Call me, maybe – or never: 66% of us hang up on cold callers

Majority of us hang up on cold callers with little guilt

They never seem to call at an appropriate time, so should we really feel guilty that the majority of us hang up on cold callers – or should they just accept that it’s nothing short of annoying?

We imagine it’s a tough job calling random people to try and sell them something they didn’t want in the first place.

But cold callers are generally unwelcome, with these beleaguered souls always having to sound bright and breezy to the irate resident who answers the phone. Because there’s never a good time to talk to a cold caller, is there?

Somehow they either manage to ring halfway through EastEnders or when we’re doing something tricky like feeding a baby/doing some intricate DIY task/playing Minecraft (delete as appropriate).

But while these guys are just trying to make a living, many of us don’t see it that way and resent this telephonic intrusion of our homes. Wired and wireless telephone headset provider Headsets4Business.co.uk carried out a survey of 1,500 people, asking what really gets our goat when it comes to cold calls. But firstly, they asked if we ever just hang up on cold callers, and the results were most interesting.

The least patient people

On average, 66.5% of the UK puts the phone down on someone trying to sell them something. But the people with the least patience in the UK & Ireland are the Irish – a whopping 77% of them will immediately hang up on a conversation about double glazing or insurance.

As for England, it’s the East Midlanders who are least tolerant: almost 70% of them leave their cold callers listening to the sweet sound of the dial tone… However, happily, for them, cold callers are guaranteed the warmest reception in the South East. Over a third of South Easterners (37%) say they wouldn’t hang up on a stranger who called them out of the blue to discuss something like mobile phone tariffs (at least those who don’t slam the phone down are decent enough to give an excuse – 36.3% are just really honest, saying they’re not interested; 10.8% of us say we’re too busy, and 5% of us pretend we’re just about to sit down to a meal).

Actually, when it comes to the topic of conversation, phone deals are apparently one of the least irritating – only 7.3% of people said that was the type of call they had the least patience for. The biggest bugbear, for over a third of us (38.9%) is people trying to help you recover PPI refunds, which is surely the dullest thing in the world. Perhaps surprisingly, or perhaps because it jogs people’s memory to actually do something about it, pensions are the least irritating topic, with only 1.9% of us finding them excruciating.

The most annoying cold call topics

  • PPI 38.9%
  • Accident Related 32.9%
  • Home improvements 8.1%
  • Phone deals 7.3%
  • Insurance 6.2%
  • Energy 4.7%
  • Pensions 1.9%

And while the majority of us don’t actually feel sorry for cold callers, just over a quarter of us (25.8%) do actually understand that it’s just a job, and they’re only doing what they’ve been asked to. After all, if we’re the ones irritated by an unwanted call, just imagine how the cold callers feel, facing rejection after rejection during an eight-hour shift.

It’s a tough job, being a cold caller, but someone’s got to do it,’ says David Whitehead from Headsets4Business.co.uk. ‘They’re almost like unsung heroes, really. So give these guys a break next time you get a call and you never know – you might get a really good deal on your next mobile phone tariff.

Holiday shopping costs 21% more for women due to ‘pink tax’

Holiday shopping costs 21% more for women due to ‘pink tax’

Summer holiday season is upon us, and Brits are reportedly splurging £529 million on sun tan lotions, toiletries and pharmaceuticals, as well as £1,832 million on clothing, however, new research shows there’s a big difference in the cost between men and women due to ‘pink tax’.

Research carried out by showerstoyou.co.uk has discovered the enormous disparity between the cost of a basic holiday shop for women, in comparison to men, revealing the true extent of ‘pink tax’.

What is pink tax?

The pink tax has been a prevalent issue for feminism in the 21st Century, and something that retailers use appallingly to their advantage. The pink tax sheds light on the price difference for gender specific goods; as it is known that men have a substantial advantage for several products which are gender neutral.

Showerstoyou.co.uk carried out a survey of 754 women and 623 men, determining the essential toiletries men and women would buy for a ten-day holiday to their favourite European beach destination. Following this, a comparative study of products was conducted, exposing the truth behind the partialities of retail pricing.

