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  • Is taking an open turnstile with no line bad if lines are long elsewhere?

    Last weekend my daughter and I got to the park and while we were walking up to go through the gate, I noticed a green, empty turnstile with no waiting. The lines were backed up about 10 people deep, so I took the opportunity and we got right in.

    My question for you is, should I have waited behind everyone else or do you think it was their loss for not knowing it was open?

    And yes, I do feel bad for cutting people, hence the question.

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    Re: Is taking an open turnstile with no line bad if lines are long elsewhere?

    I go to the one with the shortest line...so I guess their loss for not seeing it first.
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    • #3
      Re: Is taking an open turnstile with no line bad if lines are long elsewhere?

      Originally posted by TobyKeithRules View Post
      I go to the one with the shortest line...so I guess their loss for not seeing it first.
      Me too...

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      • #4
        Re: Is taking an open turnstile with no line bad if lines are long elsewhere?

        If the turnstyle was green, then no you were not wrong in going there. If the other people didn't notice the open turnstyle, then that is too bad for them.

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        • #5
          Re: Is taking an open turnstile with no line bad if lines are long elsewhere?

          Their loss. Think about it this way. If everyone was backed uped in two lanes on the freeway and there was a third empty one that you could take where you wanted wouldn't you use it?

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          • #6
            Re: Is taking an open turnstile with no line bad if lines are long elsewhere?

            My question for you is should I have waited behind everyone else, or do you think it was their loss for not knowing it was open?
            When you're at the grocery store, do you feel obligated to get in the longest line? Of course, not. It isn't the situation where a new checkstand opens and etiquette dictates the checker helps the next person in line.

            To me, if I see a shorter line -- or no line at all and a green light -- I won't even hesitate to head straight for it.

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            • #7
              Re: Is taking an open turnstile with no line bad if lines are long elsewhere?

              I'd do the same. Don't feel bad. I bet people followed you when they realized it was open as well!
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              • #8
                Re: Is taking an open turnstile with no line bad if lines are long elsewhere?

                Why should you stand there and wait when there's a completely open way to get in. It's not like you jumped the line and pushed your way in front of someone. You just went to the shortest line.

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                • #9
                  Re: Is taking an open turnstile with no line bad if lines are long elsewhere?

                  Thanks for the responses my conscience thanks you. :lol:

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                  • #10
                    Re: Is taking an open turnstile with no line bad if lines are long elsewhere?

                    well you could have told everyone that the other turnstyle was open and then go through when the crowd left. actually the only reason I have to go through a turnstyle with a cm there is that I have the wheelchair and they need to open the gate otherwise i always go to the area that has the least lines.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Is taking an open turnstile with no line bad if lines are long elsewhere?

                      Originally posted by SummerInFL View Post
                      My question for you is, should I have waited behind everyone else or do you think it was their loss for not knowing it was open?
                      I do this all the time. It's not my (or your) fault that tourists are so dumb and can not realize the green arrow means a turnstyle is opened. I go to the front every time *gladly* and guiltless.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Is taking an open turnstile with no line bad if lines are long elsewhere?

                        You have to remember, people are like sheep. They go with the crowd and just follow along. Us, who know better take advanatge of the situation and there is nothing wrong with that. For those of us who go a lot, we know what to look for and where to stay away at certain times. Thats just one of the perks of knowing the ins and outs of the park!!!!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Is taking an open turnstile with no line bad if lines are long elsewhere?

                          Nothing wrong with that.

                          Also nothing wrong with going to the empty "side" of the ordertaker at the fast food places where the ordertaker/cashier is centered at a "stand"...and there is supposed to be a line on each side of them, and they are supposed to alternate left/right in taking orders.

                          I'll often walk up those and see a huge line say on the left side of their stand...but nobody at all on the right. I just scoot right on up to one of those, and people give me dirty looks when the cashier turns to me next and takes my order. Like I'm cutting in line or something!

                          But strangely enough, about half of those same people quickly pile up in line behind me...that's for sure!

                          I can't help it if the other Guests don't know how these things work or aren't paying attention to their surroundings. And it's not my job to educate the other Guests. To paraphrase the great Sherlock Holmes' quote..."After all Watson, I am not retained by the police to supply their deficiencies"...similarly, I am not retained to supply the deficiencies of my fellow Guests. At least when it applies to me bypassing a long line.

                          I experience the above so much on both coasts, that I almost have to wonder if Cast Members are trained not to say, "Folks...there are two lines here!" They just seem to be happy with the one line most of the time...even though it's designed for 2 lines at each station.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Is taking an open turnstile with no line bad if lines are long elsewhere?

                            Originally posted by Opus1guy View Post
                            Nothing wrong with that.

                            Also nothing wrong with going to the empty "side" of the ordertaker at the fast food places where the ordertaker/cashier is centered at a "stand"...and there is supposed to be a line on each side of them, and they are supposed to alternate left/right in taking orders.

                            I'll often walk up those and see a huge line say on the left side of their stand...but nobody at all on the right. I just scoot right on up to one of those, and people give me dirty looks when the cashier turns to me next and takes my order. Like I'm cutting in line or something!

                            But strangely enough, about half of those same people quickly pile up in line behind me...that's for sure!

                            I can't help it if the other Guests don't know how these things work or aren't paying attention to their surroundings. And it's not my job to educate the other Guests. To paraphrase the great Sherlock Holmes' quote..."After all Watson, I am not retained by the police to supply their deficiencies"...similarly, I am not retained to supply the deficiencies of my fellow Guests. At least when it applies to me bypassing a long line.

                            I experience the above so much on both coasts, that I almost have to wonder if Cast Members are trained not to say, "Folks...there are two lines here!" They just seem to be happy with the one line most of the time...even though it's designed for 2 lines at each station.

                            I was going to say the same thing! This happens to me all the time...and you're right, it's not my fault people are too afraid to try the other side, or at least ask the CM. Don't give me a dirty look because I know how this thing works!

                            I was at Auntie Gravity's once and the line was 5 or 6 people long....the line to the left only! The right line was completely empty. My sister and I were saying, "Hey folks, both sides are supposed to be used," but no one would budge. So, we went up there. Well, apparently the CM, like you mentioned, liked only having one side. He completely ignored me standing there until the other line was empty. I felt like a fool, standing inches to his left and him ignoring me completely, as if I was the one who didn't know the rules. So after finally ordering and going to the counter, I asked the manager if both sides of the register were supposed to be used. "Yes, of course," was her reply. I explained the situation and how the CM completely ignored me and made me feel like some sort of line cutter, and she said, "Gee, sorry. He probably just thought the other people were there before you."

                            Um, okay. So humiliate a guest because she actually knows what she's doing, and even tried to tell the other people...that smoothie didn't taste nearly as good as it should have because of the experience (oh, and the new cheap cups, but that's a whole other story ).
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                            • #15
                              Re: Is taking an open turnstile with no line bad if lines are long elsewhere?

                              You probably did a favor for anyone waiting in the long line, by showing them it was open.
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