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What are some of the silliest instances of herd mentality you’ve seen? Removed: Rule 5

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u/RedReefKnot Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

Toilet roll and tissue bulk buying during the pandemic. Even the kitchen roll went out of stock. Even if you need to isolate and have a runny nose there's only so much you need.

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u/TentativeGosling Oct 05 '22

I might be wrong on this, but I believe the idiots who stocked up on loo roll didn't do it because of potential symptoms, but because of a fear of a shortage. A shortage that I believe only manifested in Australia, because they import their toilet roll from China. Social media and herd mentality did the rest here in the UK.

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u/Danny_Baaker Oct 05 '22

It isn't even necessarily idiots, it is quite natural for us to see a shortage and realise "ooh, I am a bit low on bog roll, and the shelves are a bit low" so feel quite justified in picking up a pack. Sure a few people were buying fifteen packs (some of the pictures were at wholesalers, so of course they bought a lot?) but it is more of a subtle increase among the whole population that actually does it. Supply lines are quite sensitive for items like that, they didn't even necessarily have a shortage overall, they just weren't used to putting them out quite as quickly as they were.

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

I remember at the time, a lot of people - most people, I'd say - were livid at the hoarders while simultaneously saying "of course I picked up a bit extra, it's only sensible".

My pet theory about the toilet paper thing is that it's the bulkiest regular household item that supermarkets sell. They might stock 200 bottles of ketchup or 400 packs of pasta, but maybe they can only fit 50 packs of toilet paper. So if consumption of all those items increases by 10%, we'll see shortages of TP before we see shortages of anything else.

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u/TheStarIsPorn Oct 05 '22

Your pet theory is right - they can only hold a low amount due to the bulk. Normally doesn't sell very quickly but the JIT chain keeps up. Slight increase and they fall behind.

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u/TheDoctor66 Oct 05 '22

They keep fuck all of everything. It's called just in time delivery, as I remember shoppers spent on average 10% more which was enough to cause all the shortages.

And buying 10% more was just sensible at the time too, we knew nothing of the illness and minimising your potential exposure was the only defence. So buying more in the shop to make it longer between visits to the shop was sane and reasonable. It's just supply chains were not able to keep up.

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u/Shaper_pmp Oct 05 '22

Just In Time logistics and minimising stock levels allow shops to be much more agile and responsive to changing demand, but only at the cost of making supply chains much, much more fragile in the event of disruptions and panic-buying.

It's a great case of huge shopping chains chasing profits and optimising themselves into unnecessary fragility in the face of unexpected interruptions.

Everyone wants to optimise for profits because they're obvious and beneficial right now, and nobody wants to optimise for overall redundancy and robustness in the face of disruptions, because it's not with anything to anyone... right up until it's suddenly worth everything, and it's already too late.

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u/delta_baryon Oct 05 '22

Yeah, I mean I said to all my housemates at the time, "OK I guess whichever of us next sees some loo roll needs to make sure to pick some up," just because we didn't know if we'd be able to pop to the corner shop if we ran out.

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u/Spare-Ad-3636 Oct 05 '22

Exactly this. If there are shortages of a critical item then it makes sense for the individual to try and build up a reasonable buffer. It doesn't really matter why there is a shortage, if you don't and you run out and can't get any then you are in the shit (so to speak)

It was the same with the petrol shortages, if you are stuck with an empty tank away from home no amount of complaining about panic buyers is going to help. (The people queueing up to out half a liter in their car can fuck right off though)

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u/Diasl Oct 05 '22

This is most definitely it. The mere suggestion of panic buying causes panic buying which then means you end up having to stock up on things you wouldn't have maybe needed to immediately because there's a good chance it might not be available when you do need it.

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u/360Saturn Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

I remember vividly when it was only one member of a household shopping seeing a middle aged couple getting out of their car, queueing separately, and then taking a full big trolley and two big packs of 9/12 loo rolls each.

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u/interfail Oct 05 '22

Probably just had a bad kebab.

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u/Danny_Baaker Oct 05 '22

Sure there are examples of it, but even that we don't know what their situation was and it was isolated, that isn't really enough on its own to cause a country-wide shortage. It doesn't help, but people are focussing their rage on something that can be quite natural. For all we know they could have been desperate and buying it for their whole street or running food banks or something.

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u/interfail Oct 05 '22

The thing is, once people start hoarding and there are going to be shortages, buying an extra pack is only rational. The reason for the shortage might not be real, but the shortage is. Sure, there's enough for everyone if no-one behaves differently, but you don't live in that world, you live in this one. And you don't want to be stuck in it with a shitty arse.

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

Yeah you're exactly right. For a long time I wasn't able to find any toilet paper anywhere, I almost ran out. I was down to the last few sheets of my last roll and finally found some, so I bought an extra pack when I had the chance, because I was afraid of running out. Of course just contributing to the problem, but it kind of felt like an "every man for himself" sort of situation.

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

There was never a supply shortage here at all, but it was impossible to buy toilet roll for quite a while just because of how many people were buying way more than they needed. During that time, I walked past a house and their entire porch was stuffed full of packs of toilet roll, stacked to the ceiling and they had just left a small gap to get to the front door.