The graphic below, designed by showerstoyou.co.uk, highlights the discrepancy between the ‘pink tax’ and the ‘blue tax’. Basic holiday clothing items were added to the list to form the “holiday pink tax”. Findings reveal a whopping £20.50 difference for a basic holiday shop – a 21% gap.

Holiday shopping costs 21% more for women due to ‘pink tax’

It must be noted that this does not consider the number of items an individual will take regardless of the basics. According to the survey, men and women take on average 3 items of swimwear. With this considered, the sum of three pieces of swimwear would equate to a shocking difference of £38.19.

Regarding toiletries, women spend £27.40, whilst men spend £24.76. Interestingly, a previous report suggests that women are paying up to 75% more on these products due to the ‘pink tax’.

Female and male razors

Additionally, specific toiletries highlight the concerning differences between male and female hygiene expectations; female razors are often described as a luxury product. Whereas just eight female razors cost £2.69, a greater sized packet of ten razors cost £1.24 less for men a 60% difference.

Companies claim they are manufactured differently, however, this specific brand of razors was almost identical, with the size of the razor to the number of blades; the only obvious difference was marketed for women.

Stella Creasy, Labour MP, highlights that it could be perceived that this is due to a lesser demand for the need of products such as female razors: “I recognise that (men’s) razors are zero-rated, and judging by many Conservative Members the opportunity to shave every day is a human right.”

This argument also accounts for the zero-tax rate of male razors. Likewise, this explains the concerning disparity in shaving foam prices. Whilst the issue has come to light, positive changes have been made – with Tesco slashing their razor prices to be gender neutral earlier this year.

Martin Smith, the MD of showerstoyou.co.uk comments on the report: “The claim that men needing to shave as a necessity as opposed to women is ludicrous. The way products are marketed these days has got out of hand, the only difference in the two disposable razors seems to be the colour. What is more, is that there is a zero-tax rate in the UK regarding male razors, yet there is still a tampon tax. Whilst individual retailers have been decreasing the price of their products, brands hold a responsibility over how much they are supplying their products for. Not to mention, action can and should be taken by MP’s and more authoritative figures.”

How to make the Perfect Summer Pimms

How to make the perfect summer Pimms

With summer only a light breeze away, that refreshing jug of Pimms is set to be a table top essential for al fresco feasts.

The quintessentially English beverage boasts a recognisable tawny colour and a delicious blend of citrus fruits, offering a familiar taste of summer.

Bohemia’s Head Chef Steve Smith has provided a round-up of top tips to ensure you’re serving the perfect party Pimms this sunny season.

These tips will ensure you have something different to offer than your usual jug of Pimms this summer, and will definitely make your summer parties and evenings stand out that little bit more.

Don’t forget to pick up the freshest ingredients at your local supermarkets like Asda, to ensure that you have the best ingredients to hand. Don’t forget the critical bottle of Pimms too.

Fruit Fusion

Don’t overload your Pimms with fruit. Instead, pick a few strong flavours that complement each other. An unusual flavour combination that works well is Pomegranate and Basil. Alternatively, take your Pimms to super food heights with the quirky addition of trendy Acai berries.

You could even use frozen fruit in your punch jug. This will help cool the liquid without diluting it too. It’s amazing just how many different frozen fruits are on offer in supermarkets now. Plus it means you don’t have to worry about them going off.

Herbal Remedy

If you’re using herbs such as basil and mint, crush the leaves before adding them to your drink. This will maximise the aroma and leave your Pimms perfectly seasoned.

You could even grow your own too, growing simple herbs at home will ensure you have the freshest ingredients on hand, and they’re definitely the simplest thing to try to grow yourself as they require little upkeep. So they’re perfect for those who aren’t particularly green-fingered.

Cue the Cranberry

Those with a sweet tooth might like to add a splash of cranberry juice or opt for flavoured lemonade for an extra boost.

Ice, Ice, Baby

Get creative with your ice by freezing flowers into your ice cube tray. However, try to limit the ice to a few cubes to ensure the Pimms isn’t too diluted by the time it comes to drinking it!

Sugar-coat it

Sprinkle a little lemon juice and sugar over the fruit before you add them to your drink. Let the fruit pieces stand for ten minutes so they macerate and then add them to the liquid at the last minute, to save them from going soggy.

