Whether it’s school, business or life, some people take advantage of the situation.  In school, teachers used to say “you are going to ruin it for everyone.”  And indeed that is something that happens in every part of life.  I witnessed this last weekend when as a treat for the end of school, we decided to take a quick trip to one of our favorite places – Walt Disney World – for a long weekend.  We didn’t have a lot of time due to work commitments and kids’ activities but thought four nights would be a fun quick trip.  We splurged on the Grand Floridian and to further the celebration, I surprised the girls with Concierge Club in the Sugarloaf Building.  Basically this means free snacks and drinks throughout the day and other special services that we don’t necessarily use but it’s a treat for sure.

For us it’s a treat.  For others it is a way to show true colors and act as if the world owed them something.  I can’t tell you how many times my jaw was to the floor watching the folks we now refer to as Concierge Pigs.  And there were many.

The people screaming from the lounge on the first floor to the third balcony at their kids/grandparents/parents – and not really screaming anything – just HI at the top of their lungs – they were nothing. The folks taking up four tables of four in a limited seating area with four adults and two kids.  Also nothing. The teenager with five croissants on his plate.  Gross but nothing still.

Two examples stand out above all the rest of the piggishness.

First let’s talk about the family from hell. A three-generational family that should have been the cute ones of the bunch were loud, obnoxious and felt as if the lounge was there for their use only. And the moment of truth was when five of the “moms” in the group gathered in a semi circle around the hors d’oeuvres table eating directly from the trays.  With their fingers.  Blocking anyone from coming close (not that we wanted to after seeing this).  Two of the women had two glasses of champagne – each.  Double fisting it as if the cocktail hour would end too soon.  Really, this is why you upgraded to concierge?  Rent a suite.  Order in. Don’t make me watch it or ruin my appetite.

And then there was beer guy. This was a breathtaking display of piggishness. I watched as he grabbed four bottles of beer and after realizing he could balance more, took two additional.  After disappearing to his room, he returned.  With a stroller. Which he packed with as many bottles as he could fit.  Then he disappeared again.  He returned to grab two additional beers while his wife filled four large cups with red wine.  I next saw them sitting at the pool getting wasted while watching their kids play.

I assume these are the people who cheat on tests in school, pad their expense reports in business, cheat on their taxes and lie on their resumes.  They ruin it for everyone in terms of employers needing to be uber vigilant about expense spending and hiring practices.  And they ruin it for everyone in terms of hotels needing to jack up their rates to account for the pigs.  Disney discounts which were once fun to find and relatively plentiful have all but disappeared and now I see why.

Pigs of the world – you know who you are.  Get over yourselves and stop taking advantage of the rest of us.