At my job there is one bus back to where I live, which is around 50 minutes drive away. I don't have a car, and getting this bus is the only way I can get back to where I am living without spending around £40 on a taxi. So every day I leave my job at 17:20 and walk to the bus stop.
Apparently there is a queue here, but out of 60 or so people there only 20 are queueing. The others are just standing around at the stop. I just walk right to where the stop is, and I have been doing the same thing for the past year and a half no problem. But in the last two weeks there have been one or two too many people to get on the bus (which is obviously the company's fault), and an unconvincing queue has formed in order to democratize this. I carry on as always, and stand outside the bus stop to get the bus home.
On the past three days, a man who works there is very insistent that I go to the back of the queue. He has no authority more than I do. I just ignore him because I don't think it's right that I should stay late to help people, then have to be last in a queue whilst selfish people who rush out early to help themselves get to the front of it.
Over the past two days, he has loudly and publicly spoken with me, almost trying to shame me into doing what he is doing. I don't respect him or anyone who tries to control others. Today it has escalated somewhat, where he and some others were physically attempting to block me from accessing the bus, and another person in the crowd smearing chewing gum on my bag. I think this is totally unacceptable, and I will report it to the security where I work.
I have to do this five days a week, and tomorrow I am unsure what to do. I could just queue up and let this bully boss me around. Or I am thinking to record the entire altercation on my phone for my own safety.
This is at a UK software development company. I know it is very trivial, but I don't want to start queuing outside every day for 20 mintues just because a few new starters decided there would be a queue.
But please, if you have any suggestions / think I should queue up and I'm totally wrong, or that I should stand my ground and get security involved. Good advice is appreciated.
Thanks for the advice everyone. If anyone wondrers how this went I just decided to make sure I am first in the queue by showing up very early. I walked up to the person who was trying to get me to queue yesterday and politely said "I'm sorry about my conduct, I made a mistake." - we shook hands and he said "no hard feelings". So I think the situation is resolved. Also there was no confusion whether a queue existed today with everyone standing single file and nobody cutting ahead.
The bus / coach is paid by my employer and not public transport if that changes anything regarding that this is put on hold.