What makes your blood boil?

WHETHER it's petrol costs, call centres, queuing, or screaming children, there's always something which makes us fume with anger. However, a survey released today showed that what really cheeses us off is bad manners and rudeness.

WHETHER it's petrol costs, call centres, queuing, or screaming children, there's always something which makes us fume with anger.

However, a survey released today showed that what really cheeses us off is bad manners and rudeness.

According to the poll results, impoliteness, being interrupted and not having doors held open makes our blood boil more than anything else.

We went out onto the streets of Ipswich to find out what really makes people tick.


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Many people we spoke to in Ipswich voiced their frustration towards call centres, noisy eaters and bad manners.

However some also declared anger towards people who walk too slowly and people who don't smile.

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The survey, which was carried out by SEGA, revealed that no only do people hate bad manners but they also hate being left on hold, being overcharged and skinny people who think they are fat.

Of the top 50 things that make us angry, people showed frustration with Amy Winehouse, Gordon Brown and stepping in dog poo.

Annoying cold-callers were voted in at number eight, followed by chavs and noisy neighbours.

The survey also revealed that two thirds of people admitted losing their tempers, doing irrational things and lashing out if annoyed.

One in five admitted being in a dangerous situation because of their anger, while a third of those questioned admitted to having an “anger problem”.

Gordon Brown was not the only famous face to appear in the poll, colleague Alistair Darling was voted in at number 26, Jade Goody was voted 44th and junkie Pete Doherty 49th.

Other things that make us livid included Americans at number 17, late buses came 30th and running out of toilet paper at the wrong moment was in at 37.

Top five irritations:

1) Bad Manners.

2) Cost of Petrol.

3) Automated phone systems.

4) Bank charges.

5) Being left on hold.

Lee Thornton, 21 of Norwich Road, Ipswich and works in a nightclub said:

“People being impolite really annoys me, there is no need for it. Especially working in a club, you really experience how rude some people can be. You expect people who are on a night out to be nice and friendly, but that isn't always the case.”

Steve Cunningham, 53, of Chelmsford said:

“It frustrates me when I'm speaking to an automated service and not a real person. Also when professionals who get paid so much money do not provide the service they offer.”

Owen Rachel, 19 of Braziers Wood, Ipswich said:

“General politeness is a must, it makes me really angry when people are impolite, and it doesn't take much to be friendly, its just common courtesy.”

Kirsha Ludlow, 27, of Mallard Way, Ipswich said:

“I hate queuing in traffic; it's a nightmare when you're trying to get to work in the morning. I also get really angry when you're queuing in a shop and you get to the front and the person on the till goes on their lunch break or starts doing something else.”

Amanda Chinery, 43, Parade Road, Ipswich said:

“Queuing up in places like post offices really frustrates me; there are never enough members of staff on the checkouts to serve the amount of people, you just end up waiting forever.”

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