To get you ready for the busy holiday shopping season, scientists have 5 tips for getting yourself to the front of the line:These tips are based on actual studies
- Don’t try it for something awesome. A study in 2012 found we’re much more likely to let someone cut in if it’s for something normal and boring…like a line for the ATM or post office.
- Don’t try to sneak in front of someone. They’ll confront you about it. Then everyone else in line will gang up on you. So your chances are much better if you ask.
- Give them a reason. It doesn’t have to be great. A study in the late 70s found your chances of getting a yes are much better if you use ANY excuse. Even just saying you’re running late.
- Just focus on the first person in line. Another study found that if THEY say it’s okay, the people behind them probably won’t say anything. So you don’t even want to get them involved.
- As a last resort, try to bribe them with money. A study in 2006 had people try it, and it usually worked. Most people who let them cut in didn’t even take the money.
I think I’ll just give myself extra time when I hit the stores…it’s easier and cheaper. Now, if you want to give me $20 to cut-in front of me…I’ll take it.~ chrislukas