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    Pool / Beach good manners-dos and don'ts

    do you have a gripe?

    please tell us stories; typical, funny, rude, horrifying...all.

    Pool.......... kids acting as kids and parent's not supervising.

    Beach........ getting the palapa at dawn, making camp and staying with it, only to have neighboring palapa occupied with people from "hell".

    ....and the funny;
    dear son and his friend "ben" in 1997 or 98 were both 11 yrs old. we gave them a bit of free rein while in aruba. (big mistake i guess)
    both loved to walk over to amsterdam manor side of eagle beach (we were adjacent to it at lacabana). they told us they made friends with kids over there. what we found out (we followed them) was that they were taking frequent walks over to that area to ooogle the bare breasted women.
    big sigh

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    While my story is not about the beach or pool thought it was kind of funny: For us it would be our favorite waiter at the all inclusive we frequent. He would always keep the wine flowing when we were at dinner even when we said we were all set. He would respond with "You're on vacation Enjoy! I once poured a glass of wine in the bushes so as not to hurt his feelings. DH does not drink now because of his medical condition so on our trip in May we told our friend no wine. He was very gracious and understood. Instead he just brought us 3 desserts!!!!
    Last edited by Pegmeister; 08-26-2013 at 10:42 AM.

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    From my trip report- Radisson September 2000

    "Grossest moment of the trip (skip this if you are squeamish)- Looking out over the beautiful beach watching a woman allow her 2 or 3 year old son "pee" against a Palm tree during happy hour. Here we are listening to the music drinking our piņa coladas and then next thing you know she comes running over to the table where the rest of her family was. She needed a napkin for him to "poop" into, right there on the walkway in front of everyone. I thought it was in pretty bad taste, dh was horrified to say the least. Needless to say there was no more appetite for the chicken wings we had ordered. Dh mentioned to the waitress that she might want to tell a manager. He very promptly came over to the table to find out what was wrong. When Jerry told him what had just happened he shrugged his shoulders and said, "they must be Latins" [they only spoke Spanish]. Is it us, or do we not get around enough?"

    And folks, don't take inflatables to the beach period. They are just not safe. When they are not being used I have seen them sailing down the beach like "un"guided missles.

    Once I rescued a man from the UK who was in an inflatable lounge seat. I had not used my lifesaving skills since my certification class about 20 years prior, but the wind got a hold of this fellow and away he went just like a sailboat. In speaking to him he was grateful since....yup, you guessed it...

    He COULD NOT swim.

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    that is so disgusting on so many levels

    very poor beach manners indeed

    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    From my trip report- Radisson September 2000

    "Grossest moment of the trip (skip this if you are squeamish)- Looking out over the beautiful beach watching a woman allow her 2 or 3 year old son "pee" against a Palm tree during happy hour. Here we are listening to the music drinking our piņa coladas and then next thing you know she comes running over to the table where the rest of her family was. She needed a napkin for him to "poop" into, right there on the walkway in front of everyone. I thought it was in pretty bad taste, dh was horrified to say the least. Needless to say there was no more appetite for the chicken wings we had ordered. Dh mentioned to the waitress that she might want to tell a manager. He very promptly came over to the table to find out what was wrong. When Jerry told him what had just happened he shrugged his shoulders and said, "they must be Latins" [they only spoke Spanish]. Is it us, or do we not get around enough?"

    And folks, don't take inflatables to the beach period. They are just not safe. When they are not being used I have seen them sailing down the beach like "un"guided missles.

    Once I rescued a man from the UK who was in an inflatable lounge seat. I had not used my lifesaving skills since my certification class about 20 years prior, but the wind got a hold of this fellow and away he went just like a sailboat. In speaking to him he was grateful since....yup, you guessed it...

    He COULD NOT swim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    that is so disgusting on so many levels
    very poor beach manners indeed
    I think what was just as unacceptable, the fact that the manager refused to go over and speak to the woman and even more outrageous ...There was a restroom RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER on the other side of the wall!!!!

    As you said earlier in the thread

    parent's not supervising

    The self centered adults were too busy having their happy hour and did not want to be disturbed and do their job as a parent.

    My advice if you don't want to do the job? HIRE A NANNY!
    If you cannot afford a Nanny and don't want to take proper care of your own kid, DON'T HAVE ANY KIDS!

    <<tiptoeing off my soapbox>>

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    Most disgusting sight for me was a lady with a crying toddler who had a very soaked diaper (not a swim diaper) from being in the pool that was slowly sliding down his bottom and he just squatted and had a #2 right on the pool deck right next to the bar during happy hour. She turned around and grabbed his hand AND KEPT WALKING. Someone else went and got maintenance and they cleaned it up swiftly but I admittedly didn't get in the pool again that trip.

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    this is turning into the poop thread.

    we need to put on our boots

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    One of my biggest pet peeves is seeing my fellow Americans who walk around with a sense of entitlement and arrogance. I am a guest at the same resort as you so do not rush in front of me to get a drink, or interrupt at the desk while I am being helped, or beckon the guy setting up my beach chair while he is still helping us get settled . These same types we have also seen mistreat the servers and other workers around the island. Yes you are on vacation and yes they are there to do a job, but there is a right way and a wrong way to treat people. It makes my skin crawl when I hear how some people order around those in the service industry with no manners.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    there is a right way and a wrong way of treating people in the service industry.

    we all have to remember that their job is to serve but not to be "servants"

    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    One of my biggest pet peeves is seeing my fellow Americans who walk around with a sense of entitlement and arrogance. I am a guest at the same resort as you so do not rush in front of me to get a drink, or interrupt at the desk while I am being helped, or beckon the guy setting up my beach chair while he is still helping us get settled . These same types we have also seen mistreat the servers and other workers around the island. Yes you are on vacation and yes they are there to do a job, but there is a right way and a wrong way to treat people. It makes my skin crawl when I hear how some people order around those in the service industry with no manners.

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    Had a guy drop a Amstel Bright bottle by the pool at the Surf Club. What a mess and the section was closed most of the afternoon until is was completely cleaned up. Any glass by the pool is asking for trouble and if you are a "Bright Addict" please pour into a plastic cup.!!
    Next Aruba trip to the Marriott Surf Club July 2018.

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