Skip Nav
Kid Halloween Costumes
Baby's First Halloween: 82 Cute Costume Ideas For 2018
DIY Halloween Costumes
18 Creative Costumes For Expectant Mamas
Pool Floats For Pregnant Women Exist, and We Can Hear the Ladies Yelling "Finally!"

Why You Shouldn't Claim Beach Chairs

Dear Moms, STOP Claiming Beach Chairs If You're Not Even Going to Use Them All Day

I've always been a bit of a curmudgeon when it comes to sticking to the rules. Line cutters are the bane of my existence. I never take advantage of free samples — it's one per customer for a reason! If anything is operating on an honor system, you better believe I'm going to honor it. And that is why when I visit a pool or beach and see every chair littered with towels and books (or even worse, just a single flip-flop or bottle of sunscreen) and yet no one in sight, I basically lose my damn mind.

Unlike you, who disappears after claiming said chairs and literally doesn't return for hours, I will actually use the chair all day.

Recently, my fiancé and I took a trip to Cancún. The median age of our fellow guests was probably 60, the hotel was no more than half occupied, and — best of all — the resort was strictly and gloriously adults-only. Not a sticky child in sight. While we stuck out like sore thumbs, as the next youngest hotel guests were still at least 25 years our senior (and also because, due to an unfortunate dance rehearsal incident the week before, I had a broken foot and was in a wheelchair), we were looking forward to being able to actually snag beach chairs. But even if we hit the pool as early as 7 a.m., every cabana and lounge chair mysteriously appeared to be claimed, though the pool was empty. I've never felt more like a crotchety old person (and sitting in a wheelchair certainly didn't help).

I didn't expect to see this in an exclusively adult space, but I can always guarantee this game of "calling" chairs at resorts where children are welcome. I get it — when everyone else is claiming spots at the pool or beach, it becomes imperative to stake out space of your own, lest you be left with nothing. Despite being the law abider that I am, I've even been known to leave a beach bag on an empty chair while I grab breakfast — it's survival of the most inconsiderate. Yes, I'm contributing to the problem, but it's the worst perpetrators of the chair-hogging epidemic that are the problem: moms of young kids.

Kids don't lounge. That's just a fact. So while I understand the need to reserve a single chair to serve as a base for all the boogie boards, floats, and pails that young children tote to the beach (and for the accompanying adult to probably actually use), your family more than likely doesn't need eight chairs. A kid who is going to spend the entire day splashing in the water doesn't need the chair you claimed with a pair of sunglasses. But you know who does need a chair? Me, who wants a place to read her book, take an afternoon nap, and soak up the sun while listening to music. Unlike you, who disappears after claiming said chairs and literally doesn't return for hours, I will actually use the chair all day. It's really selfish and 100 percent not fair, so please stop.

I don't plan on opening my own resort anytime soon, but should I do so, these would be the rules: no claiming of a chair you have no intention of using; no claiming of a chair any longer than 15 minutes before planned usage; one chair per customer (and that customer should be at least 12 years of age); and, for the love of God, no claiming of a chair with a single paltry personal item that is just substantial enough that I can't claim to have not seen it. If you leave your belongings on a chair while you take a dip in the water, fine. If you leave your belongings strewn across enough chairs for an entire extended family while you hit the spa, then we need to talk. And it won't be pretty (especially if I'm still in a wheelchair).

Editor's Note: This piece was written by a POPSUGAR contributor and does not necessarily reflect the views of POPSUGAR Inc. Interested in joining our POPSUGAR Voices network of contributors from around the globe? Click here.

Image Source: Pexels/Snapwire
From Our Partners
MTV VMAs 2018 Red Carpet Dresses
Marriage Advice From Divorce Attorney
Blake Lively Style A Simple Favor Press Tour 2018
Kylie Jenner Red Alexander Wang Dress August 2018
Rihanna Blue Bridesmaid Dress 2018
Bella Hadid Black Bikini With Diamond Straps
Dating an Older Man
Kourtney Kardashian's Green String Bikini
Lily Aldridge Bikini in Pregnancy Announcement 2018
Blake Lively's Green Versace Suit
Why I'm Still Mad About Britney Spears's MTV Vanguard Award
Shopping Guide August 2018
From Our Partners
Latest Moms
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds