I was quite moved yesterday when two shoppers simultaneously put their stuff on the checkout counter, the clerk actually asked “Who was first?” instead of just ring up the nearest item and not care if anyone had cut in line.
Let’s face it, whatever you call them, lines/queues just don’t work the same way here as they do back home, or simply, don’t work. Someone always cuts in (though more discreetly than blatantly) in convenience stores, MRT stations, bus stops (if there is a line to begin with), supermarket checkout counters. How do you deal with line cutters? I think part of the problem is that the person in charge often doesn’t do anything about line cutting. Back home you always hear, “Can I help the next in line?” Here, it’s whoever puts their stuff on the counter gets helped. :x