Londoners baffled at £3-per-hour deckchairs in public parks
‘Imagine paying to sit down’: Londoners baffled at £3-per-hour deckchairs in public parks which offer a season ticket for a whopping £150
- Londoner @maybeitspierre took a photo of one of the chairs and posted it on X
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Britons on social media were outraged after seeing that a park deckchair company is charging people £3 per hour to sit on their loungers in public spaces – and were even more baffled to learn you could buy a ‘season ticket’ for the service, which is a whopping £150.
According to it website, Semnat & Associates Ltd – trading as Parkdeckchairs – ‘aims to increase the provision of safer deckchairs within the Royal Parks’ in the capital.
The seats can be seen across various green venues in the city, but have this weekend angered people on X – formerly known as Twitter – after a Londoner shared a photo of the furniture with the caption ‘this country is so miserable’.
The image, posted by @maybeitspierre, shows that the chairs start at £3 an hour and would cost £11 for an all-day rate.
Concessions were available for students, disabled people and OAPs (old age pensioners), offering £3.50 for two hours of use (instead of £4), £5 for four hours instead of £6 and £65 for a season ticket instead of £150.
The image, posted by @maybeitspierre, shows that the chairs start at £3 an hour and would cost £11 for an all-day rate
Other rules indicated that the opening times for chair use were (weather permitting) from March to October, starting at 10am in the morning.
The social media post, which has 1.9 million views, saw commenters equal parts horrified and amused by the business.
‘Imagine paying to sit down,’ one remarked.
‘Season ticket to a chair?’ another questioned.
‘Be cheaper to invest in your own deckchair,’ a third quipped.
‘Literally need a sitting license I’m crying,’ one comment read, whilst another joked: ‘If you’re still sat in them past your allotted time they just snap shut on you.’
Others found various parts of the sign humorous, including the notion that ‘you can’t sit down until 10am’ and that the company has an X account.
Many were particularly baffled by the season ticket offer, as people admitted they’re ‘dying to know’ how many are actually sold.
The social media post, which has 1.9 million views, saw commenters equal parts horrified and amused by the business
Elsewhere, posters couldn’t believe how trivial the concession prices per hour appeared compared to the original costs.
MailOnline has reached out to Parkdeckchairs for comment.
According to the company website, the chairs were in 2000 ‘redesigned to reduce the risk of collapse by introducing a new paddle back system and double back safety feature’.
These are also said to be produced with ‘minimal waste’.
Chair venues include St James’s Park, Green Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill.
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