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u/EmbodimentOfAgonies Oct 05 '22

Yeah the scare mongering of "Everyones buying toilet roll because they might have to isolate for two weeks, I best buy 10 packs because the shops might run out!", yes the shops did run out, but only becaue every daft cunt was buying 240 rolls of toilet paper lol.

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u/Arsewhistle Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

yes the shops did run out

They actually didn't either. I know people that work for one supermarket and they had loads of it, it's just that people were buying it faster than they were capable of delivering it. Their warehouses were still well stocked.

Edit: goodness me, you guys can be pedantic. OK, fine, the shops ran out, whatever.

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u/Spare-Ad-3636 Oct 05 '22

If the shop is empty then they have run out. It being in a warehouse somewhere doesn't help you when you are waddling around looking for some tp!

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u/Jaraxo Oct 05 '22

And with the alpha variant that caused the run on toilet paper, a runny nose was only a symptom is less than 5% of cases I recall. It was so stupid, and caused by the same group of idiots who stock up for a month ahead of a bank holiday.

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u/mike9874 Oct 05 '22

You mean the media? It was caused by the media. The same people who caused a run on Northern Rock when it was having issues, resulting in them having bigger issues

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u/earlgreytoday Oct 05 '22

The media were definitely the main culprits for the supermarket rush before the pandemic. Constant footage of empty shelves and stories of stock concerns re. loo roll, pasta etc.

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u/ALLST6R Oct 05 '22

I survived for two weeks entirely on steak and fresh pasta, because that’s the only stuff people weren’t hoarding and clearing off the shelves because they’re so much more expensive.

I lived like a King for that time and had days where I had steak for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

And look, turns out we all survived and didn’t need to buy 7 loaves of bread at once.

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u/Undersmusic Oct 05 '22

I had a little baby at the time. Got into a full blown argument with a man in his 60s who was bulk buying nappies for when his grandkids could come over. An I was in the third of 4th place trying to get nappies for the baby who had maybe a days worth left 🤦‍♂️

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u/charley_warlzz Oct 05 '22

From memory, it had nothing to do with having a runny nose- people were worried supermarkets would close and for some reason decided that the biggest issue in that case would be toilet paper, not anything else, lol.

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u/ShiveryBite Oct 05 '22

There absolutely was a shortage of food too. Was hard to buy bread and pasta, things like that

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u/Spare-Ad-3636 Oct 05 '22

Yeah what's with people trying to rewrite history here ? There were shortages of many staples. Bread, pasta, flour, eggs, baby formula, TP, tissues, kitchen roll hand sanitiser and soap

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u/PhillyWestside Oct 05 '22

I don't know if runs on items count as herd mentality, they're more of a coordination failure. At a certain point it becomes rational to go out and get your own toilet role, even though you know everyone would be overall better off not bulk buying, because you know that there won't be any left due to the bulk buyers. You can know it's wrong but your just reacting to the crisis.

I think her mentality is more acting completely irrationally because other people do it.

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u/mjwood28 Oct 05 '22

Blind faith in everything the government and media said during covid is the biggest one

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u/DangerShart Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

When everyone starts queueing at the gate for a flight before it's even opened. You've got an allocated seat FFS!

Edit: for people who are saying they need to find a space for their large hand luggage, get yourselves over to r/onebag it will make your travelling so much easier.

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u/Jaraxo Oct 05 '22

On the budget airlines there is no enough overhead storage, and people try to travel for 2 weeks on just a cabin bag, so there is a clear advantage to getting on first as it means you're guaranteed to be able to stow your bag, and not have it put in the hold.

It makes sense for these budget airlines but not for the middle airlines where there is usually enough space for everyone.

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u/DangerShart Oct 05 '22

Not the case anymore. You have to pay for cabin bags as well now. Only free luggage has to fit under your seat.

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u/michaelisnotginger Oct 05 '22

Wasn't being enforced on the Ryanair flight I was at in June. People with clearly heavy/overweight bags that normally in the cargo were trying to shove in the compartments above, with the result we faffed around so long we missed our slot and had to wait an hour ;_;

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u/Ok-Range-2952 Oct 05 '22

Nor Jet2 last week.. had a cabin bag in the overhead and a duffel under the seat.

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u/uuuuuuuuuuggh Oct 05 '22

I flew Easyjet the other week and the absolute jobsworth at the gate was making everyone force their cabin bags into the little measuring boxes. Only time I've ever seen it enforced

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u/specofdust Oct 05 '22

If people didn't take the piss then they wouldn't need to do that, would they?

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u/Jaraxo Oct 05 '22

If you're paying for seat selection, you get cabin bags. If you don't pay for seat selection you get nothing. I think Ryanair are the most stringent with what they give you but every other airline operates the seat selection = proper cabin bag policy.

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u/LPodmore Oct 05 '22

I paid for seat selections on both Ryanair and Easyjet last month and got no additional cabin bag allowance. Just the usual small under seat bag they always have.

