A line cutting rant to get off my shoulders...

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  1. Tigpooh

    Tigpooh Disney Fanatic!

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    I really need to vent this rant, but not sure where the best place to put it is. I am just going to say it....


    So we arrived at Epcot with one thing in mind that we HAD to do. My daughter wanted to meet Jasmine and Aladdin. We headed straight back to where the place is for them to meet and greet. The sign was there, but no line. I went over to a shop nearby and asked where we should line up. She told me to stand by the lamppost and that would be the start of the line. So, we did that. It was 11:15 and they were to come at 11:45. I know we were very early, but like I said...it was a MUST. Not very long after, others joined our line. I noticed some people kind of hanging around but not in the line, some were on benches that were close by as well.At about 11:25 a lady and her 2 daughters mosied up over to where the line is, but where Aladdin and Jasmine would stand. The lady was on her phone and the girls were just standing there. They stood there a long time and then walked away. Next thing I knew the lady got her stroller from by the benches and brought it up there in front of us. She did not say anything and kept her back to the line but it was clear she was trying to start the line. Now, I know it's not a big deal to be first or second in line....that is not the point of this rant. I could not ignore what she was doing though either. I went around her back and said "Excuse me, if you want to be in line to meet Aladdin and Jasmine then I believe the line is back there". I said it nicely, I had no reason to be rude to this woman. She turned and said, "No, we are fine right here, thanks." I told her she was cutting in front of all these people who have been waiting, including a very pregnant woman who was second in line after us and had been waiting, standing in the heat. She then stated that they were over sitting on the bench at 11 o'clock waiting for them to arrive. I told her that sitting on the bench was not the line and that there had been a line over by the meet and greet area for 20 minutes now. I asked her if she thought sitting on the bench after everyone had clearly made a line entitled her to walk to the front of the line. She said yes because they were there at 11 when no one else was. At this point I could tell she knew there was nothing I could say or do. She was a very rude woman with snide remarks the entire time she stood there. After they met with Aladdin and Jasmine, she shot a sarcastic "you all have a good day now" as she walked away.

    I have never encountered such a rude person in my entire life...and I used to work in customer service. My husband actually tried to track someone down to do something about her actions(we did not know that nothing could be done). He talked to 4 different people and no one did anything. All they would have had to do was talk to the people in the line and they all would have told them the lady just walked herself up. The final person that we told actually asked if we were ok being second this time and apologized. Honestly, I did not care about where we were in line - be first, second or third, I just could not believe the rudeness of this woman or how she could do and say the things she did in front of her daughters.

    It did not by any means ruin my vacation, but definitely put a bad taste in my mouth!!

    We also ended up seeing a group cut in the Nemo line by coming in through the Emergency Exit door. There was a lot of rudeness in the World this trip and it is just plain sad.
     
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  3. tenaseewalker

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    There is lots of line cutting in Disney... It happens all the time but there isn't much you can do about it except grit your teeth, smile and say "Have a Magical Day"...
     
  4. tofubeast

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    That's an aggravating situation for sure. Good for you for speaking up. There really wasn't much more you could do at that point.

    Karma, got believe in that!
     
  5. kandb

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    As she was walking by, I would of said something like, "it's a shame that your poor daughters have to see how rude and ignorant their mother is"!!!
     
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  7. Mom2six

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    I really can't believe the gall of a person to walk right up and cut in front of you. At the very least, if she was "waiting" on the bench, she should have said something the minute you started the line. Plus, I'm sure everyone would like to go find a seat and come back to be first, but it doesn't work that way!

    The Finding Nemo thing may have been legitimate though. I know that some children with sensory processing disorders and autism have a hard time going through the dark queues. I know I was advised to inquire about entering through the exit for the Finding Nemo ride with my son (4). There was really no wait time, and I forgot about asking to use the exit...anyway the queue ruined the ride for him. He was crying by the time we wound are way through and so was scared on the ride. He didn't want to try it again (too bad because Finding Nemo is his all time favorite movie). So entering from the exit may have been an arrangement made (and usually they have you wait someone first for your turn.)
     
  8. ArthurFiggis

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    Tigpooh, you rock! :thumbsup2

    Great for you for taking the high road. You stood up for what was right without blowing your top.

    I happily accept your rant and give you a virtual hi-five. :woohoo:
     
  9. GreenCntryGirl

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    Sorry that happened.
     
  10. Suellen

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    Consider your self lucky she is the rudest person you ever met.

    Last night there was a woman sitting on the curb at DHS over by the corner of the main store and Holywood and Vine. Smoking. It always irritates me to no end that the no smoking rules never seem to be enforced - but being in a wc now I am on the same level with my dd - I looked at the woman - probably with not a nice look on my face and she blew smoke directly in DD's face. The kid is 5! I was so mad - I told dd to hold her breath - some woman I front of me whippe her head around and I expected her to say something to me about my comment but she looked right at me and slowly grinned. I'm guessing she didn't like the smoke that couldn't be avoided either.

    So yeah - I'd take line cutting self indulgent. Really I hope you didn't let the witch ruin your day. People feel so entitled these days.
     
  11. meredith1

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    This might have caused a full out bar room brawl. I would have been beside myself livid and would have gone to find an MC the moment she started showing me attitude. Being a former teacher, this kind of behavior from so-called adults really get my blood boiling as well.
     
