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Old Nov 4th 2019, 2:43 pm
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Happened again today, lost count of how many times this has happened to me over the years, but you stand in line at the check out of a local store (not happened in a large chain or supermarket) and just about to be served when a local walks in behind and pushes their purchases forward. Then the staff in the store serve them first!!!! How rude. I always just walk out without buying and never return to that store as I feel it is unacceptable. It really wound me up today as i was already in a rush, then to have some local barge their way to the front of the queue really hacked me off. If it were the case i had 20 items and they wanted to hand over the money for 1 item with the correct change, then i can understand, but i only had two items the same as them. Sorry, rant over. I guess it's just the quirks of being in a foreign country, but I thought politeness was universal.

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Old Nov 4th 2019, 3:21 pm
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Doesn't happen in mainland Spain
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Doesn't happen in mainland Spain
Does in Andalucia

A Spanish queue of 10 people is 10 wide and 1 deep
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Old Nov 4th 2019, 3:42 pm
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Originally Posted by Fredbargate View Post
Does in Andalucia

A Spanish queue of 10 people is 10 wide and 1 deep
LOL. Sounds familiar.....
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Old Nov 4th 2019, 3:44 pm
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Doesn't happen in mainland Spain
Maybe not as blatantly, but it does happen. I believe queuing is not in the Spanish DNA. At a bus stop a queue like in Britain does not form; it's more of a huddle, at which often the last one to arrive somehow manages to get on the bus first. But I haven't the heart to say "oi, mate..." as I know we'll all get on board. Gives me the chance to rationalise my annoyance.
In the case of SportyPorty, why not say something polite, like "Oiga, no puede ser" o "hay otros antes de ti".
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Maybe a glare from a bad ass biker dude is the way to deter queue jumpers?
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Old Nov 4th 2019, 7:14 pm
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Happens all the time.

the best ones are when you have queued to see a functionary and someone enters the building and goes in front of you and engages the functionary either with a question or a question leading to the functionary dropping what they were doing ( i.e. dealing with you) and dealing with the interloper.
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Originally Posted by Retired in Euskadi View Post
Maybe not as blatantly, but it does happen. I believe queuing is not in the Spanish DNA. At a bus stop a queue like in Britain does not form; it's more of a huddle, at which often the last one to arrive somehow manages to get on the bus first. But I haven't the heart to say "oi, mate..." as I know we'll all get on board. Gives me the chance to rationalise my annoyance.
In the case of SportyPorty, why not say something polite, like "Oiga, no puede ser" o "hay otros antes de ti".
Does not happen everywhere. Very often go into a store, local butcher, baker , newsagent etc and when there is a huddle of people got used to asking "Quien es el ultimo" - who is the last in the queue ! Invariably someone sticks up a hand or answers..
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I go shopping to the local supermarket here in Benidorm a couple of times every week and have never experienced that sort of behaviour. I've invited some customers to go before me if they have only one or two items but even at that most have resisted and waited their turn.

The only time I have ever witnessed that behaviour was in the local sub post office.

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Originally Posted by tebo53 View Post
I go shopping to the local supermarket here in Benidorm a couple of times every week and have never experienced that sort of behaviour. I've invited some customers to go before me if they have only one or two items but even at that most have resisted and waited their turn

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Yeah, I'm more than happy to wave a single purchaser through in front of me, in fact I do that quite often at the supermarket/ Lidl's etc. But this is different, it's the arrogance of the locals thinking they deserve priority over 'foreigners'. I would never push in front of someone at home, (in the UK) regardless of where they were from. Foreigner or not.
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Originally Posted by Loafing Along View Post
Does not happen everywhere. Very often go into a store, local butcher, baker , newsagent etc and when there is a huddle of people got used to asking "Quien es el ultimo" - who is the last in the queue ! Invariably someone sticks up a hand or answers..
I agree that happens; but at bus stops? Never.
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I just say to them that it is ok, you can go before me. No problem. I'll keep waiting.
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Old Nov 5th 2019, 7:36 am
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I've seen it. My sense is that they're just unaware (particularly the older generation). I don't think it's (usually) deliberate. But it's not limited to Mallorquins. There's always somebody who does it.
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Brits and Germans stand in line, for the rest of Europe its everyman for himself
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Brits and Germans stand in line, for the rest of Europe its everyman for himself
In Germany they stand in line but also jump the queue. Happened to me several times in Germany and it was mainly pensioners. Another problem is that people can be aggressive and will push their shopping trolley into others. One store in Germany found a solution to this problem (Barriers).

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