"A British tourist would be quite within their legal rights to ignore the reservation implied by the towels if there is nobody there," said Cologne-based Mr Höcker, 34.
The only caveat is that the loungers cannot be usurped by a legally clued-up Brit if they have been hired.
Mr Höcker also cautions against doing anything undiplomatic with the offending German towel.
Sandburgen-um-Strandkörbe-Bauer: passt auf Eure Handtücher auf! Ansonsten am besten die Liege mieten. Mehr hier.
Und da die Tagesschau auch die internationale Presse liest: das Ganze hier noch mal auf Deutsch.