Melbourne's Qantas lounges: a queue or a walkway?

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TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

Is the path from the Qantas Club door to the Domestic Business Lounge door at Melbourne a queue or walkway?


There were these three large people strolling/lumbering their way down to the door of the Business Lounge this morning, as if they were taking a walk in the park. 


Not wanting to disrupt migration of the Serengeti, I overtook the migrating herd and made my way to the Domestic Business lounge desk.


One of the members of the party took offence and made a shrill comment at the desk behind me, when he eventually  arrived, which I didn't realised was aimed at me until I started to walk away.


Not happy that he didn't get a response, he came up to me at the coffee queue and asked if he could jump this queue, a legitimate queue I might add. He then went on to say how I embarrassed myself. Although frankly I thought he was embarrassing himself.


So what do people think? Is the pathway from the QC door to the Domestic Business  Lounge door a queue or a walkway? How many meters before the door of the Domestic Business lounge, where trespassing in front of others is considered queue jumping?


I love and respect queues. But when is a walkway a queue?

aussiflyer

Member since 27 Jan 2016

Total posts 37

Walkway definitely, and you're right he is just trying to make a thing about nothing. I hope his plane was delayed.

sgb

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

Member since 30 Nov 2015

Total posts 419

What an unsavory experience for you so early in the morning. Perhaps they had just had their Samsung Galaxy Note 7's taken off them... Hope those waddling Captains of Industry weren't too put out by your overtaking bounds of energy. I would have clipped them with my wheel on as well, oops, sorry about that Chiefs.

russell

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 04 Nov 2011

Total posts 195

Cant for the life of me see how that is a queue.

Dorn

Member since 05 Oct 2016

Total posts 3

How bizzare. But then again so many people to tend to wander around the QantasClub as if it was their own lounge room, whereas it is a busy airport, and just a stop off pub for many of us.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

Thanks everyone for your responses and reaffirming the fact that I've not gone completely mad...at least on this front!

sgb

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

Member since 30 Nov 2015

Total posts 419

You may have been perceived as upsetting their pecking order. Some of those old fuddy duddies think they are still at the Melbourne Club from the night before.

jianga

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 07 Feb 2015

Total posts 141

It's definitely not a queue and fair enough if you cut in within 3-5 metres of the door, them is a bit rude, but in your case, those guys were just pure inconsiderate and stupid. Some people are so up themselves, just because one can access the bus lounge, it doesn't mean he/she is the king/queen of the sky/lounge. If I were there, I would have totally backed you up and tell those guys to piss off. If they think they are so important, maybe they should work harder to get a Chairman club invitation so we 'ordinary' guys wont' have to mix with those arrogant prats.

sgb

Emirates Airlines - Skywards

Member since 30 Nov 2015

Total posts 419

I just love the fact that the Chairman's Club is so exclusive they have 'comped' about 105 memberships to our 'Pollies', can't see any decent Private Club comping anyone's membership dues, you could be admitting all sorts of trouble.

mrmaxwell

Member since 17 Jun 2011

Total posts 12

The more I travel the less surprised I am by the people and (lack of) manners I encounter. I've had all sorts of encounters with fellow PAX that rank from slightly bizarre to downright disgusting.


He would've got an intelligent piece of me at the coffee queue let me assure you...

markpk

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 Nov 2013

Total posts 436

I don't think it has anything to do with them having access to the Qantas Business lounge. 


I've experienced inconsiderate pax in so many facets of travel and day to day business:
  • The guy at the Avis counter at Sydney International who wanted pretty much every clause explained to him and got angry because the one CS person wanted to give me my keys and vehicle inspection report
  • The guy at Auckland International who got to the start of the rollers for security and then decided to take all the "stuff" from his and his wife's pockets, plus get his laptop out, plus then rummage around for their aerosols - who then starts pushing my laptop off the rollers because I (a) had my s**t together and was ready to go through, and (b) there was no one in front of him...(and yes, this was a queue but it was also very inconsiderate to have done nothing to get yourself ready for security). 
  • The lady at Australia Post who simply walked around me as I waited outside the door because the small outlet was packed and then got stroppy when the CS staff asked her to step aside so I could be served first..!

Forget the zombi apocalypse, its the douchebag apocalypse we need to be worried about!

kimshep

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 11 Oct 2014

Total posts 336

TRB - this is tongue in cheek. You NEED to get out more!

It's a sad lament and commentary on the lack of simple manners and courtesy, in my view. These days, way-too-often, do we see people wandering aimlessly down the street, totally oblivious to people around them .. and either chatting to their friends or staring into a cellphone in their 'own' entitled bubble.

Growing up, like many others, I learnt to 'keep to the left' if I was obstructing others. It's a clear message that was last re-enforced as a 'courtesy' notice during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. I would be one of the happiest people in Australia if State Governments or Tourism Australia would resurrect this basic message to the general public.

By the way, if it happens again .. a 'subtle drop of some olive oil on a shiny floor and an accidental nudge' could work wonders - er, just kidding.

So, to answer your question: "Is the pathway from the QC door to the Domestic Business  Lounge door a queue or a walkway?" Answer: Only if you recline without notice.

markpk

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 Nov 2013

Total posts 436

Nice answer kimshep...I was leaning more to the classic scene from Pulp Fiction... 'Say what again...' you know the rest. Sayin!

Steve987

Member since 23 Feb 2015

Total posts 258

Hilarious, I was there this morning (was on the 7am to Sydney) and thought I overheard a conversation along these lines. Please don't tell me it happened twice!

Kogglogs

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

Member since 22 Apr 2013

Total posts 36

Hah! Ignore them. They're everywhere. Just exhale, mutter "I hate people" under your breath and walk away. Well, try to. It's hard not to retaliate. 


I had a similar experience there on Thursday morning at about 5:30am when, on entering, some self-entitled prat decided to cut right to left through the forward thoroughfare which is the area just past the entry desk and collide with me (I was still eyes right from being engaged in 'hello's with the QF door staff, so didn't even see him coming). Spat abuse at me for my alleged lack of attention. 

Ignoring him, I turned to a passing lounge attendant, and asked "Excuse me, could you please help this man with a coffee? It's quite urgent. Thank you". Then walked off. 

He came back twice more to spit at me over the course of the next 30 mins as our paths crossed again. Though I probably asked for that given the way I ended our first exchange. No regrets. 

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