This really was the last straw and yet R pointed out to me a different example just today on a tram.
Some time were going to Victoria Street in Richmond by tram. Almost unconsciously I noticed as I went to climb onto the tram, two older Asian born women managed to get in front of me from behind where I was standing to let people off the tram. I kind of noticed it, but took little notice. I must have noticed it a little as I remembered it when the same thing happened again when we were again catching the tram to Victoria Street. One older Asian born woman pushed right past me to get on the tram in front of me and R noticed and put his arm up to the side of tram behind me to stop her companion doing the same. First onto the tram grabbed the prime seat, of course.
This is not nice and polite behaviour.
I meant to have some toast after my cereal before I went into town, but I forgot. Somehow a McDonalds cheeseburger seemed to be the perfect snack. I walked in and at two registers there were two queues. Naturally I joined the shorter queue and as the lass asked me what I wanted, a woman from the adjacent queue accused me of queue jumping. I turned back to look at the adjacent queue and it had disintegrated, with the accusing woman standing midway between where I was and where the longer queue was. I am confident I did nothing wrong, but I was served before a person who had been waiting longer than I had.
I have noticed this before and R clarified my my thoughts. He mentioned about the Asian woman in Moslem dress sitting in the middle of two seats on a tram. Yes, I recall, they do that. It discourages anyone to sit on the same seat, as you have to either ask or at least indicate an intention to sit on the seats, whatever side of the person you.
The last straw? On the ferry returning from Manly R was sitting up front where I had been but I don't like sitting in the sun and had moved to the side of the ferry and sat on the long bench seat. One Asian lass kindly moved a little to give me some space. The bench seat were quite full and as the ferry approached docked at the Quay, everyone stood ready to disembark, myself included. The walkway was now blocked with people standing. An Asian guy pushed past me and his female companion was about to follow him. It was so blatant I couldn't let it go and challenged him and he apologised and indicated for me to go first. I said it doesn't matter, which it didn't to me. What mattered was the rudeness of what he did. I recounted what happened to R and described the guy and R said he was at the front of the boat and standing right in front of people to take photos, somewhat invading their space never mind blocking their views.
In the two cases of older Asian born women, I would suggest it really is a cultural matter. It is how they do things in their home country. While I will prevent them from doing it in front of me again, it is probably too late for them to learn that it is not the Australian way. I am not sure how people can not observe how things work and follow suit, in whatever country they might be. We are the worst in the world if we don't show cultural sensitivity when we are overseas.
My incident in town at McDonalds would be solved by some sort of queuing system so that first there gets served first. Duh, it is so obvious.
The Moslem woman on the tram who did not want to share her seat? Perhaps a cultural difference, but as she was young, she had better quickly learn polite behaviour. Two seats are for two people.
But the guy in Sydney. This one puzzles me. He spoke English well, was well dressed. Apart from his pushing past the queue, he seemed respectful and polite. Odd.