“Girls, are you in line?” I asked.
“I don’t remember seeing all of you. If you just arrived, you have to go to the end of the line. No cutting!” I remind them.
I lock eyes with a grateful parent who mouths, “Thank You”.
This happened to me twice this week, older girls gathering in little herds sneaking into the line. Each time I addressed the issue, half the pack of girls would either leave, or go to the end of the line. I could see approval in the parents’ eyes. Parents, not wanting to be the cranky adult or the line monitor, many times bite their tongue and wait patiently.
However, when adults do this they will challenge your authority. With a condescending smile they say, “It’s just one more” or “Their parents are leaving, just sneak them in”.
I have tried comedy, sarcasm, and bluntly telling them, “No” to no avail. These must be the same people who cut in line as a child and still think they’re “special”.
I hold firm, but will bend to avoid a confrontation, after all, it is a balloon we’re talking about and you’re not going to win with self-absorbed individuals.
Line control is important and if you keep some control of the line order, watch for the children sneaking in from the sides, and monitor the groups. Parents will appreciate your efforts to keep control of the situation. It is the little things that matter and line control is just one of the many things you need to master as a balloon entertainer.