Supermarket self checkout-service named more irritating than junk mail
The supermarket self-service, which was supposed to make life at the checkout easier, quicker and less frustrating, is the most irritating feature of modern life, a study has found.
A third of people surveyed said it made shopping more stressful than before and left many wanting to tear their hair out, the Daily Mail reported.
Many of the respondents cited the audio prompts at the checkout, including "unexpected item in bagging area," as the reason for their choice.
The self-service machines, which arrived in the UK a decade ago, were rated as even more irritating than junk mail, bad driving, cold calling and computer malfunctions.
"Self-service checkouts are a perfect example of things which are meant to make life simpler, but in the end make it more complicated," one woman who took part in the poll said.
"What's more, I can never seem to use one.
"Every time I try, I get the same response shouted at me: 'unexpected item in bagging area - remove item immediately.' When I hear that I feel like putting my fist through the screen," she said.
The latest poll, compiled for computer maker Ordissimo, asked 700 adults what features of modern life irritated them the most.
The self-service checkout was a clear winner with 34 percent rating it the worst.
Almost a quarter (24 percent) said bad driving drove them round the bend while cold calling received 18 percent of the vote.
Junk mail came fourth with 14 percent branding it life's most irritating creation.
Computer malfunctions completed the top five, with almost one in ten claiming to have repeatedly pulled their hair out in annoyance due to misbehaving technology.