Chugger menace expanding

johnboy 9 November 2011 22

Not content with targeting the weak willed in Garema Place I’ve just seen an expansion of chugger mendacity.

The bugger just walked into our Civic office and pulled out the flip card before I could tell him I was busy and ask him to leave.

He was chugging for the Heart Research Institute who are now off my Christmas card list.

Have a thought for receptionists throughout town.


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FioBla FioBla 8:51 am 20 Feb 12

54-11 said :

I suggest that we all avoid these chuggers like the plague, and also avoid those charities that use them (such as UNICEF, World Wildlife Fund, the Surf Lifesaving Foundation and the Heart Research Institute) because they are all blood-suckers that give genuine charities a bad name.

I was “chugged” by The Red Cross at my doorstep. Weston Creek.

Used to be that people would ask for a cash donations, or even sell cookies. Now even that is undiscussed. Now it’s credit card details—why would I want to put my credit card details on a piece of paper, to someone I’ve just met, who is walking from door to door? I did see someone signing up for Fred Hollows at Multicultural Fest in Civic.

Must say that it’s been a while since someone tried to sign me up for a different phone or Internet plan, which is what these door knockers used to do. Bible-discussers were around on the Saturday just past, un-evolved.

Wokie Wokie 8:12 pm 19 Feb 12

Have found having a Rottweiler handy when chuggers/door to door collectors come calling.

54-11 54-11 1:29 pm 19 Feb 12

Well, now we know a bit more about how these parasites operate (from news.com.au):

“Charities that hire professional door-to-door fundraisers to sign donors on to long-term payment plans do not receive one cent of the donation for the first year. The fundraisers are paid $100 commission for each donor signed up and are promised lucrative weekly earnings of up to $3000 – while marketing companies and collection agencies share in the rest of the donation.

“During training, collectors are sworn to secrecy about their activities.

“They are also directed to the most lucrative suburbs and instructed to avoid as a waste of time “poor, old, young, stupid and non-English-speaking” households, described by trainers as POYSN – pronounced “poison”.”

I suggest that we all avoid these chuggers like the plague, and also avoid those charities that use them (such as UNICEF, World Wildlife Fund, the Surf Lifesaving Foundation and the Heart Research Institute) because they are all blood-suckers that give genuine charities a bad name.

p1 p1 10:11 am 10 Nov 11

Hey JB, I would have thought that the arsenal of nerf weaponry you’ve been stockpiling would be just the thing to see off this harbinger of the chugger apocalypse?

poetix poetix 7:54 am 10 Nov 11

Forget a ‘No Hawkers sign’. Get an eagle and set it upon them. If they ignore the ‘Warning Eagles’ sign that’s their own look-out.

They’ll only be up there once.

EvanJames EvanJames 1:52 am 10 Nov 11

Erg0 said :

Sounds like you need a “No Hawkers” sign.

I passed a 2nd hand bookshop in Flinders St (melbrn) this morning, with a hand-written sign stuck in the window saying “Hawketh Not”.

screaming banshee screaming banshee 10:15 pm 09 Nov 11

Classified said :

Asking if they are affiliated with “Free The Carbon” sometimes works.

I usually go with ‘Not interested mate, so f*** off”, when its a woman though I drop the mate.

Hank Hank 3:10 pm 09 Nov 11

mareva said :

Henry82 said :

You need a trap door, or some type of chugger proof fence.

I thought you said “chugger proof face”. I was going to say, I think I have one. I never get chuggered. I walk through Civic all the time.

I am suddenly self-conscious about my lack of chuggery.

HA me too. I’ve actually had them walk around me, or put their head down so I wouldn’t look at them.

Eppo Eppo 2:49 pm 09 Nov 11

mareva said :

Henry82 said :

You need a trap door, or some type of chugger proof fence.

I thought you said “chugger proof face”. I was going to say, I think I have one. I never get chuggered. I walk through Civic all the time.

I am suddenly self-conscious about my lack of chuggery.

I have the same issue. Never ever get chugged.

