Weekly Vexation: “No Cutzies”

Morgan Felt , Blogger

Cutting someone in line is just as immature as it seems, and is typically an issue in elementary school when kids are learning what behavior is socially acceptable (which is why we all know the phrase “no cutzies”). But elementary schoolers are not the only culprits of this social injustice.

Many times within my 17-year-old life I’ve seen adults cutting in line. One of the most memorable instances being at Busch Gardens when I was twelve or so, this family was right behind us in line and we had been waiting for about 15 minutes (the wait was an hour). This family of four decides they’re tired of waiting and sneaks into the Quick Queue lane and then, get this, sneaks back into the regular line with about 200 people in front of us. And the worst part of this is everyone around them said absolutely nothing. I’m assuming this is because everyone around them felt the situation’s discomfort and didn’t know how to confront the family.

This moment was memorable to me because I, as my 8-year-old self, thought that cutting in line was not an adult issue, but to my surprise this rude task is more common than some might think, but it happens in some less direct ways.

As a teen driver with over two years of experience, I have learned that cutting in line is a big issue. This issue is more familiar when it comes to cutting people off on the road. I can attest to this being one of the most frustrating things, and even more so it can be fatal. Someone zipping past hundreds of cars waiting patiently in traffic, or cutting in front of a bunch of cars to merge into the front of the lane can catch other drivers off guard and cause an accident.

“Cars cutting the merge lane is one of the most infuriating things I deal with as a teen driver, it’s honestly just so rude and inconsiderate,” Maya Bourgeois (17′) said.

Another contemporary example is pushing to the front of the crowd in concerts. Although some of the more strict social norms do not apply, as a concertgoer, one of the most annoying things is the close quarters among everyone. This may simply be part of the concert experience, but constant pushing is not pleasant for anyone.

“I think cutting in line is still an issue, but many adults don’t see it as one,” Hector Marin (’17) said. “When someone cuts in line, it really says something about their personality and their consideration for others. Just a couple of days ago this kid tried to be sneaky and cut in front of me in the lunch line and I didn’t know how to confront him about it because it was so awkward.”

Overall, the idea of cutting in line seems elementary but it still relatively common. There are many modern forms in the adult world, and it is a problem that should really be addressed.