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How To Cut In Line and Not Get Caught

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the no-cuts dept.

Science 256

ewenc writes "A psychology study of hundreds of people waiting for front-row access to U2 concerts points to the best ways to cut in line and not get caught. 'Super-fans' are most irked by queue-jumpers. People were equally peeved whether someone cut in front or behind, and cutters who jumped beside a friend were less likely to attract scorn."

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And the reward for most useless researcher goes to (0, Troll)

Darundal (891860) | more than 5 years ago | (#25679027)

...THESE GUYS! Seriously, can anyone explain a possible application for this research, other than acting like a prick?

Re:And the reward for most useless researcher goes (4, Insightful)

dnwq (910646) | more than 5 years ago | (#25679125)

Preventing people like acting like pricks? Someone has to design the crowd control system, you know.

Re:And the reward for most useless researcher goes (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25680551)

It might look like I'm writing a reply to this post, but actually I'm just trying to get as close to the top of the page as possible.

Re:And the reward for most useless researcher goes (3, Funny)

Shinmizu (725298) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680597)

Why don't they just get a mage to polymorph them all into sheep like every other group that needs crowd control?

Re:And the reward for most useless researcher goes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25679153)

If you were in a concentration camp, and you were in line to get bread but there was only so much bread, it could save your life by getting you food? Grasping at straws perhaps...

Re:And the reward for most useless researcher goes (5, Funny)

ReverendLoki (663861) | more than 5 years ago | (#25679625)

Given the history of concentration camps, I'm not so sure I'd be all that eager to get in any line at all, let alone cut towards the front.

Re:And the reward for most useless researcher goes (0, Redundant)

aproposofwhat (1019098) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680643)

Why?

Do you know something I don't?

Re:And the reward for most useless researcher goes (0)

JCSoRocks (1142053) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680693)

I know that I don't want to be in ANY line in a concentration camp. 50% of the time it probably leads to something like the "showers".

Re:And the reward for most useless researcher goes (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25681199)

Barack Obama is the Anti-Christ, er... I mean President-Elect.

Re:And the reward for most useless researcher goes (5, Interesting)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 5 years ago | (#25679293)

Basic research doesn't always have immediate applications. Studying the psychology and sociology of lines is a hot topic among retailers though. How do you get people to line up like cattle and still have them feel like they're being treated reasonably well, and fairly? At least well enough that they come back. How does our society react to cheaters? The answer determines how many (and what kind) of cheaters will tend to exist. Are there differences between cultures or does our sense of fairness have some component that is innate to all humans?

Re:And the reward for most useless researcher goes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25681867)

Are there differences between cultures or does our sense of fairness have some component that is innate to all humans?

Speaking solely from non-scientific anecdotal evidence, I have noticed a large difference between cultures in this regard. I've observed that my fellow Americans and I are easy game for Europeans and most other cultures when it comes to finding a target to cut in front of in line. We seem to like having a larger bubble of personal space and can be easily distracted from our place in the line, allowing large gaps to build up. Conversely I've noticed in both the US and the relatively few places I've visited abroad that non-Americans tend to jam themselves within inches of each other like cattle, breathing down each others necks.

Re:And the reward for most useless researcher goes (3, Insightful)

onion2k (203094) | more than 5 years ago | (#25679395)

Why does research have to have an immediately obvious purpose? I'm sure there have been millions of discoveries made by people just "messing around" with some aspect of science. This sort of thing is great in my opinion. If we only funded research that could be justified as "useful" the world would be a much more boring place.

Re:And the reward for most useless researcher goes (3, Interesting)

mattack2 (1165421) | more than 5 years ago | (#25681521)

While it wasn't scientific research like this, your post reminds me of Velcro, which was invented after George de Mestral looked at burrs caught in his dog's hair.

Re:And the reward for most useless researcher goes (1)

hal9000(jr) (316943) | more than 5 years ago | (#25681935)

Why does research have to have an immediately obvious purpose?

