How long can you wait in line at the grocery store before steam starts pouring out of your ears?

Not very long - if you’re like most people.

According to a poll by the Associated Press, the grocery store is the #1 most frustrating place to wait in line. Even worse than the Post Office and the DMV. Why?

Because people end up at the grocery store at least twice a week – which means they stand in a lot of lines. In fact, more than half of the people polled said they’d only wait 15 minutes – or less - before losing their cool.

So, what else drives us crazy by tipping our impatient point? Being put on hold. The poll found that after only 5 minutes on hold, people start to melt down. Only a small percent of people are willing to stick it out 20 minutes. But those surveyed said that nice "on-hold music" helps them hang in there a little longer - but talk radio and company ads drive them nuts.

And the poll discovered something else: folks who live in the suburbs tend to be slightly more laid back about waiting than city-dwellers. And unlike wine, patience does not improve with age! In other words, the older we get, the more we hate to wait.

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