Monday, January 4, 2010

At the Mall.

I was in Dubai (it's ridiculous) standing in line for the Poma lift at Ski Dubai (it's even more ridiculous than you can imagine) and having a great time watching the mix of cultures. A young Arab kid passed a few people in line to stand next to his friend. Next to me a British man shuffled over and tapped the kid on the shoulder. "Excuse me young man, but are you cutting the queue?" The boy shrugged his shoulders and said that he was just trying to stand near his friend in line.

I assumed that this was the end of the interaction, but I underestimated the British love of queues and order. "Do you think I'm an idiot? I just asked you if you cut the queue and you told me no? Obviously you are not meant to be here."

The boy, surprised at the outburst turned around around and walked to the back of the line. The British man crossed his arms and with a satisfied look announced to no one in particular, "It's important to keep standards."


emily said...

good story! I feel like there's a lesson to be learned here... whether it's about British people or order or Dubai, I'm unsure.

Adam said...

The lesson I learned was; Man, British people can be real jerks about standing in a line.