My episode on what happens when someone crowds in line received a great response — probably because we’ve all had to suffer a stranger standing so close that they could count the freckles on your neck. I can’t stand it! I encountered this the other day and thought it deserved revisiting.
The undisputed, undefeated champion of improper line etiquette is The Crowder. Unless I’m stranded on the top of Mt. Everest, I don’t want someone pressing up against me as if we’re keeping warm to survive. Here are 3 Quick and Dirty Tips for better line etiquette:
Tip #1: Ask Politely
If you’re on the receiving end of The Crowder, kindly ask them to step back a foot or two. Don’t be rude when you do this; just give them a heads up and let them move back.
Tip #2: Use Your Inside Voice
When in line, you need to use your inside voice. Shouting on your cell phone as if you were stuck in a wind tunnel is not necessary. And if your call is that important then step out of line and return when you are done.
Tip #3: Try a Little Tenderness
This next tip is best put to use in grocery or clothing stores. There is always one person in line with one item, while the person in front of them has 20. If you are the latter, try a little tenderness and allow the person with just one item to go ahead of you. Think of it as paying it forward.
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