Being polite can cost you £300 a year! How Britons pay to avoid awkward and embarrassing moments 

Polite Britons pay out nearly £300 a year to avoid awkward and embarrassing moments, a poll has found.

Nine out of ten UK adults said they would rather foot the bill for drinks, meals and taxis than appear rude or get into a row.

And nearly half said they buy a round of drinks when it is not their turn just to avoid awkwardness.

Researchers found 42 per cent of people simply feel unable to say ‘no’ in difficult situations, and 34 per cent said they donated to charity collectors when they didn’t want to in order to be polite.

Nine out of ten UK adults said they would rather foot the bill for drinks, meals and taxis than appear rude or get into a row (file image)

Nine out of ten UK adults said they would rather foot the bill for drinks, meals and taxis than appear rude or get into a row (file image)

Nine out of ten UK adults said they would rather foot the bill for drinks, meals and taxis than appear rude or get into a row (file image)

Some 36 per cent said they avoided asking for money owed by a friend – but when the debt rises over £14, people stop biting their tongue and ask for their money back. 

It all costs the average Brit £23.27 a month or £279.24 a year and adds up to £7.1 billion a year nationwide.

People from Cardiff emerged as the most polite, running up an annual bill of £423 for things they paid for out of politeness.

It all costs the average Brit £23.27 a month or £279.24 a year and adds up to £7.1 billion a year nationwide (file image)

It all costs the average Brit £23.27 a month or £279.24 a year and adds up to £7.1 billion a year nationwide (file image)

It all costs the average Brit £23.27 a month or £279.24 a year and adds up to £7.1 billion a year nationwide (file image)

Second came Bristol on £402, followed by Plymouth on £398. 

London was in fourth place on £379, Liverpool fifth on £275, Manchester and Glasgow joint sixth on £261 and Leicester eighth on £250. 

Birmingham and Edinburgh were joint ninth on £249, followed by Brighton on £236.

Newcastle was at the bottom of the table, parting with only £147 a year to stay polite.

Discount website vouchercodes.co.uk asked 2,046 UK adults if they avoided awkwardness by paying for things they believed they should not.

 Spokeswoman Anita Naik said: ‘Brits have a reputation for being especially polite and non-confrontational but this comes at a cost. 

‘Buying an extra drink when out with friends might seem insignificant on its own but each of these small costs can add up.

‘I’m sure most of us can think of many things we’d rather spend £279 on.’

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