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How Long Would You Be Willing To Wait In A Queue?

Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:45 am

Well, the first Krispy Kreme just had its Grand Opening here in Nagoya and I went down there to check it out. I arrived at 9:30 AM only find a huge queue and managers stating that the wait will be at least 10 hours. No way was I going wait that long, however it seems that Japanese are quite willing. This is just nuts.   
 
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Wed Mar 17, 2010 1:55 am

I only queue if I have to, the longest having been at Terminal 2 in LHR after AZ cancelled all their flights but only provided three staff to re-book 500 odd people. Five and a half hours not well spent   
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Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:01 am

I'm British, I can queue for eternity; much like the Irish can drink for eternity    

However much I love krispy kreme, I don't think i'd wait 10 hours for a doughnut. That's just stupid.
 
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Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:16 am

Quoting Zentraedi (Thread starter):
Well, the first Krispy Kreme just had its Grand Opening here in Nagoya and I went down there to check it out. I arrived at 9:30 AM only find a huge queue and managers stating that the wait will be at least 10 hours.

Maybe not 10 hours but when Krispy Kreme opened in OKC the lines were several hours long. Wait about 6-8 weeks and things will slow down to normal. Krispy Kreme may be alright for some I am just not a doughnut person.

It was a bit of a conversation piece when it first opened in OKC and we put some numbers to it but if you figure that a doughnut business that normally is built on a consumer model that generally has a normal 4-5 hour busy period per day to pay the bills. Throw in making doughnuts 24/7 for about 90 days and you pay for your building and equipment instead of 5 years. It is just gravey after that when business slows to normal.

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Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:19 am

8 hours in Honolulu - thanks to United Airlines lovely hospitality. No air-con in the hall, and no seats to be found - anywhere.   Disgusting.

Not the way to treat exhausted travellers. But they reacted quickly when one passenger collapsed and hit their head on the hard floor (blood everywhere).
 
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Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:23 am

Theres only really a couple places where I would spend more than 5-10 mins in a line

-At the airport out of necessity
-At an embassy
-At the hellhole aka the DMV.
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Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:27 am

Willing ? About 30 seconds !

When there is no choice ? As long as it takes .... if it is important enough .
 
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Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:39 am

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 2):
I'm British, I can queue for eternity; much like the Irish can drink for eternity    

lol. Seriously, I think the Japanese have the British beat hands down.

Quoting Okie (Reply 3):
Wait about 6-8 weeks and things will slow down to normal.

The crazy thing is, I hear the Krispy Kremes in Tokyo still get rather long lines despite having been around for years.

Quoting cpd (Reply 4):
8 hours in Honolulu - thanks to United Airlines lovely hospitality. No air-con in the hall, and no seats to be found - anywhere. Disgusting.

Not the way to treat exhausted travellers.

AA@NRT has that beat. They made me wait 32 hours during a terrible blizzard a few years ago. Every other airline told their passengers about the canceled flights earlier and gave their pax meal vouchers for the airport. AA refused to tell us anything until about 11:30 PM, once all the hotel rooms had been booked for passengers all the other airlines. I guess they did give us one thing...half of us got those airline blankets to sleep on the floor of the terminal.


Anyway, I took video of the queue on my iPhone:

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Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:53 am

Quoting Zentraedi (Reply 8):
The crazy thing is, I hear the Krispy Kremes in Tokyo still get rather long lines despite having been around for years.

Has anyone noticed the folks in Japan getting a little wide in the middle. Where I live in the Northeast, Krispy Kremes have disappeared. No lines here for them.
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Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:54 am

Waiting in line for 10 hours is crazy. Waiting in line for 10 hours to get donuts is...well it's just plain stupid.
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Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:01 am

Quoting WarRI1 (Reply 9):

Has anyone noticed the folks in Japan getting a little wide in the middle.

Not at all...

http://www.japanprobe.com/2010/03/06...r-as-american-women-become-fatter/

 
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Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:06 am

Waited 2 hours for an Autograph once when I was in high school and waited about that long for a ride at an amusement park (Six Flags). The Autograph was of a Chicago Bears Player and the ride at Six Flags was Batman when it first opened.

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Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:08 am

Quoting Zentraedi (Reply 10):
Quoting WarRI1 (Reply 9):

Has anyone noticed the folks in Japan getting a little wide in the middle.

Not at all...

