would you let someone cut in line?

@cukal6 (146)
United States
May 21, 2008 12:46pm CST
I was at HObby Lobby today where I just ran in to get 5 things of cross stitch thread, that's it. I wasn't going to go because I was in a hurry, but they were for my mom. I get up to the checkout and there is a woman in front of me with 2 carts FULL of stuff. There was only one checkout person and they didn't bother calling anyone else up even though 2 more people walked up behind me. Normally I wouldn't mind standing there and waiting for this woman to unload her 2 carts, but today I was in a hurry. I always let people in front of me that have just a couple of things because I believe it's the courteous thing to do. What do you think?
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@bowtieguy (5931)
• United States
22 May 08
my method is a 10/1 ratio. if I have 9 or more items then a certain person and they only have like 10 or less items I will usualy let them cut in front of me. I am usualy a paitent guy and am willing to wait an extra minute or two, it always amazes me how happy a little thnig like that can make someones day.
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@cukal6 (146)
• United States
22 May 08
I'd say that 99% of the time, people are very appreciate and it seems to make their day a little brighter. Then you get that one, every once in a while, who just doesn't seem appreciative at all. At least they're the minority.
@fluffysue (1430)
• United States
22 May 08
It really depends on the situation. I notice more people lately just assuming they have the right to go first just because they have fewer items, and I don't think that's entirely fair. I have had people offer to let me in line when I had just a few items, which was nice of them, but I would never ASK to cut in line unless it was some kind of emergency. But people ask all the time; I say yes if they ask, but in the back of my mind I am still thinking it is unfair. Maybe because it is usually asked in a way that implies I wouldn't think of saying "no". What I really hate is when I have been waiting online for awhile, but I remain the last person in line, then just before they get to me, I get the person with 2 items wanting to cut in front....I feel like I waited, they can wait too. It does depend though, I would offer to someone elderly, or someone with screaming babies in tow, etc.
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@cukal6 (146)
• United States
22 May 08
I have never asked to cut in line, but I've never been in that big of a hurry. I still think it should be offered sometimes.
• United States
22 May 08
Cukal6, I would have let you go first. Plenty of people have done that for me and I for them. It seems like the polite thing to do. Unfortunately people just don't think the majority of the time. People are in such a rush now a days, we all are. And maybe that woman was in a big hurry as well. Who knows, it's frustrating but not the end of the world. In the big scheme of things there are so many more things to worry about. Better luck next time!!
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@cukal6 (146)
• United States
22 May 08
WEll thank you. It seems like most people on here would do the polite thing.
@loved1 (5338)
• United States
22 May 08
I do the same thing. I am especially apt to do this if the person is elderly or it is someone who has restless children with them. There is nothing more frustrating than having to run into a store to get a couple of things and then stand in line with your tired children bouncing off the walls. Good deeds come back to you and more people need to show a little kindness to one another. This is a good deed that does not cost you anything except a few minutes of your time and might mean the world to someone.
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@cukal6 (146)
• United States
22 May 08
I've been in that situation many times. It seems like my kids are always restless at the store. If they get too bad I will usually just leave.
@jcj_111776 (3221)
• Philippines
22 May 08
I usually do this and I'm glad that there are still people who does this. Even if I'm in a hurry and I have several more items than the person behind me, I'll gladly let that person go first. Sometimes I even offer them to go first. But there was a time that I offered this woman to go ahead and she just looked at me and without saying anything, stepped forward. I was like to myself, "Ah, ok. You're welcome, I think."She was a snotty one but I didn't regret what I did. As what you've said, it's a courteous thing to do.
@cukal6 (146)
• United States
22 May 08
Yeah, it's hard when someone doesn't say Thank you. But, you still know that you did a polite thing and that's what matters.
• United States
22 May 08
In that situation I always leave people go in front of me. The only problem with being a polite person is that you it irritates you when others are not polite.
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@cukal6 (146)
• United States
22 May 08
I agree. I try to be polite whenever I can ( I even pay other peoples tolls when I'm in the city). I just feel it makes the world a better place. Then I get frustrated when I really need someone to do the right thing and they don't. Guess I probably shouldn't be that way.
• Philippines
22 May 08
if i knew the person who wants to cut in front of me maybe iw ill let her cut in line , but if i dont know him or her its a no no
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@cukal6 (146)
• United States
22 May 08
Really? I always let people go in front of me if they only have a few things. I feel it's the polite thing to do whether I know them or not.
@weng_08 (282)
• Philippines
22 May 08
In our place, we usually have basket lanes. This way, those who have carts that would obviously take much time would have to fall in other lanes. I guess this is one good way to resolve the issue. I, myself don't have much patience in waiting...and I do exactly what you do in some cases when senior citizens fail to see the 'basket lane'; I let them pay first especially when they don't have much stuff.