Tom Daley encourages us to get over our socialising slump

Tom Daley encourages us to get over our socialising slump

Tom Daley has partnered with Argos to inspire people to make the most of their spare time and get over our socialising slump.

New research shows that time-poor Brits could be missing out on making the most of moments with friends and family this summer, as day-to-day family life and work commitments put pressure on planning social gatherings.

But it’s not because we don’t want to. The poll shows we’re a nation of social butterflies, with nearly six in ten wishing they could get together with loved ones more often, and a third saying they enjoy nothing more.

Olympic diver and food fanatic, Tom Daley, has teamed up with Argos to demonstrate how easy and quickly it is to entertain, surprising 20 of his followers at a pop-up supper club – created in just one day.

Diving in at the deep end, Tom surprises and delights his hungry guests with a selection of best-loved recipes from his hugely successful debut cookbook, ‘Tom’s Daily Plan’.

How Tom Daley makes the most of his spare time

Tom Daley said: “My training schedule is so hectic, it’s hard to put aside time to plan for socialising – on the rare times I get a day off, I’m more likely to ring up friends and family and invite them round that day!”

“The Fast Track challenge was probably the quickest I’ve ever turned a dinner party around. It was a bit touch and go for some of it, but it just goes to show, with a little creativity and same day delivery it can be done as fast as you need it!”

Planning events this summer

The study of over 2,000 Brits revealed hosts get cold feet over the time it takes to plan, believing it takes, on average, 8.5 days (204 hours) of planning time to pull off a dinner party with aplomb.

For nearly a third, not having the right items to cater for guests, such as enough tables, chairs, kitchenware and tableware were major barriers.

Lack of creative inspiration in the kitchen affected one-fifth, who struggled to know what to put on their menu to impress.

When asked what would make Brits more likely to entertain, guaranteed good weather, having more time and getting everything you need that same day topped the poll.

Dan Elton, brand director at Argos, said: “Brits love nothing more than getting together with family and friends, but many of us find the planning and organising of it daunting. In reality, it can take just a matter of hours; whether it’s a new dining set, kitchen gadgets or sprucing up the garden – with our Fast Track same-day delivery service, if our customers want it today, they can get it today.”

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Weirdest Fashion Trends of 2017 So Far

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It’s been a funny old year so far. Trump is officially the President, Harry Styles is easily pulling off suits made out of your nan’s curtains, Katy Perry has morphed into Miley Cyrus circa 2012 and Hanson are making a musical comeback. It’s no surprise that 2017’s fashion is just as weird. We’ve seen trends make a comeback like the Ghost of Fashion Past, and it seems to go from one sartorial extreme to another – crop tops that come above the breasts, and sleeves that go over your hands for that whole ‘look, I’ve got no arms’ vibe that you’d go for as a mischevious child playing pranks on your friends. Here are some of the weirdest trends of the year so far, and my friends, I feel that the worst is still yet to come.

Socks and Sandals

After Kendall Jenner wore sheer socks with her heels in Cannes, Topshop was amongst the first to proclaim that socks and sandals were ‘back’. Of course, the general public (i.e. anyone with eyeballs) disagreed, with one Twitter user proclaiming that the look was a fashion crime. Kendall, with her stunning looks and endless legs, can probably get away with a pair of sheer socks on the red carpet, but don’t expect to be seeing us striding down the street, pairing our socks with our favourite pair of sliders. It’s not happening now – or ever.

One sleeved bikini

I mean, the main issue that we have with this one is the tan lines. If you rock the one-sleeved bikini on holiday in any sort of hot climate, you can only expect to acquire a van man tan of sorts. One arm out of the window and in the sun, and the other one in the cool shade whilst you steer. Let’s imagine for a second that you actually swim in this thing (shock horror!) and you can only think that the statement sleeve will drag you down – either that or you’re going to be a sopping mess when you climb out of the pool. Let’s leave this trend safely on the shores of England, shall we? Or better yet, in fashion hell, where it rightfully belongs.