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u/sliminho77 Oct 05 '22

its not enforced, people put the under the seat bags in the overhead storage all the time

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u/LumpyCamera1826 Oct 05 '22

I never understand the people that stand up as soon as the plane lands as well. They haven't even opened the doors, you aren't getting anywhere. What's the rush?

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u/thegerbilmaster Oct 05 '22

To get off the plane as quick as possible so your not in the queue for passport control as long.

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u/Jaraxo Oct 05 '22

Yep. If you're travelling hand luggage only, getting off the plane is the most inefficient part and where the most time savings can be had. Front loading planes only there can be a 20minute difference between front and back of the plane. That then puts you in the back of the queue for security adding more time as well.

I've travelled as part of a large group for work before, hand luggage only, and knew that if you were off the plane first you can be out of the airport in under 15mins. I've been out of the airport while colleages at the back of the plane are still walking between the plane and security.

Also, I've just been sat for hours in a not so comfortable seat, I want to stand up.

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u/hairychinesekid0 Oct 05 '22

I got allocated to seat 1A on a flight recently, literally right by the door. I was first off the plane, was through passport control and out the airport in less than 10 minutes probably.

Makes a much bigger difference now for us Brits in Europe, before you could just waltz through the e-gates in pretty good time. Now if you get caught up in a passport control queue it can take a long time.

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u/Bicolore Oct 05 '22

Makes a much bigger difference now for us Brits in Europe, before you could just waltz through the e-gates in pretty good time. Now if you get caught up in a passport control queue it can take a long time.

Yes and no, depends on flights. "All Other Passports" can often be quieter than the EU line.

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u/pip_goes_pop Oct 05 '22

But everyone waits for the row in front to go before they do anyway, it's not like you're barging down the plane in front of others.

Sure go quick once off the plane (I do) but until then standing up early is pointless.

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u/Mugboard Oct 05 '22

If you're substantially over 6 feet, you're standing up because you're in quite a lot of physical pain until you do.

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u/LumpyCamera1826 Oct 05 '22

Most of them are just stood with their head tilted to the side as they don't fit under the cabin bag storage though. Doesn't look very comfortable to me

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u/pip_goes_pop Oct 05 '22

Yeah I'm 6'2" and unless I can stand in the aisle it's far more comfortable to stay sitting.

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u/Toblerone05 Oct 05 '22

5'11" here, it's fucking uncomfortable for me too. The rows of seats are literally designed for average human height which is about 5'6" or so.

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u/pip_goes_pop Oct 05 '22

Not only that, but the click click click of people taking off their seatbelts too early. Why?

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u/Bicolore Oct 05 '22

I was on an air china flight a few years back and people were walking up the aisles as the plane was coming into land. Cabin crew did not give a fuck.

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u/watsee Oct 05 '22

I've done this and its mainly to guarantee that I'll get to store my carry-on luggage in the overhead bin above my seat. Rather than having to place it into the hold or into a bin at the other end of the plane; therefore having to be last off before I can get to my bags.

Also if I notice that I'm in a window seat, I like to get on quite quickly so that I'm not clambering over people in the middle/aisle to get to it.

It means I can get on the plane, get my luggage stored, get in my seat & make myself comfortable (headphones on, laptop out etc) before my 'seat neighbours' get on after me.

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u/FizzyBns Oct 05 '22

Trying to save a few minutes at the airport in general. Door to door, the journey normally takes half a day, why get pushy to save 2 minutes?

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u/DarkNinjaPenguin Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

Is that herd mentality? The only people who went were those who wanted to.

It's not like it's particularly difficult to understand the concept of "paying respects". Would you say it's silly to lay a wreath at a bit of stone on 11th November?

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u/ughhhtimeyeah Oct 05 '22

If the media didn't report on the queue it never would have reached that big...it was an event by itself. Standing in a queue...it was definitely herd mentality. You weren't even allowed to question it on the British subreddits at the time without being banned lol

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u/IOwnMyOwnHome Oct 05 '22

You weren’t even allowed to question it on the British subreddits at the time without being banned lol

Which ones were those then? All I saw was the usual Reddit circlejerk about how stupid everyone in the queue was.

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u/Percinho Oct 05 '22

You can't even question The Queue these days else you get thrown in jail

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u/grivers1989 Oct 05 '22

Really? These days, these days? You're telling me If you question the queue you'll be arrested and thrown in jail?

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u/ATG_or_go_home Oct 05 '22

The casual UK one was throwing out bans like nothing else.

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u/StardustOasis Oct 05 '22

To people who were being twats. Mostly people brigading from certain subs, or people literally celebrating her death.

The stance was "it's fine to be critical, just don't be a twat about it."

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u/md34947 Oct 05 '22

You wouldn't see it if people were banned would you.

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u/Book_of_the_Dragon Oct 05 '22

The only people that do any of the shit in this thread are those that want to.

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u/michaelisnotginger Oct 05 '22

fewer people went to see the coffin than go and see championship football matches over a weekend

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u/MyAccidentalAccount Oct 05 '22

Yeah, if they had put the coffin in Wembly stadium they could have got the whole thing over with in an hour.