Because there are people like me who want to cut in front of people like rather than waiting 40 minutes for the best damn burrito in a 50 mile radius AND I don't want you getting mad at me for cutting in. ROFL

But seriously, there are probably immediate applicaiotns for this research. I lucked out at a car rental place and showed just before 20 other people. It was a long wait for those behind me. While I was waiting to go up, a platinum member walked in the door and right to the counter. I thought the people behind me were going to riot.

Re:And the reward for most useless researcher goes (1)

kingsteve612 (1241114) | more than 5 years ago | (#25679461)

There isnt. besides the fact that this study is common sense, its a pretty worthless study. if youre jumping in line, you probably wouldnt care either way about what the people behind you think. i guess their "social psychology" degrees were bought on the internet for 3 dollars.

Re:And the reward for most useless researcher goes (1)

philspear (1142299) | more than 5 years ago | (#25679511)

can anyone explain a possible application for this research, other than acting like a prick?

Better understanding of group mentality and the human psyche. Seems more worthwhile to me than developing a more powerful bomb. Then again, I am just a bleeding heart liberal.

Re:And the reward for most useless researcher goes (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25680027)

Sure, there's a bunch of them. Right off the top of my head, I can think that such studies could be useful in terms of understanding how to best evacuate buildings, how to design queuing areas, how to optimize queues so as to be as unannoying and brief as possible, etc.

Re:And the reward for most useless researcher goes (5, Funny)

j1mmy (43634) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680065)

no application, they just cut in line when the gov was handing out research grants

Re:And the reward for most useless researcher goes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25680071)

could anyone explain a possible application for quantum theory at first?

and then we got transistors.

Re:And the reward for most useless researcher goes (-1, Troll)

ArsonSmith (13997) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680913)

As we move more and more through Socialism and on to Communism we'll need to know everything there is to know about standing in line. As population productivity drops and supplies start to run out everyone will be standing in line in order to get what they need. People will stand in line just to find out what line they need to be standing in. Think of the DMV only on a national level. Yes, it's an Obama Nation.

Re:And the reward for most useless researcher goes (1)

greg_barton (5551) | more than 5 years ago | (#25681435)

...can anyone explain a possible application for this research...

Yes. It's actually a study in the annoyance level of useless research studies. You'll be receiving your cohort survey shortly.

Just what we needed.. (5, Insightful)

!coward (168942) | more than 5 years ago | (#25679133)

Oh great!

Now science is coming to the aid of line-cutters everywhere.. Though I'm usually not the type of person willing to wait in line for hours (regardless of the reason), seeing someone cutting into a line (however short it may be) really pisses me off.

It's one of those tell-tale things about a person's character. It implies, at the least, that the line-cutter lacks civility, or simply couldn't care less for "social norms". At the most, it's a sign of someone who simply thinks the "rules" do not apply to them, and everything that can get them ahead is fair game. In the latter case, it's also often accompanied with smugness: "stupid idiots waiting in line."

Sure, cutting a line is by no means a serious offense. And in most cases these lines are purely informal, so one could make the argument that cutting the line is a simple display of expedience, and that no rules have been broken.. But seeing as though many of society's rules are entirely unwritten (and often unspoken), such attitude is disruptive to say the least. Not trying to spread FUD here, but it's the kind of thing that when widespread, brings nothing but chaos into even the most simple of things.

Re:Just what we needed.. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25679763)

Unless a line cutter gets his face smashed in, there is nothing stopping that behavior. Its becoming quite common for people to just find a wide gap between people, say "excuse me" (or nothing at all) and claim their place.

Its rude, but there are zero consequences to the act unless security sees it and does something.

Re:Just what we needed.. (4, Interesting)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680937)

I once saw a guy get stabbed for cutting in line at a heavy metal concert. Headbangers don't play that "Uhm...EXCUSE me you rude person!" crap.

Re:Just what we needed.. (0)

TubeSteak (669689) | more than 5 years ago | (#25681811)

Sure, cutting a line is by no means a serious offense. And in most cases these lines are purely informal, so one could make the argument that cutting the line is a simple display of expedience, and that no rules have been broken.. But seeing as though many of society's rules are entirely unwritten (and often unspoken), such attitude is disruptive to say the least.

