I do that in the queue, Batman. I really would like to know how one human woman holds a wriggling baby, pushes a pram, herds three other under 6's, holds her own and most of their hand luggage and takes belt and shoes off and liquids out and laptop out, all while moving in a queue.
Seriously, you tell me how and I will gladly do it so as not to add 15 seconds or so to your wait. hmm

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sun 07-Oct-12 18:30:58

When you get to the front of the queue, move over out of the way, let the people who are ready through, and then rejoin when you've had time to sort yourself out. Very simple.

GoSakuramachi Sun 07-Oct-12 18:32:08

at the conveyor bit. Which is what I said I did already. But you told me several times to do it all in the queue

Way to backpedal. hmm

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sun 07-Oct-12 18:32:34

'so as not to add 15 seconds or so to your wait'

If it really is 15 seconds, if you can do shoes, liquids, laptop, wriggly baby, 3 other under sixes etc in 15 seconds then carry on as you are. If it's more like 5 minutes, just move out the way.

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sun 07-Oct-12 18:33:20

not at the conveyor so no-one else can go through, over to one side!

GoSakuramachi Sun 07-Oct-12 18:35:50

You can't do it til you get to the conveyor and have a box/place to put anything down. Over to one side has the same problem, unless you have 15 hands to carry everything over.

Maybe if impatient arses like yourself didn't stand there huffing and puffing and give a hand it might be easier. But you can just go around at the conveyor, so still, what is your problem?

MaryZed Sun 07-Oct-12 18:37:47

I put all my loose stuff into my bag. And put my bag on the conveyor. Doesn't everyone else?

GoSakuramachi Sun 07-Oct-12 18:38:55

But then you have all the stuff you have to take out, to replace the stuff that you put in. Kindles, take out, tablets, take out, liquids, take out, phones, take out.

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sun 07-Oct-12 18:41:16

Yes MaryZed, anyone with any common sense does exactly that.

GoSak I am not an 'impatient arse', I do not 'stand there huffing and puffing' and if you asked me to give you a hand, I would. For future reference you can take a tray with you over to one side, put your things in it, carry it over....

MaryZed Sun 07-Oct-12 18:43:01

Ok, you have one plastic bag with liquids in the outiside pocket of your handluggage.

You have everything else in the bag instead of in random pockets.

Or have it in pockets and take off your sodding jacket and put it through the conveyor (that works for children's random shite).

Just don't faff. I hate faffing. If there are 200 people in a queue, and everyone faffs for 2 minutes, that's a calculates madly awful long time shock

fairtomiddling Sun 07-Oct-12 18:46:36

GoSak, if it's needing to put things down that's the issue, can you not use the pram as a handy mobile table? Or the children... if you've got an extra eight pair of hands around, might as well use them. grin (Not being entirely serious there, before anyone froths at me!)

For the record, I am exceedingly impatient and often have to take deep breaths to avoid mortally wounding my fellow shoppers/travellers/pavement-walkers....

GoSakuramachi Sun 07-Oct-12 19:00:18

I tried that, I got shouted at by the security bastards for not having the pram folded down ready to be put through the scanner!

GoSakuramachi Sun 07-Oct-12 19:01:12

I think the answer I have here is "we want you to be quicker but no, we have no idea how you should achieve that" so basically, you can just wait.

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sun 07-Oct-12 19:10:15

Move to the side! That's all you need to do, honestly it's not hard. Loads of people travel with young kids, you're not the only one to ever have done it.

If you're looking for tips may I suggest;
get the kids a backpack each so you don't need to carry their stuff
put your hand luggage in a back pack or a pull-along suitcase so you're hands free
empty your pockets into your bag before you get in the queue
choose an outfit that doesn't require a belt
take shoes off before you get in the queue and put them in your bag, shuffle along in your socks.
make use of your children's hands (excellent suggestion fairto)

GoSakuramachi Sun 07-Oct-12 19:14:07

I do move to the side! at the start of the conveyor belt, where people can go around, but you've said that isn't good enough.
If you move to the side of the queue not at the belt you get shouted at by security, it is not allowed.
Jeez, what do you want, blood? Just calm yourself down and wait a few minutes, what is your hurry? Don't be telling people in a difficult situation how shit they are just to save yourself a couple of minutes, your time just isn;t as precious as you think it is.

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sun 07-Oct-12 19:17:25

If you're not blocking the queue, then it's good enough for me!

grin Reading your posts I think it might be you that needs to calm down though!