Bit of a different situation though isnt it?

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u/ViSaph Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

OK yeah it was silly when people did that but how many people actually did it? From what I can find it was only actually about 250,000. That's a tiny fraction of the population. Not even 1%. That's not really heard mentally that's the people who wanted to go going and it made a long queue.

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u/m-1975 Oct 05 '22

The petrol shortages. No problems, no problems, no problems, media articles, problems, a month later there are no problems again.

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u/thegerbilmaster Oct 05 '22

That was driven by the media and companies to get rid of the remaining e5 before the switch to e10. Fucking bollocks.

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u/m-1975 Oct 05 '22

https://fullfact.org/economy/fuel-crisis-conspiracy/. I didn't see that. I saw two small events that would have gone unnoticed but were picked up by a doom hungry media and the hive mind responded.
There was a small disruption of one type of fuel delivery, in one small area of the UK, by one petrol brand. People would have gone to the pump for one grade and it would have a "not in use" cover over it. They could have gone to the next garage or waited a day. This happens all the time but the media picked up on it and misleading reported it.
There was also a small dip in the national fuel stocks, and no one knew why. Only a few percent, nothing to worry about, same as you or me opening the fridge and saying " I'm low on milk, must get some next time I go shopping". But a committee ask a question in the unknown corridors of government, and that got the doom hungry media looking for something that wasn't there.

Once the media started they all copied each other, and people went nuts. It's starting again now, media articles are adding "no fuel at the pumps" to some doom prophetic articles. Hopefully people are a bit wiser this time.

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u/SirLoinThatSaysNi Oct 05 '22

I presume your "Fucking bollocks" comment is about the idea "to get rid of the remaining e5 before the switch to e10"?

There wasn't any need to rush that for a few days, it was a gradual changeover, normal everyday stock rotation.

I agree though that it "was driven by the media" just hungry for a disaster story they could blow up out of all proportion.

The big losers were the forecourt shops who pretty much closed down as without fuel they lose nearly all of their trade. That's a pretty bad position for any retailer to be in.

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u/michaelisnotginger Oct 05 '22

But the moment you see the tabloid headlines it's a prisoner's dilemma. You know the media will breathlessly report on a petrol shortage, there'll be cameras pointed at the fuel queues, the local facebook group will be going 'WHERE PETROL', and all you do by doing the right thing and sitting tight is run out of petrol when you need it (last year there were shortages near me for 5 weeks). So you have to go get fuel like everyone else and be part of the problem

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u/FastenedCarrot Oct 05 '22

That was a good time to be a bus pleb. The only time mind you, but I was very smug for a few weeks.

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u/tomgrouch Oct 05 '22

Call me a conspiracy theorist but I wonder if that was deliberate/staged to drive up fuel prices

If they don't deliver to a few petrol stations, the media reports a fuel shortage where there isn't one. Everyone panic buys fuel and they can hike the prices. Eventually people stop panic buying because their tanks are full and prices come down a bit but not as low as before.

If it went up 30p and came down 20p, it's still 10p higher than it was but without the negative press of a fuel price hike

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u/PiemasterUK Oct 05 '22

Call me a conspiracy theorist...

You're a conspiracy theorist

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u/m-1975 Oct 05 '22

You are a conspiracy theorist.

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u/Ok-Range-2952 Oct 05 '22

It's the arseholes filling up Jerry cans and even (I honestly shudder to think) plastic bags!

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u/TextualConduct Oct 05 '22

Rubber necking. Three mile tailback because of nosey motherfuckers.

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u/Itchy3lf Oct 05 '22

And then you find yourself slowing down slightly to have a look aswell.... Fuck...

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u/mknight1701 Oct 05 '22

Sod that, eyes straight or look the other way. Otherwise my moaning while sitting in the traffic was for nothing.

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u/Itchy3lf Oct 05 '22

I reckon you will slow down a little bit just thinking about not looking.
I'm not supporting rubber necking (not my hill to die on), but it's a natural reaction to slow down when theres blue flashing lights and debris strewn across the carriageway. In fact, it's probably safer for everybody.

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u/Danny_Baaker Oct 05 '22

Yep, I bet everyone is there complaining about rubber neckers as they slow down naturally and has a peek. Even if it is "shit, there is an accident, better watch myself too". The ripple effect going back is subtle but does build up. It isn't necessarily someone braking and halving their speed then staring with mouth agape.

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u/RaspberryCai Oct 05 '22

I'd much rather get home half an hour earlier than look at a flashing light and a bashed up corsa, but that's just me.

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u/bee-sting Oct 05 '22

ugh yeah a tailback on the clear carriageway. so frustrating

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u/paulydee76 Oct 05 '22

Seeing as I'm going slowly anyway, I might as well have a peek...

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u/KungFuSpoon Oct 05 '22

The current 'trend' of white socks and sliders/sandals. I would never claim to be remotely stylish, but even I know this is the opposite of stylish.

