How does waiting in line become worth it? A BuzzFeed staff derives a formula, albeit a very personal one, based on her previous queueing experiences.
According to Doree Shafrir, “if anticipated line-waiting discomfort (outdoor temperature, bathrooms, will I have to stay overnight, etc.) (A) x expected time in line (T), squared < my hourly earnings (E) x desire for the object or experience (D) x anticipated fun in line (F), then it seems worth it.”
She recounted her previous experience as she waited in line at the Franklin Barbeque in Austin, Texas (a barbeque house which operates on a no-reservation policy for customers), as an application of her above formula, as well as during a Twilight premiere and the infamous queues when a new Apple device is to be released. The article was written in light of the public availability of the new iPad, as people started lining up in front of the Apple Store in New York since Monday to purchase the much-awaited gadget.
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