The Polite Spine Shows Up At The Amusement Park

by admin on July 6, 2012

A friend and I were at an amusement park in Ontario, Canada where there was a new roller coaster. This park has many thrill rides, and by the time we made our way to the new roller coaster, the line extended way past the ride entrance and the wait time was over an hour. We got in line and chatted while we waited.

An hour later, we were in the final stretch of the long line. After winding and turning on itself, the line had looped back around to the front of the ride, close to where an attendant was standing. Suddenly, two big young males leaped over the barrier right in front of us and started waving and hollering at their friends – who were considerably farther back in line – to hurry up and join them up at the front.

My friend and I looked at each other and exchanged glances with our fellow rule-abiding line mates, but nobody seemed inclined to do anything. I tapped the attendant’s shoulder to get her attention and said, “Excuse me, but these two guys just cut right in front of us and they’re trying to bring their friends over to cut in as well.” She went over to them and said, “These girls said you cut in front of them.” The two guys looked over with exaggerated shocked expressions and asked with wide eyes, “We cut in front of you?” And they moved behind us so they weren’t in front of us any longer. The attendant didn’t leave it there and asked the father with three boys who were in front of us whether the guys had cut in line, and he replied yes. She told the guys, “That’s two groups of people who say that you cut in line, I can’t let you stay, please get out of the line.” But they still wouldn’t leave. They started protesting loudly that they were in line the whole time while we all shook our heads. The attendant maybe thought that one more witness would help make the guys get out of line, so she asked the pre-teen girls who were in line behind us – and were now separated from us by these obnoxious line-cutters – whether the guys had cut the line. The girls were obviously scared to speak up and mumbled that they didn’t know. The guys took this as proof in their favour said, “See? We were here the whole time.”

By now, the line had moved forward slightly and we were starting to head up the stairs that led up to the boarding platform. The attendant gave up on trying to get the guys out of line, since they were clearly intent on staying and loudly protesting their innocence, so we ended up all filing to the top of the stairs and stopping on a landing. We let it go. After all, the attendant was young, she looked like a high school student and we had done as much as we thought was appropriate to have him dealt with.

Once the attendant was out of sight, the guys again started hollering at their other friends to come join them. Then one of them actually turned to my friend and reproached her, “Girl, I can’t believe you were going to call us out like that back there, that wasn’t cool.” My friend turned out to be awesome and said, “What’s not cool is you and your buddy cutting to the front of an hour-long line. What makes you so special that you can’t wait in line like everyone else?” He said, “I waited in the line, just like you.” And she said, “You didn’t wait an hour here with us.” He got kind of aggressive and said, “I’ve waited long enough, I’ve waited a long time. Why are you getting all up in my face about it?”

I got over my incredulity that this conversation was even taking place, and I said, “You need to stop trying to make us seem ‘uncool’ for ratting you out to the attendant and be grateful that you got away with cutting the line.” He changed his tune and came back with, “I didn’t cut in front of you, you don’t know what you’re talking about.” And I said, “Come on, we’re not stupid, we’ve been standing here for an hour with these people. This man and these boys were ahead of us and those ladies-” I pointed behind him, “were behind us. You and I both know that you jumped in line in front of us and that you don’t belong here. Maybe you waited in the line, but you didn’t wait with us, you waited down there with those friends you’ve been hollering at. So if I were you, I’d be thankful that I got away with it and stop arguing. Because in case you’ve forgotten, I’m the one with the big mouth who called you out down there and I can just as easily get to the boarding platform and tell one of those attendants what you did and get you kicked out then. We are NOT the ones you should be antagonizing.”

He had nothing to say then and skulked backwards a little so that the pre-teen girls and a couple other groups came in between us. What was most rewarding was that as the pre-teen girls took their places behind us, they whispered to us, “That was awesome, you were amazing!” I told them that we were in the right and that as long as we stayed calm, even if the guys made a huge crazy scene, no one would have blamed us for anything.

