Five More Annoying People To Be Stuck Behind In Line
My intent had been to stay with the five most annoying people that I posted last night. Yet, surprisingly, I realized two things. First, there are a whole bunch of people who are almost just as annoying as the five I listed. Secondly, there had been a specific incident which got me thinking about this list, but it somehow managed to not even rank in the top 5. Go figure.
Thus, I present to you five more annoying people to be stuck behind in line.
- “I’m Kind Of In Line, But Not Really, Sort Of” – This actually happened to be at a local Barnes and Noble. I got behind this guy to prepare to pay for my magazines and books since it seemed like he was in line. At least, I thought he was in line, it was tough to tell because when the line moved up, he didn’t, lingering to look at the latest Stephen King book. Then he shifted back, then forth. And when I was just about to ask if he was in line, he closed the gap… slightly. The reason why this one sticks in my mind was that once the guy got to the register to pay for his one book, he checked his left pocket, then his right pocket, and realized that he did not bring his wallet in with him.
- Line Cutters – Line cutters are not never really in front of you, never officially. But line cutters belong on this list because they put themselves in front of you. This is especially easy in some stores where there is a line of cashiers with one side for the people buying, and one side for the people who just paid. Line cutters will swoop in through the exit side, bypassing the line of people who are waiting to pay. If you are lucky, you will actually get a cashier who will direct the line cutter to the back of the line and not ring them up. I like to applaud those cashiers, the unsung heroes of order.
- “How Much Are Those?” – These individuals, usually kids (they don’t really know any better) will slow down a line because they want to know the prices of everything. This is especially prevalent in comic and card stores. These individuals will go through pack after pack, asking for the prices of each one until they settle on what they want. If you are lucky, you will be witness to the after show, in which the “buyer” makes his pick (let’s say 3 packs at 3 bucks a piece) and is told the total (9 bucks, ignoring tax this time around). That’s when the buyer will say, “Oh, I only have $1.50. What can I get for that?”
- Munchers – Common in grocery stores and department stores where food is sold. Munchers can’t seem to wait until they have paid for their purchases to start digging in.
- Mother And Daughter – This one is another specific example, but it really stuck with me. It was a mother with her very young child, probably no more than a year or so. The mother was in line waiting to pay. I did not remember much of what I said, but she did say one thing that stuck in my head. ”This is a diamond. This is what you hold out for in a relationship.”