Okay, bear with me here I'm going on a bit of a rant.
It is not uncommon these days to see a queue of cars waiting at a petrol station for a pump to become available. However, something that drives me up the wall are those people who will block others out for the sake of parking on the side of the petrol cap. And this drives me mad because I hate queuing at the best of times.
I don't know how long modern pumps have been this way but almost all petrol pump pipes will reach to the far side of the car, so it doesn't matter whether you park to the left or to the right of a petrol pump.
I know it's going to make me sound like a grumpy old man but please can we start some kind of campaign to get people to start realising that any pump on any side will do when filling up the car. It doesn't matter where your petrol cap is, just move out of the way and lets get on with our lives.
Okay, rant over.
I'd love to hear about your examples of where people plainly don't think, so please feel free to write them in the comments box below.
On Friday last week I went to the Skills Brokers Association's Convention at the National Motorcycle Museum near the NEC (more on that on the next post).
During the lunch break I was one of the last people to reach the serving area and was not happy about having to stand in a long queue to be given a plate of sweet and sour chicken. My stomach was growling and I didn't fancy the (estimated) 15 minute wait.
Then I realised that there was a whole table of puddings with nobody to guard them. So I dashed over and grabbed a decent slice of very tasty chocolate sponge cake.
This then left me free to sit down and eat something and start networking with other delegates over lunch.
As you can imagine I got a few funny looks (and comments) but I didn't care, my appetite was satiated. Not only that but I was able to get sweet and sour without having to wait in any queues - problem solved.
So, is there a moral to this story?
Absolutely! And it's this:
Just because there's a queue it doesn't mean that there isn't a short cut. You just have to think a little differently from the crowd.