Normally you would think this was a creative prank from one competing hotel to another, or maybe some college students executing a fraternal initiation.

Not so. This is an intentional act:

Outdoor furniture sits in a pool at the Hilton hotel keep it from blowing away in preparation for Hurricane Irene on August 26 in Ocean City, Maryland. Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan has ordered a mandatory evacuation for thousands of residents and visitors to leave the ocean front community and Maryland’s Governor O’Malley has declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Irene moves up the eastern seaboard.

source Photo Blog MSNBC