Worcester is winning the battle against 'chuggers'

Worcester is winning the battle against 'chuggers'

Worcester is winning the battle against 'chuggers'

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Worcester News: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

WORCESTER is winning the battle against so-called 'chuggers' - 18 months on from a hard-hitting crackdown.

After years of complaints regarding street collectors, Worcester City Council took the step of banning them on all but three days of the week.

Since February 2013, the chuggers have only been allowed to operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with only four of them are allowed in the city at any one time.

They must also stick to just three locations, either The Shambles stretch between Argos and M&S or two sections of the High Street - between HMV and WH Smiths or around the Elgar Statue.

Since the change no complaints have been made to the council by the public or traders about the agreement being breached.

The successful crackdown comes as a new report was published by a body called Charity Aid suggesting other parts of the country are grappling with the same issues that used to affect Worcester.

Councillor Paul Denham, vice-chairman of the licensing committee, which approved the new rules last year, said: "What we've done seems to have worked - we're no longer getting situations where they go around in twos or threes harassing people.

"The numbers are far better controlled, I used to see four or five together, often all in front of the Guildhall and the public would have to run a gauntlet to avoid being accosted.

"At the time the changes came in I wanted to make sure we didn't exclude legitimate charities who were there to collect money, but make sure they did it in a way that didn't cause offence - I think we've got it about right."

Worcester was so busy with the face-to-face collectors before the crackdown, there was even talk of a special complaints hotline being set up.

Under the changes, they are also barred from the city until 10am and cannot go within three metres of anyone in a queue.

The report from Charity Aid suggests many other parts of England still see it as a problem, with around 40 councils saying it is still causing issues.

The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association, which represents the trade, has struck voluntary agreements with more than 60 local authorities to limit their presence.

Charity Aid Chairman Peter Quinn said: "Volunteer groups are unanimous in opposing it and some have disbanded in protest."

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9:58am Tue 12 Aug 14

dave cus says...

good news, I'm happy!
good news, I'm happy! dave cus
  • Score: 5

11:33am Tue 12 Aug 14

Tobster says...

Make it legal for them to do as they please, provided they exempt themselves from legal protection against mild assault.

I'm not talking any kind of bodily harm, just a bit of a slap to appropriately award their irritating rudeness.
Make it legal for them to do as they please, provided they exempt themselves from legal protection against mild assault. I'm not talking any kind of bodily harm, just a bit of a slap to appropriately award their irritating rudeness. Tobster
  • Score: 3

6:55pm Tue 12 Aug 14

canadagirl says...

What are "chuggers " exactly? Is there such a word? It's not explained in the article.
What are "chuggers " exactly? Is there such a word? It's not explained in the article. canadagirl
  • Score: 1

8:00pm Tue 12 Aug 14

WorcsBornandBred says...

canadagirl wrote:
What are "chuggers " exactly? Is there such a word? It's not explained in the article.
Chuggers......chummy
-muggers?

Lord knows, but think they've made up a new word!
[quote][p][bold]canadagirl[/bold] wrote: What are "chuggers " exactly? Is there such a word? It's not explained in the article.[/p][/quote]Chuggers......chummy -muggers? Lord knows, but think they've made up a new word! WorcsBornandBred
  • Score: -1

9:51pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Andy_R says...

It's short for 'charity mugger' - the annoying beggars with clipboards who pretend to be collecting for charity, but often only pass a small percentage of the money you give them to the charity you think you are giving money to.
It's short for 'charity mugger' - the annoying beggars with clipboards who pretend to be collecting for charity, but often only pass a small percentage of the money you give them to the charity you think you are giving money to. Andy_R
  • Score: 2

9:53pm Tue 12 Aug 14

198kHz says...

Not new at all -

CHarity mUGGERS
Not new at all - CHarity mUGGERS 198kHz
  • Score: 0

9:54pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Brownface60 says...

WorcsBornandBred wrote:
canadagirl wrote:
What are "chuggers " exactly? Is there such a word? It's not explained in the article.
Chuggers......chummy

-muggers?

Lord knows, but think they've made up a new word!
"Charity muggers" - who approach people in the street to get them to give regularly by direct debit to a charity. We also get regular phone calls from fund raising companies to try and get us to contribute. These are very annoying and seem to target the vulnerable. Controls needed for these, please - and all the other cold callers and telephone scammers.
[quote][p][bold]WorcsBornandBred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]canadagirl[/bold] wrote: What are "chuggers " exactly? Is there such a word? It's not explained in the article.[/p][/quote]Chuggers......chummy -muggers? Lord knows, but think they've made up a new word![/p][/quote]"Charity muggers" - who approach people in the street to get them to give regularly by direct debit to a charity. We also get regular phone calls from fund raising companies to try and get us to contribute. These are very annoying and seem to target the vulnerable. Controls needed for these, please - and all the other cold callers and telephone scammers. Brownface60
  • Score: -1

12:38am Wed 13 Aug 14

3thinker says...

What about all those Vuggers? V-ote H-uggers!

About once every four years someone you've not seen for a while sticks bits of paper through your door, pretends to be exceptionally concerned, sympathises with your problems, promises to do something about it then disappears for another four years.
What about all those Vuggers? V-ote H-uggers! About once every four years someone you've not seen for a while sticks bits of paper through your door, pretends to be exceptionally concerned, sympathises with your problems, promises to do something about it then disappears for another four years. 3thinker
  • Score: 1

9:19am Wed 13 Aug 14

New Kid on the Block says...

canadagirl wrote:
What are "chuggers " exactly? Is there such a word? It's not explained in the article.
Why not look in the Dictionary if you don't know the word.
There are plenty of free ones online that have the definition.
[quote][p][bold]canadagirl[/bold] wrote: What are "chuggers " exactly? Is there such a word? It's not explained in the article.[/p][/quote]Why not look in the Dictionary if you don't know the word. There are plenty of free ones online that have the definition. New Kid on the Block
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