Standing-In-Line Etiquette


Yesterday, I was in the typical line at the post office.   You know the one.  One LONG line and only one window open.  I took my place in line and did the usual things such as check my emails, browse on Facebook and waited.   You know, we aren’t very good at waiting are we?  I also observed how people act in line.  Standing in line is a lost art.  Many people have forgotten how to do it correctly and fail to think of others around them.  Here are some things to remember when standing in line:

  1. Get In The Line – Yeah, you would think this would be the easy part.  Oh no.  I see people propping up around the area or wandering around like restless 3-year-olds.  For goodness sake, you are supposed to be an adult.  Get in line and stay there.
  2. Don’t Break In Line – Again, these are things I learned in first grade.  You don’t break in line.  There are usually signs that indicate where to stand in line.  Some people think they are too important to stand in line with the common folk.  Don’t break in line.  That’s not cool.
  3. Remember Personal Space – Oh my goodness, this one seems to be a huge forgotten rule.  I can’t tell you how many times I have been in line and could actually feel the breath of the person behind me or nudging me with their package or arm.  The general rule for personal space is four feet.  Any closer and you’ll need to buy me dinner.
  4. Don’t Talk On Your Phone – I don’t really care to hear your conversation.  Being bored or standing in line in public doesn’t give you the right to talk on the phone.  This is extremely rude and inconsiderate of others.
  5. Remember Your “Inside Voice” – I’m okay if you want to talk to someone with you but try to be respectful of others and talk at a reasonable volume.  Also, please watch your language.  Nothing irritates me more than someone who wants to drop the F-word every other sentence.
  6. Be Mindful Of Your Smell – Please use soap and water before getting in the line.  And, please don’t douse yourself with your personal choice in perfume/cologne.  It’s okay not to stink but not okay to over do it to smell good.

I know it’s hard for us to be still in a world where we have everything instantly and tied to our smartphones for our social interaction.  Just please don’t forget the “olden days” of actually thinking of others not on our friends list and the general public.  You know, the other people in this world.  It’s a shame that we have forgotten the common consideration and etiquette of things.  Standing in line isn’t the end of the world.  We still have to do it.  It’s okay to take a timeout in our busy world.

As long as there is a post office or most any government agency, you can be assured that the art of standing in line will be needed.

Next in line!

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