FYI - the strongest argument against line cutting is that it is disorderly conduct.
Try using that next time instead of making half-baked appeals to "social norms" and "society's rules"

It's one of those tell-tale things about a person's character.
...
Not trying to spread FUD here, but it's the kind of thing that when widespread, brings nothing but chaos into even the most simple of things.

Your fear of disorder says a lot more about you, than your post says about line jumpers.

Try visiting a country where "waiting in line" is considered a foreign concept and you might discover that a little chaos isn't the end of the society. I just hope you are not prone to culture shock.

Re:Just what we needed.. (1)

TimothyDavis (1124707) | more than 5 years ago | (#25682035)

What about getting in line for a movie and holding the spot for a friend? Or letting your girlfriend go use the restroom while you wait in line?

Both are examples of a form of cutting - as you yourself cannot come and go without someone holding a place for you in the line.

This is what I am assuming (DRTFA) the researchers were taking advantage of - when I see people join friends in a line, I assume that the whole intention was to hold a place for them.

What if a whole line tried cutting? (4, Interesting)

TomRC (231027) | more than 5 years ago | (#25679159)

Suppose you're standing in line, and suddenly a whole line of people just slides into place right next to your line - at least as long as your line, in parallel, and apparently planning to enter into the venue in parallel.

Do you object? Do you assume that a second line has been "officially" been opened and you just missed out?

What if the new line of people has a lot more people than your line, and they start looking over at your line and saying "Hey - get to the back of the line! No cutting!" Does a fight break out - even if your line is obviously going to lose?

Re:What if a whole line tried cutting? (1)

More_Cowbell (957742) | more than 5 years ago | (#25681247)

You can see this every day on the 101 in CA. On ramps that start as two lanes merge into one before entering the highway, and again after. Cars are already bumper to bumper in line, but there is just enough room for another line to form on the outside.
What happens is a huge cluster f@*k, and I usually see two to five accidents a week in my 14 mile commute.

Re:What if a whole line tried cutting? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25681847)

Suppose you're standing in line, and suddenly a whole line of people just slides into place right next to your line.

Ugh. That happens regularly when boarding airplanes. They call the different boarding zones, people walk from different sides of the line, and instead of walking to the back of the line that the previously called zone has formed, they move to the side. I've never boarded an airplane that formed less than three lines, and I travel a good deal since I got my new job (about once a month).

Full study results (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25679163)

For full study results, see this month's Journal of American Douchebag Studies.

Re:Full study results (1)

Facegarden (967477) | more than 5 years ago | (#25679479)

For full study results, see this month's Journal of American Douchebag Studies.

I love that journal!
-Taylor

The best way (5, Funny)

MadUndergrad (950779) | more than 5 years ago | (#25679265)

is to pretend you're doing a study on line cutting, and interview someone near the front just as they start letting people in. Then release an actual study to prevent reprisals. Then profit?

Re:The best way (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25679643)

Actually, you start your interviewing at the back of the line, moving forward as you go. Everyone knows you are just interviewing. Time it so that you are at the front when the gates open and just go in, continuing the current interview.

Re:The best way (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25679705)

5; funny

Makes no difference (1, Insightful)

Mishra100 (841814) | more than 5 years ago | (#25679345)

Generally, I have more important things to care about than if I have to wait an extra minute and a half because 3 people just got in front of me.

If I'm in line, then I just expect to wait and wait it out. -5 or +5 minutes in a 60 minute wait doesn't make a difference to me... I would rather stand there and zone out into Willy Wonka land and be happy.

Now in a situation where I'm not expecting to wait, it is much more frustrating. For example if I step up to order a hamburger, and the cashier decides to step out to smoke first... Then I'm irate.

Re:Makes no difference (4, Insightful)

vux984 (928602) | more than 5 years ago | (#25679955)

Generally, I have more important things to care about than if I have to wait an extra minute and a half because 3 people just got in front of me.

Agreed.

How do you feel if its already been an hour, the line up is half way around the block, and people at the back will take an hour just to reach the position you are at now; and there is probably 50+ people and another half our so to wait in front of you.

