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Jun 16, 2021 - 11:28:55 AM
2286 posts since 6/19/2014

How long do you have to stand in line before you become so invested that you can't leave?

Disney is the master of controlling line-up expectations. I remember years ago taking my kids and having to line up for the Jungle Cruise. The line didn't look that bad: there were maybe thirty people or so inside the ropes that went forward, then back, then forward again where they disappeared around a corner of a building. So we joined the line, inching our way forward, backwards, then forwards. When we got around the corner of that building what we saw was another section of line going forwards, backwards, and forwards towards a second corner. But by this time we were twenty minutes in and there was no way I was going to give up. The entire wait was over an hour and a half, but at no point could you see the whole line. I would probably have picked a different ride if I had.

Today, at Costco, I had a slightly different experience. Once the store reaches maximum capacity, you can only get in if somebody leaves, so a line forms outside. Today's line went right down the side of the building, and across the back of the parking lot, about an hour's wait. They had employees outside controlling the line and telling people it would be an hour to get in so nobody was fooled. I joined the line and in about five minutes there were a dozen more people behind me. At this point I wasn't going to leave the line no matter what. It was ridiculous, I know, I could have spent the hour doing something more productive and there was nothing we absolutely needed that I couldn't get at our local supermarket, but I just didn't want to give up my spot.

Jun 16, 2021 - 11:47:44 AM

chuckv97

Canada

58214 posts since 10/5/2013

I’m good for 15 minutes, then I bail

Jun 16, 2021 - 1:00:54 PM

1841 posts since 2/4/2013

"Invested" in a queue?

Jun 16, 2021 - 1:17:36 PM
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rinemb

USA

13463 posts since 5/24/2005

I don't tolerate lines, nor crowds much anymore. Most things I will not wait in line. I move on. The grocery store is where I am most tolerant, waiting in line to check out. Restaurants, nearly never. At our historic theatre that my daughter is the marketing and booking manager-as long as it takes. A port-a-potty, either until I get in, or I pee my pants first.
Brad

Jun 16, 2021 - 1:25:23 PM

Brian T

Canada

18357 posts since 6/5/2008

I haven't timed it but I know the answer. My legs explained it.
It's less than 10 minutes, more like 5, and I need a place to park my carcass.
If I see a line up, I turn around, go home and do without.

I'm just one shopper, there's a hundred others.
At the end of the day, I wonder just how often that happens?
People are turned off by the sight of a line?

Most stores do not allow for me to sit and plan how to spend more money. They don't get it.
Demographically, the population is aging. Stores ought to cater to us, we have the money.

There's always a place to sit for food, eat in of course and even all the take-away places.
Now I read in Pandemic reopenings, that the food service industry is badly understaffed.
Millions of servers have had to move on. What did they find to do? Are they floating along
in the basements of the country, supported by the Bank of Mom & Dad?

Jun 16, 2021 - 3:14:26 PM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

26068 posts since 8/3/2003

I try my best not to go where there's a line waiting. Sometimes you have no choice. Seems like I always end up behind someone at the grocery store in line who either has a hundred coupons, half of which are expired, or has something that can't be barcode read and they have to send someone to find out what it is and that takes forever. In that case, I usually back out and go to another line that moves faster or.... just do self checkout, which I despise doing.

As far as lines at a movie theater or restaurant, no, I just try another place or go home.

When our city was giving Covid shots to the seniors, I refused to drive my car, sit in line for hours just to get a shot.  I waited until everyone who needed/wanted one that bad was finished, then went to my pharmacy and got mine with very little wait time.

I don't like lines and I don't "do" lines very well.

Edited by - Texasbanjo on 06/16/2021 15:15:34

Jun 16, 2021 - 4:02:07 PM

banjoy

USA

9675 posts since 7/1/2006

Depends, but for most things maybe 10-15 tops. My patience is less in a drive-thru line, I'm outta there if it's much over 5 minutes.

I also turn around and leave if there's a long line or a full parking lot, I usually go back another time when I know it (whatever it is) will be less busy.

The only exception is for when I have no choice or not waiting would be worse, like getting basic supplies before a snowstorm or running out of toilet paper :) (j/k) ... We all have our priorities!

Edited by - banjoy on 06/16/2021 16:03:41

Jun 16, 2021 - 4:28:46 PM

Brian T

Canada

18357 posts since 6/5/2008

I beat the toilet paper nonsense and the facial tissue thing very easily.
Went to the hardware store (no line-ups) and sat in a display lawn chair while they
brought a whole case of each from the store room. Those sit in the back of my Suburban.
They do not need to be in the house. I bring in a shelf pack as needed. No waiting at my tail gate.

Only three customers at a time allowed in the Post Office (not delivery, we all have boxes).
Lots of gabbing, gossiping, rag chewing and visiting. THEN, a new customer, who was waiting
outside in the rain, is ALLOWED to come inside. The single condescension is to horses.
There's a hitching rail around the corner on the lawn. This is country.