Queuebandit Sun 07-Oct-12 20:01:36

You'd have all hated me last week. M&S Simply Food on a Saturday afternoon, I was the one buying 40 gift cards each with £20 on them. No customer service desk so no choice but to go through the normal checkouts.

Woman behind me huffed and puffed and several times said "If I'd realised this I would have gone to another till". The cards were clearly on the belt, I didn't hide the things under a newspaper or whip them out at the last minute (Tadaaaaa... Look what I have here! grin). Should I have explained my purchase to every customer in the queue just in case their trolley of shopping was more urgent than my purchase?

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sun 07-Oct-12 20:10:33

but that's not faffing. If you'd have got to the checkout and then spent an hour going, 'now this giftcard is for Aunty Muriel, so £15 on that one, this one is for the milkman £10 on that one, hmmm this one is for DS's teacher. How much should I put on that one? Let me ring DH and ask....' and then spent 10 minutes trying to locate you card to pay, then the lady behind would be within her rights to brain you with a frozen ready meal.

BrianButterfield Sun 07-Oct-12 20:14:34

The M&S Dine in for Two fridge is the second most irritating place in the world. The first most irritating by a long chalk, is, ladies and gentleman, the self-service toaster section at a hotel breakfast buffet. Hey, you know what, fourteen people all putting your bread through twice? If you TURNED THE TOASTER UP A BIT you could just do it once and maybe, just maybe, we'd all get toast before someone (me) goes mental and batters someone to death with a loaf of Bimbo.

Queuebandit Sun 07-Oct-12 20:21:16

Ah, but Brian, hotel toasters are only there for Toast Roulette. Do you stick with your pale-and-slightly-warm bread that's been through once or do you risk a second run knowing that it'll almost certainly be cremated. That's the gamble.

I actually vote with PP that the most annoying scenario is at the train ticket office. How can you get to the front of the queue and not have the faintest idea when you want to travel angry.

<<ponders whether rail companies should introduce a 'random ticket generator' for these dimwits that dispatches them far away'>>

Brian for some reason your post on not understanding how a toaster works has reminded me of people who can't grasp the system at a taxi rank offering space for more than one taxi to load at a time. That does my nut in.

MaryZed Sun 07-Oct-12 20:24:32

And, and, and ... contrary to popular opinion, you don't have to wait until your toast has gone through. You can parallel toast <hyperventilates> and shove in a continual line of toast.

Regarding the supermarket queue, if I am clutching my purse in my hand as the shopping is scanned, I will only have one hand free to pack my shopping, which will make that much, much slower but it is not unreasonable to expect me to have my purse handy at the top of my handbag, with any vouchers - and that's what I do.

I think the Doctor's receptionist who asked an earlier poster to remove her tights and knickers in the waiting room was utterly barking. If I were that poster, I would go for my next smear with an extra pair of tights and knickers on and would cheerfully strip them off in the waiting room, ^and hand them to the receptionist with a cheerful, "Can you hang onto these for me then? Don't worry, the discharge is. It too bad today!" [evil]

limitedperiodonly Sun 07-Oct-12 20:41:55

celticparalympian they told me they'd have a word with her. I was young and it probably surprised them to get a complaint. It was about 23 years ago. If it happened these days I wouldn't have let it go.

limitedperiodonly Sun 07-Oct-12 20:57:59

morriszapp my MIL is a wine snob connoissseur.

A restaurants we used to wait starving while she would impress bore the sommelier with her knowledge gleaned from the Daily Telegraph and crappy wine tours while perusing the wine list and dropping in words such as 'Chateau d'Yquem' and 'botrytis'. It could be at least 30 minutes before she would even look at the food menu.

In the the end I learned to say: 'Ignore her. I'm eating this and I want to drink this, and I want to do it now.'

limitedperiodonly Sun 07-Oct-12 21:02:11

sdtgevilwolef I was the 'pop your knicks off' patient. Genius suggestion. I so want to go back in time.

limitedperiodonly Sun 07-Oct-12 21:14:58

On reading back (thanks CelticMcBean) I'm so pleased that some of us are still outraged at people who would like to rush us into oblivion.

I used to work with someone who, transported back to Poland in 1943, would undoubtedly have said: 'Don't fuss. Just leave your clothes in a neat pile and close the iron door behind us.'

