Worst Things About Waiting In Line

Why is waiting in line so annoying? Whether it's for an amusement park ride (the general worst), to sit down at a restaurant table, or otherwise, you just can't help but be annoyed at waiting in line for anything.

The Top Ten

1 It is just incredibly boring

Waiting in line incites boredom, that's really all there is to it. I'm in line for a ride but I swear the waiting line is the real ride sometimes. People like a certain thing sometimes and it actually takes a lot less time than the line. I'd fall half-asleep just waiting. - NuMetalManiak

I have to face this whenever I want to get lunch at my cafeteria. It's a big rush and everyone's always trying to shove you off. I just hate this! - TwilightKitsune

2 A family in front of you lets one of their family/friends cut in front of your group

I don't need to explain what this one is about. - NuMetalManiak

3 Sometimes the line never moves forward for long periods of time

These are probably the worst of the worst, usually in amusement park attractions that are shows and such. At least when it moves a lot of people move, but then you wait 10 more minutes. - NuMetalManiak

That's my lunch line at school almost everyday. - Pegasister12

4 The really impatient people

The worst breed of impatient people is when they berate the employees.

Okay, I consider myself a more impatient person, but hear me out. The REALLY impatient ones in a line are often the louder ones, usually little kids that are just itching to do something they want. Well too bad, kid, your cries are not going to make the lines move any faster. - NuMetalManiak

Well...I kind of like observing the change...At first, everyone appears very patient and after a while subtle impatient signs creep in: a sneaky look at their watch, a shuffle of feet, a little sigh, more watch bothering, a stamp of feet, a scream, then...throttling the person in front of them...
It's all very amusing to witness. It's a boredom-breaker at least. Next time you're waiting in a line, just look around you... - Britgirl

5 When you reach the front of the line and you find what you wanted closes.

We were at Universal Orlando and my mother wanted the Butterbeer thing at Hogsmeade. We stood in a line and just as we got there they said they were all out of it. Talk about getting screwed just cause everyone else couldn't leave this place alone. - NuMetalManiak

6 The person in the front of the line takes too long to figure out what they want

I missed the first 5 minutes of a movie because most of the people in the line did not know what to order. They should at least look at the menu before the reach the check stand.

Usually occurs in restaurants where you order from the menu while standing in line. You can usually see someone taking too long to order, and everyone behind that person starts to get irritated. In fairness, maybe that person forgot what they initially wanted while they waited for their position in line to be at the front, but then they waste everyone else's time figuring it all out. - NuMetalManiak

7 Usually in amusement parks, you stand in not-so-ideal weather conditions

I got a bad sunburn from constantly standing in lines at Disneyland.

I don't care if it rains heavily or if it so hot you sweat in seconds, most lines in amusement parks end up being outdoors. On the opposite end of the spectrum, for the hot days, the lines that go inside buildings have too much AC going on that it feels freezing inside! - NuMetalManiak

8 Some places don't have estimated waiting times

Generally when it comes to waiting times, particularly in amusement park attractions, they have a sign that it's gonna take like 30 minutes, or an hour and a half, to get to your attraction. Sometimes they don't have this at all though. Also, these are never in food places. I was at my resort town grill, and it took like 15 minutes just to get a sandwich! Why! They didn't even tell me it was taking so long. - NuMetalManiak

9 You can arrive early and it still would be a long line when you get there

I swear people camp at certain places well before they open. This is most common for movie premieres, but it can apply elsewhere. Avoid Black Friday if you can help it! - NuMetalManiak

10 The windy nature of certain lines.

Usually in amusement park attractions, you'll quickly notice how winding lines end up being. Having to continuously zigzag because the attraction line fills up all the way to the entrance. - NuMetalManiak

The Contenders

11 Little kids screaming

One time I went to get pizza, and this kid kept yelling “I want my pizza! ” It was really annoying and I still think about it

12 you might not make it to every important roller coaster
13 It’s unnatural

When you’re waiting in line, you’re standing for an unnatural amount of time, longer than the body was meant to stand, so your legs and feet start hurting, and so does the rest of your body, and you just want to get to the front or leave.
Your blood sugar drops and you are absolutely tired and hungry, and you don’t think you’ll make it.
Trust me, I know how horrible all that is, and waiting’s even done to go on rides.

14 Your legs, feet, and body hurt, feel tired, etc

Lines for stuff can be long, for big rides and such, and for that reason, you stand for a really long time, so you will hurt everywhere, your feet, your legs, your back, and your whole body in general.
It’s such a pain, literally, in the body(and of course the butt too), and you will regret everything about it.
Some popular rides will have you wait like quarter of a day in line to go on, you feel like you did at least half a marathon.
Imagine waiting in line half a day though, honestly that must be like a full marathon.
Absolutely physically and mentally exhausting(yet painful).

15 When a family deliberately bumps you as a way to try to cut in front.

This happened to me. A teenager and her mother kept on bumping the people in line I was in and none of the people in the my line let them in. And when they realized that no one was going to give into them, they both threw fits like little children.

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