Wannabe internet star runs social media account devoted to rating benches

THIS Instagram user takes comfort from marking benches out of ten.

Sam Wilmot, 23, of Bristol, has done 200 but his Ratethisbench page is yet to find the perfect pew.

Sam gives marks for the pew's gentle curve and back support. Under each review he posts a picture of himself in his signature pose, sat on the bench with a stern expression, hands rested on his thighs.

Sam said: “I started giving it a bit of a stern look and the pose, so I have to keep it up.

“If I do something different with my hands, or have one hand in a different position, people comment on the pictures and start asking why – it is funny.

"The worst benches are those where the local council have put in dividers to stop people lying down on them.

“I will usually give them low marks and tag in the local council to call them out for such an inhumane bench.”

Sam started 'Ratethisbench' just over a year ago as a laugh for his friends at Swansea University but the Instagram account is beginning to gain traction.

Guest reviewers also send in pictures of themselves sitting on benches as far away as India, Australia, the US, Slovakia or Germany.

The majority of reviews come from his corner of the West Country and South Wales.

Sam added: “I work in an office and it's a good excuse to get out and about and explore places at the weekend.

“Then I found people started recommending benches for me to go see. My mum or my sister might tell me: ‘Oh I saw a really interesting bench for you’, and so a few days later I’ll go see it, and be going somewhere new."

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