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How to ruin a chugger’s day!

By joingler - 15 August 2012 41

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??)

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41 Responses to
How to ruin a chugger’s day!
Thumper 2:43 pm 15 Aug 12

Of course, if I get harrasses by a charity they have just ensured that I will never pay them a cent,

Overheard said :

Henry82 said :

I’m not sure if it’s a win, they still got your details.

Really what they need is a compulsory badge for all charity collectors. One that advises people if they’re paid or volunteer. How much commission they get, and what % of the money goes to the actual charity. Kind of like the nutrition labels on food.

Just because a collector takes a commission does not make it all bad. Not always.

After a previous story here, and having seen one of my fave charities was going down the chugger route, I called the fundraising manager and had a long chat about the rationale, the practice, the policies, etc.

I won’t relay it all here. Dot points: bust your balls and spend hours of time and thousands of dollars to raise tens of thousands OR employ others to raise $1mil+.

I don’t like being accosted at the best of times, but telling a chugger to ‘**** off’ is, in my book, equivalent to telling the charity to ‘*** off’.

Suspend disbelief, and consider that maybe, just maybe, the charity is doing the best it can with the available resources.

Just a thought……

ever.

I was responding to the OP.

The chugger abused him.

As such, I would tell him to f*ck off.

Normally I just ignore them.

johnboy 2:33 pm 15 Aug 12

The trouble with the chugging is sure Charity A might get more money. But charities in general are getting a smaller cut of the available giving pond.

Charity A gets a short term win. Charities in general lose out.

It’s not ethical.

Overheard 2:32 pm 15 Aug 12

Henry82 said :

I’m not sure if it’s a win, they still got your details.

Really what they need is a compulsory badge for all charity collectors. One that advises people if they’re paid or volunteer. How much commission they get, and what % of the money goes to the actual charity. Kind of like the nutrition labels on food.

Just because a collector takes a commission does not make it all bad. Not always.

After a previous story here, and having seen one of my fave charities was going down the chugger route, I called the fundraising manager and had a long chat about the rationale, the practice, the policies, etc.

I won’t relay it all here. Dot points: bust your balls and spend hours of time and thousands of dollars to raise tens of thousands OR employ others to raise $1mil+.

I don’t like being accosted at the best of times, but telling a chugger to ‘**** off’ is, in my book, equivalent to telling the charity to ‘*** off’.

Suspend disbelief, and consider that maybe, just maybe, the charity is doing the best it can with the available resources.

Just a thought……

HenryBG 2:21 pm 15 Aug 12

p1 said :

Henry82 said :

Really what they need is a compulsory badge for all charity collectors. One that advises people if they’re paid or volunteer. How much commission they get, and what % of the money goes to the actual charity. Kind of like the nutrition labels on food.

For a second then I though HenryBG had said something I agreed with.

I agree anyway, for what it’s worth.

How come these Chuggers never pester me when I walk through Civic?

Thumper 2:12 pm 15 Aug 12

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.

Geez man, why didn’t you simply tell him to go f*ck himself.

Pretty simple really.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 1:56 pm 15 Aug 12

To OP, This is called winning.

To Henry82(lol i had to do a double take aswell), thats a incredibly excellent idea that needs to be implemented.

p1 12:53 pm 15 Aug 12

Henry82 said :

Really what they need is a compulsory badge for all charity collectors. One that advises people if they’re paid or volunteer. How much commission they get, and what % of the money goes to the actual charity. Kind of like the nutrition labels on food.

For a second then I though HenryBG had said something I agreed with.

Henry82 12:15 pm 15 Aug 12

I’m not sure if it’s a win, they still got your details.

Really what they need is a compulsory badge for all charity collectors. One that advises people if they’re paid or volunteer. How much commission they get, and what % of the money goes to the actual charity. Kind of like the nutrition labels on food.

Overheard 11:25 am 15 Aug 12

Well played on several counts, not the least of which is you chose to provide feedback to the organisation — in a fairly innovative way! — and they were quite rightly mortified.

The Cancer Councils are another mob who are very courteous, and I mention this since they will be out and about now in the lead up to Daffodil Day.

chewy14 11:21 am 15 Aug 12

I always ask them for the charity’s website so I can make a one-off donation.

It’s hilarious to watch them try to find excuses as to why that won’t work and that I have to sign up with them for a monthly donation.

If they call me names and abuse me it’s even better. Stupid commission sucking scum.

pikiran_keruh 11:05 am 15 Aug 12

ask the chugger how much of their commission they are donating …

harvyk1 10:44 am 15 Aug 12

That’s not a bad idea, if it was me personally I’d remind the chugger about the change for good program which UNICEF runs in conjunction with one world airlines prior to walking away.

It’s very much so one off donations, of course when you donate that way it does mean that a chugger out there dies a little inside and misses out on their morning latte…

Rollersk8r 10:28 am 15 Aug 12

At least the chuggers are easy to ignore. The no.1 worst thing about working in Civic is how often people ask you for money…

There’s a bloke who goes from table to table INSIDE McDonalds asking for money, which is just not on. Of course the young female staff aren’t going to kick him out…

There’s also a woman I see begging in Civic every day. One minute she’s begging outside the old Impact shop, the next minute she’s enjoying a coffee at Guru. It’s a lifestyle!

Jivrashia 10:22 am 15 Aug 12

Sorry to spoil your post OP, but I’d use the same principle as Real Heroes Walk Away.

They’re called chuggers (charity muggers) for a very good reason.

Madam Cholet 9:45 am 15 Aug 12

I used to give monthly to UNICEF but they stuffed up changing my credit card number so I did then let it slide. I have since had calls from very persistent UNICEF call centre staff who really harangue you to sign up. I always give a one of donation of a decent amount but let them know that if they insist on trying to sign me up they won’t get anything. They do eventually back off.

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