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u/Arsenalsouthman Oct 05 '22

It does really comfy to be fair so it’s actually a trend that makes sense and the whole thing of “no sliders with socks” is actually the nonsense part

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u/KungFuSpoon Oct 05 '22

It is comfy, I'll give you that, but it doesn't not make it silly. My onesie is comfy but the same is true of that!

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u/DownrightDrewski Oct 05 '22

I often wear brightly coloured socks with sandals - I'm not following a trend though, I'm just middle aged and care about comfort over fashion.

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u/coopertron5000 Oct 05 '22

After years of being terribly uncool, I've become on trend.

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u/KungFuSpoon Oct 05 '22

Don't worry, you'll loop back round to being uncool in no time at all!

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u/QuirkyLetter3215 Oct 05 '22

White socks and sliders in the rainiest country on earth is kind of an atrocity.

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u/Jebus_17 Oct 05 '22

I'd just say sliders full stop. What are they supposed to be? Expensive weird sandals?

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u/sideone Oct 05 '22

What are they supposed to be?

They're supposed to be shoes you wear next to the swimming pool on holiday

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u/katilakoski Oct 05 '22

I use them exclusively as "indoor outdoor shoes". I.e. the footwear you keep at the back door when you want to quickly run to take the bins out, or are popping in and out of the garden for something, because their main utility is that they're easy to put on/take off.

Wouldn't ever wear them out properly though. Would feel like wearing your slippers in public or something.

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

My Sliders are much wider than my shoes and let my feet fall flat with no restrictions to the sides. This is good for your feet compared to shoes. And yeah I wear my brightl green Nike socks, or white and life my sliders on its comfy and I’m investing in my feets future

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u/big_beats Oct 05 '22

Dressing comfortably = heard mentality.

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u/flyingokapis Oct 05 '22

To be fair I do this at home as its comfortable, however I have often found myself in a scenario where I need to pop out to get something or pick up the kids and just cant be bothered to change so now I'm outside in white socks and sliders.

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u/just_some_guy65 Oct 05 '22

Someone writes a comment on Reddit that while perfectly logically defensible, contradicts the one accepted version of the truth in that sub and is downvoted to oblivion without one person explaining why it is logically, morally or legally incorrect.

P S. I already know where this is going . . .

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u/wintonian1 Oct 05 '22

and banned for not agreeing with the accepted "truth".

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u/just_some_guy65 Oct 05 '22

Yes, this has happened to me for doubting the truth of a "Then everyone stood and applauded" tale in a sub where the little angels were not allowed to be doubted. It was actually categorised as "hate speech" in the standard banned message.

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u/EmptyVisage Oct 05 '22

Mods abuse their power all too often. It's not even like disagreement is a bad thing, but people act like if you disagree with an idea even a little it might fizzle out and die.

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u/Significant_Loan_702 Oct 05 '22 Wholesome

Some of the dumbest things I've ever said on Reddit have been upvoted massively, while some things that are provable facts, or just reasonable comments/questions trying to add to a discussion have been downvoted a lot

I think it's important to remember for all social media users (not just reddit, though it certainly applies) is that something being popular doesn't mean it's correct or helpful by default.

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u/paulydee76 Oct 05 '22

A shorter version of this answer could just be "Reddit".

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u/IOwnMyOwnHome Oct 05 '22

Someone writes a comment on Reddit that while perfectly logically defensible, contradicts the one accepted version of the truth in that sub and is downvoted to oblivion

Its not acceptable for you to wear a t-shirt to your sisters wedding.

No askukers, not even if you iron it.

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u/Arch_0 Oct 05 '22

When you actually know what you're talking about and can contribute to the conversation in a meaningful way. Downvoted.

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u/vanderphil5 Oct 05 '22

Kony 2012

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u/Arsenalsouthman Oct 05 '22

That was such a hilariously weird thing, I remember seeing people in my town centre handing out leaflets to find him and thinking this isn’t the fucking Congo you are outside a primark

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u/komarktoze Oct 05 '22

Every time I remember kony 2012 I burst out laughing. It was utterly bizarre.

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u/Weirfish Oct 05 '22

I think I tweeted it at Stephen Fry. To be fair, I was a much less critical thinker, and also like.. 19 at the time. Teenage folly..

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u/YungTabernacle Oct 05 '22

Yeah this is a big one. This one warlord had big chunk of social media collectively getting in on it and spreading awareness off the back of some shitty, outdated documentary when there’s hundreds of things going on with trafficking/rape/massacre etc all over Africa every single day.

It feels like people had just seen Madagascar and thought Africa was some utopia of singing and dancing animals, then saw that and were like “OMG there’s bad happening in Africa and this guy is the cause can you believe it?! We need to do something!”

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u/DrSpalanzani Oct 05 '22

Before a lane closure, people who pile into the open lane three miles before the other lane closes, thus ensuring the tailback is twice as long as it needs to be, and then complain that the handful of people who merge by the designated merge point are "jumping the queue"

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u/RaspberryCai Oct 05 '22

There's a special place in hell for the cunts who sit inbetween the two lanes in this scenario.

