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Today I visited a bank, and there was a line of customers in front
of me. This Idea came from that. The bank had a number of
unoccupied chairs, and I thought about how nice it might be to sit
down instead of stand there, while waiting my turn to see the
So, you probably know about
the bad joke where someone puts a
sign on someone else's back, like "Kick me!" How about something
less hurtful, like a sign saying "I'm Next!" with your name on it?
Then the sign holds your place in line, and you can sit down until
the person with the sign on his or her back reaches the front of
We would want the sign to be re-usable, like a Post-It note. We
also need to acknowledge that when you arrive, the last person in
line might already have someone's sign on his or her back, and you
would need to respect that, when adding your own sign.
For anyone who doesn't know about them (perhaps not known by that name). [Vernon, Jan 04 2016]
Sing out the next number instead ? [popbottle, Jan 05 2016]
||Howabout just a take-a-number system and some chairs,
like the notorious Bureau of Motor Vehicles?
||I remember in supermarkets at the deli counter you would pull a numbered ticket from a big reel dispenser, and then your number would flash up on a ceiling mounted display.
||[RayfordSteele], [pocmloc], tsk, tsk, remember, we want
original Ideas here!
||Serial processing via lines (queues for those in UK) is old hat. Parallel processing is where it's at. A single clerk should be able to simul-process 3 to 5 people at a time. For official things that need forms, one form could be rigged to handle multiple applicants. The whole concept of "next" disappears and you simply scurry up to the wicket with the least number of people and start shouting.
||Japan bank/any other bureaucratic
organisation, take ticket, go sit down.
||But all numbers called in Japanese, so "Bango
wa ni hyaku yon ju" is that me, or what?
||Sarcasm accepted. I blame the smartphone of
||The counselor at an International camp for kids is telling a
joke: "So the guy asks: Excuse me, where is the line for
||The Polish kid asks: What's meat?
The American kid asks: What's a line?
The Israeli kid asks: What's Excuse me?