What causes a normally polite person to turn into a demanding grouch on vacation? The answer in part is due to pool chairs.
Weary from a long winter, a soon-to-be traveler plans and saves for the perfect Caribbean vacation at an all-inclusive luxury resort, packing sun block, bathing suit, and perhaps an unrealistic expectation.
Occasionally travelers forget that there are countless others trudging south for vacation, who are also hoping for the perfect vacation. Guests want the best of everything from their hotel, a reasonable request. After all, they are on vacation and have spent beaucoup bucks to get there.
However at many resorts, there are simply not enough amenities to go around to each and every guest, creating an undesirable friction for everyone.
Pool chairs, or lack of chairs, are an issue. At many hotels, there are simply not enough lounge chairs at the pool to accommodate every guest. Even if hotels do have the foresight to provide one chair per guest, the location of the chair becomes vital. Many resort guests will do almost anything to ensure they get a primo chair.
Scanning the pool area at 7am, a guest will see that most of the chairs in the pool area have towels on them. Unknown to this guest, other resort guests had gotten up at sunrise, taken towels from the pool towel kiosk, and had placed them on chairs to “save” those chairs. Sometimes they place a bottle of sun block or a book on the chair as well, but for the most part, these guests know the unwritten rule that towels have the authority to save chairs. Snooze, and you lose the best chair locations.
Thinking that the towels were placed on the chairs by thoughtful pool attendants, the novice guest pushes aside a towel on a comfy chair under a shady palm tree, expecting to sit and relax. Suddenly out of nowhere a usually polite father of three rushes to lay claim to “his” chair, and demanding that the novice guest moves. Ahh, vacations.