The summer holidays are supposed to be about rest and relaxation away from the chaos of ordinary life.
But that appears to be the furthest thing from the minds of these people as they race for sun loungers in scenes that will be distressingly familiar to British holidaymakers.
These extraordinary scenes were captured at Hotel Servatur Waikiki at the popular Playa del Ingles resort in Gran Canaria just as the pool opened at 8am.
Dozens of British holidaymakers have been filmed in a desperate race to bag the first sunbeds at Hotel Servatur Waikiki in Gran Canaria
Hotel insiders say people begin queuing at 7.30am each day in order to bag a prime spot in the first row of sun loungers.
And despite the stereotype of Germans being the first to lay their towels, sources say it is the British and Irish are the worst offenders.
In many cases they lay their towels down and head into breakfast before returning at their leisure. The hotel has a total of almost 500 rooms, with more than 150 sun beds visible in the footage.
The problem of sunbed bagging has got so bad, hotel staff have now been instructed to remove towels from loungers left empty for two or three hours.
One well-placed source at the hotel, where an estimated seven out of 10 guests are currently British, said: ‘The worst are definitely the Brits followed by the Irish and then some Canarians who are on holiday here and appear to have started to become infected by their behaviour.
‘I know the British have traditionally regarded the Germans as the worst offenders but our experience is that they have breakfast first and look for a sunbed after.
‘The pool opens at 8am and there’s always a queue of people waiting at this time of the year. It’s a bit hard to fathom really because there’s enough sunbeds to go round.
‘We get guests laying their towels out in the morning and sometimes disappearing again till the afternoon.
‘The problem has been getting so bad recently that hotel staff are now under instructions to remove towels on sunbeds which have been unattended for two or three hours.’
Staff said British and Irish tourists are the worst offenders, queuing up at 7.30am before the pool opens at 8am in order to get their towels down first
The situation has got so bad that hotel staff have been instructed to remove towels from beds that have been unattended for more than three hours
Another insider added: ‘Guests need to try to understand that rather than bagging the best sunbeds, all they’re going to achieve if they carry on racing around the way they do in the mornings is an accident.’
Footage of the mad morning dash at the Servatur Waikiki shows most holidaymakers making straight for the loungers closest to the water.
One man in a white T-shirt and blue shorts with a white stripe down them can be seen throwing four towels on four different beds next to each other in the second row of sunbeds back from the pool.
Another man in a green top goes even better and bags four in the front row.
Hotel staff said the adult chill-out area is very sought-after as well as the sunbeds nearest the water.
Research a couple of years ago showed that contrary to stereotype, British holidaymakers were now more likely to hog the sunbeds on holiday.
The hotel contains almost 500 rooms and has at least 150 sunbeds visible around the pool
On Trip Advisor, the issue of towels around the pool was the subject of multiple reviews, with people complaining about the mad rush to reserve them
Online travel agents sunshine.co.uk questioned 2,150 UK adults for a survey which revealed 71 per cent of Britons were guilty of unfairly reserving sunbeds on their last holiday abroad – and 52 per cent had actually been in trouble for it.
A whopping 98 per cent admitted to feeling irritated when other holidaymakers reserved sun loungers that they would otherwise like to lie or sit on.
Eighty-seven per cent said they had witnessed just that from fellow travellers.
Asked what nationality they were, Britons came out top (21 per cent) followed by Germans (19 per cent) and Dutch (14 per cent).
The French and the Russians came in fourth and fifth.
When the same research was carried out in 2012, Germans were revealed as the most likely people to reserve sun loungers, followed by those from people from The Netherlands and people from Russia.
Despite complaints over the sun loungers, many recommend the hotel as good for families
Chris Clarkson, managing director of sunshine.co.uk, said after the shock June 2015 revelation: ‘Reserving sunbeds is one of the biggest holiday taboos and something which annoys the most people.
‘However that doesn’t stop people from doing it themselves. To see that us Britons have overtaken Germans in the sunbed hogging stakes is a sign that our holiday etiquette has perhaps gone out of the window.
The results of the study were made public a year after German daily tabloid Bild claimed to have outed the English as the worst sunbed baggers in a report from Costa Brava resort Lloret de Mar, showing towels including a St George’s flag towel and an England World Cup flag towel in prime position at 7.36am at one hotel.
One British tourist insisted to the paper despite the killer evidence: ‘It was the French.’
Servatur Waikiki Gran Canaria, right next to Playa del Ingles’ famous beach, boasts on its website that it’s a ‘hotel perfect for families looking for a holiday experience full of options.’
It adds: ‘Our hotel is a mix of sun, fun and numerous leisure activities.’