Jun 16, 2021 - 6:13:57 PM
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Owen

Canada

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Somebody asked for "lines"?????

Chalkboard Gags > Opening Sequences > The Simpsons | @owl | MrOwl

As for standing in a line, nowadays I figure I've generally got better things to do..... even if it means doing nuthin'. 

When I was young(er) I did occasionally stand in a line to get a ticket to a ball/hockey game, and there was the eternal question as to whether it was preferable to A) arrive early and line-up for an hour awaiting the opening of the U. bookstore, or B) come along later and shuffle along in line for an hour. [Fwiw, specifically in regards to that ^^, I was  a solid "B" student.]

Edited by - Owen on 06/16/2021 18:29:32

Jun 16, 2021 - 7:31:37 PM
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I won many, MANY "Good Boy" points, when COVID Rules had people waiting outside in the cold, VERY cold, for driver's license renewals.
Office opens at 8 AM, so went there at 7, got in line BEHIND 60 other people, with a folding char. Sat on my own folding chair, and moved along as the line moved.
When I got rather near the front, I phoned the friend who needed the road test, but is super sensitive to cold, and she drove over, and took over the chair.

Jun 16, 2021 - 8:28:47 PM
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mander

USA

4662 posts since 10/7/2007

Once, I waited 35 years for a man to decide whether or not he loved me. I'm done. I don't wait for nobody for nothing.

Jun 17, 2021 - 1:48:41 AM

3600 posts since 4/22/2018

I'm not very patient and also have an irrational tendency to sometimes 'cut my nose off to spite my face' where I'll get over half way down a line and the end is in sight but my frustration takes over and I have to leave.

Like the guy with the steering wheel down his trousers said to the doctor ''it drives me nuts''

Jun 17, 2021 - 2:37 AM
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3724 posts since 4/29/2012

The most common queues in these strange times are to get through to a company on the phone. What really bugs me is that you can get straight through to the sales department but the service department is always 'experiencing high levels of calls - your are in a queue and your call should be answered in [insert unreasonable time here] '.

Edited by - AndrewD on 06/17/2021 02:38:28

Jun 17, 2021 - 4:19:14 AM

3600 posts since 4/22/2018

quote:
Originally posted by AndrewD

The most common queues in these strange times are to get through to a company on the phone. What really bugs me is that you can get straight through to the sales department but the service department is always 'experiencing high levels of calls - your are in a queue and your call should be answered in [insert unreasonable time here] '.


It's funny you should mention that Andrew.  I have an American Electric smoker which the element has blown.  Ive contacted their UK branch several times by the online contact form to no avail, I was just sat here pondering if I should try again but this time stating I want to buy 10 x smokers and see if they respond.

Jun 17, 2021 - 6:30:35 AM

banjoy

USA

9675 posts since 7/1/2006

Not all lines are ones you stand in, and "cutting off your nose to spite your face" reminded me of ...

When I bought my house, I needed an outside storage building. I put a deposit down on a 12 x 16 building but got impatient when they told me it would be 3 weeks before they got around to building it on-site.

So I got impatient and went somewhere else and bought a 10 x 12 instead, only because they could deliver it immediately ... and it was only $100 less. Duh, silly me. If not for me being impatient and antsy, I could have had 72 sq ft more storage for only $100 more if I just had waited. [Insert palm slap to forehead here]

Edited by - banjoy on 06/17/2021 06:32:46

Jun 17, 2021 - 7:04:11 AM
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m06

England

10320 posts since 10/5/2006

In the interest of balance replies from us Brits on the subject of queueing should be discounted.

Queueing and looking nonchalant and unbothered while doing it is our speciality. Nothing will deter us; we will picnic, conga and conduct Abba singalongs rather than leave a queue. We bring sleeping bags and deckchairs. I once walked past fellow Brits who had been in line for 7 hours in the rain to see a Banksie exhibition. They still had at least another hour until they were inside and they were smiling and eating sandwiches. 30% off a widescreen tv and a Brit will wait in line for 3 days and nights outside a store in midwinter and still have the energy for a 9.9 second 100m sprint to the relevant department when the doors open.

We are not normal. We will wreck your poll data.

Edited by - m06 on 06/17/2021 07:15:50

Jun 17, 2021 - 7:41:54 AM

Banjo Lefty

Canada

2286 posts since 6/19/2014

quote:
Originally posted by m06

In the interest of balance replies from us Brits on the subject of queueing should be discounted.

Queueing and looking nonchalant and unbothered while doing it is our speciality. Nothing will deter us; we will picnic, conga and conduct Abba singalongs rather than leave a queue. We bring sleeping bags and deckchairs. I once walked past fellow Brits who had been in line for 7 hours in the rain to see a Banksie exhibition. They still had at least another hour until they were inside and they were smiling and eating sandwiches. 30% off a widescreen tv and a Brit will wait in line for 3 days and nights outside a store in midwinter and still have the energy for a 9.9 second 100m sprint to the relevant department when the doors open.

