The resort challenges guest towel seating reservations

While on vacation, there are often limited chairs around the pool area with far fewer chairs than actual guests. It became customary for them to 'reserve’ seats with pieces indicating that the seat was taken, to ensure a place.

However, this unofficial 'piece reservation’ practice can sometimes get out of hand, as one Reddit user explains how he took revenge on those who took advantage of the situation.

Submitted by this redditor in a post subreddit r/pettyrevengeAs users share their revenge experiences, they discuss what vacation etiquette means and how they taught a resort a lesson.

Reddit user @konijn12 noticed that most of the seats were 'reserved’ with towels.

In his post, @konijn12 explains how, while staying at an all-inclusive resort, it was difficult to find lounge chairs on the beach because „most spots were 'taken’ by towels.” Finally, after finding a seat, „to our surprise – many chairs were reserved almost all day or will never be used.”

Not wasting time looking for a place to sit each day, the next day they took towels from two chairs and sat by the pool for four hours before a couple arrived, visualizing Konijn at their place. This angered the redditors and they decided to take revenge.

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The next day after breakfast, they went to the pool and removed all the 'towel reservations’.

The revenge plot eventually succeeded.

„Many people complained and there was a sign that the unattended pieces would be removed by the end of the week,” @konijn12 wrote. „Victory!”

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This has sparked a debate over ideas regarding proper holiday etiquette.

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Most of the comments were on Konijn12’s side, but there were differing opinions about minor details.

One commenter stated that if a chair is not occupied after 15 minutes, it should be held. Another commented that it should happen after 30 minutes. Both opinions were supported by the policies implemented by the resorts they stayed at in the past. Strangely, the resort where the OP stayed has no such policy until they do something about it.

„Small retaliation that leads to small complaints leading to policy change against whistleblowers is awesome,” commented one.

Other policies discussed in the comments related to what resorts do with neglected pieces.

Many comment that the resorts they visited in the past would place pieces in the lost and found. Others said the managers would throw them in the pool. It’s great fun for guests, but it’s also overwhelming. Some hotels have started charging for pool use to reduce wasted chairs.

One commentator described their experience of how taking a couple’s place resulted in a discussion of 'allocation’. They said, “We had an absolute p-ssing match with an elderly couple because we moved the empty restrooms to an open space next to them. 'They’re going to use it later.’ They didn’t even save the chairs. They tried to save the open space. We didn’t move.

A step Article by The Hampton Inn and Suites hotel chain, using the right chair at a resort pool means „using pool chairs when you need them and not using more than one chair per person in your party.” It also advises guests not to „get down to the pool early in the morning and 'store’ the chairs with towels or other items.”

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While proper vacation etiquette varies from resort to resort, it’s always wise to consider others. Let us all stop being selfish and learn to share.

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Tara Hickel is a Washington-based writer who focuses on entertainment and news.

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