Extreme Crop Tops

Crop tops have been at the forefront of fashion for a few years now, but they just seem to be getting shorter and shorter. Until they border on ridiculous – like this little number from ASOS. Call me old-fashioned, but I’m just not sure what’s the point of wearing a top over your bra, if you’re just going to expose the bra anyway! I’m all for crop tops. They look great with high-waisted jeans, but I’m just not seeing the benefits of this trend…

See through jeans

I’m pretty sure that the person at Topshop who designed these jeans came in one day, probably around Christmas after all of the festive parties, and came up with this design whilst they were still drunk on last night’s sherry and turned their vision into a reality. Yes, that is a pair of plastic see-through jeans. They retailed for around £55 and actually sold out. Topshop’s head designer said that their inspiration for the jeans came from the vinyl trend on the catwalks. They said that the typical Topshop customer is an ‘early adopter’ of trends, so they made a small batch to experiment with. I don’t believe that – it was definitely a drunk design.

Jeans that turn into shorts

Yep, not content with see through jeans, we have jeans that turn into a pair of booty shorts. The jeans look completely normal (just a straight leg, if you’re wondering) but on closer inspection, the crotch is attached to the legs with a set of buttons – when you undo them, your ordinary straight leg jeans magically become a pair of sexy denim shorts (or jorts, if you will). Harpers Bazaar deemed it ‘questionable’ whilst many Twitter users proclaimed that 2017 was the ‘summer of weird fashion trends’. However, it might be cheaper to just buy a pair of jeans and a pair of shorts, given that the convertible jorts in question retail for $425. Why is the ugliest clothing always the most expensive?

Underboob Swimwear

For swimwear, 2017 seems to be the year of the high leg. We’ve all seen those slogan swimsuits (think like the Megan McKenna Miss Pap collection) where the leg is cut so high that you can’t help but wonder how the wearer doesn’t get a frontal wedgie. However, it’s going one step further now, and not content with a high leg, we are also seeing a high cut along the chest. It’s all about the underboob. Popular influencer Sarah Ashcroft recently designed a swimwear collection for In the Style, and when I saw this particular swimsuit on Instagram, all I could think of is how unflattering it would be on anyone…well, normal. Each to their own though, and if I looked like Sarah, heck, I’d probably give it a go.

Fishnets under Jeans

This is a big trend, with everyone from Missguided to Topshop pushing it. Fashion went hardcore on ripped jeans last year (you know, the ones so extreme that you could probably smuggle a cute puppy through the hole in your leg) but this year, we’re all about covering those rips with a bit of fishnet. The chances are that if you follow any blogger on Instagram, you’ll have seen a super-flattering shot of their waist with the top of their fishnet tights poking above their jeans. Some shops even started selling jeans with fishnet panels, to cut out the need to buy fishnet tights.

Phone Case Bags

If you read Vogue and Glamour, then you will be under the illusion that phone case bags are set to be one of the big accessory trends of the year. Yep, that’s a bag that holds only your phone. Sorry boys, we can’t carry your wallet or your house keys. We can’t even carry our own – that’s fashion for you. As someone who likes to prepare for every eventuality when I leave the house, I don’t think I’ll be going for this trend…

Newsboy Hats

Newsboy hats were big in the 90s, but they’ve made a comeback this year. Bella Hadid was spotted wearing one in January and Vogue proclaimed that the trend would make a comeback way back in June 2016. Tweed has been swapped for leather, to give the style a punk edge, but for me, it’s still all a little too Oliver. No sir, I don’t want anymore…

Bonus: Beauty Trends

Feather/ Barbed Wire Eyebrows

We love a statement brow. I’m a big fan of the fluffy, arched brow, but some people have been taken it a step further with feathered brows. For anyone not in the know, that’s a centre parting down the middle of the eyebrow to create a feathered look. Do you prefer something a bit fiercer? Stay there. Barbed wire brows – sharp points in four different directions. Something for everyone in the world of eyebrow trends!

Glitter Boobs

Arrived at Coachella and forgot to bring a top? No problem. Glitter! Yep, the big festival trend this year is to cover your entire chest in glitter. It’s not for the faint hearted, but if you’re looking for a festival look that stands out, you’ve found it!

 

Barclays Launches £10m Digital Safety Ad Campaign

Barclays Launches £10m Digital Safety Ad Campaign

Barclays have launched a £10million digital safety campaign to combat the number of UK citizens currently being affected by fraud. The campaign includes two adverts, an online quiz to monitor your vulnerability and ‘tea and teach’ sessions in Barclays branches to help inform the public of the dangers they may be facing.

