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Harry Potter spoilers - John C. Kirk — LiveJournal
Jul. 26th, 2007
02:55 am -
Harry Potter spoilers
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July 26th, 2007 11:26 am (UTC)
Good point - I'd forgotten about "walk away" in my list of options. Mind you, if someone's been queuing up for several hours, they may not want to lose their place by leaving.
As for bringing people inside the shop, I don't think that would be feasible in this kind of situation, just due to the sheer numbers involved. Certainly in Croydon there was no way you could have squeezed the entire queue for Waterstones/WHSmith inside the shop at once, and I think it would be even worse in central London (the first stop on the video was timed at 23:20, i.e. before the queue had actually started moving).
Looking back on it now, I think one benefit of the Croydon shops was that they were all inside the Whitgift centre, and there were security guards at the entrance and roaming around inside. So, the standard excuse of "I'm standing in a public road" wouldn't apply there; everyone was queuing inside a larger building.