I even had a homeless woman walk directly past me a couple of weeks ago, to ask the person walking behind me for money.

It’s great.

mareva mareva 1:30 pm 09 Nov 11

Henry82 said :

You need a trap door, or some type of chugger proof fence.

I thought you said “chugger proof face”. I was going to say, I think I have one. I never get chuggered. I walk through Civic all the time.

I am suddenly self-conscious about my lack of chuggery.

Classified Classified 1:04 pm 09 Nov 11

harvyk1 said :

Just take the exact opposite position to what ever the cause is.

Once the chuggers realise that your a “right winged nazi who eats children for breakfast, plays soccer with the heads of dead puppies and chops down tree for fun” they tend to leave you alone…

Asking if they are affiliated with “Free The Carbon” sometimes works.

Stevian Stevian 12:54 pm 09 Nov 11

Captain RAAF said :

TheDancingDjinn said :

I had a chugger come to my house the other night for the “Fred Hollows Foundation” – she gave me a great spiel, and was super friendly, till i said i could not afford to sign up for ages and continuously pay the charity. Then she said ” hey listen, i hear that all the time – don’t you think that you could sapre 20 dollars a week for some people who need their eyes” – she must of got the picture from the peeved look on my face because she said ” ok i understand seeya” and joined up with the 5 other chuggers standing on my lawn waiting.

Gran Torino their stupid arses, I say!

Another brilliant suggestion from our resident Brain(less) Trust.

diced_mango diced_mango 12:48 pm 09 Nov 11

Although not strictly chugger-related, I got [i]the[/i] dirtiest and most judgmental look I have ever received from a young employee at a certain Canberra Centre charity shop, after I walked in (was accosted about one foot inside the door, after I kid you not two seconds), said I was after a specific item, was led to the item and handed it, asked the price and promptly put it back down… in an instant, I was persona non grata.

Captain RAAF Captain RAAF 12:15 pm 09 Nov 11

TheDancingDjinn said :

I had a chugger come to my house the other night for the “Fred Hollows Foundation” – she gave me a great spiel, and was super friendly, till i said i could not afford to sign up for ages and continuously pay the charity. Then she said ” hey listen, i hear that all the time – don’t you think that you could sapre 20 dollars a week for some people who need their eyes” – she must of got the picture from the peeved look on my face because she said ” ok i understand seeya” and joined up with the 5 other chuggers standing on my lawn waiting.

Gran Torino their stupid arses, I say!

Henry82 Henry82 12:14 pm 09 Nov 11

You need a trap door, or some type of chugger proof fence.

TheDancingDjinn TheDancingDjinn 12:01 pm 09 Nov 11

I had a chugger come to my house the other night for the “Fred Hollows Foundation” – she gave me a great spiel, and was super friendly, till i said i could not afford to sign up for ages and continuously pay the charity. Then she said ” hey listen, i hear that all the time – don’t you think that you could sapre 20 dollars a week for some people who need their eyes” – she must of got the picture from the peeved look on my face because she said ” ok i understand seeya” and joined up with the 5 other chuggers standing on my lawn waiting.

Erg0 Erg0 11:49 am 09 Nov 11

Sounds like you need a “No Hawkers” sign.

harvyk1 harvyk1 11:49 am 09 Nov 11

Just take the exact opposite position to what ever the cause is.

Once the chuggers realise that your a “right winged nazi who eats children for breakfast, plays soccer with the heads of dead puppies and chops down tree for fun” they tend to leave you alone…

DUB DUB 11:45 am 09 Nov 11

Oh yes, may I add that the same institute called me several times, claiming that they are exempt from “DoNotCall”, wanting donations, when I asked them if they were related to Heart Foundation, he laughed and said “No”. It was some Gold Coast call centre.They’ve stopped calling, after I kept asking them to call me back “sometime next week, then I will give donation”.
They really “grind my gears”. 🙁

FioBla FioBla 11:44 am 09 Nov 11

Look under:

> Do you monitor your fundraisers’ behaviour?

http://www.hri.org.au/how-you-can-help/our-fundraiser

There is a email address.

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