“Tut”outrageous behaviour

One day I was waiting for the bus, in a world of my own. Slowly a few other people added to the number, haphazardly positioned around the stop. 

When the bus arrived I moved in line with the doors. Noticing a few passengers inside the bus who were making their way to the front, presumably to alight, I took one step back. As I did so a person rushed in front of me to get onboard. I would normally not react to this sort of occurrence. On this occasion I declared, “you’re supposed to wait until people have got off!”
Months, and many trips have passed since this experience. This morning while reenacting the scene, I was reminded of it. This was immediately followed by questions: who made the rule? And, even though I prefer not to queue, was I outraged that someone jumped in front of me?
The answer to the former and the latter is, while I can’t remember being formally trained in the niceties of polite travel on public transport, it is an ingrained, British thing to give way to others. 


When in a group, how d’you signal
Without speech, your intent to do?
Maybe barge through, loiter or queue?
Are your actions conditional?
How will others know what to do?
You may not consider such things,
But should know the heartache it brings.
For those who do, it’s social disgrace.
What a conundrum! I rest my case.

(c) Robert Jones 2014, All Rights Reserved