Que queue?

May 16, 2012 · 1 min read


Queueing is a form of art. Or at least it's mighty difficult to most people.

Today, at a clothing store, I was in a line waiting to get to the fitting room. There were two girls before me and two after at that point.

The shop assistant had been busy in getting people in and out from the booths. She was coming just back from getting someone in as a girl in her twenties waltzed pass the line.

The shop assistant asked the girl if she was coming to fit clothes. She answered yes and mumbled something about not knowing if she had to queue or not. I could only think: "Yeah, you idiot! What in the earth do you think we are lining here for with the clothes in our hands?" Taking a clue wasn't one of her strengths, obviously.

It can be really hard to pay attention, to notice the other people around and be selfless. And I guess it can be really challenging to think and be smart. But why wouldn't you try, at least?

Photo by Banalities under Creative Commons license.

Suomeksi (In Finnish): 

Olen huomannut, että jonottaminen voi olla tuskallisen vaikeaa monille. Tänään jonotin pääsyä vaatekaupan sovituskoppiin parin muun henkilön kanssa, kun ehkäpä parikymppinen tyttö käveli suoraan jonon ohi. Myyjä, jolla oli ollut kiirettä ohjata porukkaa koppeihin ja pois kopeista, kysyi tytöltä oliko hän menossa sovittamaan. Tämä vastasi kyllä ja mutisi sitten jotakin siitä, ettei tiennyt pitäisikö jonottaa vai ei. Pystyin vain miettimään: "Kyllä, senkin idiootti! Mitä sinä luulit, että me muut jonotetaan tässä vaatteet kourissamme?" Voi olla vaikeaa keskittyä, huomata muut ihmiset ja olla epäitsekäs. Ja ehkäpä on myös sangen haastavaa ajatella ja olla fiksu. Mutta olisiko niin hankalaa edes yrittää?


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