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Paying To Avoid The Riff Raff

First came the system by which travelers could pay to speed through the security lines at airports. Now football fans can do the same at some NFL stadiums.

So, which other lines in the world would you pay to avoid?

Threat Level has some suggestions.

Are you a frequent McDonald’s eater frustrated by infrequent fast-food eaters who hold up the line by not knowing their Value Meal numbers?

A daily Whole Foods shopper who hates those who don’t know how much their ginger-squash soup is per pound?

A regular lottery player frustrated by noobs who dilly-dally over which scratch-off tickets to buy?

A coffee snob annoyed by people who order low-fat mocha freezes at Starbucks?

And the trend goes beyond airports and stadiums.

The Virginia DOT just started building pay-to-drive car pool lanes on two major highways in this area.

I wonder. Just how much do you have to earn to avoid doing anything at all with the common folks?

Probably somewhere north of Obama’s middle class and south of McCain’s.


  1. J.D. Williams

    I have season tickets for the Arizona Cardinals. The lines aren’t usually so long that I’d pay an extra $100 to get in a bit quicker to those 10 home games (short lines might say something about the team though). I guess it’s the same price as a beer a game though.

  2. Dave

    The articles are about the price for speed, but when I’m spending those dollars on something besides line-jumping, it’s about the value of patience.

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