It seems that there are too many people nowadays who do not know how to show respect for others when they in a line, whether they are in a physical checkout line or behind the wheel of a vehicle that is in line. While I’m generally opposed to most forms of etiquette, perhaps it’s time to establish some of it to let people know how to behave when they are in line. Below are a few suggestions:
1) When you are behind the wheel of a vehicle in a line and your turn comes up to show your ID, order something, or whatever you need to do, and there are lots of other vehicles behind you, do not use this as an opportunity to chat or ask for directions.
2) Do not allow someone to cut in front of you in a line without first getting the permission of those who are behind you. Although it may seem like a nice gesture to allow someone to cut in front of you, remember that when you do, you are also letting them cut in front of everyone who is behind you.
3) If you are in a line at a restaurant with some relatives or friends, and more of them come in later to be part of your group, you and those who are already in line should not beckon the late-comers to join you where you are in line. Instead, you all should use the other method for keeping the whole group together – you all should get out of the line and join the late-comers at the end of the line.
4) When you get to the front of a long checkout line, do not stubbornly insist on getting cash back from your credit card purchase if there is some kind of malfunction that prevents you from getting it on your first try. Just give up and move on in deference to those waiting behind you. You can always get some cash at an ATM or at some other store later. Personal note: I was recently behind a woman who was apparently willing to wait until hell froze over to get a measly seven dollars in cash. I don’t think she ever acknowledged the long line of people behind her.
5) Don’t ever get in an express line with even one more than the maximum number of items allowed for that line. For example, don’t get into a 12-items-or-less line with 13 items. Respect the fact they have to draw the line somewhere. Do not act presumptuously by grabbing small exceptions for yourself. Besides, if it’s okay for you to be in that line with 13 items, someone else could justify being there with 14 items, and so on, ad infinitum.