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Chuggers chuggers everywhere

By Barcham - 12 November 2013 90

Chuggers

Rioter Harold sends us this image and this simple warning…

The chuggers have returned.

As someone who buys lunch in the city every day I can tell you that they never left, they’re usually just in Garema place near Games Capital instead of out here on the city walk.

Still worth noting, and worth getting ready for.

Prepare your headphones, sunglasses, and best “don’t you dare try that manipulative guilt-tripping harassment on me” looks people, the chuggers are out and about.

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Chuggers chuggers everywhere
joingler 7:16 pm 12 Nov 13

This is where being bilingual is helpful.

I can respond tell them in broken English with an Italian accent. They soon accept I can’t speak English and I move on. Hopefully I never come across a chugger who speaks Italian.

My mate in a wheelchair never gets approached. Perhaps that’s another solution….

milkman 6:40 pm 12 Nov 13

Chugging obviously works. If it didn’t, they wouldn’t have multiplied like flies over the last few years.

Thumper 6:38 pm 12 Nov 13

No usually works.

And if not, then ‘f*** off’ certainly does.

Deref 5:40 pm 12 Nov 13

zorro29 said :

I think the whole thing verges on unethical

Verges on?

I think the answer’s simple: write to any charity who uses chuggers and tell them that you’ll never give them a red cent until and unless they start using ethical means of soliciting.

KB1971 4:46 pm 12 Nov 13

Pitchka said :

HannahMontana said :

A lot of them are young, attractive and have really exotic accents. My friend has already signed up to two charities because she thought two of the guys were cute! They may be really annoying but it works!

Well in that case you could:
1) ask them for a root/
2) tell them to fark off, which is my preferred approach (i get laid enough).

No one likes a bragger……

gazket 4:31 pm 12 Nov 13

I only donate after winning a game of ram shambo, of course I go first, then just walk off.

FioBla 4:07 pm 12 Nov 13

And who said EFTPOS is not accepted in Canberra?

c_c™ 3:53 pm 12 Nov 13

zorro29 said :

I think the whole thing verges on unethical. Gone are the days of passionate volunteers putting on a bakesale or something. This is highly organised, strategic and commission-based work.

The ethical argument is a bit of a grey area, one of them once claimed 80% of the money you donate through them goes to the charity, so on the one hand that 80% is money the charity may not have gotten at all, but on the other hand, that’s a tidy overhead not going to the charity and you’d be better of giving directly. At the end of the day people should investigate the charities and check their overall percentages to make sure their altruism is being used effectively.

You’re right though about the nature of the work, they’re largely FIFOs, typically students from Sydney who will come down and get put up in a hotel for a week or so to chug by a company that is engaged by the charities. Some of the chuggers seem to take it more seriously than other. The Greenpeace ones for example who stake out Northbourne, with the dirty feet and tribal necklaces, but most are so obtuse they could be selling anything from Amway to AIDS research and you wouldn’t know the difference.

Pitchka 3:45 pm 12 Nov 13

HannahMontana said :

A lot of them are young, attractive and have really exotic accents. My friend has already signed up to two charities because she thought two of the guys were cute! They may be really annoying but it works!

Well in that case you could:
1) ask them for a root/
2) tell them to fark off, which is my preferred approach (i get laid enough).

DrKoresh 3:16 pm 12 Nov 13

HannahMontana said :

A lot of them are young, attractive and have really exotic accents. My friend has already signed up to two charities because she thought two of the guys were cute! They may be really annoying but it works!

Your friend is a bloody idiot.

Genie 2:34 pm 12 Nov 13

Arrgggh ! These people are so annoying to deal with. I used to get stuck with them 4 times a day, morning and afternoon in the bus interchange, twice at lunch when they would hang around the Canberra times fountain and often block that entrance to the Canberra Centre.

I once yelled at a guy who grabbed me by my arm to get my attention outside the Maccas in the bus interchange. Told him to leave me alone as I was trying to run to catch my bus that just pulled up.
Before he let go I got to watch my bus take off without me. Normally not an issue but I was rushing to catch the bus to get to an appointment.

Same guy got another mouthful the very next morning when he tried it again.

zorro29 2:01 pm 12 Nov 13

I think the whole thing verges on unethical. Gone are the days of passionate volunteers putting on a bakesale or something. This is highly organised, strategic and commission-based work.

As someone with social anxiety, I really dislike them. I will change route, turn around or dangerously cross a road to avoid them. Harden up maybe, or maybe I can enjoy my life without intrusive people badgering me.

Also, props for “chuggers”…not heard that one

HannahMontana 1:51 pm 12 Nov 13

A lot of them are young, attractive and have really exotic accents. My friend has already signed up to two charities because she thought two of the guys were cute! They may be really annoying but it works!

CrocodileGandhi 1:37 pm 12 Nov 13

Foolproof tactic for avoiding them is feigning to yawn. Have you ever interrupted someone in the middle of a yawn? Of course not. And neither will they.

dkNigs 1:30 pm 12 Nov 13

I seriously wish they’d just fuck off. There is some serious charity fatique going on with these douches hassling everyone who walks past. I might even donate if they’d accept a single donation, you’re not getting my credit card details though, and I wont set up a direct debit either. I’d rather give some money to the old salvation army bloke in the Canberra Centre.

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