Currently, Londoner’s with a master’s degree aged 25 to 34 are the UK’s most vulnerable group, significantly more than older members of the public, with men in this category seen as slightly more at risk than women. Studies say that nearly a fifth of people who have suffered from fraud or are victims of scam take no further action after the incident to boost their digital defences, leaving them vulnerable to further attacks.

Apparently, only 17% of people in the UK can accurately identify basic digital threats, that can be found in ways like social media messages that are designed to trick users into sharing their personal information details or downloading a malware that will find the information for itself. These leaves many people vulnerable to attempts to steal their personal information and therefore gain access to their lives.

Because of this, Barclays UK Cheif Executive Officer Ashok Vaswari has called for the public, the police and business of the UK to unite in tackling this growing issue. Half of recorded crime in theBarclays Launches £10m Digital Safety Ad Campaign UK at the minute is made up from fraud and cyber offences, with 5.6 million people and companies suffering from its effects. This costs the UK around £11 billion each year. Plus, new research from Barclays shows that a quarter of people in the UK have experienced cyber-fraud or scam in some way in the past three years, with 18% saying they’ve encountered it more than once, meaning that the real victims could be much more than the official figures, as this truly is a growing problem that is desperate for a solution.

This is why Barclays new initiative is so important, as it shows the corporation truly trying to protect not only their customers but the British public in general. Barclays customers now have the chance to instantly switch the function for remote purchases on and off and can set their own daily ATM withdrawal limits with their mobile banking app, meaning that access to their account is monitored by the customers themselves.

Barclays have also created an online quiz that allows people to assess their own digital safety level and gives the customers further tips on how to strengthen their defences depending on how they fare within the quiz. There is also a multi-channel ad campaign screening, with two adverts showing examples of fraud in action. One shows a young man supposedly emailing his family asking for money after being involved in an accident abroad, and the other features a woman in a call centre posing as a bank employee, as she uses a subtle trick that will result in customers giving her their PIN over the phone. Both of these represent current techniques used by fraudsters and help to spread the message of the dangers the public faces.

Along with this, Barclays have begun providing digital safety teach-ins within their branches to help customers learn the correct ways to protect their information and fight against scammers online. This will equip their customers with the opportunity to avoid ever becoming victims to fraud.

There are three basic measures that Barclays estimate would drop fraud levels by up to 75% if people were to follow them. The measures are:

  • Never give out your full online banking PIN, passcode or password to anyone, even someone calling claiming to be the police or your bank
  • Do not click on any link or open any attachments from any emails that you have received which are unsolicited
  • Avoid letting someone you do not know have access to your computer, especially if it is remotely

By following these measures many people could be saved from the trauma of fraud.

Any individual or company that suspects they have been the victim of fraud can call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or contact them.

Amazon Debuts Click and Collect Supermarket with no Aisles or Cash

Amazon debuts click and collect supermarket with no aisles or cash

Amazon debuts click and collect supermarket with no aisles or cash

On Tuesday 28th March 2017, Amazon opened two ‘supermarkets’ in Seattle, where members order their groceries online and pay either online or through the app. Customers can then choose a time to drive and collect their groceries, with amazon staff packing their shopping straight into the boots of their cars.

The company introduces AmazonFresh Pickup as a way to revolutionise grocery shopping, as groceries are the biggest new opportunity in online shopping.

AmazonFresh Pickup

While multiple supermarkets have click and collect shopping available, such as ASDA and Tesco in the UK, it can still become a huge gain for Amazon as it branches out its shopping experience. With around 30 million people using Amazon’s app per month, it has access to dedicated customers who can begin to find all services available to them.

The service also offers access to around 130,000 products, sourced from brands such as Coca-Cola and Kellogg’s. With such an extensive provision, shoppers can find anything they’re looking for from the comfort of their home, meaning grocery shopping as a chore becomes half a job. In the age of instant gratification this, along with other Prime gifts such as free same delivery, keeps consumers satisfied and means they won’t have to wait in for their delivery to arrive.