And then over that period, half a dozen groups of 5+ show up and join their various friends in front of you (we're talking couples meeting other couples, or groups of friends meeting other groups of friends -- not a boyfriend joining his wife, or the driver joining his group after parking here. This effectively adds another 30 people in front of you, pushing you back another 30 minutes, while speeding them up about an hour and a half.

It gets ridiculous, and infuriating.

I remember when the Wii and PS3 were selling out at launch and people were lining up. Some stores instituted one of the best trends I've ever seen to defeat this, and some lines even SELF ORGANIZED into doing this; they had someone give out numbers to the people as they arrived. One person got one number. (And they were limiting it to one unit per customer.) So if a group sends someone over to line up a 1am, and then his 5 friends showed up at 5 minutes to opening, they couldn't effectively cut in and score a Wii or PS3 while guys that had been there for hours lost out entirely.

Re:Makes no difference (2, Funny)

EvanED (569694) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680579)

This effectively adds another 30 people in front of you, pushing you back another 30 minutes, while speeding them up about an hour and a half.

It gets worse when people start to give birth.

Re:Makes no difference (1)

kramulous (977841) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680985)

It gets worse when people start to give birth.

Oh well. At least you were there for the conception.

Re:Makes no difference (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25681195)

Actually, human gestation takes significantly longer than 30 minutes...

Re:Makes no difference (1)

kramulous (977841) | more than 5 years ago | (#25681299)

Actually, human gestation takes significantly longer than 30 minutes...

What? How much longer? Then where the hell did all of these kids come from?

Re:Makes no difference (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25681379)

My mom told me the stork brings them. Delivery takes 4-6 weeks.

Re:Makes no difference (1)

plague3106 (71849) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680009)

I guess your life is so empty that you only have one thing to do, and thus it doesn't matter how long it takes you to get it done.

Others have more to take care of in life, and most things need to be done between certain times, and possibly by certain dates. For these people, +5 minutes here and there really adds up quickly.

Re:Makes no difference (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25680207)

It makes no difference, because in the end, you are still stuck - having to listen to U2.

Call in a bomb threat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25679365)

90% of the time, it works all of the time.

Re:Call in a bomb threat (5, Funny)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 5 years ago | (#25679633)

Oddly enough, when I read the title "How To Cut In Line and Not Get Caught", the first thing I thought was, "Does it involve explosions?".

The best way to cut in line without getting caught is to create a diversion, though I'll admit that explosions around a large crowd are probably not a good idea.... Controlled pyrotechnics, might do it, however, e.g. smoke bombs and/or carefully planted sparklers to make it look like an overhead electrical line is about to drop onto the crowd. A bunch of growling, barking dogs being chased down the street by their handlers might also do the trick. Other possibilities include a live bear, a cat fight between two hired actresses, or an alien spacecraft landing nearby... until somebody invents the SEP field, that is.

Of course, an ideal plan would include all of the above simultaneously. Sadly, if someone has time to plan such an elaborate diversion, he/she probably has time to get in line earlier, and as such, everything in this post is a terrible idea. Remember, kids, don't try this at home....

Instant Cut Priveleges (4, Insightful)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 5 years ago | (#25679437)

Everyone knows there are a few ways to cut a line that work every time:
1) be in a wheelchair,
2) be carrying a screaming baby,
3) have "credentials" of some kind.

So if you have a press pass and a screaming baby and you're in a wheelchair, in theory you should be able to cut the restroom line in the last game of the world series, Boston at NYY, wearing a Boston hat, without getting a second look.

Re:Instant Cut Priveleges (4, Funny)

beacher (82033) | more than 5 years ago | (#25679791)

When I was a kid at Six Flags I used to yell MOM! at the top of my lungs until I got towards the front of the line. Worked like a champ. I've changed it to calling out my kids names and asking if someone has seen my 8 year old, about yea high, etc etc... Sometimes I get called on it but it's usually worth the risk.

Re:Instant Cut Priveleges (4, Insightful)

randyest (589159) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680343)

I'm surprised that no one else has taken the time to point out that you are, in fact, a dick.

