The other night I watched a movie called "Crossing Over" with Harrison Ford, and I found it disturbing. The movie was obviously meant to be an editorial comment in favor of people who immigrate illegally to countries such as the US and Canada. There were key scenes that were supposed to elicit the viewer's sympathy, but instead it just ended up feeling like another piece of smug Hollywood propaganda. The movie reminded me of "Crash", and "Babel", and it felt manipulative. At the end of the movie, they hadn't sold me whatever it was they were selling.
From the time we are children in kindergarten, we are told to "line up, be polite, wait your turn". We all have to line up for things on a daily basis -- bank lineups, grocery store check outs, movie theatres, even for entrance to Kitsilano Pool. The other day in the sweltering heat I had been waiting 20 minutes for the bus to take me home. I was hot, cranky and tired. Just as the bus pulled up, a young man jumped in front of me in the lineup, got on the bus and took the last seat. For me, it was like waving a red flag in front of a bull. When I got on the bus I stood beside him and said, "I have been waiting 20 minutes in the heat for this bus, after working all day... And you jumped in front of me at the last minute and took the last seat. What entitles you to do that? Didn't your parents teach you any manners?" I didn't speak in a loud voice, but I spoke clearly enough so everyone could hear. He stood up to give me his seat, and I said "No, thank you..." and went to the back of the bus.
Queue jumping is queue jumping ... It doesn't matter whether it is in a bank lineup, a bus lineup or the wait to immigrate to another country. Unless an individual is a genuine refugee, which is a whole other matter, I believe people should wait their turn. Their are thousands of courteous, polite folks in the lineup, waiting their turns as well. Someone should just say to these people who jump the queue, "What entitles you to do that?" I must be missing something, because I just don't get it. It may be an over-simplicification of it, but to me it's a non-issue -- just line up, be polite and wait your turn.