Saturday, February 12, 2011

Pet Peeve: Using ATM Line Spacing Etiquette in Non-ATM Lines

There is a certain etiquette one employs while in an ATM line. You stand back from the person using the ATM so you don't see the transaction. Thus there is a gap between the person using the machine and the person waiting to use the machine.

My pet peeve is when people use ATM line spacing etiquette in non-ATM lines, such as those in a restaurant. Today I went to Dunkin Donuts to get a coffee and the person I was behind was so far from the customer giving an order at the counter that I was pushed back into the traffic pattern of the small restaurant. I kept having to move to get out of the way of people going to and from their seats.

For Pete's sake, move up! Thought I'd scream that here instead of in the restaurant.

3 comments: said...

Ask the person, "Are you in line?"

Usually that person will take the hint and move.

Paul K. Ogden said...

Good suggestion.

Downtown Indy said...

There's an even stranger bit of 'etiquette' - that being, 'the line must at all times be straight and perpendicular to the object you are in line for.'

One time, back in the olden days of license branches, I was in line. The line stretched out the door and straight across the parking lot -- crossing a driving lane.

Even though there was a sidewalk running along the front of the building, the people felt it necessary to line up in a straight line perpendicular to the front of the building.

When I arrived and suggested we ought to get out of the way of the cars, it was as if I was speaking in some alien tongue. They all looked at me like I was crazy.