Vote of the week: Line jumpers
This is a bigger deal in some parks, and nonexistent in others, but... how do you deal with people who cut in lines at theme parks?
Be honest, now. What do you actually do... don't give us what you *wish* you could do. (That vote, I am afraid, would require more answer options than would fit on the page.)
In the comments, share your tips for dealing with line jumpers.
Ideally, I'll try and find out what kind of vehicle they drive, if applicable. In my experience sometimes those with massive SUVs and puckups will seem entitled by them to be pushy and me-me-me-now-now-get-out-of-my-way in other situations as well as on he road, such as in the checkout line at Smart & Final (case in point: massive-pickup owner several months ago who cut in line immediately in front of me like I wasn't there), and of course at the theme park. Then if I'm able to I'll get some nice 7.1-megapixel documentation of them and create a publicly-posted record of their conduct on my website, so others know ahead of time what they can expect from this individual. (I normally don't post pictures of people on the public Intenet--ever--out of respect for their privacy, or condone others doing the same. But there are a few rare exceptions.)
If they're coming up from behind me, I'll casually stretch my arms across the queue, requiring them to either go outside the queue line to get by, or plead with me to let them through. Usually, it's "but my friends are up there and they're holding a place for me." I respond with "and I'm holding a place for me, and it's in line." And I don't move.
AMEN LARRY!!!!! I am not the quiet type and will be the first to say something LOUDLY about it. I do not let them pass me and if they happen to get by for some unknown reason, you better believe I am getting in front of them.
oh how i hate line jumpers. when i was a ride operator at SFMM, it happened alot. i would make them get out of line and go to the back of the line if i caught them line jumping. if they got an attitude, i would call security.
I Hate the old my friends are holding a pot for me up there. They think they can outsmart me but they can't. Don't let them do it to you either. I just give the old "No can do Pal".
Great topic! I didn't vote, though. Would have chosen "Silently curse them", but I don't do it silently. I agree with Larry about starting a fuss. Once someone grows a pair and tells them off, everyone joins in the chirp-fest.
It's true that my friends are always waiting for me. People think its a lie but they really are waiting for me. They always ask me where i was and i always say that people like you guys snitched and told security to kick me out.......bastards. And if i wanted to cut in line, i wouldn't use that excuse, i just push people out of my way. Usually they don't say nothing but when they do i talk back to them and just keep walking. I cant believe they don't call security when i talk bad about them but they do when i am trying to catch up with my friends and family
I once had someone at KBF report ME to security because I wouldn't let her "excuse me" her way past in a line I'd already been in for 15 minutes. She was actually trying to physically pull my hands off the rail to get by. As I'm male and larger, I was smart enough to say nothing more than "the end of the line is back there" and hold on. The one time I had to ride Gadgets Go Coaster at DL (really tried to keep the boy from seeing it-too much wait for 50 seconds) some kids pulled this twice, so I dropped the word to the CM as we boarded. I assume they asked the rest of the queue since we suddenly saw everyone's hand shoot up in the air. I also make the boy come back to join us instead of us passing others if he beats us into the line, although I can cope with people catching up with each other at the beginning of the wait.
Most parks prohibit any form of line jumping, including the "my family or friends are up there" ploy. Even if they are up there, they are required by most park policies to come BACK in line to join YOU. The problem with holding places in line for someone else, or having a place held for you, is that the wait times for the attraction are calculated based on a certain number of people in a line at one time. If people are skirting past the line to join friends, they are adding to that posted wait time without the attendant knowing it. So when you get into a line posted at a 20 minute wait but your wait is actually 45 minutes, it's probably because someone (probably a lot of someones) jumped ahead to join their group.
I try to ignore it and let it slide for the most part. I really want to have fun at a park, so getting mad about it will only help to ruin my day. I have been known to put my arm out when MORE THAN ONE kid says "our friends are already in line".
If there is a emlpoyee around I will report it to them, they often that is a waste as little is done and my local SF park (SFGAM) doesnt seem to enforce most policies.
"It's all about me" is the line jumpers mind set. Line jumpers are basically saying that rules (and manners) do not apply to them - they are somehow above everyone else and are "entitled" to cut in front of anyone they choose. And it's not just young people; I've seen parents cut into lines with their whole families, acting like it's their right - they are entitled!
I don't usually mind if it is just one person, especially a kid, that is trying to catch up with their parents and/or friends. But there have been a couple of times when I wouldn't let people pass. Both times were for a low capacity ride where a group (four or more) tried to all jump the line at once. One time, they gave up, while the other time enough others joined in that security came along and threw the whole group out (it was a group of about fifteen summer camp kids with an adult shaperone).
This is a hard topic. If they are cutting, report them.
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