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@cukal6 (146)
• United States
22 May 08
That's a good idea. I'm a big fan of the express lane. Unfortunately, this store only had one lane. They don't even have electronic scanners so the poor checker had to enter 2 carts full of stuff manually.
@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
22 May 08
I typically will let a person who has a few things inline in front of me if i have a whole bunch of items. I know i really appreciate it when someone lets me budge in line. If i only have one or two myself and i'm in a hurry I generally don't.
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@cukal6 (146)
• United States
22 May 08
I'm the same way. If I only have a couple of things then I won't let anyone budge. However, there have been times when my cart is overflowing and someone walkes up behind me with one or two things. I always let them ahead of me.
@lingli_78 (12852)
• Australia
22 May 08
well, it really depends on the circumstances... if i'm not in a hurry and i have lots of stuffs, then i will let the person behind me with less items to go first... but if i am also in a hurry, then unfortunately i also have to say no... everybody wants to be served as quick as they can and they just have to wait in line... otherwise, they can just leave the items and don't buy anything if they don't want to wait... that's my principle... take care and have a nice day...
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@cukal6 (146)
• United States
22 May 08
I completely agree, but this woman was in no hurry. She even had the cashier ring up just a few items at a time to make sure she had enough money. The she would just look back and smile at me. Very frustrating.
@vera5d (3958)
• United States
22 May 08
I do the same thing usually. Especially if I know it'll be awhile. A lot of people don't usually even take advantage of it, saying they're in no hurry. It really makes me mad at the store more than anything else. The should never make their customers wait in long lines to buy stuff. That's just crazy in theory when you think about it. Maybe it is a sign though that you need to slow down? I always try to find the bright side or meaning of things, lol.
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@cukal6 (146)
• United States
22 May 08
That's the weird thing, I am never in a hurry. Never! But today I wanted to get all my errands done before my son got out of school and then my mom called and asked me to stop at this store. Really just threw off my schedule. I guess I am mad at the store more than anything. 1 checkout lane and there were a lot of people in line when I finally got done.
• United States
21 May 08
If I had a ton of stuff and someone behind me only had a few things I would defeniatly let them in front of me. It's really not going to hurt me to have to wait a few minutes, but they would have to wait a lot longer for me, which even if they weren't in a hurry, could get annoying.
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@cukal6 (146)
• United States
21 May 08
I think most people feel this way.
• Canada
21 May 08
I always let people in front of me at the store if I have a ton of stuff and they only have a few items. I do this because I hope the karmic favour will be returned in kind one day when I only have a couple of items and there is someone with half the store in their cart ahead of me. Do you know what gets me more than what happened to you though? Is when that same person with two loaded down carts also had a slew of coupons of which they haven't checked the expiry date on or organized to make the job easier on the tellar.
@cukal6 (146)
• United States
21 May 08
I completely agree. I don't use coupons because I don't really have the time. I'm all for using them, just make sure you've checked them please!!!!
@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
21 May 08
I would do the same as you, and I have, when the occasion presented itself. It makes no sense to me to make someone else wait several minutes for me to get done, when I could let them go and only have to wait a few seconds. Are we a dying breed?
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@cukal6 (146)
• United States
21 May 08
I think we are.
@twallace (2675)
• United States
22 May 08
That would be the nice thing to do; but a question did yo ask the lady could you go in front of her cause you were in a hurry? Now if you didn't ask then you had to wait. Or if the lady saw that you only had a few things and didn't offer to let you jump she's not that nice. She wanted you and everyone else to wait in line til she was finished with her 2 carts. What you might do; don't expect someone else to do.
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• Battle Creek, Michigan
22 May 08
I do if there is only one or two cashiers. It also depends on how much stuff I have. It also depends on the person. If it is an elderly person, I almost always do. Honestly, it just sometimes depends on the mood I am in.
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
22 May 08
I never have 2 carts full of stuff but yeah, if I did, I would let the other person ahead of me. They should have called another checker when they realized that she wasn't going to do that.
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• India
22 May 08
i am very courteous and would let the person in front of me complete his work and then i will do my work
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@zeroflashx2 (2491)
• Philippines
22 May 08
Me as well. If I am in the same situation as you did, I would do the same. :) It also happened when I had to get my sister something we forgot and we have a full cart. The girl behind us was carrying diapers and milk. We let her pass. It really depends on the situation. :)
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@evansw (43)
• Indonesia
22 May 08
It all depends if my schedule is tight or not. If I'm in a tight schedule, I won't even bother to queue, not to say letting someone cut in the line. Otherwise, I will just let the person cut the line. Who knows, next time when I need to do the line-cutting thing, I would be able to the exactly the same thing on others? I once did that, but gracefully. I only shop for 2 simple items, while people are bringing along trolleys full of groceries. I simply asked, "Excuse me. I only have these 2 items to pay. Would you mind letting me cut in the line, because I'm in hurry?" No one objected. I got the privilege. Life is about taking and giving. It's something free to give, free to take, but can be meaningful for us.
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