Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Blast from the past


Waiting in line at the grocery store in Rabat, Morocco:

The guy in the produce pricing line with me yesterday at the Marjane. You get your produce and wait in line for it to be weighed and priced before you go to the checkout. I had only two bags of veg (for grilling last night with Steve and Megan) but got in line anyhow even though some people had an entire cart full of stuff because one must wait one's turn.

This lady with two bags of apples went to the front of the line and asked the customer who was having her entire cart of produce priced if she could cut in. The other customer let her.

I muttered something to the guy in front of me that all the world have only a little but it must to wait like all the peoples.

He said something to the lady that I gather was along the lines of Madame, it must be done that one waits in line for one's turn.

She snapped at him that One had consulted the madame here and madame had said one could make the cut.

He replied that The madame there did not to speak for all the world in the line.

Madame grabbed her priced apples and began to yell at the guy, saying You have some nerve buddy telling one what to do and one would to say that you are a big jerk.

I was thrilled to see someone speak up about line cutting because as far as I'm concerned, respecting the line is one of the first signs of civilization.

1 comment:

Joy said...

Never go to Russia. A friend of mine wrote this around a year ago--it's one of the best explications of Russian queueing that I know of.

http://www.carlschreck.com/displayArticle.php?article_id=65