Ten annoying guest habits
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.