The examples on the right are why I asked. Man! They have had too many Krispy Kremes.
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Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:18 am

Quoting PIA777 (Reply 11):
Waited 2 hours for an Autograph once when I was in high school and waited about that long for a ride at an amusement park (Six Flags). The Autograph was of a Chicago Bears Player and the ride at Six Flags was Batman when it first opened.

And if it was the "Batman" at Six Flags Over Georgia, I doubt it was worth the 2 hour wait. I waited 75 minutes for it the year it opened for a 59 second ride and it wasn't even close to being worth it.

Longest I've queued for anything is a roller coaster, I believe. Waited ~ 2 hours at Cedar Point before for Millennium Force and Top Thrill Dragster - two of the few roller coasters worth waiting that long for. Even though TTD is only 12 seconds, it was worth the wait. That 0 to 120+ mph launch was amazing. MF is well worth the wait too.
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Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:27 am

For a Krispy Kreme, about 1 second, yuk!   
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Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:58 am

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 13):
Longest I've queued for anything is a roller coaster, I believe. Waited ~ 2 hours at Cedar Point before for Millennium Force and Top Thrill Dragster - two of the few roller coasters worth waiting that long for. Even though TTD is only 12 seconds, it was worth the wait. That 0 to 120+ mph launch was amazing. MF is well worth the wait too.



I do not remember the name of the ride, at Hershey Park last Summer, it dammed near tore my head off with that acceleration at the start. Having a large hat size is not good. I asked my wife to go on another, she said "are you nuts" We went back to watching our young Grandsons ride the smaller rides.

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Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:10 am

Quoting WarRI1 (Reply 15):
I do not remember the name of the ride, at Hershey Park last Summer, it dammed near tore my head off with that acceleration at the start. Having a large hat size is not good. I asked my wife to go on another, she said "are you nuts" We went back to watching our young Grandsons ride the smaller rides.

Hershey Park is awesome. I went there back in 2001 - the two racing wooden roller coasters were brand new. Also one of my longest waits but not because of the number of people in front of us. We waited well over an hour in the main station waiting for the storm to pass. I've been wanting to get back there to visit again for some time. The Great Bear is another sweet roller coaster there.  
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Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:15 am

Quoting Zentraedi (Thread starter):
least 10 hours.

10 hours for greasy, oily overhyped donuts? I'll pass. Krispy Kreme is a joke.

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Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:02 am

Quoting PIA777 (Reply 11):
The Autograph was of a Chicago Bears Player and the ride at Six Flags was Batman when it first opened.

Was that at Great America? I remember waiting a while before even trying to go for that ride.

Anyway, Japanese people sure do love queues.

Here's another pic I took at a theme park here:

http://majesticpunk.com/images/fujikyuu-small.jpg

Yes, that's 6 hours. Sure, it was the new and main attraction, but still every other roller coaster was at least a 3 hour wait.
 
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Wed Mar 17, 2010 8:36 am

Quoting Zentraedi (Thread starter):
This is just nuts.


Doughnuts surely?
 
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Wed Mar 17, 2010 8:46 am

Don't even like Krispie Creme. Only way I would wait in line 10 hours for a doughnut is if someone were going to pay me like a grand for a box of those doughnuts. Then I'd happily wait.
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Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:16 am

When Krispy Kreme's first opened in Queensland people started queuing 3 days prior and there were queues several hours long on the day. Even a month later I waited for around 20 minutes. Prior to opening people used to brings bags full of KK's back from SYD/MEL.

When the iPhone went on sale there were similar queues.

Longest I've personally spent in a queue was around 2 hours for an autograph.




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Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:21 pm

When you do business, or have dealings with any government department in Spain or Portugal, you get used to waiting in queues. You also get used to getting to the front of the line only to be told you're in the wrong one, so go back and get another ticket and wait again.... except that by the time you get to the front again, the person you need to see has gone for lunch.  
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Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:27 pm

I was shocked they Queued up 10 hours for Free Donuts as they'd go off after a few days...
But I've just realised after reading posts, that they buy them! what! All that queueing just to buy a Donut...Even Homer Simpson has the brains not to do that  
 
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Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:03 pm

I remember being shocked and annoyed at the incredible length of the queue for taxis at Kai Tak airport in 1979. But the queue was moving at almost a walking pace and the loading of cabs was done with great efficiency. It was almost a pleasure being part of it all.

I guess if a queue is well-organised, well-policed, forward progress is being made, and what is at the end is worthwhile, then I have a lot of patience.

