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Updated Aug 3, 2012 - 6:36 am

Chair saving becoming big vacation problem

Slide Canyon Tower at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa in Phoenix. (Arizona Grand Resort and Spa)

Whether you're on a cruise, at the beach or staycationing at a Valley resort, there's one poolside ploy that really irks a lot of people.

You may think it's no big deal saving an empty poolside lounge chair by throwing a towel over it, but a TripAdvisor Pool Etiquette Survey found that 84 percent of people get agitated when others save chairs and more than a third of respondents said there should be a 30-minute limit.

Debbie Kellam, with the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa in Phoenix, said the seven-acre water park's staff is trained to watch for empty seats.

"Essentially, look for personally belongings -- shoes, sunglasses, beach bags or food and beverage items -- that are there and consider those as occupied seats," she said.

More cruise lines and resorts are introducing or considering introducing chair-etiquette rules.

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