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Ban chuggers

7 Comments 6th February 2016

Not sure if this isn't a legal issue, but after seeing last night's BBC exposé of this disgraceful practice, the attempts of one charity to defend it, and of one parasite who has grown fat off it to justify it, common sense and decency demand that the government outlaw this obscene practice.

If people want to shake a poppy tin, or as I saw earlier this week, a bucket appealing for aid to flood victims in Pakistan, that's fine, but stopping people in the street, and in effect stealing money from them due to their good nature is not just obscene but wicked.

The government should totally overhall charity legislation, and if civil servants and others are to have their salaries, expenses and practices subjected to greater public scrutiny, so too should people who earn their livelihoods from the generosity of others.

Why does this matter?

Common decency. To restore credibility to charities.

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  1. Hong Kong Garden says:

    I got told by a “chugger” that 95% of money went to the charity (Crisis Homeless). I checked out the financial accounts – it’s less than 50%. Also, the agency (Go-Gen) consisted of three individuals who each made £250,000 in profit.

    Crisis didn’t seem too bothered about it when I told them.

    They are nothing more than begging gangs with the parasitic pigs at the top absolutlely rolling in it.

    No wonder people are giving less money to charity these days – people don’t trust them.

  2. Rob Taylor says:

    I have worked for small and large charities… and I cannot abide chugging… I understand the need for smaller charities to “get out and raise funds” but my experience of the more Corporate side is that they want money to pay pensions to unprofessional management teams rather than help others… All chuggers should have the name of the COMPANY they work for and details of the money that goes to the charity IN WRITING to give to all who ask for it.

  3. Fiona says:

    Chuggers should be banned! It would be one thing if there was only one of them per street, standing by the side of the street, NOT on commission, but maybe on minimum wage (but better still to be a volunteer.)

    As it is now – there are between four and six of them per high street, deliberately blocking the way, using aggressive begging techniques, and as for the guilt-tripping – it is obscene! NOT the way for the charities to get good PR.

    If a chugger is rude to you, or harrasses you, write to the charity involved, and make it clear you won’t donate to them until this practice is stopped.

    It is disgusting that marketing agencies are getting rich through this, when people think the money they give goes direct to the charity, and then to the real poor. (The same goes for the high salaries of the charity directors, etc.)

    The chuggers themselves seem to have lost touch with reality, in that they think they are doing a good job and helping charities; when in reality, the high-pressure, insulting, intimidating techniques they use are causing them to be banned from several city centres …

    The aggression chuggers use, also, in forums like this, is unbelievable. Any critiscism of them is usually met by several written attacks from chuggers, with the usual guilt-tripping, personal attacks on anyone who dares criticise them. Charity workers? More like organised gangs!

  4. Fiona says:

    Chuggers should be banned! It would be one thing if there was only one of them per street, standing by the side of the street, NOT on commission, but maybe on minimum wage (but better still to be a volunteer.)

    If a chugger is rude to you, or harrasses you, write to the charity involved, and make it clear you won’t donate to them until this practice is stopped.

    It is disgusting that marketing agencies are getting rich through this, when people think the money they give goes direct to the charity, and then to the real poor. (The same goes for the high salaries of the charity directors, etc.)

    The chuggers themselves seem to have lost touch with reality, in that they think they are doing a good job and helping charities; when in reality, the high-pressure, insulting, intimidating techniques they use are causing them to be banned from several city centres …

    The aggression chuggers use, also, in forums like this, is unbelievable. Any critiscism of them is usually met by several written attacks from chuggers, with the usual guilt-tripping, personal attacks on anyone who dares criticise them. Charity workers? More like organised gangs!

  5. J Tomlinson says:

    I give to 2 charties through direct debit.
    I too am fed up with these people stopping you in the street , if I want to put in their collection box theres no need for them to step infront of me and ask me to donate.THen when I refuse they mumble something. They need to be stopped

  6. Alan says:

    Chugging may be an offence under the Vagrancy Act 1824 (5 Geo. 4. c. 83) which outlaws begging.

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