My wife queued up at an oil change facility yesterday. She got behind a truck that seemed to require a lot of extras. I just wanted to bale out. We didn't really need an oil change then anyway. Comments and opinions were exchanged. Things didn't sweeten up for at least 3 or 4 hours.
 
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Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:21 pm

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 2):
I'm British, I can queue for eternity

I like the line in "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" movie. Something like "Step aside. I'm English, I can queue with the best of them!"

I think it is absolutly insane that people queue for doughnuts. Espeacially Krispy Kreme. Why? There were people camping out for two to three days at the two in PDX, when they were first built. I went there about a month after the first one opened. No line. I got a regular doughnut just to see what the fuss was and had a stomach ache for hours after. I thought it might have been a fluke, so I went to the other one a few months later and the same thing happened. No people and a huge stomach ache. So, I have never been back. If Dunkin' Doughnuts ever builds in the Bay Area, I will try it. Six months after they open, if I am in the area.

I actually have queued for a couple of "First come-first served" Joe Satriani concerts. I was in the first 5 but still ended up in the second or third row. I don't know how 50 people could get ahead of me when, for the first 12 or 14 hours, there were only 5 people in front of me.
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Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:47 pm

Quoting Zentraedi (Thread starter):
Well, the first Krispy Kreme just had its Grand Opening here in Nagoya and I went down there to check it out. I arrived at 9:30 AM only find a huge queue and managers stating that the wait will be at least 10 hours. No way was I going wait that long, however it seems that Japanese are quite willing. This is just nuts.

While that IS insane, the worst I've ever seen is people waiting in lines for WEEKS to see movie (namely Star Wars), buy a Playstation, etc etc etc. Last year at the Comic-Con, the fangirls were lining up to see the Twilight panel as early as Wednesday morning, when the panel was going to be Thrusday afternoon.

The most I've waited is 8 hours, due to fog and this is on military economy class, CARGO.  For standard rides, say at theme park, 3 hours tops. For other misc. crapola, an hour or so.
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Wed Mar 17, 2010 4:59 pm

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How Long Would You Be Willing To Wait In A Queue?

Interesting tidbit, In'n Out has the unique ability to get people to wait in line longer than its rivals. The average drive-through wait is something 10-20 minutes but with few complaints about the wait. Rivals like BK and McD's have found that they lose customers if the wait is over 7 minutes.

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Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:37 pm

Quoting Zentraedi (Reply 18):
Was that at Great America? I remember waiting a while before even trying to go for that ride.

Anyway, Japanese people sure do love queues.

Here's another pic I took at a theme park here:

Yes Great America in Gurnee, IL.

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Thu Mar 18, 2010 2:57 am

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 13):
Quoting PIA777 (Reply 11):
Waited 2 hours for an Autograph once when I was in high school and waited about that long for a ride at an amusement park (Six Flags). The Autograph was of a Chicago Bears Player and the ride at Six Flags was Batman when it first opened.

And if it was the "Batman" at Six Flags Over Georgia, I doubt it was worth the 2 hour wait. I waited 75 minutes for it the year it opened for a 59 second ride and it wasn't even close to being worth it.

Longest I've queued for anything is a roller coaster, I believe. Waited ~ 2 hours at Cedar Point before for Millennium Force and Top Thrill Dragster - two of the few roller coasters worth waiting that long for. Even though TTD is only 12 seconds, it was worth the wait. That 0 to 120+ mph launch was amazing. MF is well worth the wait too.

I will no longer pay ridiculous amounts of money to stand in line on a hot day for over an hour just for some ride that lasts less than a minute.
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Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:13 am

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 16):
Hershey Park is awesome. I went there back in 2001 - the two racing wooden roller coasters were brand new. Also one of my longest waits but not because of the number of people in front of us. We waited well over an hour in the main station waiting for the storm to pass. I've been wanting to get back there to visit again for some time. The Great Bear is another sweet roller coaster there.

It was a great place, we enjoyed it, along with the Grandsons. We did not see any Krispy Kremes, but we found a shop where they fried the doughnuts and coated them hot while you waited. I needed a few Tums after, but so good.
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Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:10 pm

Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 13):
And if it was the "Batman" at Six Flags Over Georgia, I doubt it was worth the 2 hour wait. I waited 75 minutes for it the year it opened for a 59 second ride and it wasn't even close to being worth it.