Re:Instant Cut Priveleges (-1, Offtopic)

beacher (82033) | more than 5 years ago | (#25681587)

I used to be a cop ( Officer of the year for a Metro Atlanta law enforcement agency during the Olympics) and a Marine Corps Staff Sergeant.

Yes I am a dick thankyouverymuch. What's your point?

Re:Instant Cut Priveleges (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25680747)

That gets you up towards the front of the line, but how do you get (in* to the line once you're up there?

Re:Instant Cut Priveleges (4, Informative)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 5 years ago | (#25679951)

You forgot one of the most obvious:

4) Be a boobie-having female. Cut in front of a single guy, possibly after making eye contact and smiling slightly.

Re:Instant Cut Priveleges (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25680989)

GP has already mentioned that:
3) have "credentials" of some kind.

Re:Instant Cut Priveleges (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25680083)

except that Boston and NYY could never play each other in the world series... but if you mean the ALCS, then your scenario is possible.

I know, it's Slashdot, but there's your daily dose of mainstream US culture.

Re:Instant Cut Priveleges (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25680165)

He probably means that Boston is going to get a new NL team, and then play NYY in the World Series.

Re:Instant Cut Priveleges (2, Informative)

turdbeast (1390009) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680439)

i apologize for being a stickler, but i can't help but point out that Boston and the Yankees are both American League teams. it hurt my eyes when it was suggested that they could possibly play each other in the world series, and i am unable to let something like that go without saying something.

Re:Instant Cut Priveleges (1)

BobNET (119675) | more than 5 years ago | (#25681067)

i apologize for being a stickler, but i can't help but point out that Boston and the Yankees are both American League teams.

Which would make a World Series between the two of them that much more amazing...

Umm.. No shit? (2, Insightful)

Facegarden (967477) | more than 5 years ago | (#25679441)

I think i learned this in high school when waiting to buy stuff at lunch. See a friend? Go say hi, start talking, act like you're not going to buy anything, and then when your friend gets to the front, look kind of surprised and "decide" to order something. Or instead, say "thanks for saving my spot", which people somehow value as a legitimate line technique. At a concert, try "hey man, wow, it took me forever to find parking!".

Now give me my god damn nobel prize.

What the hell is it with "researchers" doing projects that i figured out in high school?
-Taylor

Re:Umm.. No shit? (3, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#25679683)

Becasue your one little piece of life is nothing more then an anecdote?

Everybody knew things fell to the ground before Newton, did he waste his time?

Sorry about anon, apparently having a few actual interesting stories(to me) happen at once means your going to hit the limit pretty damn quick.

And then it lets me post as my (0, Redundant)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#25679721)

user. Gah, sometime slashdot really irks me.

I post, it said I hit my limit, so I typed that bit about anon, then I forgot to click the ANon button and hit submit..and it took it.

You know, I can make my self look like a big enough ass without slashdots help~

Re:Umm.. No shit? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25680853)

Heh. I just say, "Excuse me" and "Pardon me, Cutting." People appreciate when you're being honest with them.

Re:Umm.. No shit? (1)

kramulous (977841) | more than 5 years ago | (#25681161)

You must have gone to a school full of pussies. You'd have been bashed at the school I went to for such a violation. From then on, you'd carry around the badge of being a wanker. Sure, you might think that being called a wanker once or twice wouldn't hurt. But that badge would be with you for the rest of your time at high school.

Don't fuck with the playground rules.

Re:Umm.. No shit? (1)

seriv (698799) | more than 5 years ago | (#25681911)

Because it was conducted by researchers in a field where the name is prefixed by "social." Basically, if the name of something starts with social, then it will be bullshit, overinflated bunch of hype over something obvious. Look at social networking. Social Science/Psychology is no different, if not worse. Whenever I see anything from that general area of study, I am always amazed that so many people can make a living doing such basic work so badly.

Best method of cutting without getting caught: (4, Insightful)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 5 years ago | (#25679741)

Murder everyone else in line.

You may get caught for the murders, but no one will ever know you cut in line.

