I have a growing dislike of folding chairs. Not only are they really uncomfortable to sit on, and feel like they’re about to collapse at any moment. But they’re also really noisy.
I was at a classical music concert on Saturday night, where the venue had hired in some extra seating. The existing chairs had been supplemented with cheap folding chairs, a bit like the one in the photo, made from a combination of plastic and metal.
And right from the start of the performance these chairs were making a racket. Every time someone fidgeted or shifted their weight on one of these seats, it creaked, loudly. And the cumulative effect of lots of creaking chairs was really distracting. In fact, during some quiet bits, I couldn’t even hear the music.
In fact I was so annoyed by it that, for a good 20 minutes during the concert, I was mentally composing a strongly-worded letter of complaint to the venue manager. Of course, I never quite got around to writing the actual letter, but in a way I wish I had. It was a false economy to hire such cheap and nasty seating, and really spoiled the enjoyment of one of my favourite works.