So much for home being your Castle in Arizona!

You’d think Jesus came to Arizona yesterday.

One couple parked the trailer and waited at the site four days.

Others slept in their cars for a few nights, pitched tents and pulled out lawn chairs to stake coveted claims on concrete.

Crowds swelled into the hundreds so lanyards were handed out so to keep their places in line.

When at long last the doors opened at 8 a.m. yesterday, the couple that had waited four days — those first in line — were invited to cut the ribbon.

“Storm the castle” they shouted on the blue carpet, faux battle axe and sword raised.

The castle: White Castle. You know, the hamburger joint.

Good Lord! Who by the way was nowhere in sight.

It’s the first White Castle to open here in Arizona, specifically Scottsdale, a Phoenix neighborhood (known for its wealth and called”Snotsdale” by locals).

The masses storming the castle certainly weren’t strictly Scottsdale residents! They arrived from across sprawling Phoenix and the state.

Outside on the sidewalk and in the drive-thru, they willingly waited in line for days, for hours — 5, 6, 7, 8 … however long it took to get hands on “baby burgers.” And not necessarily successfully.

Tweeted one person: “Thank you because yesterday was horrible. I waited in line 7 hours yesterday morning from 6:15 am to 1:15 pm to make it to the counter for another hour wait. I didn’t get anything had to go to work.”

For the unaware, these are the basics about the characteristically unique fast-food burger with a cult following (and yep, same product found frozen in markets): 

  • The patties are square and sport five holes — one in each corner and in the middle.
  • They’re small — 2-by-2 inches (5-by-5 cm). One pound of beef creates 18 sliders.
  • Patties are steamed on a griddle with a bunch of minced onions (originally fresh, now rehydrated) and served in a dinner roll
  • They’re invariably sold in bulk — 10 in the Sack, 30 in the Crave Box, 100 in the Crave Crate.
  • Fans are called Cravers.
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White Castle burgers

Shy they were not! — those who finally did arrive at the counter. No way.

The third guy in line, for example, ordered 200.

Eventually, amid massive demand, White Castle imposed a per-customer limit: of 60.

At 8 p.m., there were still some 500 people waiting in line with hopes high.

You see, this White Castle is not only open 24-7 — on paper anyhow — but is the chain’s largest.

By 4 a.m. — a mere 20 hours after opening and amid unrelenting demand — the restaurant closed due reportedly to fatigue and restocking needs.

It was aiming to reopen at 9 this morning.

It’s expecting reduced operating hours for now due to massive demand. As it was, their fridges and storage spaces were busting at the seams on opening day.

So here’s my question:

What makes people behave like this? Seriously.

What’s the tick in their brains that enables them to wait in line for days and hours.

And just for food! 

Not for Krispy Kreme or Chick-fil-A … Popeye’s chicken sandwich … an iPhone … Black Friday … any thing OR event have I waited in lines like this! Lines that stretch around the blocks, down the roads, lines involving hours, even days!

Not even for my most beloved musicians!

In fact, I’m so lines- and crowds-averse that if the line’s a little long, short but customers have loaded baskets and carts or the line’s slow-moving, I’ll cross through the store to reshelve my items — I’m uber thoughtful and considerate that way — and leave.

I don’t get it, I truly don’t …

… these swarms who descended on a “simple store” for “simple burgers.”

It’s creepy Biblical in its way.

Exodus 10:12

“And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up upon the land of Egypt, and eat every herb of the land, [even] all that the hail hath left.”

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White Castle comes to Arizona and then this …

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