Holidaymaker slams 'selfish' hotel guests for major sunbed crime | The Sun

A HOLIDAYMAKER has slammed sunbed hogs after they blocked loungers for more than an hour without using them.

The battle for poolside beds is a well-documented struggle, with hotel guests getting up early in the morning to put their towel down and reserve their spot.

However, that can annoy other tourists, especially those who want to use the beds in the meantime.

At a hotel in Mallorca, guest Becky Wells (@beckywells9) was annoyed by "selfish" people who had reserved sun beds for more than an hour, but weren't actually sitting in them.

In a video on Tiktok, she showed revealed the rows of empty seats that were covered with towels, but not occupied by hotel guests.

She said: "One hour in and saved sunbeds are still not being used.

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"I still don't understand why people are so selfish."

The video has been seen more than 600,000 times since it was shared, with lots of viewers suggesting the same solution to the problem.

One wrote: "No such this as saving, I’m moving your stuff."

Another commented: "Just move the towel and put it on top of another no one will know it was you."

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A third added: "I'll just lie on the towel."

There are unwritten rules about how long you can reserve beds for.

Etiquette expert William Hanson revealed how much time has to have passed before it's okay to remove someone's towel from a lounger.

He told the Mirror: "Reserving sun loungers with a towel for longer than 30 minutes is a big no-no, beyond that grace period it’s first come first served."

However, there are some caveats to that 30 minute grace period.

For instance, if someone is actually using the pool, then the lounger is still theirs to use.

One holidaymaker recently tried to shame sunbed hoggers by filming them laying out towels at a hotel first thing in the morning.

The footage showed how almost every bed in the resort has been covered with a towel, as eager sunbathers marked their territory before the pool becomes too busy.

The video, shared on Tiktok by user Daxi sparked debate about which nations are the worst offenders when it comes to sunbed hogging.

A German commenter wrote: "I’m German and live in the U.K. On my last holiday to Greece it was the English that had the towels out before 6 am."

Meanwhile, someone else said it was French holidaymakers who were the biggest hoggers, writing: "The French were up at 5am on my holiday I couldn't believe my eyes."

But one Brit admitted that we are just as bad as anyone else when it comes to sunbed hogging.

They said: "I’m at an English hotel in Spain and can confirm it’s us Brits. Lots of towels and no Germans."

However, the problem seems to extend far beyond Europe, with hotel guests in Australia recently caught getting up before 6am to reserve their beds.

Staff at some resorts will remove towels from beds if they have been left unattended for long enough.

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Holidaymakers have even taken to reserving spots on the ground at some resorts.

These hotel guests were filmed queueing up to be the first to put their towels down in Tenerife.

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