The Worst Line-Cutting Experience You’ve Ever Had?


I went to Chop’t, the choose-your-own salad spot in Rye Brook, for lunch today. I really like Chop’t. There are a ton of choices between lettuce, mix-ins and dressings, and even though there’s a line, it usually moves fast.


Today, I got in the line — I was about as far as this photo, which was taken in June — and three women were standing off to my left a little. They slithered in in front of me, which I ignored, since they were kind of there to start with anyway.

Then they saw their friend at the door. “Over here!” they started waving. Then two teenagers arrive. They waved for them, too. Now there were 6 people in front of me.

The line moved forward a little and another teenager arrived. Then a man in Madras shorts came. The two women behind me and I looked at each other in disbelief. We got to the front of the line, and I was just about to order my salad when — yes, you guessed it: another woman arrived at the front of the line.

I’m not usually one to say anything, but I couldn’t keep my mouth shut any longer.

“Will there be anyone else joining you for lunch today?” I asked, with as much as sweet sarcasm as possible.

And do you know what they said? Not “Sorry.” No. They said: “Oh, just one more.”

As I was about to order my salad, I looked across the crowd standing in front of the counter, watching their salads get chopped (or “chop’t,” if you will) and every single person was someone who had cut the line.

I believe it was the worst line-cutting I’ve ever experienced. So that brings me to ….

What was yours? Do share. Vent.

And let’s hope that some line-cutters might (just might) see our grievances and have a little less entitlement next time!


One of my friends just sent me the link to Larry David’s Chat and Cut! Here you go folks!


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. I hate the “chat and cut” — the type that casually greets a pal in line, pretends to be having a meaningful conversation and then just becomes part of the line. This has happened to me at Chipotle Grill (must be symptomatic in these wildly popular lunch spots) Two people strolled up along a very long line and then, Wow, surprise! They suddenly stop to chat to people way in the front. Then, you guessed it, a few minutes later, another friend appears, and also gets in the conversation, and the line. The best part is, the cutters have no idea what to order and end up holding up the entire line. Geez, I mean, it’s not like we were waiting to get Beyonce tickets at Roseland before they sold out, people — it’s Chipotle, the line moves fast. Can’t you wait like everyone else?

  2. Donna Schmidt on

    Liz…..I think it was two episodes ago in the new 2011 shows, Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm dealt with “chat and cut” as part of his show. Pretty darn funny!

  3. I can’t believe I am saying this but I think that very same brood of folks was in front of me at “Chop’t” a few weeks ago!
    They are serial “cutters” for sure. If “Chop’t” was a NYC Deli counter that brood would be minus a few members, if ya know what I mean!

  4. Diana Costello on

    Your friend beat me to it! I was just gonna say you got schooled in the art of the “Chat and Cut!”

  5. Next time walk over to the manager and tell them what’s up with the serial cutters. When I was reading it I thought this would be a good scene in a movie, glad to hear Larry David did it!

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