Here's something I haven't come across personally, but I watched it a few weeks ago.
Two exhibitors had set up on Friday afternoon. They were completely set up before they left so all they had to do on Saturday was unlock their registers. They were friends so they had similar setups, and were separated by one space. On Saturday morning the exhibitor with the space between them shows up. The spaces are 10x10. Well, the two friends had panels that had feet on them. These feet were at a 90 degree angle to the panels and stuck out about a foot in front as well as in back of the panels. These feet were about 8 inches tall and made of tubimg that went into the bottom of the poles on the panels. It seems the girls set up their displays so their 10 foot selling area was inside and the feet stuck out behind the panels beyond the 10 foot limit.
So along comes Saturday Guy and he sees these feet protruding about a foot into his space from each side. His display goes completely to the floor, so the feet are definitely a problem. He can't set up his 10 foot display with these feet there. He politely asked the girls to either move or remove the feet so he could set up. He was told the feet needed to be there or else their displays were going to fall down. In essence, "Too bad."
The promoter came over and told the girls to keep ALL their display pieces inside the 10 foot space. So they went off on him, telling him how he didn't understand how they needed that space behind the panels. So after a lot of haggling, they removed the feet and everybody attached their display panels together. This way Saturday Guy had the 10 feet he paid for. But he had two very unhappy campers on either side of him.
Now I do see a number of exhibitors with these kind of display panels. I usually have little problem if they're next to me as my display is flexible. But I also want to get to the show early so I can set up and if they come later, my display is already set up.
But would you demand your neighbor move the feet so you can set up? And if you have a display panel with feet, do you keep them inside your space? Or do you have the back of them inside your neighbor's space?