At the supermarket checkout
To try to prevent this toxic, abuse of the rules of the queue, I recommend the following. Have a child with you, (or borrow one) Russians will usually back off and not jump in front of you. Children are to Russians, what garlic is to Dracula. Russians generally love kids and will soften and mellow at the sight of a small child in a trolley (cart). They will usually back off and respect your place in the queue. The second defence, is to look very angry, very confident and use your trolley (cart) and elbows, to block off anyone from going in front of you. This works occasionally, until you meet a thug or a crazy women in a fur hat, then it is best to back off and let them go in front of you. Russians know how to shout and will tell you the foreigner to fuck off from the motherland or be nuked.
On the road
This is another stressful area, where the rules of the queue are eaten up and spat out, with a total disregard for the art of queuing. Throw away the rule book and forget years of queue training, here it's a free for all and a jungle of car chaos. All roads have a broken white line in the centre, that's what road do. This line separates the cars and makes a boundary of "this is my side" and "that is your side" on the road. Cars, usually stay on the left or the right side. Not always on Russian roads. Lane sharing is a popular hobby here and cars will creep over to your side, sit in the middle of the road on the broken white line or push past you, sometimes taking your wing mirror with them if they need to. Russians, especially in Moscow, have no time and you are blocking their way and wasting their time, waiting in a polite queue is for losers and for stupid foreigners.
I cannot offer any preventative action for road queuing, as I want you to be safe dear reader. All I can say is let it go, let other cars push in front of you. This way you will avoid any fist fights, possible death and possible damage to your car. Queuing here, is a mental game of strength and determination. Bad queuing can happen at the ticket office, at the supermarket, at the medical centre and on the road. You can be brave and try to follow the rules of the queue or let it go and relax you won't win the fight. Russians spent years and decades queuing for everything and they still carry the terrible scars now. Queuing is oppression, queuing wastes time, queuing is very stupid.
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