It’s Not Rocket Science, People

Two days in a row, ignorant people cut in front of me in lines.

On Sunday, it was an old man at a restaurant. I stood a few feet back from the person at the register so I wouldn’t block the lane into the dining area, and I had my credit card and my check in my hand. Along comes the old man, right past me to the register, both cutting in front of me and blocking traffic. He leaned hard on a four-post cane and I wasn’t in a hurry, so I decided to laugh it off because I’m sure I could have stood there a lot longer than he could.

Tonight, I waited in line behind someone at the photo counter at Wally World. I didn’t want to crowd her, so I stood about four feet back and leaned on a display. Along comes over-tanned, bleach-blonde valley girl (if I had a five spot for every time she said “like,” I’d have left the store a rich man), who goes straight to the counter to my left. The instant the other woman left with her photos, this girl jumps in. Had she just been picking up photos, I may have let it fly. I have less patience for arguments than I do pinheads.

Instead it was a big production about her camera card. As she dragged the counter person over to the kiosks, I said “No, go ahead, I wasn’t waiting in line at all.”

Blondie shot me a look like I’m the asshole. Fortunately the register jockey figured it out and excused herself to get my photo.

It’s not having to wait longer that bothers me, or the inconvenience, it’s the simple fact these people did not even bother to look around and see if they’re about to give someone the shaft. Is it that difficult to be courteous to people, whether in line, in traffic, or at the movie theater?

“Are you in line?” is not a difficult question to ask. Or hell, simply wait a second and see if the other guy steps up to the counter. If not, you’re golden.

Take the blinders off, people. There are a number of reasons to always be aware of the people around us, and courtesy is just one of them.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.


  1. Ruderabbit says:

    Hey dude, The unfortunate, but likely truth is, any one ignorant enough to earn your ire probably wouldn’t take the time to read your rant. More likely, even if they did read it, they won’t recognize their own blatant stupidity when pointing it out to them. I see it constantly, and feel your pain, right in my ass.

  2. Common courtesy and common sense — not so common.

  3. Troy says:

    I feel your pain, brother!

    Been there, been done to me as well.