Shopping: What has happened to people’s manners?

Kerry Neiderer of Hanover has her hands and chin full of toys as she waits on line at Toys R' Us in West Manchester Township during Black Friday 2011. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS--JASON PLOTKIN

Kerry Neiderer of Hanover has her hands and chin full of toys as she waits on line at Toys R’ Us in West Manchester Township during Black Friday 2011. DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS–JASON PLOTKIN

Warning: I’m about to complain about manners.

I’m positive this problem has been happening as long as check out lines have existed, but here goes:

The other day, I was in line at a certain discount clothier to purchase a pair of boots.

JUST a pair of boots.

There were only two registers open, facing each other side-by-side in the same little aisle.

So, I stood between the two cashiers, trying to form the type of line you see forming around those self checkout areas at grocery stores.

You know. First free register goes to the next person in line and so on.

A couple other people followed suit, standing behind me between the two checkouts, waiting for the people in front to finish their purchases.

Just as I walked toward the register to buy my boots, some bimbo  — who hadn’t been in waiting at all — blew around our line with enough items to clothe a third world country, nearly knocking me and the other patrons over.

I thought of screaming at the lady. I wanted to tell her, “Hello? There’s a line here.

But I’m too polite.

Then, a third register opened up.

“I’ll take the next person in line,” the cashier said.

Thank God. I was next in line.

But, as you might expect, a throng of people who definitely weren’t the next in line flooded to the other lane.

I wanted to say something — or tweet about the downfall of our society — but, as I said, I’m too polite.

What has happened to people’s manners?

Are we oblivious, or just plain rude?

About Lauren Boyer

I'm a Business Reporter for the York Daily Record/Sunday News. I cover banking, investing and all sorts of manufacturing, from companies like Harley-Davidson to mom-and-pop operations. I don't go anywhere without my iPad or a large cup of coffee. Contact me with story ideas at 717-771-2062 or lboyer@ydr.com.
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3 Responses to Shopping: What has happened to people’s manners?

  1. Amanda says:

    If you thought they were so rude you should have said something. You can’t complain about something you arent willing to fix.

  2. Christina says:

    Some people are oblivious. Some are just plain rude. We are surrounded by the “me” people. By “me” people, I mean those that believe that if it doesn’t affect them at all, then it doesn’t matter. As long as I’m taken care of who cares about anyone else.
    I agree with you, though I’m not too nice to point it out to people when I’m highly agitated, and angry enough. I will say something.

  3. Jeff says:

    seniors who like to cut the line thinking that they are entitled to do so simply because they are senior citizens

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