Is It a European Thing?

I was standing in line at Rich’s Deli (Western & Iowa), minding my own business, waiting to buy some milk. Mind you, this line was reminiscent of those Cold War era Communist bread lines in the former U.S.S.R. In other words, it was two blocks long and full of broken-spirited Ukrainians. Not that I would know, of course.

Anyway, this guy cuts in front of me, grabs a basket of groceries from the counter, announces, “this is my basket,” and gets in the line! For five minutes previous to this, while everyone else was waiting in line, he was standing at the magazine rack idly leafing through some Ukrainian or Polish rag. By this time, I was close to the cashier, and there were a good five hundred people behind me. Okay, maybe more like fifteen.

I don’t know about you, but when I was in kindergarten, my teacher told me if I got out of line, I lost my place.

5 Comments so far

  1. nikkos (unregistered) on February 21st, 2006 @ 4:52 pm

    So, you kicked his ass right?

  2. tom (unregistered) on February 21st, 2006 @ 6:05 pm

    sorry, i’ve calmed down since last summer, nikkos. plus, the oppressive stench of the Communist bread-line atmosphere must’ve been getting to me.

  3. Irene (unregistered) on February 21st, 2006 @ 7:14 pm

    Do you ever wonder if the stuff that people learn in kindergarden EVER really sink in? I wonder that a lot lately. I don’t think it’s a European thing (although I’m not European); instead a rude person thing.

  4. Edward (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2006 @ 12:14 am

    The think of the whole cutting-in-line thing every time some jerk gets in the right-hand turn lane in a transparent attempt to leap a couple of cars ahead in traffic.

    Also Elston Ave., where people think that parking spots and a bike lane somehow equals an extra lane. I got so pissed one day, I pulled over and parked in one of the spots just to screw wuth the jerks.

  5. tankboy (unregistered) on February 22nd, 2006 @ 10:20 am

    Actually this is a VERY Eastern European thing. Tom, I don’t reccomend you take a vacation in Ukraine or Poland since I ran into this behovior over there constantly.

    Please note,Rich’s carries Zubrowka so next time ignore the line, order a bottle and add apple juice as needed.

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