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# 1 : Wednesday 14-12-2005 @ 21:59
How annoying do you find them?Most seem to take a polite "no thank you" as meaning just that.One or two,however, are inviting you to punch them by the time you shake them off.
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# 2 : Wednesday 14-12-2005 @ 22:30
What's a Chugger?
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# 3 : Wednesday 14-12-2005 @ 23:08
Chuggers are Charity Muggers and are the modern day scum of the earth. Jesus when you walk from Zara to the Ha'penny Bridge you're likely to be accosted by at least half a dozen of them. Exactly how much of the money they collect do they get to keep? I doubt that it is being done for free.
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# 4 : Wednesday 14-12-2005 @ 23:27
As far as I’m aware the norm is this - they get a fixed commission depending on the amount they got the person signed up for. The most interesting facts are these - the agency these people work for keep the initial direct debit payments for a year, it’s only after this year that payments go directly to the charity. I assume most cancellations of these direct debits probably happen between somewhere between month number 1 and twelve.

Its a job - these people, that a lot of people assume are volunteers maybe wearing a Amnesty hi viz vest one day and Concern the next.

Although apparently charities say that it is the most effective way of fund raising. Personally I don’t like the fact that they don’t correct the fact that most people think they are volunteers and not people on commission. I could never understand why some one would give out their bank details to some random hiviz-er on the street!
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# 5 : Thursday 15-12-2005 @ 02:31
I find the only way to go is to avoid eye contact, and walk as fast as possible.
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# 6 : Thursday 15-12-2005 @ 07:26
I just say, sorry, dont have the time - and watch the big fake cheery smile drop from their faces.
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# 7 : Thursday 15-12-2005 @ 07:49
I always say "Oh, I already give you guys money" which obviously is a total lie but they give me a big thumbs up and leave me alone then.
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# 8 : Thursday 15-12-2005 @ 08:31
I generally avoid giving anything to any charity that I have seen chuggers working for. The list gets longer every day, which is fine by me.

I am quite capable of finding how to donate to Concern (or whoever) if I wish to, and I am extremely unlikely to give my bank account details to a stranger in the street.

Having worked in the past for a charity, I am aware how little of the collected money actually gets to the 'cause'.

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# 9 : Thursday 15-12-2005 @ 09:02
A polite no usually works and if they persist telling them to cunt off usually does the trick. I would hardly call them scum of the earth though. It is a job like any other and one which I think is particularly difficult what with people like me telling them to cunt off and such.
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# 10 : Thursday 15-12-2005 @ 09:05
I just completely blank them. I love seeing the look on their faces. "How dare you not apologise to me! I work for CHARITY!!"
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# 11 : Thursday 15-12-2005 @ 09:18
I saw an ad for Charity Fundraisers a while back. The job spec read like what the Chuggers do, and they get pretty well paid.

I used to do my bit for Charidee, (but I don't like to talk about it). It drives me nuts to think that the money that you throw into a can rattlers collection box doesn't all go to charity.

I remember once doing a massive fundraising for a particular charity and being handed a check back for over 25% of what I'd raised. I was disgusted, as I had volunteered to do it.

It can make people very cynical of all charities when they employ these people/tactics to raise cash.

At least if I go to a charity directly and set up a direct debit, I know that more of the money is going to the charity.
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# 12 : Thursday 15-12-2005 @ 09:38
I've noticed that a side-effect of chuggers is that I'm much less likely to give to street collectors in general. I've realised that this is unfair so I've decided that a better thing to do would be to set up a website where people could post the details of charities that use chuggers and then we could organise a boycott of those charities. We have to hit the charities where it hurts. Still give money to charities, but not to the ones that chug. So in future, it's GOAL for me, not Concern.
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# 13 : Thursday 15-12-2005 @ 10:12
They're not working for a charity. They work for an agency. The agency sends them out and tells them what charity they're collecting for during a particular campaign, thts why you will see the same people in different couloured jackets.

There is one chugger in particular that really annoys me, or maybe its a different person but using the same tactic. She has a really weird smile and lookes quite scary as she targets you are heads in your direction with her arm out stretched to shake your hand
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# 14 : Thursday 15-12-2005 @ 10:19
My sister setup a monthly direct debit with Concern a few years ago. Did they leave her alone then? Did they heck. Every two weeks she'd get a letter asking her to give more. Until she finally rang them and said if they didn't stop wasting her money on sending her letters looking for more she would cancel the debit entirely.
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# 15 : Thursday 15-12-2005 @ 10:21
I used to sell Butterflys for Arthritis week and I also used to sell the yellow ribbons for CPI and I did sell daffodils one year - not sure what they were for.
I didn't mind standing on the street to sell them and mostly I would gather around £400 - £500 pounds during the weeks when they were run.
I don't do it anymore but anyway I hate people who sell those scratch cards especially in pubs and restaurants.
If they want access to the pubs and restaurants they should ask the owners if they could leave some on the counter but certainly they should not be allowed to harrass people who are out for a meal or drink.
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