Amazon and food delivery

Amazon has offered fresh food delivery since 2008 to multiple cities within the US. The food delivery service also launched in the UK in June 2016, delivering to 69 central and East London postcodes, although we can hope that once AmazonFresh Pickup has officially kicked off in the States the UK won’t have to wait another eight years for the same service.

A date for reAmazon Debuts Click and Collect Supermarket with no Aisles or Cashgular Prime users has not been released for the Seattle stores yet.

An unconventional supermarket

The company had announced in December 2016 that it would be opening an unconventional supermarket. The plan was to have the stores laid out like typical supermarkets, except the customers would be free to pick up what they wanted and leave, erasing the need for tills. A range of technologies were set to monitor people within the store, track what they had picked up and then charge them automatically through their Amazon account.

The shops had been due to open to the public in early 2017, at first only allowing Amazon employees to use the service. Yet, it was revealed on Monday that the technology had faced difficulty in tracking more than 20 people, which could have ended disastrously for the company.

This way, the AmazonFresh Pickup service utilises functions Amazon already uses, and still allows the company to tap into the online grocery market.

All of these glimpses into a future with advanced technology shows an easier life for many who enjoy quick purchases, but it also raises the question of where the people running the now non-existent tills will be working? The age-old query remains of if we really should embrace so much technology into our lives, and therefore make actual human contact virtually eradicated.

New iOS Update Creates Instant Phone Storage

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Sick of seeing the ‘storage is almost full’ notification or, even better, the ‘this iPhone hasn’t been backed up in 60 million weeks’ notification that constantly pop up on your iPhone when you’ve taken one too many selfies? You’ve deleted everything you possibly can bar a few important photos and apps and your phone’s storage is STILL ‘almost full’. You are now unsure what Apple actually want from you and you’re pretty sure your brand new phone came out of the shop with multiple gigs of storage already taken by some unknown, mysterious force. We’re pretty sure a lot of people can relate, and whilst we know we should do something about it, we don’t. However, everything could all be about to change with the new Apple update that was available from the 28th March, that supposedly frees up significant storage in the iPhone when it is downloaded. Users that have used the update already have reported that they noticed a significant amount of storage suddenly available on their phones. The new storage is down to Apple replacing their 31-yeard old filing system with a new storage method, which is immediately applied as soon as the phone is updated.

If you want to get technical, Apple has been using a pretty ancient method of storage known as the Hierarchical File System which was a method designed in 1986 for floppy disks. The new update contains a new and improved Apple File System which has been designed with Apple products in mind including iPhones, iPads, Apple Macs and Apple TV’s. The new storage system better integrates storage space across devices so you are not filling it as quickly. It also makes clever use of flash and SSD storage, so all in all, it has greatly improved the iPhone for many users. The system also helps with privacy, producing end to end encryption so that your conversations and data are that little bit safer.

If you have an iPhone and are wondering how to update it, simply head to your settings, select general and go into your software. You should see the update available there. This is the same for iPods and tablets. As well as freeing up significant storage space, the update has a number of other handy features including the find my Airdrops feature which can be found with the notorious ‘Find my iPhone’ – it basically locates your wireless earphones for iPhone 7 users, because we all know how easy they can be to lose. Paying and checking the status of a bill is now also supported by Siri. You can also use the voice assistant to check the fuel level in your car as well as turn on the headlights when visibility becomes poor or activate the horn when necessary.There is also a new and more refined view of your Apple ID account and settings so that it is easier to understand and anything can be changed quickly and easily. Also, sick of not being understood by Siri? Voiceover has improved in a big way with the new update on things such as mail, Safari and your phone.

Whilst the major change is behind the scenes with the extra storage, it is thought that you will not really notice any other major changes happening with your iPhone until the iOS 11 update which is due to come to our phones in September, so sit tight!

The 25 Most Ridiculous Holiday Complaints Ever Recorded

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If you have a reason to complain, you should absolutely do so – just call any of our complaints hotlines to be put through to the company that wronged you and sort the problem out as quickly as possible.

However, for some people, it isn’t enough to be resolving an issue. Some people don’t stop to consider what the issue even is that they’re supposed to be resolving; or to check whether it’s really a problem; or to check whether it’s really real at all.

