I am not surprised by the coincidence of my current poll on celebrities and politicos cutting in line and what you would do if that happened to you… I posted the poll before the news broke that a local mayor got into a ridiculous word match at a private village gate that refused him passage in compliance with the village rules. The whole episode was captured on CCTV and now it’s on youtube for all to see. Good grief, too bad that 80% of the populace that is likely to vote for people like these and their ilk don’t have access to the internet (but maybe they’ll get a glimpse of the brouhaha on television reports) or politicians like this wouldn’t have a snowflake’s chance of surviving hell in their elected posts. The whole episode is UTTERLY STUPID, INFURIATINGand in ANY OTHER DECENT CIVILIZED COUNTRY the Mayor would resign for such a dumbass incident. I particularly like the clarity in the video of being shielded from a light shower by and aide with umbrella, the clarity of an apparent bodyguard getting a gun and fiddling with it to prepare for what… a shootout over a refusal to grant passage to some self-important pseudo VIP? And the now explained “voluntary accompaniment to local police headquarters of security guards that were NOT arrested”. This kind of thing happens more often than we care to admit, and well, IT IS WRONG. Bravo to security guards that stood their ground. I am inclined to pass that gate in the next few days and hand them tins of homemade cookies, or a lechon meal or just a handshake and a smile. PLEASE RESIDENTS OF THIS WELL KNOWN CITY, CAN WE FINALLY GET RID OF THIS DYNASTIC FAMILY that seems to think this kind of behavior is acceptable?!
Cutting line was the original reason for the poll, and I posted the question because Mrs. MM had rapid-fire texted me in increasingly annoyed tones recently while trying to board a flight from Cebu to Manila. As she placed her luggage on the first airport xray for which there were long lines, this lady made singit (cut in) and placed her very conspicuously hot “IT” Celine bag in front of Mrs. MM’s stuff. Mrs. MM, a stickler for lines and folks who cut in (as I am), said something like “EXCUSE ME, THERE IS A LINE” and a security aide immediately blurted out “Mam, that is SARAH”. To which Mrs. MM said something like “Sarah who? I don’t care if she’s the Queen, she shouldn’t cut line.” Elbowed and glared at, Mrs. MM wasn’t about to allow a cut. At the business class check-in counter (where frequent fliers, even with economy tickets are checked-in), she was ahead of this “Sarah” and even the counter lady said “Ay mam, nasa likod mo si Sarah” to which she said, rather snarkily, “She’ll just have to wait in line until we are finished”. Frankly, it doesn’t matter at all if they are a nobody, a billionaire, a celebrity or a politico. Cutting line is just bad form, period. And particularly if you are in the public eye, it can’t do you much good. What enters these people’s brains that makes them think they are more deserving than others? That they can just cut into a line? That they should inconvenience others and not get called on it? It’s absurd. And because most pinoys DO NOTHING about it (CONTRARY to the poll results that show most MM readers speak up when faced with a similar situation) it happens with increasing regularity. I wish someone would put up a website with CCTV video of all of these types of folks when they cut line, I would visit that website every time they had a new video posted. :)