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Places where you have to pick a number and wait to be called?

Asked by AshlynM (6628 points ) March 19th, 2014

I think I’ve been watching too much Seinfeld. I’ve never been inside a bakery before, do they really pick numbers and wait to be called? Why is that? The only other place I know of where you do that is the DMV and that I understand doing because there are a lot of people.

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CWOTUS's avatar

Do you shop for groceries in a large supermarket? I can’t think of any that I’ve been in where they don’t use a numbering system and either call or post the number that’s next to serve.

In addition, the customers often leave a list of items that they want from the deli case, and are then paged back to the counter when the order is ready for pickup.

zenvelo's avatar

I just picked a number at the deli section of my local market. The sign was on 70 when I walked in, my number was 74.

And the same store does it at the meat counter before big holidays.

JLeslie's avatar

In a busy bakery, yes you take a number.

Deli counters. I have to take a number at the deli counter even at my supermarket.

The Chinese place I ate at in Chinatown last time I was in NYC. That one even surprised me. LOL.

dxs's avatar

This is also the case with many fast food places like McDonalds. There’s a big number written on the top of your receipt. When you food is ready, they call that number.

Megan64's avatar

Butcher, bakery, anywhere where there is a long case, and no natural place to make a line I suppose.

rojo's avatar

Suddenlink Cable store.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Been to the VA hospital lately?

Brian1946's avatar

”...too much Seinfeld.”

I’m sorry, but I find the above concept incomprehensible. Can someone please explain it to me? ;-o

ragingloli's avatar

@Brian1946
It was a crappy tv show that was only liked by nincompoops.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

There’s a bulk food store near me that has been so successful they are swamped. They added a deli counter and the line is usually 8 to10 people deep. The number system is the only way they could manage the volume of customers they serve.

Pachy's avatar

Texas drivers license office

stanleybmanly's avatar

@Pachy Here it’s the dreaded DMV

Pachy's avatar

@stanleybmanly, where’s the Soup Nazi when we need him???

stanleybmanly's avatar

@Pachy It really is phenomenal, the effect that one series had on the American lexicon of phrases and quips. “a Festivus for the rest of us”,

Juels's avatar

^^^ He stopped short? That’s my move.

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