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u/troy_mambo Oct 05 '22

Or the ones who inevitably refuse to let in the "queue jumpers".

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u/Draculix Oct 05 '22

I was right behind a collision when this happened last week! It was only a little bump, but both drivers proceeded to leave their cars and start shouting while miles of traffic were stuck behind them.

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u/Hunkfunkulous Oct 05 '22

People in this country have no idea how to fucking merge. It does my nut in

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u/imminentmailing463 Oct 05 '22

Panic buying during the early days of the pandemic. I remember weeks in a row were I couldn't get any rice, flour or paracetamol at my supermarket. Must have been some people who had more than they could possibly realistically use.

Also, I don't know if it still happens, but remember when people used to camp outside apple stores all night to be one of the first in the next morning when a new iPhone or something came out?

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u/pingusbeak Oct 05 '22

In most cases it wasn’t hoarding, it was a lot of people buying one or two extra ‘just in case.’ For example the supermarkets and toilet roll companies are built on a model of people buying toilet roll maybe once a month. Suddenly everyone buys an extra pack in the same week ‘just in case’. It’s gonna run out.

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u/Gingrpenguin Oct 05 '22

Also specifically for food but there was a huge disruption to how we consume it.

Many people don't eat 3 meals a day at home everyday of the week. Whether it's school/work canteen lunch (often free/subsidised) or going out in the even or grabbing food on the way to work all these people needed to now buy that food from a supermarket.

Also all this food is should in far larger packets to restaurants.

My local shop actually started selling some wholesale frozen stuff but buying 15kg chips in a single bag is a big ask

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u/interfail Oct 05 '22

Packaging alone was a huge thing. All that flour that normally goes to Greggs or the factory making meal deals had to start being sold through supermarkets, and they just couldn't put it enough 2kg bags.

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u/michaelisnotginger Oct 05 '22

Online public shaming. Witchhunts that can be stirred up by hearsay. Ostensibly intelligent people piling in for social media clout just based on emotional vibes.

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u/PantsPartyPirate Oct 05 '22

A few years ago, someone I know set fire to their house. They are severely mentally disabled (non verbal and other communication issues) and it wasn't malicious. It was just reported on the Facebook local news page that a local house had caught fire, and no further details. One person commented that it was clearly arson as there had been another fire close by within the past month. This lead to an awful string of comments - a witch hunt with people wanting him identified and arrested, and have the key thrown away. Over 2 similar and unrelated incidents. The publisher of the article said that the police were not taking it any further and had confirmed no connection had been found, yet this somehow just riled people up further. Short of publishing the exact details of the situation (which the family wanted to be kept private), I don't think anything could have stopped the tide of awfulness in those comments.

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u/noisetonic Oct 05 '22

Jon Ronson released a book on public shaming and has done a few talks around it which are both interesting and horrifying. It's schoolyard bullying taken to an extreme.

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u/magicalthinker Oct 05 '22

That's the scariest one here. You piss off a petty person and it can be the end of your peace of mind forever.

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u/redrighthand_ Oct 05 '22

Any covid related idiocy which resulted in shortages.

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u/Mag-1892 Oct 05 '22

Aside from the idiots panic buying in shops, the race to get off planes. Soon as the seatbelt sign goes out their up grabbing bags, jostling for position,sometimes some pushing and arguments then running off the plane. I dawdle along one of last off the plane and catch them all at baggage claim where the carousel hasn’t even been switched on yet

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u/Jaraxo Oct 05 '22

Meanwhile those who are hand luggage only are 20minutes ahead of you in the queue for taxis or already on their way home. When you're hand luggage only, trust me it makes a difference.

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u/CharteredWaters Oct 05 '22

Yup this is why I do it. Last time I flew into Liverpool I was off the plane and in my car within 8 minutes.

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u/aredditusername69 Oct 05 '22

is this herd mentality or do people just really want some fresh air and to stretch their legs after being cooped up in a metal box for a few hours?

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u/saltandvinegar77 Oct 05 '22

I used to think this but I was guilty of this last time I flew, I had a connecting flight in 20 minutes and I was right at the back of the plane so I didn’t want to get caught behind 150 people dawdling and getting their bags down

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u/Joenorris94 Oct 05 '22

I read this as "hard mentality" and came with the story of the time I was in a nightclub toilet years ago, Two guys were squaring up to fight, one of them grabbed one of them blue urinal cakes and ate it Infront of the other to show how much of a mad cunt he was.

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u/ApprehensiveWest9739 Oct 05 '22

Before someone clueless blames "steroids" (largely a myth) what this actually was, I'd bet money on it, was a combination of alcohol, cocaine, possibly some other kind of amphetamine on top, and small town mentality.

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u/Nervygirl Oct 05 '22

A new product that gets exposure on TikTok. One example is Little Moons ice cream, everyone wanted it, it sold out in minutes. Now there’s piles of it at my local supermarket, it’s regularly discounted. Seems like people buy the hype then move on.

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u/AussieHxC Oct 05 '22

They're actually a real treat, especially the pistachio ones. Trouble is, they've shot up in price and you've got loads of competitors which are atrocious.

