I was at Costco today to pick up a few things -- some Diet Coke, some snacks for the office, etc. I picked the best looking line and got behind four other carts that were all about half full, like mine.
As I moved up the line and was the next up to start unloading my cart, a guy who looked to be about 20 came up to me and said, "Excuse me, ma'am, but do you mind if I get ahead of you in line since I'm only buying 2 things?"
Me: Actually I do mind. Why do you think that just because you're buying fewer items you shouldn't have to wait in line like the rest of us?
He stood there staring at me and finally said: But, I'm only buying 2 things.
Me: I understand that but, why do you feel that entitles you to not have to wait in line?
Him: (Just staring at me still)
Me: If you can give me a good reason why it makes sense to let you cut in line, I'll do it but, you'll have to convince me why you think the number of items that you're buying matters because it really doesn't.
Him: Can't I just get in front of you?
Me: No. Not unless you can convince me.
Him: So, no?
Me: Correct. No.
Him: (Wandered off to another line presumably to ask others if he could cut in.)
It might be different if he were a 90 year old man or a very pregnant woman or someone who would seem to have a hard time standing in line on a hot, crowded shopping day but, he was a young kid, looked perfectly healthy, etc.
I truly don't understand why some people think that having fewer items entitles them to not have to wait in line. Makes no sense to me.