How often have you walked into an auditorium, church, or banquet hall looking for an empty chair, only to find one occupied by a personal item that implied, “This seat is saved.” In truth, it was not actually being saved; it was just being used as a makeshift desk. But you continued to wander the aisles looking for seating. This is always awkward! If you are seated in auditorium-style seating, the courteous thing to do is to put your personal belongings under the chair in front of you (airplane mode). If you’re attending a banquet, put your things under your chair (or toward your feet). This is a courtesy to others looking for seating and it avoids awkward encounters.
Another irritating situation is when people prop up their chairs as a way to save their seats. This is dangerous to the servers and other passers-by. Please do not prop up chairs (or disturb a napkin) in an effort to save a seat! Instead, ask the staff or coordinator that you would like the seat saved or put an item on the seat.
Just some thoughts for you to ponder and share.