Well there has been a drop in the number of chuggers recently but they are still around. I have discovered the best way to get back of them when they take things too far.
About 6 weeks ago I was stopped in Garema Place by a guy representing UNICEF. We had a bit of a chat about charities I already support etc. He then tried to sign me up for a monthly donation. I told him I couldn’t afford to support another charity as I have an unstable income but I was in a position to give a one off donation. He said that UNICEF don’t offer that option. I then advised him I would go support a charity that does let me do this. He then accused me of all sorts of things, swore at me and told me if I actually cared about anyone in the world apart from myself I would give to him. Wanting to show him how much of a douchebag he was being, I gave in. I signed up but deliberately put the wrong expiry date on my debit card.
Fast forward to last week and I got a phone call from UNICEF saying the payment didn’t go through. I told them about the chugger and how he abused me in public for not being in a position to give a regular amount. The operator was horrified at this and apologised on behalf of UNICEF. I said it was fine, it was not her fault.
Today in the mail, I got a letter from the manager of the chugger apologising for the incident and thanking me for bringing it to her attention. The letter also said that the chugger (who travels NSW and ACT for his ‘job’) will be spoken to about etiquette and acceptance of other peoples circumstances. She made no excuses and offered me her direct phone number if I wanted to discuss further. She also advised me that I can make a one off donation but only by using their website. She also said she understood if I did not want to give to UNICEF again.
So there you go guys. If chuggers continually go too far, simply do a fake sign up, put the wrong date on your card and watch things happen. I have made formal complaints about chuggers before but never heard anything from them. This seems to be an effective way to deal with them.
NOTE: I do not have anything against people who ask for donations to charities. My problem is when I am abused because I am unable to give. Thumbs up to the Salvos and RSPCA. They are always friendly and never try to bully anyone into anything (perhaps too nice??)