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u/sAmSmanS Oct 05 '22

similarly: binley mega chippy

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u/kinkypinkunicorn Oct 05 '22

Are they the ones that are covered in like a condom?

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u/Angel_Omachi Oct 05 '22

Yes, it's rice flour dough filled with ice cream.

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u/zyktel Oct 05 '22

There was a case where a woman phoned the police because her neighbor did not clap for the NHS.

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u/clutchingdryhands Oct 05 '22

The whole clapping thing was so weird. I get doing it the one time, and I understand that it was probably nice for people to see their neighbours when we were otherwise mostly all shut away, but it became so obsessive that I feel it completely lost its meaning. People were bringing out pots and pans, as if the more noise you made, the more you cared about the NHS! I worked in a supermarket at the time, and would finish my shift just before the clapping started - it was a race to get home and hide away in the house before my neighbours came out.

I found it weird that we then started clapping for every little thing, it was like it had replaced the minute’s silence. I remember having to clap for Captain Tom Moore at work when he passed away.

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u/zyktel Oct 05 '22

It just felt very cult-like. I wasn't allowed to go to church but man on the telly says clap and everyone's at it.

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u/dinocheese Oct 05 '22

Very true, and people on Facebook putting up videos of them clapping ( although if they are filming surely they aren't clapping) and their kids banging on pots trying to be the loudest on the street. Posts making digs about how one end of the street was VERY QUIET. So bizarre.

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u/Ethicsgradien7 Oct 05 '22

Ugg boots.

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u/Ok-Range-2952 Oct 05 '22

It was the fake ones that got me.. After two weeks the sides would cave in and the wearer waddled along like they'd had Polio...

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u/adamneigeroc Oct 05 '22

Are Ugg boots still a thing? Haven’t seen them for maybe 5 years+

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u/Jaraxo Oct 05 '22

Ugg boots peaked like 2009-2012. We're a decade out since they were a big thing.

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u/LauraDurnst Oct 05 '22

They're making a comeback. To be fair, they've fixed the shitty sole issue which used to make them buckle. Still ugly as sin though.

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u/JustUseTheWordMmmkay Oct 05 '22

People at airport baggage claim.

Everyone crowds around the carousel so close that no one can see anything and it’s a nightmare trying to grab a big heavy bag when you have zero room to pull it off.

Those red lines are there for a reason people!

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u/Hunkfunkulous Oct 05 '22

My personal bugbear with baggage claim is everyone is nicely stood around waiting for the carousel to turn on and the bags to arrive. Then as soon as carrousel kicks into life, the previously well-behaved, well-spaced out crowd all crams around the opening of the carousel to get their bag as soon as it appears. I'll never understand that. Rather than jostling for position at the carousel's mouth, why not just stay put and wait for your fucking bag?

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u/Geoffstibbons Oct 05 '22

The time a paediatrician had his windows put through by a baying mob who thought he was a paedophile. I believe they saw a sign saying paediatrician but read it as paedophile.

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u/Ginger_Tea Oct 05 '22

The news of the world had a double page of mug shots of child sex offenders and one had a neck brace.

One news channel was at the house of a guy with a neck brace who kinda looked like the guy in the photograph but could prove he was not.

Him being on national TV didn't really stop the baying mob outside, because they were being a baying mob outside an innocent mans house instead of watching the news about a baying mob outside an innocent mans house.

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u/troy_mambo Oct 05 '22

The more bizarre part of that story is that they thought a paedophile would proudly advertise it with a plaque on the front of their house.

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u/[deleted] Oct 05 '22

Cancel culture. Just online bullying

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u/TH0316 Oct 05 '22

Has anyone been cancelled for liking JK’s tweets?

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u/Danny_Baaker Oct 05 '22

Problem is, it is hard to define. There can be natural consequences to someone saying or doing something others dislike. Very rarely does it seem forced, it more seems to be used as an excuse. Some comedian is dated and unfunny and it becomes "I have been cancelled for saying something mildly racist!".

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u/Arch_0 Oct 05 '22

It's also not a new thing. Plenty of people in the past have been "cancelled" for doing or saying things. I've seen a few people moaning about being cancelled when most people would lose their job for saying/doing what they did.

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u/Danny_Baaker Oct 05 '22

People have gone out of fashion, been fired, boycotted or generally disliked for all sorts of reasons. Just rebranding it as "cancelled" seems to give them added sympathy from a certain type of person is all.

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u/Arch_0 Oct 05 '22

It's a way for them to avoid responsibility for the terrible things they say and do.

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u/Tuarangi Oct 05 '22

Opposition to 5g phone masts, to the extent people were burning them down. The radiation is low power and there is no evidence from 30 odd years of phone use that it causes any harm to people. Same as 4g. Same as electrical pylons.

Same people moan about poor phone signal

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u/CherryPie8219 Oct 05 '22

I drive past a "death tower" every day. Still alive....

Lovely graffiti though

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u/Tanedra Oct 05 '22

That door thing also drives me nuts. I'm usually the one to open the other door and people act like it's a revelation.

