Ten an­noy­ing guest habits

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About -

House guests who refuse to take their shoes off, help them­selves to food or take con­trol of the TV or mu­sic are the most an­noy­ing ac­cord­ing to a new UK sur­vey.

We don’t know if New Zealan­ders feel the same about vis­i­tors, but we think some of these com­plaints will hit home. The sur­vey of 2600 Bri­tons, by home in­te­ri­ors spe­cial­ist hillarys.co.uk, asked re­spon­dents what raised their blood pres­sure the most.

The re­sults showed that more than half of the peo­ple sur­veyed do not en­joy hav­ing vis­i­tors, and three­quar­ters said they have friends or fam­ily mem­bers who ir­ri­tate them when they come round for a visit. Nearly 20 per cent of peo­ple sur­veyed said they had stopped invit­ing some­one round be­cause of their rude be­hav­iour.

The most an­noy­ing trait for 25 per cent of re­spon­dents is re­fusal to re­move shoes at the door, fol­lowed by guests help­ing them­selves to food in the fridge, which ir­ri­tates 17 per cent.

Around 12 per cent of re­spon­dents hate it when guests sneak in and use their en­suite bath­room, but a mere six per cent said guests over-stay­ing their wel­come is the most irk­some be­hav­iour. Num­ber 10 on the list was guests us­ing the hosts’ tow­els. But, iron­i­cally, when asked about their own ex­pe­ri­ences as guests vis­it­ing or stay­ing over in some­one’s house, more than three-quar­ters said what they like least are the ‘‘strict rules’’ im­posed by home­own­ers.

And a mas­sive 89 per cent claimed they them­selves are po­lite guests.

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