I have a Queue-estion
I write not to judge, but to express my confusion and – perhaps, even – to seek some enlightenment. I genuinely do not have the first idea what goes through the minds of the people of whom I will now speak.
Consider, if you will, a bus stop. Study the diagram, Dougal:
I’m not thinking of any specific place – I illustrate a generic bus stop for the sake of example. This could be Birmingham, or anywhere, Liverpool, or Frome. You can replace it with a bus shelter if you like, or scrap the road-side scenario and situate the entire lark in a bus station. The principle ideas will remain the same.
Imagine that a queue of people has formed, waiting (as you will not be surprised to learn) for the bus. The scene will probably look something like this:
What’s wrong with this picture? Nothing so far as I can tell, at the moment. Consider, though, This Other Character Who Walks Along The Entire Length Of The Already-Formed Queue And Then Goes And Stands At The Far End (or “TOCWWATELOTA-FQATGASATFE”, for short):
So, erm… why? I perhaps should specify that I’m not talking about the queue-jumping son-of-a-hooligan who does this to barge straight in and get on the bus first, before those who’ve been waiting longer. Utter swinefaces though these individuals may be, I understand their (contemptible) intentions. They are not part of this enquiry.
I want to know about those folk who walk past a bus queue, stand at the other end, and then attempt to memorise who was there before them to cut in at the appropriate moment.
This happens all the bleeding time, but I genuinely don’t have the first idea why Johnny or Jane Bus-Rider would do this rather than just stand in the line. I don’t want to condemn before I understand the situation a bit more. Why in the world do would a motherfunker do this?
I know you can’t ascribe a single motive to a disparate group of people doing the same thing (although The Good Lord knows that many will try, particularly regarding bus-related behaviour. A pop-sociological industry appears to have grown around publicly pronouncing the One Sole Reason for ‘sodcasting’ and pretending that this applies to everyone that does it, for example), but I can’t work out a single reason for anyone (not ‘everyone’) to engage in this particular bit of confusing hoopla. This is not to say there aren’t any reasons. Really, though… what are the reasons?
I suspect I shall never find out.
(EDIT: All that nonsense aside, http://twitter.com/Travel_WM seems to be back in action. I condone this).