When queuing for whatever reason, whether it be waiting for a bus, service at fast food outlets, or in the checkout at the supermarket, it is important to respect other people’s personal space at all times. Standing unbearably close to them will not make the line move more quickly and will not mean that your needs are attended to before their own.
Here is a quick guide to assist you in determining whether you have given other people enough personal space:
- If any part of your body, your shopping bags, trolley, backpack or handbag are touching the other person, you are too close.
- If when you breathe, the hair or clothes of the person in front moves in the breeze caused by your outgoing breath, you are too close.
- If you could easily headbutt the person in front of you without taking a step towards them, you are too close.
- If the person in front of you can’t pay for their item without leaning across you to reach the counter, you are too close.
- If the other person keeps trying to move away from you, they are not giving you extra room out of the goodness of their hearts, you are too close.
- If the person in front of you is giving you death stares and you can easily see the fiery glint in their eye, you are too close.
A good rule of thumb to test whether you are allowing other people enough space is to ensure that no part of you or your possessions are touching the other person, and that they can complete their transaction without having to touch you in any way. Please note this is only a minimum suggested personal space circumference, the more space you allow, the more appreciative other people will be. If you have space to spare, there is no need to impinge on someone else.
When finding yourself in a place where queuing or being surrounded by other people is necessary please remember to respect the personal space of other people. It really is self-explanatory. Personal space is personal, so don’t invade it.