Guide on queueing… to help integration


Jo Bryant’s Etiquette Adviser for Debrett’s, ‘Avoid display of frustration or violence’.

14 February 2010. Soon after the ministers announced that the prospective immigrants will have to learn art of queuing, an etiquette adviser has come out with a guide.

In his guide, Etiquette Adviser for Debrett’s, Jo Bryant has suggested the ways to stand in a queue. The vital points include be patient. Remember that everyone is in the same boat, so avoid displays of frustration or violence. He asserts, be aware of personal space of other people and don’t stand too close to the person in front of you. As a part of queuing tips he suggests, keep shopping bags or trolleys close to you. This will help avoid creating a big gap that can confuse people trying to join the queue.

Bryant adds if there are lots of queues, take your pick – but if you choose badly, accept the fact that some will move faster than others. Even in the most disorganised of queues, there will still be an unspoken order.  He says where there is one queue for multiple points, pay attention; don’t hold up the queue by failing to notice when it’s your turn.

If you are unsure how the queue is working, avoid accidentally barging in by asking the person who seems to be last in line. If you are required to stand back and wait your turn, don’t move forward until the person in front of you has finished. Never try to hurry them along.

Bryant adds that if you realise you’ve forgotten something, don’t ask the person behind you to save your place; you will most likely make them feel uncomfortable. Join the back of the line instead.

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