This is an issue my mother has at mass. My mother for various reasons likes to sit on the end of the pew. Actually she has some good reasons for this. First she has a medical condition where she has to use the restrooms frequently and she is also claustrophobic. Even before she had the medical condition she felt that if she gets to church early enough to get the seat at the end of the pew she wants she shouldn’t have to push in. So she gets up and lets the other people in. Most of the time that isn’t a problem although some people have given her funny looks. At one church we went to the priest’s opinion was that you should push in and let the other person have the end.
Myself, I have a reason for being at the end of the pew, I usually sit in the back and on the end because I am a volunteer firefighter and if the pager goes off I want to be able to quickly and without making any commotion leave if I have to.
What does everyone think about this?