Assignment number 2
February 4 2014
The social norm that I broke was waiting in line. I decided to cut a line at a restaurant. That restaurant was Cookout; I broke the norm on a fairly busy Friday night. I was with my friends (I told them what I was doing) and there were quite a few of different people there. There were some elderly people in their 60’s, men and women both. There were college kids, and some parents with their kids.
There were about 10-12 people waiting in line when I got there. So then I just cut the line and I heard a lot of talking and asking what was going on and even the college students cussed at me, I was embarrassed because I never did anything like that before. When I got up to order my food the people had told the cashier that I cut the line and the cashier told me to go to the back of the line. On my way back to line I told the ...view middle of the document...
” Then I asked a college student what was going through her mind and she said and she said “I was really pissed off because I have been waiting for about five minutes to order my food and her comes this guy who thinks he can do whatever he wants and not have to wait in line like everyone else, so I was mad and also shocked because I’ve never really seen someone cut a line, so I was shocked and mad.” Then I asked the parents what was going through their mind and they said “We were surprised to see someone do that in a crowded environment, and if that was our child we would be highly upset and disappointed because we didn’t raise our children like that.” Those were the only people I asked because I felt like I got an older response from the 60-year-old man and then a reaction from a younger person with the college student, and a middle aged person with the parents. And I got the responses I thought I was going to get for the most part. What the people did to restore social norm is call me out to the cashier so I didn’t get to order my food in from of all the people I cut. I felt bad and embarrassed doing this because its not how I was raised and I have never cut anyone before. I was embarrassed because as I was cutting I heard people talking about me as if they were disgusted at what I was doing. I felt bad because I know those people were waiting in line way before me, and especially when I saw the elderly people because I would be mad if someone were to cut my grandparents at a place.
What I learned about humans is they don’t like when social norm is broken, which is obvious. And that people will try to restore the social norm any way they can. Also when I got to the cashier one person said I cut then about three or four other said I did too. So when one person starts something the rest will most likely follow. Not in all situations but most. I learned that people aren’t used to seeing the social norm being broke.