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Post time 2007-2-8 13:51:00 |Display all floors
I have experienced (on a regular basis) the following problems when in a queue:

And remember the code of the Q-jumper is "When you cheat to get to the front of the queue, always make sure you take a really long time to do your business, e.g. pay using a credit card that will not work, use hundreds of discount coupons, argue with the staff for 5 or 10 minutes, fill in your forms incorrectly and then do them again really slowly making the rest of the queue wait, or ask for the impossible and refuse to leave until you get it."

1. The "I only want some change" scam

A Q-jumper pushes to the front of a queue waving 100 RMB

The staff member tells the person that they can't have change unless they buy something.

So the Q-jumper says "OK then, I'll have 4 coffees and ...."

2. The "closed queue" scam

The Q-jumper "queues" at a till that is about to close (there is a sign to say this) or is closed. Usually there is no one else at that queue so the jumper will be at the front.

When told that the queue is closed the Q-jumper moves sideways to the FRONT of the queue at the next till !

3. The "Segue"

The Q-jumper is at the back of the queue next to mine but slightly out of line with the people in front of him/her.

The Q-jumper sees that my queue is moving faster so the Q-jumper steps sideways and pretends that really he or she was in my queue.

Sometimes I see the Q-jumpers with one foot in one queue and one foot in the other so I cannot tell which queue is the shorter one to join.

4. The "child ploy"

The Q-jumper uses his/her children for this one because the children of a Q-jumper are taught no manners at all and are small so can slip through a queue to the front.

The Q-jumper joins the back of a long queue and sends his/her children to the front, so when the turn comes for the next person in the queue to move forwards he or she cannot because all the children are in the way.

The children shout what they want to the cashier and wave money around.

The Q-jumper then moves to the front to the queue to take care of his/her precious children

5. The "Gang" ploy

Usually this is done by groups of teenage Q-jumpers and family groups.

Simply their group is so large that is spans all the tills, so which ever till is next free, the gang goes to the front - often the gang will occupy all the tills.

6. The "moron"

The Q-jumper simply walks in front of the person least likely to be able to fight back and maybe turns to smile at them or give an embarrassed giggle.

All the above maybe found nowadays in London, Paris, Chengdu, Shanghai, probably any city.

A modern disease

"We know it's weakness, but the weakness is so strong!"

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Post time 2007-2-8 13:51:54 |Display all floors

Chinese government fights the Q-jumper

By Nick Mulvenney

BEIJING (Reuters) - The 11th of every month in Beijing is to be "voluntarily wait in line" day as the city attempts to eradicate queue-jumping before next year's Olympics, a city official said on Wednesday.


Orderly queues are a rare sight in a city which is also hard at work trying to put an end to spitting and littering and present a more "civilised" face to the world in 2008.


"The reason for establishing such a day is to mobilise the Beijing population to ensure that where there

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are more than two people, they should wait in line," said Zhang Huiguang, director of the Capital Ethic Development Office.

"We are hoping to enlist all the citizens of Beijing to be missionaries of civilisation," she added.


The campaign will be launched in the fashionable Wangfujing shopping district on Sunday under the slogan, "It's civilised to queue, it's glorious to be polite".


A range of measures include enlisting the support of the media, education campaigns, the use of model citizens, legislation, "punishment and reward schemes" as well as a slogan for each city district.


The western district of Xicheng has "Voluntarily wait in line, be polite and put other people first", central Dongcheng has "I care about and participate in the Olympics and set an example by queuing" while northwestern Haidian has simply "I am a member of the queue".


The existing campaigns against littering and spitting in the capital had already reaped dividends, Zhang said, with 50 yuan ($6.45) fines only part of the city's armoury.


"The most important thing is not the amount of the fine but in China, where saving face is so important, just the shame of being fined," she said.


"Random garbage disposal and spitting are not good for people's health and so we must point out the hazards to them," Zhang added. "We must also tell them that this sort of behaviour is something we should be ashamed off."


China's "Mr Olympics", He Zhenliang, said last year that "the rude bus passenger" or "witness to an accident that fails to lend a hand" were the biggest obstacles to hosting an impressive Games.


Zhang said that a "Civic Index" drawn up by Renmin University had indicated an improvement of behaviour among the city's 15 million citizens from 65.21 percent in 2005 to 69.06 last year.


"I'm confident that by next year ... with the help of the Beijing people, the situation will be much improved and the number of people littering and spitting will be much reduced," she said.
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Post time 2007-2-8 14:03:21 |Display all floors

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I generally tell them they are at the wrong end of the line and get back to where they should be. If that doesn't work, I start making a stink about it.

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Post time 2007-2-8 14:04:35 |Display all floors
I am impressed by your conclusion of all Q-jumping strategies. I really look down upon those Q-jumpers since they don't have self-respect. But people in today's society don't want to get involved into troubles so that most of the time, they just tolerant these "offensive" people. If customers don't dare to show their angers towards Q-jumpers, the salespeople should ask these queue jumpers to queue. Few of them don' t follow the words because they know that they are doing sth. wrong.
I am a Beijing girl.

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Post time 2007-2-8 14:08:47 |Display all floors

Yes

Some sales people are great

they notice who has jumped the queue and ignore them

they just serve the next honest person in the queue not the jumpers

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Post time 2007-2-9 11:41:58 |Display all floors

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Today I was waiting for a prescription along with 10 other people and a woman jumped line, she took someone elses medicine then it really got complicated....... The person who needed the medicine nearly knocked her out..... We all got in the act and told her to wait her turn. Important medicine that can keep you alive brings out the best of the oppressed.............

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Post time 2007-2-9 12:03:53 |Display all floors

The complications

Yes, I've had that kind of experience at the airport.

So desparate was the Q-jumper to get checked in that he tried to break in even after I was already being processed and the harrassed check in guy tried to deal with both of us at once.

I ended up with the wrong boarding pass (for the wrong flight!)

That was in China

You see in China the airport staff are polite to the rude people

In the UK the staff signal the police who drag the rude people away to be anally probed

or on occasion

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