Thursday, December 27, 2012

Your Turn

You want something really bad and you see a line for it. What is your cut off time for lines? How long are you willing to wait in line for something and what would it be?

55 comments:

FSP said...

I'm very impatient when it comes to lines...of people. 5 at the most or I'm out.

discoflux said...

There's never a line on amazon and rarely do i want something badly enough to wait more than a few minutes for it.

Sugar said...

I'm waaaaay impatient. No lines for me.

discoflux said...

Besides, in Houston long lines and crowds usually lead to violence so... I'll shop from my couch, thankyouverymuch.

Amy said...

Disney rides, those are the longest lines I have ever tolerated -- and then only because there's a little niece or nephew dying to go on it. (All of the adults in my extended family have got that ticketing system down pretty well, though, timing-wise, when we all go at it together with a plan of action.)

rejectedcarebear said...

I waited 2 hours in line to ride my favorite roller coaster at Kennywood. For anything else- 20 minutes

Jenn said...

I would wait longer in a drive through than I would if I were standing.
I always pay extra to get the VIP passes that let you go to the front of the line. They are a must-have!!

SusanB said...

I'm with discoflux - Amazon has no lines. I'll wait in line for 1/2 hour or so at Disney World, that's about it.

Roman Holiday said...

Supermarket lines are the only lines that I will wait in! If the line is long for something that I want I don't wait and chalk it up to "wasn't meant to be" Sucks to be me sometimes:)

DBZee said...

I hate lines with the power of a thousand suns. My husband fills my gas tank because sitting in the car at the gas station drives me bats. (Here in Oregon, you can't pump your gas, so you have to wait in ridiculous lines while all of the jockeys run around trying to fill the tanks.)

KellyLynn said...

I will wait in checkout lines or a line to renews driver's license for as long as it takes. If it's stuff, I don't need anything badly enough to wait for it.

Roman Holiday said...

Oh wait I have to ammend my answer - I will wait for drinks at a bar or function no matter how long the line is....... #lovemybooze

LottaColada said...

I'm like the rest of you online shoppers, no waiting in line there! I only go to stores if I want to try something on first before buying. Most of my christmas shopping was online, I can't stand not finding parking around the holidays.

JSierra said...

I am horribly impatient when it comes to waiting in lines. So 10 min is as afar as I go.

I waited in a Starbucks line in my SuperTarget the other day for 20 mins for one iced coffee and one white chocolate mocha. There were two people in front of us and three people behind us, not packed at all. I was so pissed.

discoflux said...

Grrr! I hate that JSierra! And they've got you because you've already paid so you HAVE to wait!

I have to amend my answer as well because I'll wait in line for roller coasters for up to 30 minutes.

Merlin D. Bear said...

The longest I've ever waited in line was for "Batman: The Ride" at Six Flags on a Saturday.
Over 3 hours - and only because a child was involved.

Elizabeth said...

Depends on what it is. Florida voters stood in line for many hours. I'd like to think I would do that. For something unimportant, not so long.

Unknown 1 said...

Considering I've been to Disneyland twice, I have an AMAZING capacity for standing in lines. I would wait 30 minutes for something, past that and I'm wasting my life.

SusanB said...

@Elizabeth - you're right. I forgot I stood in line over an hour to vote. Totally worth my time.

I don't mind waiting in line at the grocery store - that's how I catch up on the National Enquirer.

TerryTowels said...

Heh, back in the 70's I waited 8 hours for a chance to buy one of the first condo's in our area. (They were a rdical, new idea back then.)

Now, I'd only wait in line (I'd camp) for a free ticket to a rocket ride to outer space.

The Black Cat said...

I think I waited for an hour and a half at Seaworld in San Diego to go on the mini sub ride on the opening day.
It was worth it and I didn't have anything better to do that day.

babo said...

If I really want/need it ... I ll fatalistically wait.
As for sales season, either you can afford the whole nine yards of paying full price during regular times, either you suck it up.
At a theme park, I can t stand it more than 5 mins. I hate theme parks and their fakey fakey pasteurized environment with a vengeance.