I didn’t rat the guys out at the front of the line, but due to the way the line separates at the top so people can stand in smaller stalls to board the car, they did end up in the seats directly behind us. My friend and I took satisfaction in the thought that even though they got away with it, their experience of the new roller coaster was likely tainted by knowing they were surrounded by people who all thought they were asses, and having to sit behind the people who had humiliated them with a verbal beat-down.    0703-12

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lkb July 6, 2012 at 5:47 am

Good for the OP! And good for the attendant! (I know from experience that attendants are usually high school or college students who may or may not have what it takes to stand down idiots like these.)

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Hemi July 6, 2012 at 8:16 am

I LOATHE line cutters.

I had similiar incident at the opening of a movie about 2 years ago, except the friends were already in line and the couple was going to “join” them. . I did the same thing. Called the manager over, explained the situation and he made the couple move to the back of the line. When they started to protest, he said “You can go to the back of the line or I can call Security to escort you from the building . No refunds”. They moved. :)

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Gee July 6, 2012 at 10:13 am

Ah yes, the, “I got called out for something I know was wrong, so now I’m going to pull the ‘be cool’ card”. What’s the bet these guys were raised to be entitled and no one had ever bothered to tell them that the rules apply to them as well? Good for you for standing your ground, OP, and for doing so in a calm manner, without profanity or threats of violence.

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MaryFran July 6, 2012 at 10:18 am

I live in an area with lots of theme parks and this makes me crazy. My favorite is when the boor tries to shame and blame the LW for calling him out and try to make her think she didn’t see what she saw. In a long line like that, you get to know the people around you a bit. Overhear their conversation, maybe strike one up between you. Of course you knew who was in front of you and who was behind you. What a jerk. But the attendant really should have called security and had them removed from the line.

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Jenn50 July 6, 2012 at 10:56 am

Yes, security should have been called. In this day and age, if the culprits stand and argue with the staff and other patrons, there is a very real risk of them getting violent. They should have been escorted out of line at the very least, and if they continued to protest, right out of the park. It would be pretty uncomfortable for the people who complained to be confronted in an ongoing manner, and they were heckled by the boors later in the queue. Polite, rule-abiding customers shouldn’t be subjected to that. The 15 year old attendant needn’t confront the perpetrators beyond the initial “I’m sorry, but the back of the line is (way) back there.” If that is insufficient to fix the problem, security can deal with it. Most bullies will back down when staff reassure the other customers that “Security is on their way to escort these guys out of the park.”

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Cat July 6, 2012 at 11:07 am

I’d go with the “call Security” vote. People who learn that they can get what they want by taking it from others need to learn that we live by laws and by rules. There are consequences for breaking those laws or rules and people who enforce them.

You did the right thing for the right reason.

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Annie July 6, 2012 at 11:17 am

I was waiting in a very long line for a water slide once, in an enclosed area. Two young guys were pushing through the line to get to another water slide (this was allowed. They weren’t trying to cut, at least I don’t think so). They had lit cigarettes in their hands. Let me stress again, this was an enclosed area. People started yelling at them to put their cigarettes out. They played innocent, and kept saying, “Don’t worry, I’m not going to burn anyone.” They got up behind a huge guy who was there with his kids. He told them to put their cigarettes out, his kids didn’t need to breath their smoke. They refused, so he grabbed the cigarette away from one of them and put it out. The other one promptly put his cigarette out, and they were very quiet and sheepish after that.

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woohoo! July 6, 2012 at 11:31 am

I agree with you all mostly, but come on, call security? In a park where the heat index is in the 100′s and there are people losing little kids, and people being hurt (some seriously, some not) you want to call out a security guard because a couple of guys cut int the line? I wouldn’t do it and I’m sure the attendants were told to carefully gauge any confrontations before they did it either. While I’m all for etiquette and doing what’s right, sometimes you just “turn the other cheek”.

