The average Briton spends more than month of their life queuing in supermarkets, according to a new survey.

British shoppers spend 15 minutes per week waiting to pay for their groceries, a poll for has found. That adds up to 33 full days, or 793 hours, over the average adult lifespan in the UK.

The survey of 1,671 UK adults also found that more than half (51%) think not enough is done to cut queuing times in supermarkets. Of the 35% who regularly shop onine, 56% cited ‘not having to queue’ as a reason why.

“It was interesting to see that the majority of those we polled did not think that enough was done by supermarkets to combat queuing times,” said Mark Pearson, chairman of

“Although new aspects such as self-service tills have attempted to tackle the problem, many people now feel queues are a good reason to shop for their groceries online. Although responsibility does lie with retailers to improve the customer shopping experience, waiting in line is just one of those unavoidable aspects of life.”

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