This question has perplexed, amused, and annoyed me for more than 20 years. So I pose it to the hounds:
There seems to be at least 2 schools of thought when it comes to taking a seat at the Apple Pan. Do you belong to A) the camp who assesses which side has fewer people waiting, takes their place on that side, and considers seats from only that half of the counter B) the camp who keeps a tally of everyone who was there when they got there, and considers themselves in line for the whole counter C) other (please explain your m.o. -- like the guy who bounded in, stood behind someone who was finishing up, took the seat and when faced with the wrath of the hungry masses said, "You stand behind the seat you want." He barely escaped alive.) I am a firm believer in B. And you?