What is the etiquette-approved way to reproach people who stand so close to you in line that they may as well hold up an arm and call it a hug?
At work our cafeteria has a daily theme buffet set up (a main dish with corresponding sides). I usually stand back from the line and peruse the items deciding if I want this, that, and/or the other things so that I don't waiver while I'm in line. I mention this because I don't think that I am at all slow while serving myself, with the exception of a possible pause in the flow while I quickly decide if I want a particular piece of whatever (this one looks more well done than that one, or I'd like a leg instead of a breast*)
Today I had a line hugger stand so close to me that it felt like he was pushing me (although there was never any contact, it just felt like it) and he actually reached out his hand for the serving utensil when I went back for a second scoop of salad.
I smiled at him and said "Sorry, I just want a bit more salad." He held his hand up, which I took as an apology, but he didn't say anything. As soon as I went on to the next tray he slapped a bunch of salad on his dish, and held out his hand for the serving utensil.
Like I said, I really don't think that I'm slow at all, but sometimes the person behind me might be in a hurry? If there's no one else in line, I have stepped back and let the line hugger go before me, then stepped back in line. Today, there were quite a few people in line behind us, the next person behind line hugger was only 2 dishes behind so I didn't think this would be the optimal move.
So, what is the polite way to say "Yo, back off dude!"
or do you just quicken your pace and start slapping spoonfuls of whatever on your plate?
*When serving yourself in a buffet is it okay to look over all the pieces (say it's chicken) and pick and choose which pieces you like? I know it's rude to take all the yummy crusty cheese from the top of the mac&cheese or take all the cucumbers from the salad, but when it comes to dinner rolls and you prefer one flavor rather than the other? Is it rude to scan the tray for a moment and pick the biggest and best of the flavor you enjoy?