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Poll: Chuggers – Do we need a law?

By johnboy 18 February 2011 64


We’ve had a few stories about chuggers – Charity Muggers.

As more charities realise the practice gives them a solid revenue stream for no upfront cost (but a huge amount of charitable giving going to chugger contracting companies) they seem likely to become ever more verminous.

Is this a normal part of life in a big city (most big cities I’ve lived in would arrest them)? Or should we pass a law, round the buggers up, and force charities to collect with a bit more quiet dignity (in the style of the long term Salvation Army collector around the Canberra Centre)?


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zorro29 10:32 am 18 Nov 13

EvanJames said :

Re doing up fake IDs, I’m sure many here have experienced the highly professional beggars that infest LAX in the past, who have huge professional-looking IDs in pouches on lanyards. All manufactured. I find that a turn-off, anyway.

The way Legacy and the Poppy blokes do it is more my style. Red Cross, Salvos… even bloody Greenpeace with the koalas with buckets. These highly professional paid money-extractors are a blight.

Agree. We shouldn’t forget that some charities (even the ones that use Chuggers) are for worthy causes even if we don’t like their collection methods.

Legacy is always a good one – current and former service people volunteering their time to sell badges and aren’t intrusive or aggressive. This is how you charity 🙂

zorro29 10:21 am 18 Nov 13

Thumper said :

I generally punch them in the face and then violently pierce their evil, cold, black hearts with a sharpened oak stake and then laugh deliriously as they perish.

Oh, sorry. That’s vampires. I always get chuggers and vampires mixed up.

that can be a messy mistake!!! 🙂

also, rossocat (who suggested posting them at charity bins) – that is freaking genius!!! it’s win-win!

zorro29 10:04 am 18 Nov 13

Oh boy, I’m not getting into this one again….let’s just say “law” and move on 🙂

Holden Caulfield 9:28 am 18 Nov 13

neanderthalsis said :

I am becoming increasingly disturbed by the number of charities that have taken to mailing “gifts” to me and asking for donations in return…


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