Toucher & Rich: Fred Toucher and Joe Murray clash on proper seat etiquette at sporting events
During yesterday’s highly rated juggernaut known as the Toucher & Rich radio program, Fred Toucher shares an incident where he and his son were booted from seats multiple times while attending an event. Joe Murray, newly appointed night time guy on the Sports Hub, questioned why they were sitting in seats that weren’t theirs in the first place. Fred admits that he sat in someone else’s seats because he wanted better seats than the ones he had initially. Joe argued that if someone is rude when asking them to leave their seats, it’s partly Fred’s fault for occupying someone else’s space.
Fred Toucher: I was there yesterday. My son and I only got kicked out of seats five times. Some people are very rude when they kick you out of the seats that aren’t in my family’s seats. Get out. All right. You know, you control the cards here, sir.
Joe Murray: Did you sit in someone else’s seats that weren’t yours?
Fred Toucher: Yes.
Joe Murray: Yeah. So if someone’s rude, that’s on you. No. Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no.
Fred Toucher: There’s a way to say it, which is just like, Hey, dude, these aren’t your seats. And you go, go and you leave.
Joe Murray: What gave you the right to sit in someone else’s seats that weren’t yours?
Fred Toucher: What difference is it to just go? Hey, these are my seats.
Joe Murray: It doesn’t matter. Why did you sit? Do it, L.Z.?
Fred Toucher: Because I wanted better seats than I had.
Joe Murray: But then you sat in someone else’s seat. They were rude to you, and then you were upset about it.
Fred Toucher: I don’t think I’m upset. I don’t know if I’m saying anything to them. I just wouldn’t. All right. All right. I mean, I thought it was kind of funny. Well, what do you do when someone is?
Joe Murray: I don’t know. I mean, like I said, I’ve had season tickets for a long time.
Fred Toucher: Okay, So how do you say?
Joe Murray: Bro, these are my seats. See you later. Okay. Yeah, I probably have a jerk like those people were.
Fred Toucher: Yeah, but why? When you.
Joe Murray: Because I don’t domain. It’s my spot. It’s my yard.
Fred Toucher: That’s how you look at it.
Joe Murray: It’s your yard. It’s yours.
Fred Toucher: Seat. Right. So it’s yours? Yes. So you just go. Just go. Hey, these are my seats.
Joe Murray: Yeah, I could put you in my yard. It’s kind of you know, it’s kind of like hopping in someone’s backyard all of a sudden. It’s like “Hey, get off my yard.”
Fred suggests that people should simply ask politely for their seats back, but Joe maintains that it’s disrespectful to sit in someone else’s seats in the first place. Fred seems amused by the situation and claims that he wouldn’t be upset if someone was in his seat, while Joe firmly believes in asserting ownership of his seats.
The conversation turned heated as the two disagreed over how they would handle such situations. Fred disagrees with Joe’s approach of being assertive, while Joe emphasizes the importance of respecting personal space and property rights. Fred feels Joe is being too aggressive and accuses him of trying to act tough. In the end, they both express different viewpoints on how to handle confrontations over seating arrangements at events.
According to multiple sources, the following is proper etiquette from this situation:
Seat Occupant (Person in the Wrong Seat):
a. Be aware of your seating assignment and double-check your ticket or reservation to ensure you are in the correct seat.
b. If you realize you are sitting in someone else’s seat, apologize politely and move to your designated seat without hesitation.
c. Avoid arguing or becoming confrontational if the rightful seat owner approaches you. Be understanding and respectful of their request to vacate the seat.
Rightful Seat Owner (Person whose Seat is Occupied):
a. Approach the situation calmly and politely. Avoid using aggressive or confrontational language.
b. Politely inform the person that they are sitting in your assigned seat. They may not be aware of their mistake, so approach the situation with understanding.
c. If the person refuses to move or becomes confrontational, seek assistance from venue staff or event organizers rather than escalating the situation yourself.
d. If the issue is not resolved immediately, try to find another available seat nearby or seek assistance from event staff to find a suitable solution.
Nick Gemelli is a Producer for the Toucher and Rich program and contributor for 985thesportshub.com. you can follow Nick at @NickGemelli on Twitter.