Okay this happened to me while I was 9 months pregnant and at my husband’s company Christmas party. I was standing in a long line waiting for the buffet. My feet were swollen and I was starving, a guy and his girlfriend did that trick where they find someone to talk to and sneak their way into the line. They cut right in front of me. Who cuts in front of a pregnant lady?? I mean seriously! I felt myself turning red but I kept my cool while screaming, “Douchebag!” inside my head. Two people probably dosn’t make that huge of a difference but it is the principle of the thing.
This also happened again while pregnant and waiting to be seated at a restaurant. The wait was a hour. So we stood with another couple by the bar to see if a space would open up. An entire group of men strolled past us and waited right inside the bar. The other couple looked at us and shook their heads. Thankfully, the hostess forgot to put our name in and gave us the first table available.
I just about flipped out when an ENTIRE FAMILY cut in line at Disney World 2 years ago. They pretended they couldn’t speak/understand English. I was mad because the Destination Wedding employee didn’t make them get out.
If its one or two people joining their group, as long as it isnt something that is likely to sell out, I dont care. Someone waltzing to the front because they think they can not ok with it but I am also not going to say anything tothem.
I think it sort of depends on the situation. At a party/buffet situation I don’t think you should cut ever. Who cares if you are near someone you know? In a chipotle situation I’d say it is fine if it is all one order (one person paying) OR if it is like 1 maaaybe 2 people joining up who are going to eat together. But definitely not like 5 people paying separately joining 1 person farther up in line.
As for lines at events, I guess I do usually think it is fine for 1 person to be a placeholder for a group of people, particularly if there are kids in the group. I’d rather the kids are off doing something while one parent waits in line rather than everyone waiting and them whining. But just cutting without someone holding their places is really rude.
It annoys me and I usually say something smart loud enough for the offender to hear me…but other than that I don’t do anything.
PS this happened to me at K&W on a Sunday (the day the line is longest from the church-goers) a man “caught up” with his group when he skipped probably 20 people and the line was at least 40 long in front of us…I was not happy!
As long as they are re-joining a group I don’t really care, but if they weren’t with them to begin with I think it’s really rude. My friends hate it because even if there are a few people behind them in line I always go to the back, I really don’t want to be “that guy”!
If my SO is in line I will just join with him, the mentality being that we’re paying together anyway.
If they’re alone, not joining a group, I find it unbelievably rude. Last year right after Christmas I was at Target making a return, and so were about 909873483 other people and there was one guy manning the customer service desk. One woman tried to cut (alone, no group) and the whole line BITCHED her out. It was kind of amazing seeing everyone emerge from their bored stupors and go after her.
When I was in elementary school, we called cutting in line “budging”. It slips out occasionally now and no one has any idea what I’m talking about.