It's something we were all taught how to do back in kindergarten.

Heck, I think it was taught back in preschool, yet adults still seem to struggle with it daily.  At least in my daily observance in and around Bismarck Mandan.

People seem to struggle with forming a line.

I don't care if you're in line at the convenience store, a bank, a concert, a sporting event, or anyplace else where people gather.

Case in point.  I was at a Walmart in Bismarck on Sunday in the automotive department waiting in line behind one customer at the service till.  It wasn't long and 7, or 8 other people showed up.  There was only one person working the till, yet nobody formed a single line behind me.  Instead, they proceeded to spread out like we were in some sort of prevent defense in a Vikings football game.

So, when it came time for the poor lady working the till to say, "I can help who's next?", at least 3 people moved forward.  That's when I said rather sternly, "I was next!"  This awkward moment could've been avoided if the previous people just would've observed the situation and formed a line behind me, to begin with.

I've had the same thing happen to me several times at the Cenex in Lincoln, where the doors to the store are right next to the tills.  Your 4 people deep in line, and some yahoo walks in from outside and jumps to an open till before the rest of the line can move up.  Again, what did you learn back when you were a little tyke back in grade school?

Observe, pay attention and PLEASE form a line.

Don't act clueless like you have no idea what to do.  Do the right thing and DON'T be a line jumper.


LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

The Biggest Home In All Of North Dakota

More From US 103-3