Just fucking wait, you impatient bastards.

limitedperiodonly Sun 07-Oct-12 21:27:15

btw I'm not accepting any accusations of Godwin's Law for my previous post. So ner.

You are the sort of impatient bastards who would condone the concept of a boot stamping on a human face forever if stuck behind a ditherer at the self-service checkout at Tesco.

<rugged individual, if somewhat slow sometimes>

LocoParentis Sun 07-Oct-12 22:16:15

Limitedperiodonly I'm not sure this thread really deserves to be compared to a nazi death camp. hmm
inability to operate the self service tills or spreading over to the self service till next to you with your hundreds of bags from your full trolley is a lining up against a wall at dawn offence tho

HolyAutumnGoldBatman Sun 07-Oct-12 22:30:31

<opens book of things that seem really different, but are actually the same>

shock you're right limited being annoyed with a queue ditherer is exactly the same as stamping on someone's face!

BeauNeidel Mon 08-Oct-12 04:30:42

Hmm...amusing right till the odd observations by limited have you been drinking

I'll add my story. I also hate ditherers, but you'd probably hate to be behind me in Tesco, trying to balance the shopping on the baby in the pram whilst simultaneously trying to herd the twins in the right direction hasn't ever happened I have had to chase them round the shop and leave a shop assistant with the baby oh no not me blush

I am a nightmare to be behind when it's just me and the children! grin (The upshot is though that I'm so embarrassed I just want to get out as soon as possible so am ready with my purse!)

ripsishere Mon 08-Oct-12 04:53:33

Me and DD almost did miss our flight recently. A lovely family, mum, dad, five children had to put their stuff on the rolling things for X-ray. Children had all packed their own hand luggage (as had my 11YO DD). My DD hadn't put bottles of bubbles, roll on deodorant, umpteen electronic games in hers. It must have taken around 35 minutes to get them through.
As we ran toward gate 35 we kept hearing 'will the rips family please proceed to gate 35 the flight is waiting to depart'.

ripsishere Mon 08-Oct-12 04:54:02

And, I should add the dad seemed most put out that he had to taste the milk in his baby's bottle.

I got DD through customs at gatwick like a
ninja last time. One word. Reins. Pram folded, stuff in see through bag prepped, cardigan on pram. I'm awesome.

Top tip if you want to get through passport control with a baby. Ask helper person to hold DD while you fill in the form. I have never been rushed through so quickly. DD has done 12 flights in her less than 2 years.

Bertrude Mon 08-Oct-12 05:43:47

You are totally not being unreasonable. I feel a rant coming on...

I don't get why people think they need to have the entire contents of their house in their handluggage on a plane.

I frequently do reasonably long haul (7-8 hours depending on the wind) and have realised all I need is my handbag, which doesn't need ANY liquid in at all. I wear slip on shoes, trousers that fit (so no belt required) and my travelling handbag has an outside pocket that is just the right size for a passport to go into so its always at hand. At Abu Dhabi airport if I'm on the morning flight rather than the red eye, I can be through the baggage drop, through passport control and the scanners and in the bar departure lounge within 10 minutes of my arrival at the airport. Even late at night when its busier, its 20-25 mins max

If I have to take my work laptop, I don't take a handbag on the plane. Simple. Laptop and iPad come out and through the scanner, everything else stays in.

And if you know you're going through a scanner (well, durrrrrrrr if you're at an airport) why would you have loads of loose change in your pockets. That's what a purse is for.

Before people whinge at this point of view, I know its different with children, but still, some element of control over this is required. And I don't get why parents would allow even 11 year olds to pack their own hand luggage when there are such strict rules - how do you know that they won't just add something stupid like their toy knives or actual knives so they can eat their dinner, or stink bombs or other such nonsense that is likely to get you all in bother and waste your time as well as everyone elses.

Oh and just to add - nobody needs their sunglasses on a plane. Why they cannot be in a glasses case in your handbag/hand luggage, I do not know. Nothing will ever convince me otherwise. Then again, this one really gets my goat, people thinking it necessary to wear sunglasses inside buildings. Take them off, you look like a dick. And I am getting riled up because I have a meeting in 30 minutes with a dick who always has his sunglasses on his head throughout the meeting every week and I just want to pull them off his head and throw them out of the 13th floor window.