Re:Best method of cutting without getting caught: (1, Redundant)

SydShamino (547793) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680487)

You may get caught for the murders, but no one will ever know you cut in line.

Depends. Do you murder with a knife?

Re:Best method of cutting without getting caught: (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680883)

Depends. Do you murder with a knife?

Naw, man. For one if the line's of any length worth cutting it's going to be quite tiring and time consuming and the whole point of the exercise is laziness and impatience. For two unless you're already Chuck Norris or Shaq a knife isn't exactly an overwhelming weapon, and if I get smacked down by some big line-dweller I'm going to jail for the stabbings, and they'll know I tried to cut in line. That's just humiliating.

No. I find a rocket launcher or an M60 works very well, or first the rocket launcher that can be tossed down quickly then followed up by the machine gun clears the line out with minimal fuss and muss. Well okay a lot of muss.

Re:Best method of cutting without getting caught: (1)

aperion (1022267) | more than 5 years ago | (#25681951)

You're not really cutting in line though, I think you're simply removing the line. Same end result (getting to the front faster) but different means.

Summed up how I feel (3, Funny)

AmeerCB (1222468) | more than 5 years ago | (#25679821)

Someone summarized exactly how I feel about this study in the comments section of the article:

Someone really has too much money. Can I get a grant to do some research on fart smells?

Re:Summed up how I feel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25681819)

Someone summarized exactly how I feel about this study in the comments section of the article:

Someone really has too much money. Can I get a grant to do some research on fart smells?

Hang out with my buddies and I, it's like a sport! "That one is like old produce!" "That one smells like a baby made it!" "It's like charring a pepperoni in the toaster oven!" "Wow that one has that 'Classic Poop' smell!"

The Implicit Line Code (5, Insightful)

Deorus (811828) | more than 5 years ago | (#25679909)

When I was at school there was an implicit code among students in which you could let all your friends get in the line AS LONG AS IT WAS IN FRONT OF YOU. Teachers couldn't understand how every student was fine with that, but since everyone accepted it and everyone benefited from it from time to time nobody ever complained.

Re:The Implicit Line Code (1)

WK2 (1072560) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680947)

I was just thinking about that the other day. It seemed so illogical that I thought that maybe it was a false memory, just idea that I had that never actually happened. I remember the "solution" too. Cut in front of your friend, and then let your friend immediately cut in front of you.

Re:The Implicit Line Code (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25681193)

Same thing at my school, but we also had something called 'monkey switching'. One student would get in front of their friend in the normally allowed fashion, but then they would agree to trade spaces. This could lead to arguments.

First example in my life of a debate between the spirit of the law and its literal definition.

Re:The Implicit Line Code (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25682063)

Everyone is fine with it, except the kid with no friends.

This was my elementary school career.

Learning to wait (5, Interesting)

petehead (1041740) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680223)

I was at Disneyland a couple of weeks ago and a woman was pushing through people in the Pirates line with her ~4 year old son. We let her go by because it looked like they were rejoining someone up front. Then we heard the woman say to a group in front of us, "Sorry, he doesn't know how to wait". Well, how the hell is he going to learn?

Re:Learning to wait (3, Interesting)

Dutch Gun (899105) | more than 5 years ago | (#25681537)

Damn, that's sad. Any bets that kid is going to grow up into a real mess?

I have my own Pirates line story, oddly enough - it was a several hour wait in the hot summer sun. I was a youngster with my family, and a young couple was slowly cutting their way past everyone in line. My dad was the only one who didn't let them pass. After a few minutes, they tried to slip past us *again*. This time, my dad verbally unloaded both barrels on them, and they backed down for good.

I was pretty impressed with my Dad for standing up for what he thought was the right thing, and not caring if it made a bit of a scene. A few people came up to him later and thanked him (while some others shied well away from him). Honestly, I'll bet most of the people who let them slip by wished they were able to do what my dad did - many likely figured like you did that they were meeting someone.

Article suggestions another possibility (4, Funny)

TomRC (231027) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680279)

The article references "line Nazis" who mark everyone's hand with their position in line.

