So you can comfort yourself knowing that your rude line-jumper might get his just reward and wind up waiting even longer than you do. Beyond that, my advice is to shake it off and tell yourself, “He’s in more of a hurry than I am.” Then just let him go. It might not get you home faster, but I’m guessing with that attitude, you’ll live a longer, happier life. And if you’re looking to make some small cosmic change in the universe, I say the next time you’re in line and consider jumping to another register that has opened up, offer the person in front of you the chance to switch first. Radical, but I would like to think that leading by example actually works.
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