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Angel July 6, 2012 at 11:37 am

Exactly why there should be big, burly men stationed at all the rides with particularly long lines. That is total BS and should not be tolerated. Good on the OP for calling the two men out, however, the attendant should have called security IMMEDIATELY when the men started to argue with her the 2nd time. I live about 20 minutes away from a large amusement park, for the past couple years we’ve been getting season passes there. Yes there are long lines there but I have never seen anyone pull that. There are signs all over the park that say LINE JUMPERS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED, ANYONE CAUGHT LINE JUMPING WILL BE EJECTED IMMEDIATELY FROM THE PARK WITHOUT REFUND. And that’s exactly the way it should be IMO.

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Ashley July 6, 2012 at 11:37 am

Ugh. Line cutters. The most recent incident I had was when I HAD to shut my office for a while to go to the bank. It was unusually busy for that time of day. Finally it was down to me in line, and the three people at the counter (there were three open windows, so all the tellers were busy). This older guy comes in, and walks straight past me to the teller whose customer had just left. He HAD to have seen me, the way the bank is set up, there is no way he could have missed me. The teller says to him quite politely “Sir, if you don’t mind, she was here first” and she pointed at me. The guy turns, looks at me, says “I don’t care”, and goes back to what he was doing. I can see all the tellers and other customers looking absolutely shocked, and I was standing there flabbergasted. Luckily, a woman who isn’t typically a teller came from her desk and used the drive through computer to get my stuff done for me since the other tellers were still busy. Line cutters suck.

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admin July 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm

FOr the love of Pete, someone please pull out your smart phone and video tape cretins like this and submit it here. You begin filming by saying, “This very rude man just cut in front of me in the bank line and when told I was here before him said, ‘I don’t care.’ Smile for the camera Mr. Rude Man, because you are going to be a star on Youtube by the end of the day!”

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C.W. July 6, 2012 at 11:45 am

I had a similar experience in line for a roller coaster a long time ago. Three people had skipped and “excuse us”ed halfway through the hour long line to meet with their friends. I’m not shy so I calmly pointed out the giant ‘No Line Jumping’ signs posted all over the area. They protested that the friends were saving their spot so they could get food (or some nonsense like that). I stopped arguing with them after a few moments but decided to get the justice everyone they skipped ahead of deserved. When we all reached the platform to board the coaster, I told an attendant of the situation and several other groups agreed with me. She stopped the line, unlocked the groups seats (both the line cutters and spot savers) as they had already boarded the ride, and told them they needed to exit. They all stood in line for over an hour and didn’t even get to ride the coaster. I’m pretty sure someone who had been behind them in line applauded.

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Library Diva July 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I was waiting in line at Space Mountain with my sister once, when two girls cut in front of us. SO, we cut in front of them. They kept deliberately kicking at our feet every time the line moved. So, we started leaning one foot on our toes, and then when we felt their foot hit ours, we brought our heel down as hard as we could. We did this for at least 20 minutes without ever exchanging a word or a glance with one another. OP and her friend handled it much, much better.

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Stacey Frith-Smith July 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I hope that the power of social pressure can be brought to bear in a large way in situations like this. It helps to have empowered staff. Compare C.W.’s comment about the lone attendant who calmly excused the line cutters from the roller coaster and her sense of quiet confidence to the attendant who had to ask for verification before she could take action. If the culture in the park is defined as “rule breakers will be denied access and our staff has full power to enforce this” there is less likelihood of a need to call security, park police or other heavy hitters for these situations. You don’t have to be big and burly, you just have to be the one “in charge” and know it!

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travestine July 6, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I was in that situation once when I took my DS and his buddies to the amusment park for his bday. Four thugs jumped the line behind us, in front of two rather timid younger girls. I told them to get out and they loudly protested and wouldn’t, so I waited until we got to the front and told the attendant, who made them wait until a few others had gone first.

When we went to the next ride, my boys were just getting on a ride I chose not to go on. I was sitting on a bench across the tarmac from the ride, watching. I saw them coming whooping across from the ride they’d just been on and push in front of some younger kids. I immediately went over and made sure the attendant knew that these kids were going from ride to ride, pushing smaller kids out of line to get ahead. Security was called and the last I saw, they were being escorted toward the gates of the park. I hope it was straight outside!

