Yep, I was expecting* a decent conversation piece about casual racism, or where are the boundaries of racism drawn up, should there be allowable banter, etc, etc.Pierre said:I'm also disappointed at this topic because when ever anyone says "not being racist, but..." its usually followed by a massively racist statement, and this wasn't really :/
In this case it's just cultural difference. We're taught as children to queue. I'm actually shocked that for the 2012 Olympics we didn't introduce long distance queueing as a new Olympic sport, one we'd be sure to win.
We're taught from a very early age to wait our turn, and to do it patiently and with consideration for those around us, who are also politely queuing away. We're also taught that we should repress our emotions and not force a confrontation, absolutely no eye contact. It's just the British way (for the most part, with notable exceptions on these forums ).
Obviously this isn't as important an act of etiquette to the French (and Spanish). Why should it be really? If you've got friends to meet at the front, or only 20 minutes until you have to meet the bus, then why should you wait in a queue? So you don't upset a few people you've never met before and will never see again? Where's Ben's tiny violin?
Okay, it upsets us as queueing is a national pastime and we have rules on signs that say you mustn't do it and we adore officiousness. The French and Spanish also have these rules on signs, but they're more... guidelines.
I've never seen it at Disney in Paris (though they're very rude pushing in at the character meets), but I think that's because the queues are so tight it's just not really possible, plus it tends to be much younger kids and it's harder to force the way through if you're encumbered with a brat.
How's that Hixee?
*Nope, I really don't know why either