Ooooh that was a nice rant for so early in a morning, I enjoyed that grin

ripsishere Mon 08-Oct-12 06:00:11

Interestingly enough Vertrude, the multi bagged family were flying to Abu Dhabi. They'd been on leave and had a horrible DD about the age of mine.

I clicked on this all ready to agree vigorously with the OP (which I do).

But the debate has reminded me of another pet hate: people who officiously guard their place in a tenuous queue with elbows, darting glares and treading on the heels of the person in front, when a queue is told to merge.

Eg., last time I went to the airport, it was unclear which of two lines was for UK passport control, because they'd left two signs up and the queues were all very long and wiggly. So someone came along, removed one sign and called out to everyone to merge into one queue. I was in the right one and a family with toddlers were just ahead of me in the other, tried to step across and found a wall of wankers performing a Roman shield maneouvre with their luggage.


Why do people do this?

When it is pure luck you're in the right queue and someone has just told you to let people from the other queue merge in?

Sorry, not totally on topic but I had to share.

I do fume at checkout people who tell the dithery customer in front 'no problem' when they're deciding what to buy/fannying around. Erm, actually, I do have a problem, my car is on the meter just like yours and you are taking five minutes to buy three things.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 08-Oct-12 07:26:22

Ha ha, this was me yesterday in Next. Got to the till and then couldn't find my gift card. So held the queue up while searching for it. In my defence my arms were full of towels, lamps and wrapping paper so I couldn't search for it beforehand. Plus I didn't realise how long it would take to find it in my purse!

fuckwittery Mon 08-Oct-12 07:39:19

cheermum was that a piss take? please tell me it was ? if not, SERIOUSLY? So annoyed over the person behind wanting a little extra room for their shopping you spent twice as long packing/paying? why? Why would you need 3 inches room between your shopping and the standy up thing?

missuswife Mon 08-Oct-12 07:41:31

People who ring my work, sit through the ten minute long automated menu and queue to speak to an advisor, to ask for their account number, and then when I say 'ok your account number is xxxxxxxx' go, oh wait let me get a pen. Die!

Frontpaw Mon 08-Oct-12 11:32:37

You know the people who dump their wire shopping bag down at the end of the conveyor belt so that it isn't sitting inside the one below - so its sitting diagonally with the handles flapped inwards? They are stupid.

Now, the real fuckwits are the people who follow who don't, as reasonable, civilized people do, pick up the offending basket and put flat on the top of the stack so you can put the next basket on top ok. They, and the next few people who follow the rebelion should all be banned from shopping for life.

Frontpaw Mon 08-Oct-12 11:41:20

People who sit on the aisle seat on a bus, when the window seat is free, and/or dump bags on the seat next to them when the bus is busy. You paid for one seat, not two!

School gate mums (most of them). Gaggle of witches.

People over the age of 14 who use text speak.

People who eat with their mouths open, or make schmacky/sluuuurpy/mmmmmmmmm noises when they eat or drink.

People of schnoooooorttttt big squelchy snotty bogey snorts. Get a bloody tissue!

People who jump queues.

Peple who pretend not to see their dogs taking a massive dump in the park so that they don't have to pick it up (nice suprise for someone having a picnic).

People who talk to you like a small child. 'Shall we see the doctor now, darling?'. Shall we? I think I'll go alone, thanks.

People who try to strike up a conversation when you are obviously doing something else (so you'll be on the phone to a supplier threatening to come over and rip his head off when you hear 'new jacket, Paw? That's nice - where did you get it from? My sister has one like that and blah blah blah').

On reflection, most people annoy me. In fact, I would probably have picked a fight with Mother Teresa on a bad day.

CelineMcBean Mon 08-Oct-12 11:44:35

I bet Mother Teresa was a faffer. All that blinking serenity.

Frontpaw Mon 08-Oct-12 11:48:18

And that wasn't her real name either. And she wasn't a mother. Hiding out in India, eh? I have serious doubts.

EugenesAxe Wed 10-Oct-12 04:54:57

MorrisZapp - classic. I memorise everyone's orders at restaurants so I can direct the waiter when they are all too busy chatting to notice their food's arrived.

My little sister nicknamed me Bella because I'm such a bossy cow...

MrRected Wed 10-Oct-12 05:02:48

Everybody should shop at Aldi.

Aldi do not tolerate queue sloths. If you aren't ready, they just chuck your stuff at you and bark at you until you've made your choices on the pinpad.

Shopping at Aldi has taught me how to be lightening quick at the till...LOL

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