The Ogler! The Canoodler! The Encroacher!
While they may sound like rejects from a superhero movie, they’re actually three of the 10 worst types of people we encounter at the beach – at least according to a funny, spot-on expose published in the United Kingdom’s Sun newspaper.
We love the beach. But we dislike the folks who foul up our seaside serenity.
Just who are these beach bums and how do they offend us? Let us count the ways – with a little help from Expedia.com.au, the website that compiled the terrible 10 beach types.
We not only recognize all 10, but – we must admit – we’ve been guilty of a few of the bothersome beach behaviors. Can you relate to …
We so despise trash on the beach and in the surf we’ve made it our mission to wage war on plastic pollution. Therefore, we see red when we spot left-behind food wrappers, cups, cans and other garbage ruining our view.
If you’re a slob, go soak your head – just don’t do it in the water off our favorite beach!
You’ve seen more of these folks than you’d care to see. They include the woman with the two-sizes-too-small bikini or the ultra-hairy man sporting a Speedo who opts for a revealing yoga session in your line of sight.
Sure, flesh is to be expected. But we can do without catching a glimpse of someone’s naughty bits at the beach.
We love the sound of the surf and the seabirds. We can do without the high-decibel conversations with friends, or worse, phone calls that drone on … and on … and on.
The Inattentive Parent
Children love the beach. And we love children. But while exploration of nature is to be encouraged, mom and dad should never unleash a brood of tots on their fellow beachgoers.
Shrieking kids hopped up on sugary drinks and snacks quickly dampen a delightful beach day.
A cold drink on a hot day goes a long way to satisfying our thirst for fun in the sun. However, stretching out next to a drunken blowhard can ruin our mood and trigger a hangover. Soak up the sun, not the sauce.
Have you ever staked out a perfect stretch of sandy beach only to have someone magically appear and plop down right beside you – even though there are plenty of open spaces as far as the eye can see? We get claustrophobic just thinking about it
Selfies at the beach are fine. Snapping shots of unsuspecting sunbathers is just plain selfish – and a tad creepy. There's nothing that burns us more than snap-happy shutterbugs who include us in their beach photos.
There’s a time and a place for outdoor displays of affection. A crowded beach that’s crawling with kids is not a good location for a hot make-out session.
You like music. Good for you. But not everyone likes to listen to your favorite tunes, especially when your music maker is cranked up to 11! Some of us prefer the lullaby of the surf as it gently tickles the coastline. Do us all us a favor and use your earbuds if you prefer to rock out.
There are times it is tough to not sneak a peek at a well-built beachgoer. Just don’t stare. Much like the shameless cinematographer, such behavior is crude, rude and kind of creepy.
Keeping our coast clear