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Cami July 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm

There are a number of amusement parks and water parks around here and many of my dd’s friends have worked there. The attendants have little to no authority and are seldom backed up by management when dealing with rude and obstreperous patrons. The idea of calling security is something a patron would have to implement as 99% of the time, the attendant:

1. Has no walkie talkie or other way to call security. (Yes, that’s true even in waterparks.)
2. Has been told by management that the “customer is always right” which translates into “Let the rule breakers get away with it.”
3. Knows that if security gets involved, the rule breakers will cry foul and the management will cave to them and reprimand the attendant for “poor customer service”.

So if you witness an incident like that, either call security yourself or voice a complaint to the park, telling TPTB that line cutting, etc affected your enjoyment of the park and that you are less likely to patronize the park if this behavior goes on unchecked.

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Onlyme July 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm

I know which amusement park you were at and hope the ride itself was great. The new rollercoaster looks awesome. As for the line jumpers, way to go. Teh easiest way for mean people to get their way, is for nice people to be doormats and not say anthying.

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Kendra July 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Admin,
I think taking videos of these cretins is a great idea, however, a word of caution. Please read the situation carefully before pulling our your cameraphone. The act of filming the behavior could, in some cases, escalate the situation into violence when the “cretin” tries to make you stop filming or tries to take your phone away. Otherwise, I would love to see some of these people in action.

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justme July 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Awesome–good for you, for not letting them intimidate you!

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Dorothy Bruce July 6, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Had my own line cutter many years ago at a Star Trek Convention in New Hampshire. The main guest was Majel Barrett Roddenberry (Nurse Chapel).

The line ran about a couple of hundred people deep through the Dealer’s room. I was standing there with a few other fans getting aquainted and about half way up a woman joined our group. As we were getting closer it dawned on me that this woman wasn’t with any of us and, for the first time in my life, I called her out on it and told her to go to the end of the line. We’d been waiting in line for over an hour and let her know that she wasn’t going to be staying in the line with us. She left.

A good lesson for anyone: NEVER mess with a bunch of Trekkers (or Trekkies).

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Lily July 6, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I am wondering what the legality is of actually filming someone?
OP did good but theres so much violence I wouldnt risk getting punched (or worse) over a couple of line-cutting boors.

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Abcd July 7, 2012 at 4:06 am

To Admin,

I don’t think that is such a good idea. I suggest you search the news about a Filipina actress (Claudine Barreto) berating ground crew for an airline because their luggage was left behind. A journalist (Mon Tulfo) took a picture and a brawl ensued. Mind you these people are popular celebrities in their country. It’s like Lindsay Lohan and friends versus a young Mike Wallace. Imagine that in an airport for everyone to see. If celebrities could act like that then how much more for ordinary individuals.

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Sugaryfun July 7, 2012 at 5:12 am

The level of entitlement some people have just bewilders me! When I worked in retail at Christmas time we often had quite long queues at the registers. Every day people would cut in line, sometimes accidentally because they hadn’t realised there was a queue (I’m not sure how people can be that unobservant but they did seem genuine), other times because they just believed that they were more important than the hoi poloi. I had a guy blink at me and say with apparent surprise “Oh! Do I have to queue?” with an emphasis on the “I”. I sent him to the end of the line.

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Margaret July 7, 2012 at 7:47 pm

We went to Disneyland this winter. It was an international trip for us. EVERY long line that we stood in with our children ranging from 1 to 8 years old had line cutters. There was always someone up front that they had to meet up with. I was infuriated. If our group did not stay together, then either we stayed seperate, or the forward group MOVED BACK. I am still livid about it, and although the kids would love to go back someday, I don’t know if I can stand the rudeness.

