Q: My husband and I arrived late to a ball game, only to find that another couple had taken our seats. My husband wanted to ask them to move, but I suggested we sit in some empty spots a few rows back. Who was right?
A: Your husband’s right. It’s perfectly acceptable to ask people to move during a sports game, even if you’re late. The seat-hopping couple should oblige-quickly and without argument-once you display your ticket stubs. (You can simply say, “We’re a little late, but I think these are our seats.”) If you’re late to a concert or a play, however, rely on the theater usher to decide if you need to wait for intermission to claim your seats without making noise and bothering others. Bottom line? There’s nothing wrong with a little creative seat swapping, as long as seats are promptly relinquished if the folks who bought the tickets arrive.