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Does this count as queue jumping?

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Tokyotwist Sun 19-Jun-11 09:03:35

I have a pet hate, people who form one queue, when there obviously should be more, and then give you dirty looks when you ruin their 'hedge your bets' formation and create a second queue.

It isn't that I can't wait, it's just annoying when you have to extend the queue to the point that you're obstructing others from passing by. And when I've a heavy shopping basket in my hand, having folk squeeze past just gets ridiculous and sometimes rather painful?

BimboNo5 Sun 19-Jun-11 09:06:06

I dont get it

nancy75 Sun 19-Jun-11 09:07:21

yes it is! if there is one queue go to the back, starting your own queue is pushing in!

BluddyMoFo Sun 19-Jun-11 09:08:54

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Tokyotwist Sun 19-Jun-11 09:09:23

Think supermarket checkout, two cashiers backing each other. I expect two queues, one for each cashier, often you get one queue in the middle of both, but the queue has to start a bit further back, so anyone else coming can't quite tell which way they intend to go.

Lindax Sun 19-Jun-11 09:09:56

yup, queue jumping grin

PrettyCandles Sun 19-Jun-11 09:10:22

Hmm, I see what you mean about obstructing, but OTOH one queue for several tills is fairer, really, and usually faster for everybody.

fedupofnamechanging Sun 19-Jun-11 09:14:58

It's normally the queues for baskets/fewer items that have the single line and the queue for trolleys that have two separate queues.

That's just the system. Break it at your peril grin

montymum Sun 19-Jun-11 09:15:43

yes queue jumping I wouldn't give you a dirty look though, I would say " There is a queue can you join the back please!" It really annoys me.

KingofHighVis Sun 19-Jun-11 09:20:18

Sounds like you are being extrememly rude and I'm not surprised you are getting dirty looks

LostMyIdentityAlongTheWay Sun 19-Jun-11 09:22:05

LMFAO!! I think you need to get out more, actually.

that's the most "British" post I've ever read. Do you also worry about whether you're middle or lower class? (You're not upper, clearly, otherwise a serf would be doing your shopping).

And yes, yabu

Jaspants Sun 19-Jun-11 09:23:56

Yep queue jumping

musicposy Sun 19-Jun-11 09:26:21

Definitely queue jumping. I would have thought most people would say "excuse me, we're queueing in this line here". I'm surprised if the most you get is dirty looks!
I think it's just your opinion there should be two queues, I always like it if people have the sense to form one queue for the lot as it's much fairer, moves quicker, and saves one person getting stuck for hours behind someone who has a query.

HellAtWork Sun 19-Jun-11 09:28:13

I just ask the last person in the queue which till they're queueing for and sometimes they say both, so long as we're all using the same method should be fair. Agree though OP - tis a pain in the arse when queueing in one long line doesn't make efficient use of queueing space and you're getting shoved past all the time. I have been known to put my basket and kick it along if it's too heavy blush.

What really pisses me off is when a long queue ends up snaking down an aisle and you get people trying to cut in - most people get to where they think the end is and then with a sad face go and find the end - but you do get a few cheeky fuckers who find it's not the end of the queue and expect to stand there as if they're pulling out onto a main road in a line of traffic.

controlpantsandgladrags Sun 19-Jun-11 09:29:32

Definitely queue jumping. I see it all the time and it really fucks me off. The people at the front of the current queue should be moved to the front of a new queue.

gapants Sun 19-Jun-11 09:29:52

I can see what you are saying, but yes, it is queue jumping. IMO it is the cashiers job to invite people from the 1st very long queue to make the second queue.

There you go 13 people have disagreed so far....I wonder how this thread will pan out?

InTheNightKitchen Sun 19-Jun-11 09:33:10

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happyinherts Sun 19-Jun-11 09:33:10

This confuses me at McDonalds. (Not that we go that often, I may have missed something)

At one branch there seems to be one central queue with everyone branching off to an individual till when available. At other branches, there are five or six individual queues. So where does this start? Who tells people there is one queue or many? It seems to be a new thing. I dont really like it as one large queue creates a problem with space

jugglingmug Sun 19-Jun-11 09:35:35

If by startong your 'new queue' you end up being served before those who were in the old queue, then you have jumped the queue haven't you. I'm sure if this were to happen you'd call them to come in front of you though wouldn't you op hmm

InTheNightKitchen Sun 19-Jun-11 09:35:45

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Tee2072 Sun 19-Jun-11 09:37:37

I agree with the OP, especially if the further along cashier is yelling 'Next Please!' And everyone else just stares at her. I shrug my shoulders and go be next.

If there is no sign/ropes/what have you saying 'please form on queue' I always jump ahead to the other cashier if the queue is shorter.

ShellyBoobs Sun 19-Jun-11 09:38:21

I don't think this thread was ever likely to go the way you were hoping, OP.

It stands to reason that if you're looking at a queue of 10 people and thinking you should start another one, those 10 people disagree with your thinking and it's being replicated in this thread.

YABU. It's queue jumping!

kreecherlivesupstairs Sun 19-Jun-11 09:54:08

I think you need something more challenging to think about. Does it really matter in the great scheme of things?

zelda1982 Sun 19-Jun-11 10:03:13

In our local sandwich shop, there is a sign which says "please queue both sides" sometimes when i go in there is 5 or 6 people in 1 queue, so i go down the other side and get served, if people are daft enough to not read/ignore the signs then its not my problem. grin

Ealingkate Sun 19-Jun-11 10:11:45

I would probably be inclined to say something to you if you did that whilst I was queueing - surely it isn't too hard to do either seperate queues or a single queue depending on the method that in use when you arrive.
Next time you might try saying to the assembled queue that you intend to start a second queue and see how that goes down.

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