Questionable Ethics?

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    I went to an office to today with a huge que. Thay had one of those tickets machines that gives you a number and lets you wait elsewhere. The system had three different sorts of tickets. It was 26 numbers between the current number and mine. So I waited three number, extrapolated and took a new ticket after six minutes, then I went to eat with the kids. I had to be back in 55 minutes to be on time for the first ticket.

    When I came back I still had to wait five minutes. I then had my puny little arrend done in three minutes and then I left. On the way out I gave my ticket to a new arrival, a women with two kids. She must have been very pleased just to have to wait one or two minutes. Have I been nice or have I cheated other waiting people?

    Then it hit me, what if I started a little queing-service? Lets say I take a ticket every three minutes and then sell them with increasing price. I would pay $10 to cut an hour of waiting! Who would stop me? On what grounds?
     
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    Boredom.... I would hope.
     
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    Homeless and or unemployed could need the income. A good afternoon could easlily give like $200.
     
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    In that case, the answer would be lack of a market. That and as soon as someone figured out that you could pay to cut in front of them, you'd be tossed out of the establishment.
     
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    You're probably right. But queues bring out the worst in people... maybe this wasn't very realistic at all. :lame2:
     
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    While I think what you did was a nice gesture, who says someone else's time is any more or any less valuable than mine?
     
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    Good point. Some built in desire to be liked by someone I meet for five seconds and never going to meet again made me excercise the power of the queue. Not a big issue but maybe small everyday decisions like these tells something. I don't know.

    I regret posting this thread!
     
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    Don't regret. Perhaps you gained introspection you wouldn't otherwise have...
     
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    :) Maybe I have! Else I've just wasted mine and some other peopels time. (Not by much though.)
     
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    Don't worry about me. I waste all of my own time before anyone else can.
     
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