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Pet Peeves: People Who Budge In Line

Updated on March 28, 2012
There is an order to follow.
There is an order to follow. | Source

The Scenario

Being in the back of a long line-up and having a so-called "cool" guy budge in front of me is an annoying experience.

It's unfair. It's aggravating.

We all know that we could easily move ahead in a line-up without waiting our turn. Most of us do wait patiently for our turn, relying on the unspoken rule that the person who reaches the line-up first gets served first.

Perhaps not everyone understands these rules or manners.

Oh no you don't.
Oh no you don't. | Source

My Scenario

Come join me in my recent line-up experience.

I am thirsty. I stand in a line-up to purchase a hot tea at the local Tim Hortons restaurant. I crush myself into the male in front of me, so much so that we look like an adjoined body. Why am I standing like this?

I don't want a guy whose pants and shirt are ten sizes too big budging in front of me. No space between customers means there is no room to cut directly in front of me.

I am satisfied that I have done my part in warding off those smooth-talking vultures more commonly known as cut-ins.

Then what do I see ahead of me?

A Flock

A flock of earnest vultures is what I see. Gawking in a pack of five, the guys move at a rapid pace toward the front of the line. Ahead of me. Don't let them in, don't let them in, I pray. Bleep this; I am unfairly defeated by those rugged beasts. Into the line-up ahead of me they go.

I wonder. Can there still be hope for polite people like me who do not think it is right to let rude people budge in line?

Vultures. | Source

The Potential

If I let the vultures in, they could smother me with their sharp claws, tearing me slowly apart. And they wouldn't stop at this line-up. They would continue to flock over me everywhere I went.

"There's that lady who let us into the Tim Hortons line-up," they would gawk. "She'll let us in again." Laughs and jeers would follow their comments.

I would never be fully prepared either, as you can never tell when and where those horrid beasts will appear in a line-up.


Why do these beasts insist on budging?

Why aren't they simply pushed or thrown out of the line? Heaven knows they have enough cushioning from their XL pants to guarantee a comfy landing!

Perhaps I will ask these questions to the next person that tries to budge in front of me in a line-up. I wonder how I can incorporate the word "rude" politely into my dialogue. Well, this hub is certainly a great place to start to practice my speech!

The speech podium is ready.
The speech podium is ready. | Source

Do You?

Do You Let Other People Budge In Front Of You In A Line-Up?

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    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Woot! Thanks Sunshine for the BDay shoutouts! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Happy day after your Birthday!! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Excellent list of pet peeves! I have a list also, actually a few lists! Haha! Happy Birthday to you! :)

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Jane, Yes that does happen with traffic too! Good point and thanks for adding it in here. That can be frustrating, especially on a hot day when the air conditioning in the car doesn't work! Take care.

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      Jane Carroll 

      6 years ago

      Christy...great piece...not something I've had a lot of experience with...except in traffic...I always hate to be in a long slow line that I got in as soon as I was supposed to...only to have someone come speeding to the front of the line and muscle their way in...

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @RunningDear, hehe I like that you noticed the creative writing touch! I'm glad you agree and let's put those people to the back of the line :)

      @CloudExplorer, I'm glad Bill shared the hub and that you took time to read. It is a great compliment that you say the read makes you think of the topic in a new way. Take care.

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      6 years ago from Iowa

      I don't understand why some people think they are more privileged than others. It makes absolutely no sense to me. It's rude, and they are vultures. I liked that bit of creative writing in there too. Good hub!

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      This is a very different hub from may that I've been reading lately, and for that I think you have struck a new chord in my mind. I always hate when people are so rude as to skip lines, and push their way through traffic while driving, and those very impatient fools on fast food lines LOL.

      This hub was written with a great sense of humor, and I enjoyed it a great deal, thanks to your good friend Billybuc, I located this hub on facebook, and it was every bit worth the read.

      Lovely hub you got here Christy, voted up and out.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @pagesvoice, I completely understand what you mean about courtesy. Giving to others is so important and I appreciate your comment here.

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      Dennis L. Page 

      6 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      I detest rudeness and the "I'm more important and my time is more important than yours" people who feel entitled to budge ahead, cut you off with their cars, have 30 items in the express 10 items or less line, etc. Common courtesy has given way to a "me first, me first" mentality.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Alocsin, thanks for the vote and comment. I do believe the trend is far-reaching, let's try to get it to stop! :)

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      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This can be a problem in the U.S. as well, so it's not confined to your country. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Marc, I am giggling! Those surgeons need a break at a coffee shop now and then I suppose but yes they too need to stand patiently in line! Oh wait I gotta go I'm in a hurry now... hehe

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      Marc Babineau 

      6 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Yeah, i hate it when people think that their being in a hurry is more important than anyone else's being in a hurry. Unless you're a surgeon late for the OR, then stay in line where you belong! And, if you are that surgeon, get to work, what are you doing in line in the first place if you're in that much of a rush?

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      'Boorish' is a great word billybuc to describe the behaviour. Good for you! I will now join you in the line-up :)

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Rajan, thanks for sharing your own experiences. It sounds like a normal action there to cut in lines, but I am glad to read that you are a polite man who waits his turn. Thanks for taking time to read an comment :)

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hehe yes I think I freaked out the guy in front of me by standing so close to him! Well there is a method to it... Thanks for identifying, I now know I am not alone!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hey thanks Alecia! I'm glad you can sympathise with my experience. I would be happy to wait in line with you :)

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Life is too short to allow boorish and rude behavior. It took me a long time to come to that conclusion but now I'll cause a scene if I have to but I will call the boors on their behavior. Love the hub, Christy!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Christy, in my country this seems to be a rule rather than the exception. These guys think those standing in a line are fools. I can see these guys everywhere I can think of, breaking norms, all the time. While getting on to a bus, in the bank, at movie ticket counter and even jumping red light at the traffic signal.

      There is great power in numbers. So, I try to get those in line to come together to drum some sense into these bullies.

      Great topic to write on. Voted up, awesome and useful.

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      6 years ago

      This is one of my pet peeves too. I make it a point to wait in line like I'm supposed to even if I have a friend at the front of the line who would let me cut in front of them. Cutting in line is just rude but when a bunch of people do it what can you really do but get in an argument with them? I usually do what you did and leave no space inbetween me and the person in front of me lol. Good hub!

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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I completely understand where you are coming from. I didn't buy lunch when I was in school growing up but in college I was in line for the dining hall and was a constant victim. However, I got even by reserving places for my friend. It's more polite for people to wait their turn than anything but I think civility is slowly fading. Great hub!


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