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SunnyDi July 7, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Line jumpers deserve their own ‘special’ place in e-hell! Such nerve! Such gall! As if their time is sooooooo much more important than the other hundreds of people waiting to go on the ride, make a purchase, etc! I’ve had more instances than I care to remember, and I ALWAYS say something very politely like, “The line’s back there” and I say it with a smile. In my experience, most people, when you call them out on it nicely, will go to the back of the line and seem like they didn’t know (OK…..) However, one time, my daughter & I were at a local carnival and had waited quite a while in line for a ride. We struck up polite conversation with the people in front of us while we waited. So, I knew who was in front of me and who was behind me. When we got up to the gate part of the line to enter the ride area, these two teenage boys jumped in front of us and started calling their -10- friends to come join them! So, -12- people were going to cut in line! I told them the line started back there and pointed. They argued with me saying they had been there the whole time! As I started to point out they hadn’t been, the lady in front of me turned around and told them in no uncertain terms VERY LOUDLY they were NOT behind her and to get out of the line NOW! Then, the people behind me started in telling them to get out of line too! The teens put up their feeble arguments, but they did get out of the line. When we got off the ride I saw them continuing to try and cut people! For all the time they wasted cutting, they could have just waited in line like the rest of polite society! The nerve of some people!

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Cat Whisperer July 8, 2012 at 12:42 am

I loathe line cutters.

But I also loathe amusement parks that create the kind of environment where line-cutting seems like a tempting option because the lines are so long, and then leaves employees who obviously feel intimidated and overwhelmed to try to enforce the rules.

JMO, but it seems to me that we have the technology available to make standing an hour (or longer) in line for a three-minute ride a thing of the past. Disney has taken steps in this direction, where you can go and register for a time slot for the ride, and bypass the line when you show up for your time slot. Why on earth can’t amusement parks make this the standard way of doing things? Or find some way to keep lines from being a total ordeal?

…And if they can’t/won’t try to solve the problem with technology, then they need to accept that with long lines come line-jumpers, and that they need to put people in place at oversubscribed rides to make sure that the rules are followed.

Personally, the older I get, the fewer things I’m willing to stand in line for an hour to get. It just isn’t worth it. As for the line-jumpers, well, all I can say is that if they want to give themselves karmic cooties just to avoid having to stand in line, fine with me. I believe that when we do something that screws other people, there will be a time when payment comes due. Maybe not in this lifetime, but eventually.

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Kate July 8, 2012 at 1:51 am

I had an attempted line cutter on the one and only time I participated in a Black Friday. In spite of all the nightmare stories I’d heard and was expecting, the store I was at handled it well; very organized, plenty of security, and helpful staff. A manager went up and down the lines asking people what they were planning on purchasing, and checked them against the numbers of items in stock to tell people if they had a good chance of getting it, to wait and see, or if they shouldn’t bother to hang around. I was there for an hour and a half, and as MaryFran suggested, I ended up starting conversations with the people in front of and behind me to keep from being bored. Luckily, the folks were quite nice and we had some friendly chatter going on; the lady in front of me was quite happily telling me all about her little girl.

As we neared the last part of the line, ending in electronics, it became a little confusing, with four registers open to take money and give out the items. Another manager, wisely placed, stood at the line’s end and would direct people to the next available register. As I was waiting in the home stretch, the lady in front of me off to a register, two teenage boys, pretending to browse in the department, slipped through two displays and broke in line in front of me while the manager’s back was turned. The harried manager turned around and asked them what they were in line for.

I called out, “They’re not in line.” The boys turned and opened their mouths to protest. I looked at them and said, “I’m pretty sure I haven’t been talking with you about your three-year old daughter for the last hour and a half.” Busted, the manager told them to get out of line and leave the department, threatening to kick them out of the store if they tried that again.

Mom always said it pays to be friendly to others. I now see one of the fringe benefits of that.

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Amp2140 July 9, 2012 at 10:12 am

I don’t know of any amusement park where it doesn’t say ‘line cutters will be ejected from the park with no refund’

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Lerah99 July 9, 2012 at 11:15 am

I will admit to being a line cutter one Christmas shopping season.
I’d gone to the local craft store to pick up some candles to include a in “spa” basket I was putting together for my step mother. The line in the store stretched all the way back through the aisle with the candles. As I was trying to decide on just the right scent, I struck up a conversation with a woman waiting in line for the register. I grabbed the candles I needed and continued my conversation with her completely forgetting that I was cutting off another 10-15 people in line.

