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:
clipped from www.freakonomics.com
Time to make a trip to Japan to get your queuing fix. 😉 After 5 years there, I joined any super-long queue I saw because there was sure to be a limited supply deal at the end.
“Europe doesn’t respect queing”? They did when I was there! ‘Course it was some time ago.
How do they handle the “first come, first served” problem then?
I’m a New Yorker and I’m always amazed when I’m in San Francsico (frequently) and I see commuters queueing up to get on the BART. In New York that would be grounds for public mockery.