Temporary Queue, As Expected, is a Disaster

Published in "The Brunch"

A department store has made an emergency restructuring of its queue layout after the baffling decision was made to have a clothing stunt during a worldwide pandemic. The promotion resulted in half the city descending upon the shop, despite the government having previously recommended that retailers discourage sales to prevent large, unnecessary gatherings.

The store's cafeteria, Hungry Homer's Diner, is currently closed to the general public but has now found a second life as an elaborate queue system to keep the horde of shoppers at bay.

The queue snakes back and forth at least eight times around an obstacle course of chairs, tables and condiment trollies. It has been called "a cattle pen", "a social distancing nightmare" and "the store's secret shame".

One customer, who waited almost three hours in the queue, was confused when he walked up to the colleague at the homeware section and was asked for his collection code.

"Collection code?" Asked the gentleman, who looked up at the sign. "Isn't this the queue for the King Kong Ride?"