Don’t be ‘that guy’ everyone hates

Chief Concerns

Scott Burroughs is Chief of the Port Aransas Police Department.

Scott Burroughs is Chief of the Port Aransas Police Department.

Nobody wants to be “That Guy.” You know the type of person everyone loves to hate and never wants to become, the stereotypical poorly-behaved individual that tends to annoy people by their mere presence.

We all know “That Guy,” many of us know several people that qualify as “That Guy.” There might even be a “that Guy” that works for the city or writes for the local newspaper.

Although this column is intended to keep our visitors from becoming “That Guy” while they are vacationing in our little slice of paradise, understand the term “Guy” in this context is not intended to be gender specific. It applies to everyone without regard to their chromosomal composition or chosen pronoun.

If you are planning on traveling to Port A (or even if you live here), see if there are any traits that you recognize in yourself that you might want to change before you become a full blown “That Guy.”

“That Guy” is the one that rents a house, condo or other accommodation and tries to sneak in more occupant s than a l lowed by the contract. If you take more trash to the beach than you bring out, you’re acting just like “That Guy.” “ That Guy” is the person that rents, borrows or uses a golf cart without knowing, understanding and obeying the rules of the road. The people that are so much more important than the rest of us that they drive down the no-passing zone of the highway are “That Guy.”

“That Guy” shows up at a restaurant with eight other people at 6:45 p.m. and raises cain because there is a long line, tipping the server only a few bucks because the wait was “unacceptable.” If you hear loud voices coming from the deck of the rental house at the end of the street at 1:00 a.m., you can bet “That Guy” is staying there. The same is true if there are eight cars, three golf carts and two boats in the driveway or in front of the house.

“That Guy” doesn’t need a beach parking sticker because of all the money he spends while on vacation or because “obviously you have never heard of the Open Beaches Act.” If stopped by the police, the first words out of “That Guy’s” mouth is either “Is there a problem officer?” or “Do you know who I am?” “That Guy” tends to be able to find something to complain about in any circumstance.

You can always tell if “That Guy” is driving a golf cart because it tends to be overloaded with one or more small children riding on their parent’s laps, and the stereo is so loud you can hear it a block away. If a 12-year-old is driving the cart, they got the keys from “That Guy.”

Now that you know what to look for, if you find yourself acting like “That Guy” stop, take a deep breath and do the right thing.

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