  12. disneydonkey

    disneydonkey Earning My Ears

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    I would have just walked around her and took my rightful place in line. What could she do about that.:confused3
     
  13. WedgieSock

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    OP, sorry this happened but WDW or the local park, whether it 1982* or 2012, sadly you are bound to meet somebody with no manners.

    * I went in 1982 and remember a line-cutter being very rude to my Dad when he politely pointed out where the back of the line was. In 2011 we did not encounter any rude people.
     
  14. graceesmom

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    I'm with you, but I might have added that we had been waiting since before we left our room that morning or since before we left our house for vacation since apparently all that matters is that you are thinking of getting in line to hold your place.

    By the way -- I am getting in line for all the rides for our next trip right now, so I am sure you all will forgive me if I walk straight to the front of each line when we get there.
     
  15. Disneywhiz323

    Disneywhiz323 Earning My Ears

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    That is downright ridiculous! Some people just don't care about anyone but themselves I guess!
     
  16. MarineVet

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    I hate when this kind of thing happens, it puts me into a very uncomfortable place - if I "let it go" then I feel like I've been taken advantage of and if I challenge the person, chances are good it will not be a pleasant conversation and its unlikely anything will change as a result.

    We were at Epcot last December waiting to see Duffy. We joined a fairly short line and a young family of three got in behind us. Right behind them came a large family of the parents and 6 kids who never stood still. One by one, they squeezed past the young family and they looked really uncomfortable and they just turned and left. The line stopped right when it was our turn while Duffy took a break. While we waited on him to get back, one of the boys behind us slid around us and stood in front of us and said to his mom, "Hey, now I'm first!", then he turned to his sister and told her to come up there with him. I could see the whole family would eventually be in front of us at this rate, and that's when I looked at him and said, "please get back behind me and stop bumping us". He looked at his mom and she told him to get back in line with them, she didn't try to defend them.

    I hope the rest of your trip was wonderful.
     
  17. Tigpooh

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    The lady behind us (the pregnant lady) and I went back and forth with this...she said if she had known that was how it worked, she would have been sitting on the bench the whole time! Later on we saw the same pregnant lady in a store line and joked about how we were in line before she was because we had "thought" we might be buying something. We were making cracks about it the rest of the trip.

    Seriously though, I did think about bopping around in front of her in line, but I felt it might be a bit childish. There were enough "children" in line in front of me....the lady's mom included-oh yeah she came over later. I just could not believe the examples she was setting. When I said something about her doing this in front of her kids she said" Yes, aren't they beautiful?". I so wanted to say something mean, but bit my tongue. It's not their fault their mom is the way she is. I just hope she isn't cloning them to be like her!
     
  18. Tigpooh

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    We did try to find someone to help with the situation, but none of the (4) cast members even came over. The only one who did was the one who came out with Jasmine and Aladdin and by then it was too late and we were told they couldn't do anything basically because it wasn't "seen" by them. My thing was she could have asked the majority of the people in line who saw it happen. I honestly think the lady knew she could get away with it.
     
  19. DebbieB

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    I was out at DL a couple of weeks ago and we witnessed a form of line cutting. Soarin has a single rider line out there. A woman somehow got in the single rider line with 2 small daughters, one of whom was too young to ride alone. You have to ask a cm for a "single rider pass" when you enter the single rider because it's the same line as the fastpass line. She got past that one somehow and also the next cm who directs which side you go to, singler riders go on the left side of the railing. We were behind them. When they got to the bottom of the ramp where you load, the cm asked for her single rider pass. She just shrugged her shoulders like she didn't know what he was talking about (we had ours in our hands). Then he asked the youngest how older she was. She said 5. He said she is too young to ride alone. Again, the mom just acted like she didn't understand (she was speaking to her daughers in perfect English so it wasn't a language barrier). He got on the phone with the cm at the top of the ramp, I guess asking how she got past him. So he came back and explained under 7 years old has to be accompanied by someone 14 or older and the older daughter was only 9, so they were not eligible for the single rider. He said he would let them go this time but next time they could not use single rider lines. So she got away with it, skipping a 35 minute standby line.
     
  20. dznygurl

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    That was so nervy of this woman. We encountered a very similar situation during a college baseball game in May. After the game, any children who want to run the bases can line up outside of right field's gate. The area also has a playground and picnic tables. The kids lined up awaiting the opportunity to enter the baseball field. A woman and her 3 kids sat at the picnic table which happens to be close to the line. As the line began moving, she stayed sitting but yelled at anyone who tried to pass her "place" in line. We all looked so confused. Did she expect everyone to freeze until they opened the gate? Why yes she did! Many people argued back with her and she eventually marched off yelling a few ugly remarks. I will never forget the nerve of this woman and her poor kids who had to leave with her. OP, I only hope that by teaching/modeling decent morals and behavior to our kids, they will never be rude and obnoxious like those line cutters.
     
  21. scojos

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    well done on staying so calm! us brits are famous for our queing skills, so i too would have lost the plot!!
    thats said i have to 2nd the comment about nemo, we have an ASD child, and we skip a few pre shows (mainly haunted mansion as it freaks me out too) and have had a few comments made.... last trip we had autism awareness t shirts printed and wore those, no one gave us grief... remember not all illnesses are visible :lovestruc
     
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