My restaurant uses a queue card (or ticket, I'm not sure what they're called) system.

Question is, how should I say when I want to let my customers know that our restaurant stopped giving queue cards for today (due to 300+ queue cards being distributed that day or other reasons)?

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  • Although, answers are somewhat opinion-based and your question probably will be closed, you can simply say No more queue cards today!. – Eilia Aug 14 '15 at 6:49
  • Although this is not a subject much discussed in the world, I believe the type of system to which you refer is commonly known as a "Deli System" (at least here in the UK) because (here) it was first employed at the Delicatessen counter in supermarkets. Here, at least, the tokens are called "tickets". – Marv Mills Aug 14 '15 at 8:00
  • I have always known this system as a "take-a-number system". Maybe you could tell them that "we have reached capacity for today". Incidentally, in programming a queue is referred to as "FIFO", or "first in, first out". In contrast, a stack is known as "LIFO", or "last in, first out". – James Aug 14 '15 at 11:27
  • How about "We're sold out for today." – Hot Licks Aug 15 '15 at 20:11

Formally: "No more/further queue tickets will be dispensed today". Informally: "Sorry guys, that's the end of the queue tickets."

There are probably a million ways to go about saying that.

  • I would even go with something as simple as, "That's it for today, come back tomorrow." – Yeshe Aug 14 '15 at 4:46
  • +1 for the "formal" phrasing. Be as clear and correct as possible. Don't be abrupt or rude. Saving ink/space/time/syllables is not a high priority here. NO TALK LIKE CAVE MAN. – Doug Warren Aug 17 '15 at 20:18


The customer queue is full to capacity for today. We welcome your patronage another day, and apologize for the inconvenience.

  • "NO CUSTOMER TICKETS ISSUED AT THIS TIME" is bad phrasing, as it might be interpreted to mean "no customer tickets have been issued" rather than "no customer tickets will be issued". – Doug Warren Aug 17 '15 at 20:16
  • @DougWarren - Perhaps you would like this better: NO MORE CUSTOMER TICKETS ISSUED TODAY. – aparente001 Aug 18 '15 at 1:01

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