It suddenly dawned on me when I was about 3 people away from the front of the line. I turned around to the man behind me and said “I am so sorry, I cut in front of you and didn’t even realize.” He was very friendly and said “It’s Christmas, no reason to raise a fuss.”
Even with his friendly reply, I was very red-faced when I walked to the back of the line to wait my turn.

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kingsrings July 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I used to go to a food pantry once or twice a month, and there was a terrible problem with line-cutting there. People would line up outside the building an hour before it opened to ensure a good spot and so that they would receive the limited food supply. Line-cutting occured when others would join their already-there friends, to the annoyance of the rest of us. Myself and others would try to talk to them, letting them know how rude it was, but they saw nothing wrong at all about, in their words, “holding places in line for their neighbors”, and wouldn’t budge. So people who had been waiting there for an hour or more would suddenly find themselves behind someone who had waited five minutes. And there really wasn’t any authority to tell about this problem since the pantry wasn’t open yet and no workers were on site.

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Michelle July 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I live near the amusement park in question and have been there several times and have experienced my fair share of obnoxious line cutters, so I’m thrilled that you spoke up and by the calm, rational way you handled the situation.

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Spike July 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I live in an area where line-cutting is very common among groups of young people and yuppies. The strategy is to suddenly “notice” (coincidentally or not) a group of your friends in the line-up when you arrive and go to “chat” with them and just never really stop “chatting.” It’s all done under this veneer of civility, like “oh how could you begrudge me saying hello to MY FRIENDS??” I remember one night waiting in line to access a concert and there being about 20 people in front of us when we arrived at the end of the line, and more like about 50-60 ahead of us by the time they started letting people in the venue. It’s so rude… I can’t really say anything because there are so many of them and it’s just not worth it.
I’m curious to see if anyone reads this and has thoughts about someone holding the line for someone else who has already physically been in the line (such as someone who has gone to get popcorn or use the bathroom in a long theatre lineup). I kind of feel like that’s ok in itself, I guess because they technically arrived earlier than actual line-jumpers did (I’m not referring to people who claim to be saving a spot in line for people who have yet to arrive). I also refuse to save seats in the theatre for people who haven’t yet arrived – we go in a group or sorry for your luck. The thing about getting a spot in line and then leaving is that when you return people may assume you are a line-jumper, and I wouldn’t necessarily fault them for that.

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SFL July 10, 2012 at 8:27 am

“My friend and I took satisfaction in the thought that even though they got away with it, their experience of the new roller coaster was likely tainted by knowing they were surrounded by people who all thought they were asses, and having to sit behind the people who had humiliated them with a verbal beat-down. ”

Sorry, but I doubt their experience was tainted at all. People like that feel no shame. But good for you that you spoke up.

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Shea July 10, 2012 at 10:50 am

Most theme parks I’ve been to have rules for line cutters- you do it and you’re out of the park without any refunds. I think that’s exactly what should happen. If you really want to jump ahead in line you can shell out for the higher-value tickets that allow you faster access (and if that particular park doesn’t have one, find one that does or suck it up). Otherwise, you’re in the same boat as everyone else and should wait your turn.

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SJ July 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm

A woman once cut in front of me early in the morning at a VERY busy airport when many people were traveling for the holidays.
I ask, “What are you doing?”
She said, “I don’t know. I think I need to go there.”
I said, “You need to not cut in front of me whatever you do.” I was blunter than I might have been later in the day and without the stress of traveling.
She feigned ignorance. I felt bad, thinking I’d misunderstood her intentions until I saw her cut in front of someone else a few spots behind me.

