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Cellardoor23 Sat 27-Aug-16 15:23:46

Would you say something if someone jumped in front of you? Or would you wait quietly until someone served you?

It's happened to me a few times. I'm never sure whether to speak up because I don't want to be rude, but I've also stood quietly and been ignored.

What would you do?

Madbengalmum Sat 27-Aug-16 15:27:42

I always say something if i have been in a queue and someone takes it upon themselves to not bother to queue. It might as well be a free for all if not.

bumbleclat Sat 27-Aug-16 15:27:59


OurBlanche Sat 27-Aug-16 15:28:05

"Oh! I am sorry. Was I queueing in your way?"

"Ooooooooooh! Lovely manners to teach your kids"

"Excuse me! I think, if you look properly, you will be able to find the end of this queue"

I have a few stock sentences and I say them loudly, in my best ex-teacher voice, accompanied by a Paddington Hard Stare, as and when necessary!

I even enjoy it when someone has the balls to tell me to fuck off...

"How nice of you dear"

"Rude too!"

"Well, if you hadn't pushed ahead of me I wouldn't have said anything, would I?"

PurpleDaisies Sat 27-Aug-16 15:29:33

I tell them to move with a combination of force and charm. "Excuse me, did you miss that there's s queue, the back is over there" followed by s big smile always works.

HoneyDragon Sat 27-Aug-16 15:35:36

Love the thread title it's given me a fab mental image of Manuel from Fawlty Towers grin

bigtapdancingpimp Sat 27-Aug-16 15:37:36

I shove them right out of the way and say 'The back of the queue is behind me'.

Queenbean Sat 27-Aug-16 15:37:47

Yes I say "I'm so sorry, I presume you have somewhere much more important to be than me?"

And it's queue. Why do so many people struggle with cue / queue?

BillSykesDog Sat 27-Aug-16 15:38:05

Just say 'Excuse me, I was in front of you in the queue'.

ProseccoBitch Sat 27-Aug-16 15:39:04

I always say something like "Excuse me, there's a queue" or "Excuse me, the queue starts back there".

aquashiv Sat 27-Aug-16 15:39:56

I usually say something like "I hate queues too as I park my self firmly in front of them".

Oh! I am sorry. Was I queueing in your way?" going to remember that one.

FrancisCrawford Sat 27-Aug-16 15:40:20

If people push in front of me at a bus queue I try to insinuate myself back in front of them. But if it's rush hour and there's a chance I won't get on, then I do remind them that there is a queue and that I was there first.

bigtapdancingpimp Sat 27-Aug-16 15:41:40

Que? grin

PaperdollCartoon Sat 27-Aug-16 15:43:03

Always say something. I have a very low tollerance for bad manners and arseholes.

TheCrowFromBelow Sat 27-Aug-16 15:43:20

Just say, politely and calmly "Excuse me, there's a queue"
That's not rude.

PaperdollCartoon Sat 27-Aug-16 15:43:46


tofutti Sat 27-Aug-16 15:44:03

I don't want to be rude, but I've also stood quietly and been ignored.

Agh why are Brits so polite to the point of getting walked over by people.

Why do you think YOU would be rude? They are rude.

Coconutty Sat 27-Aug-16 15:45:51

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Summerdiamond Sat 27-Aug-16 15:46:51

happened me recently in Lidl - long queue, everyone in it, myself included only had couple of things, a man walked past everyone & stood in front of me - didnt even acknowledge me standing there, so I tapped him on shoulder & asked had he not seen me, oh well I only have couple of things - as do I, as does that man, so if you dont mind I've been standing here quite a while.....
had he asked maybe but just to totally ignore me, gets on my goat!

Cellardoor23 Sat 27-Aug-16 15:49:47

Sorry I just realised I spelt 'queue' wrong. Idiot blush

When people don't queue at the bus stop either. It really annoys me.

It's just because I was waiting in a queue yesterday and two people had already jumped in front of me. When it got to the third time I spoke up and said 'excuse me, I was here first' the customer and the server both looked at me as if I was in the wrong confused

user7755 Sat 27-Aug-16 15:50:04

'Excuse me, I was here first'

Someone once said 'but I've been queuing for ages'. At which point I explained that I knew that as I was already queuing and therefore saw her when she arrived. hmm

hollyisalovelyname Sat 27-Aug-16 15:55:10

I always tell them there is a queue ( and I get embarrassed !!!)
I will always let people who were ahead of me go first if the shop assistant goes to serve me instead of them.
It's just manners.

Pineapplemilkshake Sat 27-Aug-16 15:56:52

I would say something, firmly but politely.

The other thing that annoys me is the type of queue jumping that goes on in attractions and theme park rides etc. Eg if there are a couple of people in front of you and then their friends/family join the queue after you, but they try to move up to be with the friends in front. If they all need to be together so badly, why don't the friends at the front move back, rather than make everyone else wait longer in line.

livingthegoodlife Sat 27-Aug-16 16:00:56

Someone jumped a queue in front of me recently and politely but firmly pointed out that I was queueing and she went mental and shouted at me that I was not, she was here first, she showed me out the way etc. Shook my confidence big time.

Will put me off saying Anything if it happens again.

bigtapdancingpimp Sat 27-Aug-16 16:01:10

Brits are awful for standing by and letting others walk all over them hence my previous post (I live abroad)

My Irish friend came here and went mental at some Russian tourists trying to jump the bus queue in front of some polite Brits. 'Fucking ignorant twats' is still ringing in my ears grin

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