Blimey! Americans don’t know how to queue

Maybe I should start every opinion piece with a note: I love America. I wouldn’t have left my wonderful home country if I didn’t. But that doesn’t mean America is perfect. And one thing Americans are guilty of – is the inability to form a proper orderly and fair queue.

Now this goes right to the heart of a Brit. The concept of “fair play” – and fair play in this instance is a fair system of being served.

The British system is quite simple. For example: You have three tills and one line. As each person is served, the next person in the ONE line is then served by the next empty till. One line is fairness. One line is, quite frankly, the proper way.

Americans do it differently in two ways. Firstly, they will have three separate lines for each till. But as we know, some people take an age to be served and you’ll unfortunately often join the queue with the slowest service. It’s sod’s law as we say in the UK. It just doesn’t work having a separate line per till.

And then there is the other issue – Americans who totally ignore the queue and just walk straight up to the cashier, ignoring everyone else. In England that would bring a howl of protest from the line. In America, people see it as the American spirit. The guy took the opportunity and won. He is a winner! I may be generalising a bit.

And this is just for shops. Don’t even start on the Taxi issue. England – taxi ranks. Orderly. Lines. First come, first served. America – RUN FOR THE TAXI SCREAMING AND BEAT EVERYONE ELSE WHO HAS WAITED FOR AN HOUR IN THE RAIN.

So. Fellow Americans. Can we do just form one line? Can we filter to each new cashier or Taxi from that one line? Can we create order in this chaos?

Bloody hell…I’m actually writing this whilst in the line at Rite-Aid and some bugger has just skipped the queue – Oi mate! Get out of it….

Blimey! is your daily dose of British news and features for anglophiles everywhere! This article was carefully written by Tim Holt, a British blogger, photographer and actor based back in the UK after many years of living in America. Forever torn between two magnificent slices of sod.
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