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Enna July 12, 2012 at 9:16 am

@ Wooohoo, sometimes the threat of sercurity is enough to make people move and behave. Even if sercurity couldn’t get there right away those linecutters still have to DO what the attendent says, so if she says “you will have to go back to end of the line” and she should have insisted with two different groups confriming that they had cut the line if they didn’t listen to her then it is a sercurity issue: if they aren’t prepared to listen to instruction, what else are they not going to do?

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Dana July 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Spike brings up an interesting question? When is it cutting and when is it saving? Can a member of your party go to the bathroom and have their spot saved? Can one parent stand in line while the other takes the kids for a bite to eat? Can one teen hold the line for 7 of his friends? Is seat saving any different? I have been to many school performances to find whole rows “saved” by a mom who arrived early. Could she “save” the entire auditorium by virtue of being first?

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Bob NEgi July 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Well, if you cannot stand line cutters, do NOT go to India, cutting in line is actually the modus operandi.

I was at the bank teller making a deposit, and other customers would come and stand right next to you, and wave there deposti slips in front of the teller, being somewhat rude about it, so as I am standing there being the typical meek Canadian, the teller started serving the other customers, these customers could see my bank account, mailing address, and my account balance. This happens everywhere.

I have learned to prevent line cutters you actually have to stand with a wide stance, with your arms out, and if anyone tries it, you have to block them with your arm, or push them away with your body, yeah yeah over here you would get charged with assault, but over there, its just the way it is.

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Snowy July 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm

When I was a kid, going to the local amusement park was a big deal, and a favorite thing to do on a nice summer afternoon. It was a treat to get to go, and we usually went in groups to hang with our friends, and sometimes my scout troop would go. Most of the time we were good and stood in line, but more than once, my friends would see someone they knew ahead of us in line and join them to cut in line. I was either a wimp or raised right (or both) and I always refused to join them (or wasn’t invited to since I was the wet blanket :D). Sometimes they’d stay with me (and often sulk), but usually they’d go on cut, then ride a second ride while I rode the first one. Sometimes they’d just give up on me and I wouldn’t see them until we left. I took an awful lot of rides alone.

One time, my scout troop was there, and we were required to go from ride to ride in groups of four or more. The other girls in my group kept jumping in line, and I refused to, so when they were done with the ride and moving on, I had to go with them or risk getting in trouble. They kept finishing rides and moving on before I could get on. No attendant ever stepped in, and I don’t remember any adults saying anything.

I’d like to say it had a happy ending, they saw the error of their ways, and we rode together in harmony the rest of the day, but all that happened was I got in two rides all day and no one would talk to me except to order me to *their* next destination. Worst of all, when I found the scout mistress and asked her to make them stop, she didn’t see any problem with how things were. Probably because her daughter was one of the girls!

It happened again at an interactive creativity/science fair thing. It was going to be awesome, and it was the one thing I’d looked forward to most all year. Everyone else jumped in line (in front of adults and scout masters) and I didn’t, which made their wait shorter and mine longer, and eventually I was told it was time to go the moment I finally got to set foot inside. Everyone else was done and I was just starting, even though we’d started out at the same time and place. I was crushed. I was being denied because of everyone else’s rudeness. In the first room, where you drew on a piece of glossy cardboard and then the attendant ran it through a die cutter to make a puzzle, she was kind enough to run a blank piece through for me to take home. That was the ONLY thing I got to do that day.

I guess my point is, don’t be a jerk and let kids get away with cutting because they’re just kids. I don’t care if they’re 6, 16, or 60. They’re messing up someone else’s experience by anywhere from a tiny bit to a whole freaking lot. Teach them young so that by the time they’re old enough to know better, *they do.* And kudos to the OP for standing up to those guys. If more people did, fewer entitled fairy snowflake princesses would get away with stuff.

Okay, I think that’s my therapy session for the week.

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Queen Of The Pen July 18, 2012 at 7:33 am

It’s awesome that you and your friend stood up to those disrespectful children. All it takes is more adults to speak up and others will follow. Good for your! *I’m glad you spoiled their weekend fun, too.*

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