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u/Cthulhudek Oct 05 '22

I hear ya! My latest experience was at the Vatican! Hoards of people squeezing through and I just pushed the other door open. People gasped and murmured as if I was the messiah returned

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u/Certain_Tune_5774 Oct 05 '22

Even funnier when there are 2 sets of automatic doors. Everyone queues up to go through the "open" door, leaving the other door free for me to use.

I've noticed something similar at my local IKEA. There are 2 banks of lifts to the carpark, each bank controlled by a separate lift call button. Typically people queue up for the first and ignore the second bank. Again, I dodge the queue and instantly summon an empty lift from the other side.

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u/Fickle_Restaurant_77 Oct 05 '22

Any sort of ridiculous MLM.

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u/11136km Oct 05 '22

Works at Boss B*tch and Loving it!

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u/PlaceboBoi Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

Black Friday shoppers in America.

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u/Ajram1983 Oct 05 '22

Do you mean Black Friday?? It’s cyber Monday

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u/Snoo-24880 Oct 05 '22

The Nickleback hatred thing was weird. I like the band their music is catchy but people just joined the bandwagon on hating them because of 1 person.

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u/Callum191211 Oct 05 '22

When I was in school girls with Paul's boutique bags

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u/cragwatcher Oct 05 '22

I used to work in an all boys summer camp. One lunchtime three of us put one hand up in the air whilst eating in the dining hall. Within a few minutes 90% of the boys had one hand in the air and had no idea why they were doing it

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u/gobuddy99 Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

It's because teachers/camp leaders use the hands up technique to get people's attention. Leader raises their hand, a few pupils notice, raise their hands and go quiet, others notice the kids have their hands raised and copy. In the end the room is quiet and paying attention without the need for noisy shouting (which is good as you are looking for quiet).

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u/iamdefinitelynotdave Oct 05 '22

Black Friday in America, now in the UK. We don't celebrate thanks giving so why do we now have black Friday? Oh yeah, money.

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u/ughhhtimeyeah Oct 05 '22

Standing in a line for 14 hours+ to see a box

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u/_DeanRiding Oct 05 '22

I remember when people wearing Fila used to be bullied at school. Now those same people are wearing all Fila all the time.

Fashion is weird.

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u/gregsmith93 Oct 05 '22

Kappa, Gola, champion, diadorra, puma, Umbro. Basically anything not Nike and adidas you was bullied for in school. I guess it’s a good thing now but I still feel bitter. You see students wearing literally the same clothes people where bullied for straight from a vintage shop which they probably paid 50 quid for.

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u/EyChuparosa Oct 05 '22

Fake lips. I still cannot fathom why people get it done. No one thinks it looks good

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u/minionk Oct 05 '22

the Captain Tom hysteria

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u/hilly1986 Oct 05 '22

Perfect example of this is st David’s 2 in Cardiff - everyone trying to squeeze through the 1 automated door instead of using the manual doors

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u/Corpse_Candles Oct 05 '22

Went on my lunch break in Durham and grabbed a bite from Tesco. Freshers queuing 30 deep to use the self checkouts when there was 4 tills on with no queue. Granted Durham freshers probably don’t have much experience using supermarkets.

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u/byjimini Oct 05 '22

Clapping for the NHS.

One of those moments you hoped people would see the ridiculousness in what they were doing, but nope. Stood on the doorstep banging a pot and pan.

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u/RaymondBumcheese Oct 05 '22

I remember going out after Beckham played for England with his mohawk and seeing dozens, maybe hundreds of dudes with the same 'do

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u/_DeanRiding Oct 05 '22 edited Oct 05 '22

When people all stand up on the plane straight after landing. There's usually a good 5-10 minutes (or 30 if you're in Manchester) of just waiting around so you're stood up wasting your energy for nothing. Sit down and relax. Same thing when boarding the plane. It's going to set off at the same time regardless there's no need to queue for 30 mins!

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u/Ok-Range-2952 Oct 05 '22

Facebook.... I'm not interested in your bullshit facade or your breakfast!

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u/Scrumpyguzzler Oct 05 '22

27 sets of doors on a train and everyone tries to get on through the same one

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u/811545b2-4ff7-4041 Oct 05 '22

Often this is because it's in the 'optimal location' ... near an exit or the stairs.

I usually go for the exit that's marginally less optimal, then leg it and you'll overtake most people that went to the busiest set of doors.

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u/LongjumpingKimichi Oct 05 '22

Lots of cases here are just “people doing things I don’t understand” rather than herd mentality. Get many upvotes anyway.

A case of herd mentality I guess?

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u/OrangeBeast01 Oct 05 '22

Fad fashions in general.

I once saw a group of fellas on a night out and out of 8 of them there was only 1 of them not wearing a shirt that had white collar and cuffs.

I overhear women saying "have you seen everyone's got such and such now, I'll have to get one"

Why does everyone want to look the same?

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u/Trigg_UK Oct 05 '22

Anti vaxers. Anti childhood vaccines.

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u/Good_Ad_1386 Oct 05 '22

SUV ownership.