OT, not humor. I'm disappointed in myself
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October 11th, 2008 04:50 PM
OT, not humor. I'm disappointed in myself
Just got back from Wally World, not carrying. I'm in the express checkout line next customer. A fella walks beside and in front of me, puts his purchase down on the counter just behind the woman in front of me.
Didn't think anything, thought they were together. They were not.
So this guy, wearing sunglasses, just cuts in front of me.
My problem? I didn't do or say anything.
Still not sure what I SHOULD have done, but I fell I've let myself down.
Just a rant, I guess.
But, any thoughts?
October 11th, 2008 05:01 PM
I usually don't either, whether I'm armed or not. Yeah, you might lose 90 seconds of your life while the bozo checks out, but arguing is likely to occupy more time than that. Especially if he is still a jerk about it after you bring it up, then it'll bother you for weeks. No way should having to wait in line for a minute be allowed to become physical, so why escalate? Let it go, rant later and let it out, go back to being happy. Life is too short to let the little stuff squash your enjoyment of it.
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October 11th, 2008 05:13 PM
I think I would have said something. no need to be confrontational just noticed. I have had that happen to me and I always say something, usually sarcastic and innocent like " hey i guess you are in more of a hurry than I am" or my personal favorite, " I know I lost a few pounds but I didnt think it made me invisible."
There is no excuse for rude.
October 11th, 2008 05:15 PM
I prob wouldnt have said anything thinking they were together but I'd prob be pissed when I found out they weren't. The smart think is to not say anything just feel good that you thought they were together.
On the other hand do we really want to advocate not standing up for ourselves just to avoid a confrontation (if you had known they weren't together in advance).
October 11th, 2008 05:16 PM
Some people are just jerks, and not worth bothering with.
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October 11th, 2008 05:32 PM
Normally, I say something simple, in the likelihood that the person simply didn't appreciate reality. If the person understands and is honorable, he/she will get to the end of the line. But, it's not a criminal issue, so I never press it. If done openly/loudly enough, the person's up for a minor (and appropriate) public shaming if he/she doesn't comply. Almost always, all it takes is noticing. But, like others, I won't take it beyond the mentioning.
Originally Posted by Rmac58
Him: Cuts in front.
Me: "Excuse me, sir, but were you in line here? Others are already waiting."
Him: Decides to deal with it, or ignore it.
At that point, the others around know the simple score, and he'll either do or ignore the honorable thing. That's normally all it takes. I can't recall but once or twice in ~30yrs that anyone ever got bummed. The key is keeping it simple, straightforward and not accusatory beyond what's necessary to identify that others are in line already.
October 11th, 2008 05:52 PM
I would definitely say something if I realized that he was not with the woman in front of me, something like, "excuse me, but I believe that I was next in line."
If he ignores me or worse, tells me tough, I would not push it. It is not worth a confrontation with a jerk, especially if I was armed.
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October 11th, 2008 06:08 PM
How about something like:
Excuse me, but I believe I am next in line.
Excuse me, but if you are really in a hurry, I can sell you my place in line for $50.
Take his picture with your cell phone and tell him you are going to post it on the internet with a warning that he is a known line cutter.
Scream out, "I can't believe you just cut in front of me."
Or just realize he is a jerk and say nothing.
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October 11th, 2008 06:35 PM
or "I wasn't standing here for nothing"
Originally Posted by major99
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October 11th, 2008 07:22 PM
I would have said something, wouldn't have been the first time or the last my sense of fairness escalated into a conflict. It's a issue I need to work on.
October 11th, 2008 08:08 PM
I want to say something like: Gee, I guess you were absent during "waiting your turn 101" in grade school, then let the chips fall where they may.
Just kidding, but I usually will say something and then let it go, I blame it on the liberal mindset of most line-cutters.
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October 11th, 2008 08:18 PM
Or kick him in the family jewels from behind and step over him while down to be next in line
October 11th, 2008 10:41 PM
Or kick him in the family jewels from behind and step over him while down to be next in line . Hitch King Too Funny.
I would have said. Sorry Sir. Am I in Your way or did I cut in front of You and give him the guilt trip.
October 11th, 2008 11:24 PM
A stun gun would have been nice, LOL. I think a comment would be in order, or ask the cashier not to ring him out and if he has a problem with that then he can talk to a manager about why he must cut in front of other people in line. Make it the cashier/manager's problem. I really wouldn't mind to much if somebody asked if they could cut, and more than likely I would allow it. It boils down to the principle of the matter.
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October 11th, 2008 11:57 PM
I would say something non-confrontational just to be sure he understands what he did was inconsiderate and rude, I would not say anything, absent emotional or intellectual melt-down on his or her part, that would trigger escalation. Something like......"Oh, I would have been glad to let you have my place in line had you asked".
Heck, I let folks go in front of me all the time anyway.....but at my invitation.
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