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To think that taking ages in the family shower cubicle at the gym when you know there is another family waiting, is selfish and bad manners?

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hermioneweasley Sat 05-Jan-13 21:39:59

That's pretty much it. Gym has one family shower area, big enough for 3 or 4, seat for the kids, can take shower unit down to hose kids down etc. more convenient than trying to manage them in the small stalls with fixed heads - picking up slippery kids to get them under the spray etc. when we got out of the pool, this shower area was in use. Must have been there for at least 5 mns already. Woman saw we were waiting (looked around the curtain and then pulled it shut again) and just stayed in there for ages, lathering. Gave up in the end and took the kids into the small stalls. By the time we were out and half dressed she and daughter emerged. Must have been at least 20 mins. She was also talking her to DD (who looked about 6) about the benefits of "fat burning exercise".

AIBU to think she was selfish when she could see another family waiting? I don't take 20 mins at home!

(I don't care if I ABU re fat burning exercise - I judged and will continue to judge about putting this in a young girl's awareness).

SomersetONeil Sun 06-Jan-13 06:54:04

Personally, I agree with you and think you are not being unreasonable in the slightest - but that is because I absolutely hate, hate, hate to keep people waiting. It makes me a bit panicky and uncomfortable.

My DH on the other hand, would say you were being utterly unreasonable. His opinion is that you take the time you need to take, and don't worry about keeping people you don't even know waiting. Don't get me wrong - he doesn't advocate taking the piss but he really hates it when I rush and stress to save other people and get myself all bothered and flustered in the process.

I can see his logic, but it makes no difference to my brain which hates to needlessly inconvenience others.

So - I can see and totally relate to your side, but am also aware of the other school of thought on this issue and can see their side, too. In fact, sometimes I wish I was more like them...

Mosman Sun 06-Jan-13 06:59:45

Find another gym, when I look around them, the showers is more important to me than the equipment.

ChristmasJubilee Sun 06-Jan-13 07:29:36

Shower when you get home.

Binkybix Sun 06-Jan-13 07:52:06

20 minutes seems a very long time to be in there to me. I've got long thick hair and can still do it in less than 5.

Binkybix Sun 06-Jan-13 07:54:55

Separately I get annoyed when people leave their stuff out on (limited) benches rather than in the plentiful lockers. Then look annoyed if it gets at all damp/have been moved out of the way by people actually needing the space to change.

hermioneweasley Sun 06-Jan-13 16:27:23

Thanks for the replies - different strokes for different folks I guess!

Don't get me started on people who leave their stuff in the changing rooms while they go off and shower!

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