We’re used to making sweeping generalizations that everyone hates deck chair hogs, but it stands to reason that if everyone hated them, there would BE no top-ship swine in the first place. So, maybe people who hog chairs don’t know that they’re doing it … or maybe they just don’t care.
We recently came across a thread on the Cruise Critic message boards, presenting a defense of those who commandeer loungers on the sun deck and pointing the finger at those who sleep late and, therefore, miss out on claiming prime poolside real estate.
Boards member LuckyZ, who started the thread, says it’s time to turn the tables on those who complain about not being able to snag a seat. “Okay, here it is. I’m getting sick of all the Chair Hog threads and want to start one that gives the other side of the story,” he begins.
He goes on to compare those searching for loungers to a “pack of wolves” and regales us with the story of the time his wife’s empty chair was nearly stolen when she got up to use the bathroom. It’s actually happened on several occasions, he contends.
pj woods agrees: “If I want to spend 30 minutes with my children in the pool I expect my seat to be there when I get back. If I get up and take the kids to grab a burger and come back to my seats to eat, I want my stuff left alone.”
Member INTERLINER13 shares a personal experience dealing with the deck chair police: “I left my seats for 34 minutes … when we returned the seats were gone. I actually took a picture just before leaving. Now I knew it was 34 minutes, but would someone else really have watched the seat and taken it over after 4 minutes?” (Many lines have policies stating that items left unattended on deck chairs for more than 30 minutes can and will be moved.)
Those who defend the holding of chairs raise the following question: has the blow-back to deck chair-hogging gone too far?
lizjoemom looks at it from both sides: “Are there chair hogs? Yes, most definitely. Are there chair bullies who steal your chair when you leave for a few minutes? Yes, most definitely. Turns out that rude is rude no matter which side of the fence you live on!”
What do you think? Are there legitimate cases of the deck chair justice squad being a little too overzealous? Be sure to leave your comments below.
Want more on this topic? Check out:
Cruisers Speak Out: Deck Chair Hogs
Blog: Deep-Seated Anger
Message boards: A Note to Chair Hogs
Message boards: Confessions of a Deck Chair Hog
Message boards: So Chair Hogs Don’t Have Rights?
Message boards: Deck Chair Hog Photos
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