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I've just come back from a holiday in Mallorca and have found the behaviour of the Brits out there quite shocking. We've all heard numerous stories about this and based on what I witnessed I'd say it is all completely true. But the thing that bothered me most was the business with the sun loungers.
I vaguely remember a Carling advert many years ago which mocked the Germans and the fact that they were renowned for reserving sun loungers with beach towels.Well I can testify to the fact that that advert is completely wrong and it is actually the other way round with the Brits being the ones who hog all the sun loungers. You can tell by the beach towels which have Union Jacks or some football team such as Manchester United on them. The photograph below was taken at around 7.45am just before breakfast at the hotel that I stayed at. Whilst there were the odd Spanish and Italian family there, most of the guests were in fact British. Very few of them didn't have towels on and there was hardly anyone around using them either.
Presumably most of them had decided to "claim" their sun lounger for the day before heading off for something to eat. They weren't even prepared to wait for the hotel staff to finish cleaning before unstacking and laying the loungers out, the poor guy had to clean around them with his hosepipe.
This happened every single day and only now and then would one become free in some shady spot that someone didn't want to be in and one of them I suspect was broken anyway. Throughout the day they'd remain occupied, reserved with a beach towel whilst it's "owner" was sat by the bar having a drink or in the pool having a dip. Personally, I think that this is quite selfish behaviour and I'm almost ashamed to be British. I believe some hotels have a "No reservation before 9.00am" policy. I'll definitely be considering them in future!
By: Ashamed to be British