Someone cut in line but I just smiled.

Philippines
January 2, 2009 12:08am CST
During the holiday rush, I was queuing for almost two hours to get myself a bus ticket, and then when it was about my turn, an old woman (around seventyish) suddenly cut in. I was surprised and I must admit I got a little pissed at first, but when I saw her trembling gnarled hands holding a cane, I just shrugged and gave her a smile. The others at my back were complaining, though. If you were in my place, what would you have done?
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• United States
3 Jan 09
I would have done the same thing. I have always learned to respect my elders so I would let her cut in line and smile. But I would have rather appreciated it if she had asked first.
• Philippines
4 Jan 09
You're right. Asking me and the people at my back would have avoided the complaints.
@liisafiat (660)
• Latvia
2 Jan 09
I would have said things like: "Hey, lady, if You want to buy those tickets faster: just ask me and I will do the work for You." And then I would have asked seller to sell the ticket that lady wants to, and wait till they exchange money-ticket-money. This way I would have: 1. helped the old lady to avoid the Q 2. would avoid the complaints and negativities from other people behind `my neck`. Good evening and byes.
• Philippines
4 Jan 09
Sounds like a good idea you have there, liisafiat.
@808nala (640)
• United States
2 Jan 09
In my opinion, you did the right thing. I would've done the exact same. I'm the type of person that would offer my seat to an old person on a crowded bus or let them pay first in a grocery store. Had it been a younger person, I definitely would've said something though. You shouldn't care what the people in back of you were saying. I'm sure if it were their mother, they would probably want someone nice (like you) to let them cut in line.
• Philippines
4 Jan 09
Amen to that! I wouldn't do the same thing to younger people too. LOL.
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@zeroflashx2 (2491)
• Philippines
2 Jan 09
That's real nice. I'd probably do the same thing and shrug it off. Inside the bus though, if she happens to sit near me, I'd probably talk to her about it if I'm not with someone else. We may be nice to her but if she'd encountered another person who isn't nice, it may have been a different story. So I'll tell her to at least ask.
• Philippines
4 Jan 09
You're right, some people may not understand. And asking will save her from embarrassment and hostility.