Longest I've queued for anything is a roller coaster, I believe. Waited ~ 2 hours at Cedar Point before for Millennium Force and Top Thrill Dragster - two of the few roller coasters worth waiting that long for. Even though TTD is only 12 seconds, it was worth the wait. That 0 to 120+ mph launch was amazing. MF is well worth the wait too.

That's why you have to go in October. At Purdue, we have a fall break in the middle of October, so last year a few friends and I went to Cedar Point. We stayed at the hotel for a night, and all expenses were $66 per person, including tickets, hotel, and gas. Not bad. Plus, the park was relatively empty. The longest we waited was about 45 min for Millennium Force, and there were no waits for TTD when it was getting close to closing time.
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Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:31 pm

Well... first thing I try to find out if there is alternative... sometimes it is priceless, like when I met a friend who camped basically overnight for a room in the dorm (we are from another school and pretty badly over the numbers) only to tell her I applied over the internet without any problems  

Normally I would not queue much even if you have to. When BK first opened in Prague, I was there in a couple of days. After 10 minutes in line, I switched to KFC, got my fix and went my way, to return in a week or so, and no line. Pretty much only time I queue intentionally is on free seating flights, when I try to get to the front of the queue as soon as possible. Fortunately, I have not had the bad luck for the kind of pax that step in the queue immediately after coming to gate, so watching out for agents coming is usually satisfactory enough to get within first ten to board.
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Thu Mar 18, 2010 9:42 pm

I hate ques. If I walk into a restaurant and there is more then a 10 minute wait I walk out. Also it has to be something special for me to que in a store for anything. Its like those people that sleep outside stores in the January sales! No way Id ever do that.
 
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Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:31 am

If Im determined on that day & have spare time....I can wait the longest compared to the rest in the que.  
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Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:48 am

The longest queue I have willingly endured was the 2 hour wait at the observation deck in ZRH when there was the A380 event. We were in good company, which made the wait less of a sufferance. Had I been alone, I would probably have turned around.
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Mon Mar 22, 2010 10:47 am

Quoting ManuCH (Reply 35):
The longest queue I have willingly endured was the 2 hour wait at the observation deck in ZRH when there was the A380 event.

Arr thats different   , Id que for that also. Its a nice atmosphere there .
 
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Thu Mar 25, 2010 4:50 am

Quoting ajd1992 (Reply 2):
I'm British, I can queue for eternity; much like the Irish can drink for eternity

However much I love krispy kreme, I don't think i'd wait 10 hours for a doughnut. That's just stupid.

Now, now!!! Enough with that stereotyping!!!!! Besides, you brits are sure able to give us a run for our money when it comes to drinking....  


In my honest opinion, I have found some of the British to be some of the most impatient and vocal nationalities when it comes to having to wait for anything, although I must say, their queueing etiquette in terms of forming orderly queues, knowing exactly where to stand without it appearing that you are trying to queue jump, is simply breathtaking in how it is applied.

I often marvel in British shops at the tendency to form lines, up to and including blocking whole aisles, rather than queue in the open space immediatly in front of the tills, for fear that people will interpret it as an attempt to queue jump.  

Personally: In a shop. Max 10 minutes
At a theme park, max 20 minutes
At check in: quite a bit longer, probably because i work in the business and feel sorry for the staff!!!

I'd never queue overnight for anything, except if there was a run on my bank, and I wanted my cash!!!  

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Sat Mar 27, 2010 2:33 am

Living in [arguably] the theme park capital of the world, queueing is something I encounter almost daily, given the inordinate number of tourists here in Orlando. You get used to spending 45 minutes on the interstate because all the tourists are slowing down because they don't know what exit Universal, Sea World or Disney are (then cut across 4 lanes of traffic to make said exit, but I digress...) I am willing to deal with the traffic, long tines at the supermarket etc... because they pay my taxes  . However, I'm not willing to wait more than 15 minutes for any attraction at any park, even if it is brand new. I can wait until February when the parks are empty for that!

As for queueing for other things, I queued at IKEA for about 5 hours in the freezing cold on Black Friday in '08, I was person #4 of about 5,000. I got my free breakfast, and a new bed and sofa that were on special offer  .

As was said above, us Brits usually have a high tolerance for queueing, which I do - usually when I understand that circumstances are beyond my control, and the control of whomever is at the end of the queue. If the queue is excessive due to someones incompetence or lack of organisation, I'll usually not be so forgiving.

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