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Supermarket queuing etiquette

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ArendelleQueen · 27/08/2015 15:38

There were big queues in the supermarket at every checkout. I was near the back of a queue. They announced that they would be opening the till next to me. People from my the middle of my queue moved across but the woman behind me rushed to get in front me and another person who was maneuvering her pram and basket. I said to the pusher, "excuse me, we were both in front of you" and she looked at me but continued loading her trolley. The pram woman shrugged at me, so I just stood and waited my return.

AIBU to think this woman effectively pushed in front of me and the pram pushing customer?

I fucking hate Lidl.

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SaucyJack · 27/08/2015 15:47


First off the mark when a new till opens in my book.


HermioneWeasley · 27/08/2015 15:48

Agree, survival of the fittest when a new till opens!


JeffsanArsehole · 27/08/2015 15:49


She was a right entitled twat


Koalafications · 27/08/2015 15:51

It was a bit rude.

It's like when they change the boarding gate on a flight without allocated seating the rush, no stampede, to the next gate is quite shocking.


LexieSinclair · 27/08/2015 15:57

I agree with you OP. I always stay put though because I can't be arsed with the hassle.


dustarr73 · 27/08/2015 16:00

No its a new queue cause its a new till opening.Its not like they skipped the queue you where in,then you would be right.But survival of the fittest in this instance.


ArendelleQueen · 27/08/2015 16:02

Survival of the fittest in Lidl? That made me giggle. Grin I'd starve in the wild because I'm physically disabled.

I just realised that I forgot the eggs but I'll be damned if I'm going back to that hellhole today.

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StillStayingClassySanDiego · 27/08/2015 16:06

I have that habit of waiting to see if anyone is moving off before I dive over.


CathJames · 27/08/2015 16:08

Yanbu at all. As far as I'm concerned if a new till opens then the people next in line who haven't already loaded their items onto the existing checkout should move over to the new checkout in the order that they were originally in. I've had a few people do this to me, the other day in Aldi I was in a long que with only a bottle of milk to my name, the till to my right suddenly opened and two people behind me (who had trolleys filled to the brim) dashed passed me as quick as they could. I said excuse me you'll find I was next in the que, one woman completely blanked me and the other just smirked and said well you weren't quick enough was you! I swear I could have slapped the snotty bitch.


pinkje · 27/08/2015 16:08

Etiquette and supermarket do not belong in the same sentence.


dustarr73 · 27/08/2015 16:13

If a new till opened i used to send the kids over with one thing and i wasnt far behind them.A new till to me is a new queuing system.


diddl · 27/08/2015 16:14

I also think that when a new queue forms, who was in fron of whom previously isn't relevant.

Ideally there would be one queue & the next person goes to the next cashier.

But that's never going to work with shopping to unload.


Janeymoo50 · 27/08/2015 16:16

Yep, a new till opens means you are starting from scratch again with the queue procedure.


StackladysMorphicResonator · 27/08/2015 17:21

YABU. New till = new queue.


MotherOfFlagons · 27/08/2015 17:36

I always think the people who have been waiting the longest should get to go in the new queue. It annoys me when they shepherd people across who have just joined the queue.


NotMeNotYouNotAnyone · 27/08/2015 18:39

She was rude but not unreasonabld as its a new queue. I'd have gone to the new queue but not deliberately rushed past people who were in front of me and certainly if they had said something (politely), I'd have apologised and given way


YeOldeTrout · 27/08/2015 18:47

When I worked in a market (foreign country) we staff made a point of calling over the first person in line and keeping the order unless someone didn't want to move over. Nobody from back allowed to cut in. It astounds me that Brits don't do this.


SanityClause · 27/08/2015 18:52

Yes, weird, OldeTrout, because usually the British are so strict about queueing. People get in a huff if they think you might have been considering pushing in ahead of your turn.


Lurkedforever1 · 27/08/2015 18:55

Yanbu. Survival of the fittest and racing is only ok in my book if a) they start it and b) everyone has the same physical chance. Racing someone disabled/ elderly/ with a pram/ juggling toddlers etc isn't on in my mind, it's inconsiderate and rude.


Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost · 27/08/2015 19:37

How about this though. I was in the £ shop and the cashier was doing something with his till. Getting a new till roll I assume. He looked at me as if to say I'm ready now so I started to walk over, next second I feel this tap on my shoulder so I turns around and this women who was behind me in the queue says to me, Go on you can get served before me if you like. As though she was doing me a favor. My reply was. That's very kind of you, seeing as i was infront of you in any case. Honest.

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