Occasionally a friend or relative will ask me to save them a seat when we are meeting somewhere like at the movie theatre or at church. I usually don‚Äôt mind doing this because often times I am the one asking them to do the same for me, but I will admit that sometimes it is awkward when the place you are meeting at is packed with people and several people ask you ‚ÄúIs anyone sitting here?‚Äù, or ‚ÄúAre these seats taken?‚Äù It is even more awkward if they try and sit in the open seats without asking and you have to kindly tell them that you are saving the seats for others who are not there yet. Below are a few suggestions to help make the saving of seats a bit less awkward.
Suggestion #1) If you have a coat or jacket place them on or across the seat(s) that you are saving, this usually lets others know that the seats are saved for someone else. If your wife, girlfriend, or another female acquaintance is with you then see if you can place her purse, bag, or wristlet (or whatever she is carrying) on the seat next to you as well.
Suggestion #2) If you are with someone and saving seats for others then leave open seats in between those you are waiting with. People are less apt to sit between two people that they do not know and this will make saving the seat(s) easier. If you can place any of the items mentioned above on the seats in between you and your comrades this will also ensure that others know the seats are taken.
Suggestion #3) Sit your butt on 2 seats. It may be a little uncomfortable for a while and it may depend on the amount of separation between the seats. It also maybe depend on the size of your badunkadunk. I only recommend this third suggestion in extreme circumstances when people are desperate for a place to sit.
So there you have it folks, next time your friend asks ‚Äúhey man, can you save me a seat?‚Äù You have no reason to worry or be stressed, say ‚Äúsure dude, I got ya covered.‚Äù