Pet Hate #359: Arm-Rest Hogs

Don’t you hate those arm-rest hogs when you fly? That’s Pet Hate #359! And what’s the punishment? Why, that’s easy. Find out for yourself. And while you’re here, post your own pet hate and punishment (and maybe it will go into the Pet Hate and Punishment Series).

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  1. says

    My pet hate: When you are in a movie theater early and people come and sit in the seats right next to you (or right in front of you) when the rest of the theater is empty.

    Or when they sit on one side of the row, then wait until the movie starts only to cross the row (making you move) and sit on the other side of the row for no apparent reason.

    Course, texting while driving gets me too. Oh and this past week, I’ve had two people stop dead in the middle of a busy street. After a good horn honking did they start moving again. No reason given.

  2. says


    Ah the glamour of international travel!

    “Smelly cat, smelly cat, what are they feeding you?
    Smelly cat, smelly cat, it’s not your fault.”

    I have a smelly cat who has dental problems and he’s getting his teeth cleaned next week” Not sure that was the problem with the person who was sitting next to you.

  3. says

    On my way back to China yesterday I had an old guy from some village in China who cracked his hard boiled eggs on the wall of the plane, and then lay down on the seat when I was in the bathroom. He didn’t take up my seat, but his head made it hard for me to sit down. I noticed he had taken some heart pills when he got on the plane, so I let him sleep and sat in another chair. Lucky him. We had a seat inbetween us, so he wasn’t a typical armrest hog. He was better than the man who smelled so bad I thought I would die. The stewardess gave me a bag of coffee grounds to smell like in the perfume shops. I got home and smelled like coffee, but that was better than smelling like the stinky man. Does anyone remember the song “Smelly Cat” from the Friends television program?

  4. says

    Yeah I’ve flown a lot on business and in one particular case after having been awake for 30 hrs I had a 10 hr flight from Germany to Canada with a lady who was somewhat obese and took all of the arm rest and she snored all the way. I didn’t get much sleep the whole trip. And worst of all the plane was full so I couldn’t get another seat.

  5. Tina Larsen says

    Cell phone use while driving is illegal here in NZ – only see it on the odd occasion, and people look very guilty if they are snapped :)
    When the law came in I thought it would be hard to deal with, but I actually really enjoy pulling over when my cell phone rings while I am driving now – and I also really enjoy being justified to ignore it too!

  6. says


    I did say old but I didn’t mean only old. I’ve seen a few who didn’t look terribly old, simply frightened to be in such swift traffic.

    Again, I know what you mean. My grandfather had a slight stroke just as he was driving away from his house. No serious injuries to him or my grandmother. Slight damage to his car and the neighbors fence and mailbox. Both he and my grandmother fought us tooth and toenail concerning allowing him to continue to drive.

    The argument that finally won out was when my dad asked Papa what he would have done if the mailbox was his neighbor instead.

    Sorry Sean.

  7. says

    My badminton partner was 92, playing badminton and driving. I never asked him if he had a licence. However he could beat me at badminton (I was 38 at the time), so I guess he was OK.

  8. says


    I remember reading a suggestion that we smear vaseline on a pair of glasses and insert earplugs and then try to drive. Their point was this is what it’s like to drive for a lot of seniors.

    When my grandfather was in his 80’s it was clear that he could no longer drive but he resisted every effort on our part to get him to stop. It was only when the state of Florida refused to renew his drivers license that he finally stopped. But it crushed his spirit because for him, he lost his sense of independence.

    It’s a tough problem, certainly in the States because we love our cars and disdain public transportation. Really an attitudinal issue and policy issue here.

    Anyhow sorry to suck the fun out of the topic. I couldn’t help but think about my grandfather and what a mixed bag it was when he couldn’t drive any more.


  9. says

    Yes Judy,
    I know what you mean.
    Those texts and calls are a problem too. A huge problem.

    I was thinking about the poor old fellows who drive with both hands on the steering wheel with white knuckles showing and elbows jutting at a preposterous angle. Another thing I notice them doing is the two-footed driving dance wherein the left foot is on the brake while the right foot is on the accelerator. This causes almost non-stop break lights sure to confuse the drivers behind them.

    They appear to be frightened. I KNOW they frighten me. I wish they would stick to the surface streets.

  10. says


    Makes me nuts too.

    Are you sure they’re not yakking on their cell phone or even worse, texting?

    I often see people on cell phones driving 10-15 miles under the speed limit regardless of what the rest of traffic is doing because they’re paying attention to the conversation but not much else.


    • says

      Texting realllllllllllly gets my goat. I once saw someone not looking up from her phone for about 30 metres. The car was headed like a projectile and I don’t know what she would have done if someone showed up on the road.

      Man, that was scary!

  11. says

    Good one, Sean

    My pet hate? People who use the freeway, interstate, autobahn or other super highway who are obviously afraid to drive on the freeway, interstate, autobahn or other super highway. When speed limits are 65 miles an hour or more and these folks are doing 45 mph or less for the sake of caution they are an accident waiting to happen.

  12. says

    Usually you have to wait until they go to the toilet–when they come back they’ll find you have secured the arm rest. Most effective when you pretend to be asleep.

  13. says

    looks like the kid grew rapidly and changed sex as well – well done
    or may be it is a karmic consequence – hog arm rest going in get your arm rest hogged coming down

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