Queuing: Cultural or Economic?
Fascinating discussion on Freakonomics blog about lining up and how it varies from culture to culture. I must confess, after 20 years in Asia I’m still British and somewhat obsessed by queuing, and get very upset when it’s not followed. One commenter explains it thus:
There is a simple explanation for this. It is cultural. Europe doesn’t respect queuing because it is not central to their culture. Queuing is a British invented social rule. The British have a whole range of social rules that can range from common sense to obtuse.