Obviously, you write a "1" on your hand, walk to the front of the line, then walk back along the line counting people. 30 peole back, you write "31" on someone's hand, hand them a marker and tell them to work their way backwards while you work your way forwards. You get to the front of the line, write "2" on the first guy's hand, nod with satisfaction at a job well done, and turn to face front.

If anyone objects, you just show them your hand...

Transylvania University in Pennsylvania? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25680369)

So to get a closer look into the queuer's psyche, she and colleague Barbara LoMonaco, a U2 fan and anthropologist at Transylvania University in Pennsylvania, surveyed fans...

First off, Transylvania University [transy.edu] is in Kentucky.

Second off, Transylvania?

An "anthropologist at Transylvania University" researches ... the origins and cultural development of vampires? ... and their obsession with U2?

Obviously First-world problem (4, Funny)

chord.wav (599850) | more than 5 years ago | (#25680657)

Cuting in line a problem? Ha! In South America we don't have such problem, as there aren't any lines. We replace a long period of diciplined standing time with a short period of mayhem until you get through the gate.

Re:Obviously First-world problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25681593)

Try "lines" in Russia! It's more like a pulsating mass of protoplasm! It's pushing and shoving, over women and children - doesn't matter. If you're a woman with a child, it IS an accepted norm that you go to the front of the line automatically. Not sure if it's respect for the mother/child, or just to move them through to avoid the yelling/whining/crying child.

Next, imagine you're a foreigner in that same "line"... Ha! If you don't do the same as the locals, you'll never get through.

(Sorry to be an Anonymous Coward. I don't have a login yet. I know. I know. Get one!)

Their next research project should be (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25680875)

Detecting queue jumpers and techniques to apply lethal force to their genitalia

Another effective method (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25681099)

I went to a Madness concert a few years back, it was delayed by a few hours and we arrived a bit late too only to see a massive queue of people waiting.

My dad being the big fan of Madness that he is didnt really want to stand at the back so near the front of the queue we saw two people drinking beer and already seemed fairly drunk and just randomly started talking to them acting like we were best friends. Concert queues are good in that sense as everyone seems to be friendly and you know you already have the band in common. The people infront of us didnt care and the people behind us thought we were in the same group.

I got front row nearby a speaker and my punishment since has been living with tinnitus. Cheating always has a price attached to it.

Line cutting doesn't matter (1)

malkir (1031750) | more than 5 years ago | (#25681105)

Line cutting doesn't bother me, as long as they understand the fact that for ever extra group of people cutting increases the chances of me sparking up a joint. "Everybody needs a little 'fuck it' in their life"

First Post!!!!1111 (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25681313)

Hey somebody cut!

Part of a series of how-to articles (1)

drfireman (101623) | more than 5 years ago | (#25681359)

Including most enlighteningly: "How to pay for concert tickets with grant money and not get caught."

Queueing even to be shot (2, Interesting)

psb777 (224219) | more than 5 years ago | (#25681421)

Ten years or so ago I bought an advance-purchase ticket to attend the London Boat Show. I arrived early. Together with many other overly-keen boat geeks, I was marshalled by an official into an ever-growing queue of advance-purchase ticket holders awaiting the opening of the gates. The queue was kept 30 yards off to one side to allow access to the ticket booths for those buying their tickets on the day. The many gates duly opened but our queue was kept in line and stationary by the uniformed official. Others were arriving, buying their tickets, and gaining immediate admission. One or two from our queue tried to make a break for it but were bullied sternly back into line by the queue-fascist. I refused to be shuffled back into line and caused the official to run around barking as if he were a sheep dog trying to gather a stray as I marched purposefully towards the gate. Realising I was a lost cause he returned to marshalling the line. I turned before passing through the gates to offer encouragement to others to disobey authority. I was surprised to be met by the hostile stares of the still-imprisoned.

whats next? (2, Interesting)

u4ya (1248548) | more than 5 years ago | (#25681653)

how to piss on the toilet seat and not wipe it off.

how to cut people off in traffic and not get shot at.

how to impregnate your friends wife and have them raise your kid.

Re:whats next? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25681815)

I am interested in your ideas and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

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