An open letter to all Mexicans….

There is something bothering me. I don’t know if this is exclusively a thing with residents of Mexico City, or a nationwide problem, but it does bother me. You just don’t know how to queue. You haven’t got the slightest clue how to queue. At bus stops, food stalls, shops, the bakery, the metro, ticket offices….wherever a group of people gather and a queue should form, Mexicans who are otherwise perfectly nice, kind and decent people become animals! Rude, pushy and obnoxious animals!

There is no need for it. In fact, things would generally work a lot better, and more quickly, if you would just learn to wait your turn and queue properly. To do otherwise is just plain rude and ignorant! Indeed, I’ve even tagged this post with ‘Crime’, so serious an infringement on public courtesy is this! So let me explain how this queuing thing works…


The Rules of Queuing

1. If you arrive at a point and must wait for service, take your place at the front.

2. If you arrive and there is somebody clearly waiting for service, you should stand directly behind them.

3. Under no circumstances should you push up against the person in front. Generally a 12 inch gap is acceptable.

4. If you are in any doubt as to whether a person in front of you is actually in the queue, simply ask them.

5. If you are waiting to get on a bus or train, always allow passengers to get off first. Do not try to push them back on.

6. If you just want one item from a shop and don’t wish to queue, tough luck. Maybe the person in front only wants one item too. Join the line!

My Spanish isn’t terribly good, but I do know all the required words to make suggestive comments about yourself, your maternal parent and several different sexual acts. I may well share this lingual lingo with the next one of you who tries pushing on a bus in front of me, reaches an arm over my shoulder at the shops to try and pay first, or anyone who generally tries to queue jump me – you have been warned!

(For more Gringo views on the Mexican ‘art’ of queuing…Dave’s ESL Cafe)


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