Jamie 2 said...

I'm with the Amazon/on-line crowd. It's usually cheaper than the stores, I save the driving time (more important to me than the lines) and I so far don't have to pay sales tax on Amazon. Plus, I have Amazon Prime, so yay for free two-day shipping.

Tip to Florida voters/DMV users: At least in Miami-Dade, anyone can file an absentee vote - just remember to ask for the absentee ballot about a month before the election. And the DMV now allows you to schedule an appointment online - I did that and was in and out in 30 minutes.

I haven't been to a department store since 2004, and I've never been to a theme park!

LiteraryLauraEtc said...

Waited about two hours to vote in the last election.would've waited all day if necessary

MC said...

I'm extremely impatient. I stood in line for concert tickets for several hours back in the days before the Internet, but that's it really. Anything else happens in under ten minutes, or not at all :p.

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Lioness70 said...

Usually a half-hour. After that, I go cuckoo-bots.

I have season passes to Six Flags Great Adventure. I live less than 10 minutes away. I know there's always lines for rides like Nitro, Kingda Ka (YIKES.), Green Lantern, etc. I'll wait the hour or so, only because it makes the kids happy.

Stores? Eff that baloney. I'll buy it online, even if it's a "hot item" that's on back order. Stuff isn't THAT important.

New Life and Attitude said...

I stood in line/camped out for lots of concerts way back. The longest one was to see Garth Brooks back in 97 or 98. Totally worth it (then). Now I'll wait in line at a theme park for a ride for 30 to 45 minutes. Otherwise maybe 15 minutes for regular check out lines.

Tuxedo Cat said...

I waited in line 2 1/2 hrs for a copy of Halo 4 at midnight in the cold a couple of months ago, that was for my kids though. My back was screwed up for about a week after that.

EmEyeKay said...

I'll wait forever for a ride at the fair!

Can't recall any other long waits. I do the DMV and stuff when there isn't a wait, I vote by mail, I shop online at Christmas.

Jason Blue Eyes said...

On Xmas eve I was in line for 25 minutes. This A-hole ahead of me purchased $500 worth of merchandise, then when he had everything checked out he decided that he didn't want a bunch of stuff he'd just purchased. He handed the checkout girls (yes there were TWO cashiers just tending to him) each item he had purchased - one by one and asked to have the price of that item checked. He would then decide if he wanted the item or if he didn't want it. If he wanted the item (after he'd already bought it) he'd have to have it placed back in a shopping bag and in his cart. 25 minutes of this. On Xmas eve - a 1/2 hour before store closing. I'm ordinarily a patient person but this was guy was being a royal asshole.

Longest time I have ever waited in line for anything was 3 1/2 hours for Bob Dylan concert tickets. Outside. In February. LoL. TOTALLY WORTH IT!!

JSierra said...

@Jason I would have had a shit fit! I am impressed you kept your cool!

iheartjacksparrow said...

A couple of times I've waited five hours to buy some limited edition pins at Disneyland.

DBZee said...

Wow, Jason, I would have clocked the guy with my Santa hat!

I forgot about DMV. I had to renew my license and the nice, quiet little DMV branch by my home had closed, so I had to go the big one in town. I was there for almost two hours - and it only took 15 minutes to renew the damn thing.

Oregon is vote by mail, thank goodness. I always used to vote absentee ballot so I didn't have to go the polling place.

MrWolf said...

I don't wait in lines.

Mitchellaneous said...

My bitch switch flips hard when I wait in lines, so I don't do it. When I went to Disneyland, my friend's child had a legit handicap that let us skip most of the lines, otherwise I would have just waited at the hotel. It's that bad for me.

Lola said...

Store- 10 minutes
Food- 30 minutes
Amusement park (not Disney)- 30 minutes
Disney- Depends on the time of year. Off-peak- 30 minutes Peak- 45 minutes Longest wait- 1 hour for Star Tours reopening line/Ariel meet

DMV wait is a thing of the past here. You can get in line on your phone and they'll text you 15 minutes ahead of time. I was in and out in 10 minutes.