Some people just won’t let reality stand in the way of a good complain – and no-one seems to be as good at it as Brits on holiday. Here’s a collection of the most ridiculous complaints ever compiled, by cruise companies, resorts, hotels, package holiday providers, and confused local people.

1. The Unlucky Balloonists

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“There was not a single warning telling people not to go on the hot air balloons if they have a fear of heights.”

2. Local customs are just laziness and should be banned!

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“I can’t believe how lazy local people are, closing the shops in “siesta” time. I needed to buy things over that time and couldn’t! Closing for a siesta should be banned.”

3. I HAVE BEEN DECEIVED! THESE 5 EURO RAY BANS ARE LIES!

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“We bought several pairs of Ray-Ban sunglasses from a market stall on the street and they later turned out to be fakes. We paid 5 euros each for them and we want that money back.”

4. What do you mean, the water park isn’t all-inclusive?

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“We arranged a trip to a nearby water park but we weren’t told anything about needing to bring our own towels and swimming gear.”

5. “Custard is about as spicy as I can stand.”

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“In Goa (India) the food choice was disgraceful – nearly everywhere just sold variations on curry! I hate spicy food!”

6. What’s a cup of tea without a proper biscuit?

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“It should be explained in the brochures and websites that none of the shops here sell proper biscuits like custard creams and digestives.”

7. “They’re everywhere. We’re surrounded by foreigners.”

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“I can’t believe how many people here are Spanish. The hotel staff are all obviously Spanish, even the food is all Spanish style! Far too many foreigners here.”

8. The sand is a lie

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“The sand was shown as yellow in the pictures online, but is sort of a yellowish-white colour in real life. It threw off a lot of our photos.”

9. More preferential treatment for the Americans

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“The flight home was nine hours! The Americans made it back in three! Why do they get such preferential treatment?”

10. Terror From The Deep

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“We weren’t told that the sea may have some fish in it. Our children were very spooked.”

11. A Perfectly Good Holiday, Destroyed by Breasts

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“I can’t believe topless sunbathing hasn’t been banned. My holiday was ruined. My husband kept looking at other women’s shapely breasts.”

12. If your hotel staff put up a sign which takes you hostage, call the police at your earliest convenience.

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A woman called the police because she believed the “do not disturb” sign provided on the handle of her hotel room door was a command to remain in the room. She believed she had been wrongfully imprisoned.

13. Don’t compare your manhood to a bull elephant’s

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A sightseer at a top-end African game lodge with a fantastic view of a watering hole registered a complaint that his honeymoon had been completely ruined by a randy bull elephant, which made him feel “inadequate as a man”.

14. The Song of the Sea

“I understand that this is a cruise ship but it must be possible to do something about the noise of the sea. It is unbelievably loud.”

15. When you saw the word “Cruise” and assumed it meant “Tom Cruise”

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“Your company is called “Celebrity Cruises.” There was not a single celebrity on board, despite the obviously misleading name. I would like a refund as I have been lied to.”

16. When the Arctic Circle turns out to be chilly

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“The so-called “Summer Cruise” in Alaska was nowhere near as warm as I expected it to be.”

17. When there’s a lack of cataclysmic lava explosions on your holiday

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“We were led to believe that the resort was next to a volcano, but when we got there we saw that it was just a regular mountain. There wasn’t even any lava or magma anywhere. It wasn’t even smoking.”

18. When the stealthy animals turn out to be hard to see

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“I was on safari for bloody ages and didn’t see any decent animals like a lion or anything, just loads of impalas everywhere.”

19. There’s always the guy who claimed Disneyworld was “too touristy”

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That’s all there is to this one. Some dude literally lambasted DisneyWorld for being too touristy.

20. Don’t compare your manhood to bull elephants, and certainly don’t compare your looks to the locals

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“The women there were too good looking, I started feeling really ugly and down”

21. “How do these Germans read all this German nonsense?”

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“All the street signs are in German! I can’t believe people manage to find their way around.”

22. The appearance is more important than the reality.

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“The animals at the zoo all look so depressed and worn-down. It was so depressing that it made our children cry. Can’t they train the animals to look happy or something?”

