Miss Manners: What do I say to these people who won’t wait their turn?

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I had an incident at a deli counter and I am wondering what would have been the appropriate way to handle it.

I parked my car in the deli’s lot and walked toward the building. As I was entering, a large pickup truck pulled up to the building — literally! He parked right on the sidewalk in front of the entrance!

I shook my head and silently entered the deli, then stood at the counter waiting to place my order. A minute later, the sidewalk parker came in and stood next to me. When the deli worker asked, “Can I help who’s next?,” the man — with no hesitation — began reciting his order!

He knew that I was there waiting first, but chose to ignore me and cut me in line. I was shocked! I didn’t know how to handle it, but by the time I sorted through my options in my head, I felt that the moment had passed.

And can you believe it happened to me again the next day at the grocery store?! Is it me? Should I start wearing a neon green vest and flashing lights when I am out and about so people know I’m there? Sheesh!

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