Jumping Queue

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My gynae’s clinic opens at 9am. Patients go at 8.30am to queue outside the clinic. Why? Because the clinic operates on a first come first serve basis. So if you go at 9am, you may find yourself No. 10 on the list which may mean a 2 hour wait. Each patient may take about 15-20 minutes.

On the day of my visit, I wait outside the door along with some others. There is a young well-dressed girl in front of me. The queue gets longer and longer. There were a few pregnant couples behind me. Well, what do you know… suddenly another young well-dressed girl comes shasaying along, walks past the queue and stands with her friend.

The door opens, everyone goes in and writes their name on the list one at a time. The young girl writes two names, that of hers AND her friend. Hey! That adds another 20 minutes to everyone’s waiting time you know. Now, everyone including all those heavily pregnant women have to wait longer because of her.

It is all very well to have your friend queue up for you to buy lets say tickets or food because these don’t take very long. It is bad but at least it does not take very long. However in this case, it is a doctor’s visit which takes up some time.

Hmm…. young, well-dressed, pretty but with no proper etiquette at all. Didn’t your mother teach you to give up your seat for a pregnant woman? Now you make all the pregnant women who came earlier to queue up before you wait longer because of your selfish attitude.


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