A survey revealed that among the 2000 people questioned, over 25 percent of them admitted to having bouts of ‘pavement rage’.
As Christmas Crowds Take to the Streets, Pavement Rage Grows
If the crowds of holiday shoppers and tourists clogging the streets make your blood pressure spike, don’t worry – you’re not alone.
A UK survey revealed that among the 2000 people questioned, over 25 percent of them admitted to having bouts of ‘pavement rage’.
Most of the fits are sparked by slow-moving people and groups that form impenetrable walls across much of the sidewalk.
Parents walking with baby strollers didn’t have too many fans, either.
Among the specific activities that made some people’s blood boil were abrupt stopping – usually to check out a window display or take a picture – and loud cell phone conversations.
Said a London professor on the topic, “This can be a real problem at Christmas time when large numbers of people all looking for different things tend to cluster in main shopping areas, resulting in pavement congestion, frustration and what is known as ‘pavement rage’.
40 percent of those fed up with the crowds said it was one of the biggest reasons they learned to love Internet shopping.
Those who still brave the masses say inspecting the merchandise before they buy is too important for them to give up.