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Britain’s most hated habits revealed

26 November 2014

Not giving up your seat to a pregnant or elderly person and using a disabled parking space when you don’t have a blue badge are Britain’s most hated habits.
 
Research by the Charities Aid Foundation found that barging in at the front of a queue or walking past someone carrying a pushchair up some steps were also in the top five loathed kinds of behaviour.

The findings come less than a week before #GivingTuesday on 2 December, a global day of giving which encourages people to donate their time, money or support to good causes.
 
Coming just after the pre-Christmas consumer hype of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a call to action to perform an act of kindness and redress the balance by keeping bad habits at bay.
 
The poll of 2,070 people in the UK found that other hated foibles include playing music so loudly that everyone can hear it through your headphones and using a family parking space at the supermarket when you don’t have children in the car.
 
Pressing the buttons to make the lift doors close before other people can enter and eating someone else’s food from the fridge rated high on the bad behaviour chart.
 
Putting bags on a train or bus seat next to you so that people have to ask to sit down and talking on your mobile at a checkout till make it into the top ten.
 
Other bugbears are not holding a door open for someone and not letting other drivers out at junctions.
 
Putting an empty milk carton back in the fridge and leaving the toilet seat up also drive some of us to distraction.
 
Yet despite our hatred of bad manners, 74 per cent admit to being guilty of at least one of the bad habits.
 
#GivingTuesday takes place for the first time in the UK on 2 December and the campaign is quickly gathering momentum with more than 600 businesses and charities signed up to take part.
 
The movement is being led by the Charities Aid Foundation working closely with software provider Blackbaud alongside 42 founding partners including the RSPCA, Alzheimer’s Research UK, Breast Cancer Care, Facebook and RBS.
 
Hannah Terrey, Head of Policy and Campaigns at the Charities Aid Foundation, said:

‘’#GivingTuesday is all about giving something back and we hope we can get the whole nation thinking about charity and being charitable at the start of the festive season.
 
‘’It is fantastic to see so much enthusiasm for the #GivingTuesday movement from people across the country including some brilliant charities and businesses.
 
“We are delighted by the support we have received so far and want to encourage as many businesses, charities and individuals to take up #GivingTuesday and really run with it.”
 
Populus interviewed 2,070 UK adults online between the 31 October and 2 November. Data was weighted to be representative of all UK adults aged 18+.

Behaving badly: Britain's most hated habits

1. Using a disabled parking space when you’re not eligible to do so (91%)
2. Not giving up your train or bus seat for a pregnant or elderly person (90%)
3. Pushing in at the front of a queue or at a busy bar (87%)
4. Walking past someone struggling with a pushchair to go up or down stairs (83%)
5. Playing music so loud that everyone can hear it through your headphones (76%)
6. Using a family parking space at the supermarket when you don't have kids (75%)
7. Pressing the buttons to make the lift doors close before people can enter (73%)
8. Eating someone else's food from the fridge (73%)
9. Putting bags on the train or bus seat next to you so people have to ask to sit down (70%)
10. Talking on your mobile phone whilst at a checkout till (70%)
11. Not holding a door open for someone (67%)
12. Not letting other drivers out at junctions (62%)
13. Putting an empty milk carton/bottle back in the fridge (40%)
14. Leaving the toilet seat up (26%)

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