Poll: Saving Seats
Some Exponent readers have had bad experiences at church when people would not let them sit because they were saving seats. I empathize, because I have also felt very unwelcome on occasions when I have tried to take a seat at church and been told that it was saved, especially when multiple people refuse to let me sit and I find my self wandering the room trying not to show how embarrassed and frustrated I am.
However, I confess that I have occasionally been a seat saving culprit. For example, I once attended a show at an amusement park, and a few adults saved seats for the rest of the group so that the kids could enjoy the park instead of sitting still for an hour waiting for the show to start. However, another show attendee was offended by our seat saving and loudly complained about us to park staff. The park employee sided with us, telling her that park policy permitted people to save up to eight seats for other members of their group, but we offered to squeeze in and give up a couple seats for the angry stranger anyway.