We are not normal. We will wreck your poll data.


My kind of people!

Jun 17, 2021 - 8:28:47 AM
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There are things I wait for, some things not. One thing I do not do is drive thru fast food or banking. I absolutely WILL NOT wait in those lines. I go inside.

During the shutdown, I just didn't. Phil's fish market in Moss Landing California is different. If i'm doing a motorcycle ride on the coast, and I'm in the area, I will stop, and I will wait. It's that good. Some will wait in line for In&Out burgers. Not I. They're just OK as far as burgers go.

I wait in line for a lot of things. Race entry and following tech inspection is something that is just part of the game. Waiting for deliveries, no way around it.

One fine autumn day while waiting to get through the entry gate at Famoso Raceway near Bakersfield California, it occurred to me that we spend our entire lives waiting. At any given moment, throughout our lives, we are waiting for something. For example, at this exact moment, I am waiting for my new RK35 to arrive, waiting for the weekend when my son and I go racing, waiting for lunch because I brought something really tasty today!

And ultimately, I am waiting to join my bride, the love of my life, in the here-after.

I'll bet every one of you is also waiting for something.

Edited by - Mikey Lawless on 06/17/2021 08:29:31

Jun 17, 2021 - 8:33:55 AM

Owen

Canada

8976 posts since 6/5/2011
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People on the reserves we worked on brought home to us a [frequently] valuable outlook: "If it happens, it happens."

Jun 18, 2021 - 10:58:56 PM

Paul R

Canada

14694 posts since 1/28/2010

The best "not going to wait" happened on the Mrs.' 60th birthday. We'd been staying in Cambridge (Ontario) and had been driving around, and headed to a restaurant in Niagara Falls for a special dinner. Well, the place was closed for the season. So we drove around some more, and finally headed for Niagara-on-the-Lake. Of course, it was dark and we didn't know where we were. The Mrs. doesn't handle hunger well, and was getting grumpy. We finally hit the town and spied a place, Closed for the season. Then we saw another place that was actually open. so we go inside and I ask how long the wait is. The woman says something about people "just getting their burgers" and that doesn't sit too well with either of us. The Mrs. stalks off and out - the other way - and I race to catch up with her. Then I look to my left and there's ... a dining room! There's a guy in a suit and I ask if the dining room's open. He says yes and go see the maitre d', just over there. Well, I catch the wife and we go and get dealt with and seated and ... over $150 later I'm a hero. It was the Prince of Wales Hotel, a posh spot, and the burger place was their pub. And we didn't have to wait in line - just drive around for several hours.


 

Edited by - Paul R on 06/18/2021 23:00:55

Jun 18, 2021 - 11:03:10 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

58214 posts since 10/5/2013

I’ve quaffed a few at the P of W, back in the heavenly seventies…

Jun 19, 2021 - 10:58:32 AM

6804 posts since 9/5/2006

i am in the 10 to 15 minutes crowd,,,but my wife has NO patience,,, 2 or 3 minutes and shes already pissed,,,,,, you know shes like that about alot of things !

Jun 19, 2021 - 11:09:06 AM

74700 posts since 5/9/2007

I was in a line a few times around a year ago at Wal-Mart and a couple more times when getting my 2 Phizer shots.
Never more than 10-15 minutes.
We don't get much line-waiting up here in Maine.

Jun 20, 2021 - 1:39:29 AM

m06

England

10320 posts since 10/5/2006

How about the subtleties of queueing?

a) holding a place in the queue for someone who has requested to leave the queue and come back.
b) letting someone go ahead of you when joining a queue.*
c) interrelationship with and between fellow queuers
d) communication with those at the rear in regard to queue progress
e) boundaries of acceptable incompetence at the front of the queue
f) basket-only debate

g) managing frequency and duration of eye-contact with other shoppers purchased items

h) not raising eyebrows at, or drawing lifestyle conclusions from, other shoppers purchased items

i) not showing undue indignant reaction when you are subject to g) or h) above

 

* - may require introductory concept analysis and additional advanced coursework for Americans.wink

Edited by - m06 on 06/20/2021 01:55:12

Jun 20, 2021 - 7:24:15 AM

Paul R

Canada

14694 posts since 1/28/2010

quote:
Originally posted by m06

How about the subtleties of queueing?

...
h) not raising eyebrows at ... other shoppers purchased items ...


... especially when I'm purchasing a bag of chips, or caramel popcorn, or both.

Jun 21, 2021 - 2:13:11 PM
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Paul R

Canada

14694 posts since 1/28/2010

will wait in line for the supermarket cashier, rather than use the self-checkout. Why should I do the store's work for free? (Besides, now there are lineups there, too.) It's bad enough that they don't have "baggers" any more.

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