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    Quote Originally Posted by arubabob View Post
    Two years ago we were at Costa Linda for 2 weeks with my sis and BIL. We spent most of the first week on the beach but moved to the pool on Wednesday because of some high winds and sandblasting effect. We found an umbrella and 4 lounges on the north side of the pool. We liked this spot because it was out of the way but close to the zero entry point. We were fortunate enough to get the same spot on Thursday and then Friday am. On Saturday we went out around 9am and it was still available so we sat there again. Around 11 a group of about 12 showed up. They were evidently a family of owners that had come in on Friday afternoon. One of the group, a woman about 50 years old, came over and stared at us for a minute. She then proceeded to tell us that we were sitting in their spot, the spot they used every year and would we mind moving as they needed that spot and 2 others next to it for their family. We declined her offer and it made her mad. We could hear her telling the group she was with how rude we were. What is strange is that we got the same spot the next 2 days at 9 again. They didn't show up until around noon each day. The woman always gave us a stare and we could not make out what she was saying about us but I am sure it was not a compliment.
    How could someone have that kind of sense of entitlement....?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    How could someone have that kind of sense of entitlement....?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    How could someone have that kind of sense of entitlement....?
    Happens ALL the time. As renters at various timeshares, lots of times the owners make it known that this has been their spot for the last 52 years. We had a not very nice owner nearby at ABC. Since there were 5 other empty spots in the same vicinity,we just moved. We heard lots of these rumblings at Playa Linda too, but never directly towards us.
    We also saw an owner at the Surf Club go on and on for hours about a "nonowner" who was in their spot. The poor guy was in the wrong palapa, off by one number and the owner made him move all of his things and then talked about it all day long. When the 2 spots were exactly the same and the owner could have just moved over one spot and said no worries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    Happens ALL the time. As renters at various timeshares, lots of times the owners make it known that this has been their spot for the last 52 years. We had a not very nice owner nearby at ABC. Since there were 5 other empty spots in the same vicinity,we just moved. We heard lots of these rumblings at Playa Linda too, but never directly towards us.
    We also saw an owner at the Surf Club go on and on for hours about a "nonowner" who was in their spot. The poor guy was in the wrong palapa, off by one number and the owner made him move all of his things and then talked about it all day long. When the 2 spots were exactly the same and the owner could have just moved over one spot and said no worries.
    No way Tracy!! No grown adult could ever act like that over a Palapa.That's just plain silly!! Owners, Non-Owners, who cares?? We're all on Aruba for the main purpose of enjoying ourselves for a few days once or twice per year. The last thing anyone wants or needs is to engage in an unnecessary argument, angry stare down, what have you over a seats by the pool or on the beach. Maybe they should have a "Owners" section and a "Non-Owners"Section. Nope, that sounds totally ridiculous. I wonder if any of these "Owners" ever take a look back at how they acted and behaved over a chair by the pool or a palapa under the beach, and feel an overwhelming sense of remorse over their behavior? It's people like them who drive visitors to vacation homes.

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    The one at the Surf Club was so bad, we had to get up and take a walk to get away from the guy who was going on and on for no reason. In that case I don't even know how he knew the person wasn't an owner, it was just an honest mistake of the numbers.
    Most people are not this entitled, most owners we talk to are very excited to share their home resort and want you to love it as much as they do, but we've definitely seen a few bad apples.

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    Unfortunately the "Bad Apples" tend to leave a bad taste and a bad impression. In my stays at La Cabana and at the Surf Club, no one ever asked me if I was an "Owner", to the other guests and the members of staff I was just another visitor to Aruba, although in the case of the staff they thought that I was a local; which I took as a huge compliment. I already have to put up with the self-entitled behavior of people in my home country, on my job, and on my flight. The last place that I want to see them is on my trip to Aruba.

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    i have a friend with 12 tee shirts and all of them say "I Hate People" in various languages...spanish, german, arabic, french, mandarin etc...

    Often times when reading about these acts of foolshiness and perceived entitlements.........i feel like i need and I Hate People shirt too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    i have a friend with 12 tee shirts and all of them say "I Hate People" in various languages...spanish, german, arabic, french, mandarin etc...

    Often times when reading about these acts of foolshiness and perceived entitlements.........i feel like i need and I Hate People shirt too
    You and me both Andrea!! Except I think mine would read, "I Hate STUPID People." There is a quote from a kindle book by B.D. Anderson, "Wet Feet." A murder mystery set on St. Martin, where two of the characters became partners in a bar and grill where they came up with the following rules for patrons. I honestly believe that this could be applied to visitors to Aruba;
    "Please check at the door:
    Firearms
    Bad attitudes
    Regrets and disappointments
    Demanding "I'm on vacation" behavior
    Demanding "I'm a local" behavior
    Dysfunctional families
    B****y Ex-wives
    Jealous or stupid Ex-Husbands
    Whining children( we love em, they taste like chicken)

    And of course, anything that might disturb or relaxed island life."

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    Love it!!

    It should be an aruba entry requirement to "check those things at the door"
    Quote Originally Posted by vallond View Post
    You and me both Andrea!! Except I think mine would read, "I Hate STUPID People." There is a quote from a kindle book by B.D. Anderson, "Wet Feet." A murder mystery set on St. Martin, where two of the characters became partners in a bar and grill where they came up with the following rules for patrons. I honestly believe that this could be applied to visitors to Aruba;
    "Please check at the door:
    Firearms
    Bad attitudes
    Regrets and disappointments
    Demanding "I'm on vacation" behavior
    Demanding "I'm a local" behavior
    Dysfunctional families
    B****y Ex-wives
    Jealous or stupid Ex-Husbands
    Whining children( we love em, they taste like chicken)

    And of course, anything that might disturb or relaxed island life."

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