23. Try not to let your critics get to you – even if the circumstances of that critique are extremely unlikely.

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A man claimed he had been “rendered impotent with embarrassment” and unable to perform sexually after a hotel maid walked in on him, “giggled to herself at [his] small size” and walked out.

24. “The resort really should implement some sort of vetting process.”

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“The beach was overrun with fat people, it was very unpleasant.”

25. “Seriously, the resort needs to vet out some of these unsightly people, they’re making us feel unwell.”

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“It was impossible to enjoy our otherwise incredible view on your tours, as the tour guide was so ugly. It’s ridiculous that someone so ugly is sent to distract from such a gorgeous view.”

As you can see from this list, it’s possible for a holiday to go badly wrong. It’s possible for your holidays – where the most stressful thing you do includes drinking a martini in the sun or floating on a lilo in a swimming pool surrounded by ancient Roman ruins – into a deeply stressful experience.

M&S Accused of Ruining Mother’s Day

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Flowers are pretty much everyone’s go-to gift when it comes to Mother’s Day. From extravagant bouquets to classy roses and modest daffodils and tulips, there is a huge array of types to choose from and no matter what you pick, they’re are almost definitely a guaranteed mum-pleaser. Supermarkets all over the UK have fresh flowers day in day out displayed in their stores and so if some look like they’ve seen better days, you can choose a bouquet that looks full of life and like it will last a good while. However, if for whatever reason, you couldn’t be with your Mum or loved ones this Mother’s Day, you might have chosen the option of ordering flowers online and having them delivered. And this is where the disasters begin. Marks and Spencer are usually a reliable choice when it comes to quality. Often slightly higher in price, it is a firm favourite with those that believe the whole ‘you get what you pay for’ mantra that is quite often true. Not this time.

Dramatically accused of ‘ruining Mother’s Day’, angry customers have been taking to social media to complain about the shocking quality of the flowers they bought for their Mother’s, expressing their outrage at the poor shelf life of some of the most expensive arrangements. One user uploaded a photo of a pitiful bouquet with only a few flowers in the bunch, looking like they were already dying. He claimed he had bought them for £30, and anyone seeing the picture could agree that the quality simply was not good enough. One of the biggest issues was that the pictures of the flowers online looked nothing like what customers were receiving. Many photos were pictures of droopy, squashed, broken or simply dying flowers that were a far cry from the fresh, full and colourful bouquets that could be seen on the website. A further complaint was that the flowers were not delivered on time, which, seeing as Mother’s Day only happens for one day a year, this is pretty disastrous. The shop had advertised their free Mother’s Day delivery deal on flowers for a few weeks prior to the event but it seems that they struggled to stick to promises and many customers (and mothers) were left disappointed.

Some customers even went as far as to blame M&S for the breakdown in their relationship with their mothers, with some saying that their mothers were accusing them of ‘not caring’ or ‘forgetting’ about Mother’s Day because of the absence of a gift. Whilst this might be a slight overreaction, if you pay for a service, then you expect to get it, and on this particular occasion, many didn’t. One particular failure was the M&S ‘Flowering Barrel’ which featured in more than one social media complaint. Pictured on the website as a beautiful woodland flower arrangement, when it arrived there were a few measly looking flowers inside the barrel, with overturned soil everywhere. The difference was laughable and definitely left M&S with some serious explaining to do. Another customer ordered a potted plant and when it arrived, the pot was in pieces. It seems that the ‘stunning hand tied bouquets’ that were advertised on the website were definitely too good to be true.

As well as quality issues, there were also a fair few delivery issues, with many customers complaining that M&S had used delivery giant Yodel, a company notorious for late and lost deliveries. A lot of people had pre-ordered flowers in the weeks before Mother’s Day, for them to arrive on the day. Even though some customers ordered flowers as early as the beginning of March, their mothers will still empty handed come the 26th. An M&S spokesperson has said that Marks and Spencer pride themselves on the quality of their Mother’s Day flowers as well as the efficiency of their delivery services and are deeply disappointed that people feel let down. They have encouraged people to get in touch with their customer service team immediately if they are dissatisfied with the service. A Yodel spokesperson, the company that was responsible for the deliveries, also echoed the comment, urging anyone to get in touch that did not receive their parcel on time.