I took this photo this morning at 6am. Yes, that is right SIX AM! I spoke to some of the people at the front of the queue and they had been there since 2am. HOLY CRAP! I thought I was getting there early. And yes, it really does go all the way down the street as far as you can see.
It was totally ridiculous. When I eventually got inside (30 minutes after they opened) it was not much better. They were serving on average 10 people an hour and by the time I decided to leave there were still 50 people in front of me. At 9:30 they closed the doors because they said they would not get through all the people before 4pm when they closed. There must have still been quite a few hundred if not a thousand people waiting outside, not to mention the ones inside.
I know it is extreme because of the strike but still, even last time I went it was terrible. I sat from 7:30 till 3 only to be told that yes, I have the correct forms so I must come back on the 6th and submit them. Yip, I had the right forms, I was in the right place but no she would not take them.
I have not come across a more ludicrous system in my life. I am going to pay someone to go back for me next week. It will work out cheaper than loss of earnings if I have to sit there.