Dani said...

This last Cinco de Mayo, I waited 40 minutes for the bartender to take my order. I got a goldfish bowl filled with delicious Margarita & a shot of Patron. Add that to the Xanax that was required earlier in the day & that 40 minute wait was worth every second!

Me said...

Funny this should come up today. Took my kids to the MD and one needed a Rx. the line looked long. I counted to 10 and I was done. So 10 people. (I called it in). Time wise not sure. At a restaurant; ZERO. Once it is the reservation time if I’m not sitting, and they are evasive; I’m gone.

E Gee Be said...

Me too @new life, if you still had to wait in line for concert tickets I totally would do that again. I camped out waiting for tickets to the Purple Rain tour when Prince came to SF, and a couple of hours for other shows. Totally worth it.

Agent**It said...

I waited 30 minutes to meet Bette Midler. Well worth it !

Alicia said...

I grew up with a ticket scalper for a dad back in the good old days before the Internet when you had to stand in line and wait for tickets to shows.. The longest we stood in line was for three days in Seattle for a Beatles reunion tour. We were first in line and the news needed someone to interview for their story on the show and the line so my dad made me do it. The news reporter asked me why I stood in line for three days and all I could think to say was " because ... I love Paul McCartney " which came out more as a question than a statement. I was in 7th grade at the time. For the rest of the year my locker was constantly tagged with pictures of Paul and I was called McCartney lover for the next two years until I moved to Portland...

Now I'm a jerk about waiting anywhere. Not sure if there is any correlation but yah.. Me and lines are not friends.. I avoid them at all costs !

Alicia said...

Hahahahha I like your style mr wolf

Alicia said...

Ah!!! So jelly you got to see that show!! How awesome

redronnie said...

waited in line for three days and four nights for Springsteen tickets in the early 80's my friends took my spot for bathroom breaks, I was the only one who had all their assignments completed. Now it depends if I have a friend with me or a book in my bag. I'm old I'm just happy to be able to stand in line.

Maja With a J said...

I waited outside a whole night for Guns n' Roses tickets. I was in high school. The internet wasn't a thing yet.

car54 said...

I can't think of anything I will stand in line more than 10 minutes for.

I have a bad leg, and when shopping the walking around kills me so standing at the end is just too much. I time my grocery shopping to try to miss busy times so I don't have to stand long.

Amazon saved me when I was stuck off my feet at home for 3 months at a time with 3 surgeries on this leg--you can get almost anything from them and they bring it right to you.

I literally will abandon my cart full of stuff if the line is too long. I have never completed a shopping trip to Kohls because every time I've gone there they have one cashier and a line half way through the store and they won't open another register. I have just parked the cart full and walked out 3 different times.

~mara said...

Camped out 2-3 days for Cotton Bowl tickets when I was in college. We don't wait long at theme parks anymore - the new technology that allows you to pick your time to ride is amazing. Stores - not more than 10 minutes.

Sherry said...

@JasonBlueEyes: I would have been so bitchy and offered him $50 to get the fuck outta my way.

Anonymous said...

What an oddly-phrased question. I didn't even understand what was being asked until I finished the third sentence.

I think Enty is hitting the bottle a bit too much.

Sherry said...

10 minutes. I had posted a long diatribe about the recent suck ass service at the CLT Stockcar Bar on xmas day but lost it all. BTW if you pass through and Shannon is working save yourself tge trouble and go elsewhere. Yeah. I am one of them. I complain then and there and write letters.

Elementally said...

Do I have a book?

Jules_345 said...

@tuxedocat, waiting in line for your kids is a bit different, I think. I've waited for hours when new gaming systems have come out (longest was 6 hours) and I will wait for up to 2 for my selected Black Friday store but normally, it's about a half an hour.

Lelaina Pierce said...

Depends on my patience level that day and how bad I want it. Or if my husband is with me. He doesn't deal with lines too well. I don't mind long lines if they move at a quick pace and don't deal with ignoramuses like in JBE's story.