This arrived in my Singapore mailbox today:
It made me laugh out loud, right there at the mailbox.
"Long Queues mean Great Deals". That's the exact opposite of what my American brain thinks.
(Oh and for the Americans just joining us, a queue is the British word for "line", as in waiting in line).
In my own American terms, it means "Wait two hours in line to pay the same price or much more than what you'd pay back home for your Christmas gifts."
It's not their fault though. Singapore is a smooshed country. It's the second most populated country behind Monaco. Lines and queues are inevitable. Even if they put seven outlets of the same store in a mall, there'd still be a line. There's just too many people on the island.
As an American, we're brought up in a world where lines indicate that an establishment or employee isn't doing their job. Customer satisfaction is the first priority and having a customer wait more than five minutes to give you his or her money is just unheard of. Why should you have to be inconvenienced to give a certain store business? You could take your money elsewhere and not wait in line.
At least that's the American line of thinking.
So when I see that a mall is boasting about their long queues, I immediately take note to not go there and order online instead.
I'm sorry, I'm a spoiled American brat who has better things to do than wait in a line.
And I like it that way.
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