Monday, November 21, 2005

I witnessed something extremely rare

Indonesians don't like to stand in line. Pushing to the front and making the most noise is the usual method here. Well, knock me down with a feather, we were at a wedding on the weekend and after the speeches 200 guests formed an orderly, quiet, patient queue to congratulate the bride and groom. Now there's a thought - perhaps the Post Office could play a little wedding music to bring the front counter rabble under control?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

being an Indonesian I've been observing this phenomenon too ; I think the culprit of this is money .... yes money !.

People with less money , those who can't afford to bribe their way to buy tickets or anything, will turn 'violent' whenever they learn or even suspect that money (or connections) is the rule.

Sadly these are still rampant, as you may have also observed, especially during 'lebaran' times where people who waited hours in lines for a train ticket are being by-passed by the 'calo' who will get you any number of tickets immediatelly at higher prices and effectivelly buy up all the available tickets.

... nonetheless it would be fun to hear wedding songs while fighting for a ticket .. and perhaps it would be just as much fun to be able to bribe at a wedding party to be the first to congrangtulate and hit the buffet.

11:03 AM  
Anonymous roi said...

Indeed, but don't generalize it. There are some of us who will and want to stand in line for anything.

3:20 PM  

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