How To Sit Down Without Falling At The Four Points By Sheraton Midtown
If you're the type who likes to point and laugh when people fall down, then we're glad you weren't with us inside the Four Points by Sheraton Midtown yesterday. Stopping inside the lobby for a quick emailing session on our way to work, we sauntered in and—unthinkingly—plopped down on a small, circular bench. And proceeded to fall face-first to the ground.
The bench, which is wrapped around a pillar in the center of the lobby, is made up of separate chairs. Those chairs, it turns out, are not fastened to anything—nor are they entirely ergonomic. So any unsuspecting schmo with a too-heavy backpack, and a tendency to sit only on the edge of things (read: us), should exercise extreme caution. Follow the instructions below to avoid potential disaster.
1. Lower yourself down very slowly, with a firm grip on each adjacent chair.
2. Sit way back in the chair, to avoid a top-heavy load.
3. Settle in, and pretend like everything is normal.
Luckily, no one seemed to be paying us any attention as we picked up our belongings, hastily photographed the scene, and made a beeline outta there. We also didn't bother sticking around to see if anyone else made the same mistake. The Distrikt Hotel, two doors down, happens to offer much stabler seating.
What do you think? Should someone bother to nail those chairs down? Or do we just take responsibility for our own clumsiness?