Yep, that's usually the case. Though it annoys me, I have been going to the gym at 6am before work for the last year. At the start, I loved it. I had all equipment free and I was in and out of there. Then about 8 months ago, a guy started coming in the mornings, and from observing him, he has almost a very similar program to me. Squats every day and so on. He always gets there a fraction before me, so manages to get the rack first. He is also extremely arrogant. One of the first times, I notice he is using it every day, and he would stay in there for about 40 minutes at a time. So instead of waiting, I asked if I could work in with him in between sets, as he was taking a few minutes off anyways. He told me, yeah but I am doing 130kgs, as if to say, if you can't do that then no. I was doing that anyways, and I told him that I do that weight anyways, lol. He rolled his eyes at me, and wasn't happy and just gave me a 'yeah ok'.
Second time I ask him if I can work in with him, he rolled his eyes again and hesitantly said 'yeah'. From then on, I stopped asking the cunt. I don't understand the problem, he takes breaks, we lift a similar weight but is constantly an arrogant cunt. It annoys me more, because you expect that type of person on a bench press
I have seen him in an English soccer top, he must be one of the not so friendly ones. My experience from the Britsh is that they seem to go from one extreme to the other. They can either be the most friendly and funny type of person, or extremely cold.
I fucking hate that guy, and ruins my squatting experience every single week, my gym sessions in the morning we trouble free until that guy showed up. But yes, you are right, generally squat racks are empty and it was the case, until this dickhead started coming in the same time I was.
That guy sounds absolutely horrible Fitz. I've met my share of those type of douchebags in my days back in the gym and at least here in the States, it's a shame that the gym has went from a place of actually working out, to some kind of social gathering to chat and how off your muscles. The guy you're talking about has a low self-esteem, for whatever reason, so he's trying to take it out by hogging the squat rack. I guess that's how some people do it.