Just the other day we were at the bank and the teller motioned for a 30 something younger man to go before us. Clearly we are older but maybe she wasn't paying attention. We did mention something to her when we finally got up in the line and she said she was sorry. Should we take it as a compliment or something else? Or perhaps it only applies to those who look over 60 years of age.
Waiting in a long and busy supermarket line a couple of years ago in Cuenca, an older lady kept bumping her cart into our backsides. We'd turn around and she would look the other way. This happened at least four times before it dawned on us that she wanted to go ahead of us. We of course let her go before us.
Another time a young person pushed their way in front of us but we didn't let the 20 something youngster go before us, we asked the lad to please go to the back of the line.
Another time on the bus a young boy of about 10 years old was scrambling to get the seat before us and we again said "sorry kiddo, you're just a bit too young to be able to get the seat". (paraphrased for effect) We usually have very heavy backpacks and welcome a seat on the bus. We're saying all this to let folks know that you may have to be a bit assertive to go next before a young(er) person.
We have had a couple different senior expats complain to us that they try to go in the front of the line but younger people push their way in front of them and that it doesn't happen rarely but often. She went on to tell us that one time she asked a young woman why she went in front of her and she said she was pregnant. Our senior expat friend said she didn't look pregnant.
Ah well...what can you do. Until we write again, you might like to read these other articles about what you can do while living in Ecuador.