New plan to rid city of chugger "parasites"

Worcester News: New plan to rid city of chugger "parasites" New plan to rid city of chugger "parasites"

CHUGGERS are set to be banned from Worcester for up to six days a week after furious councillors branded them “parasites” and “a plague on the streets”.

The controversial face-to-face charity collectors will be restricted to only operating in the city one or two days a week – one day of which is likely to be a Saturday.

The agreement will be a voluntary one, but council chiefs have warned that if it is ignored they will consider a bylaw to rid Worcester of the “pests”.

The city council’s licensing committee has ordered officers to strike a deal with the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA), which represents the charities.

Councillor Richard Udall said: “I’m fed up of them, they really annoy me and it’s about time we did something about it – they are parasites who are taking advantage of the vulnerable. They come to Worcester and pester people and it really is not on, they are not welcome here.”

Coun Simon Cronin, a fellow member of the licensing committee, said: “These guys are a plague on the streets, I was sheltering out of the rain by Debehhams and I heard one pester people by saying ‘are you English and friendly’ as an opening gambit.

“Then eventually he came for me and I cleared off. They are a real nuisance.”

Coun Alan Amos added: “People across Worcester are getting really fed up with it.”

During the meeting Coun Lucy Hodgson, a member of the Conservative cabinet, said she had been “pestered three or four times” in a single walk down the High Street.

Several members of the committee wanted to pursue a bylaw now, but after further debate they resolved to ask officers to draw up a voluntary agreement with the PFRA immediately and if that failed, to take steps to outlaw them.

The council’s offer will be for no more than two days, preferably one. The collectors ask people in the street for direct debit payments towards charities and have proved unpopular up and down the country.

Wolverhampton, Gloucester and Cheltenham have agreed to three-days-a-week maximums after complaints from residents, while 42 other councils have similar agreements in place.

Ian MacQuillan, from the PRFA, said: “We’d be seeking an agreement with Worcester in line with similar sized cities, and will be happy to pursue it. There has to be a balance struck as charities don’t get money unless they ask.”

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12:16pm Thu 21 Jun 12

MrStJohns says...

“Ian MacQuillan, from the PRFA, said:
There has to be a balance struck as charities don’t get money unless they ask.”



They do, because willingly I pay direct debits to cancer research, Evesham dogs trust, Macmillan and two others every month not because they asked but because I want to give, I have not given to chuggers or the pest that knock round of an evening asking for credit card details on the door step, so agreed with the councillors theses chuggers are a nuisance.



I wonder what the salary of ian macquillan is, or does he work on a charitable basis.
“Ian MacQuillan, from the PRFA, said: There has to be a balance struck as charities don’t get money unless they ask.” They do, because willingly I pay direct debits to cancer research, Evesham dogs trust, Macmillan and two others every month not because they asked but because I want to give, I have not given to chuggers or the pest that knock round of an evening asking for credit card details on the door step, so agreed with the councillors theses chuggers are a nuisance. I wonder what the salary of ian macquillan is, or does he work on a charitable basis. MrStJohns

2:53pm Thu 21 Jun 12

JaxiB66 says...

The "chuggers" are an absolute nuisance, I'm always running into shops I don't want to go when I see their eyes light up when they've spotted me. I hope they are banned from everywhere, they make a walk down the High Street a horrible and unpleasant chore! I certainly do not want to give my bank details out to a pushy someone on the street! If I wish to donate to a particular charity - I will do so, but I would NOT donate in this horrible and grabbing way.
The "chuggers" are an absolute nuisance, I'm always running into shops I don't want to go when I see their eyes light up when they've spotted me. I hope they are banned from everywhere, they make a walk down the High Street a horrible and unpleasant chore! I certainly do not want to give my bank details out to a pushy someone on the street! If I wish to donate to a particular charity - I will do so, but I would NOT donate in this horrible and grabbing way. JaxiB66

4:06pm Thu 21 Jun 12

TDH123 says...

These people are an utter nuisance blighting my path every time I walk through town. I would welcome a complete ban on these people somewhat awkwardly and insincerely approaching me as if I was some long lost friend or as if they had a genuine interest in how my day was going. I have always given regularly to charity, charities which I have chosen to give to. I fear that these irritating chuggers actually deter some people giving to the charities that they represent, they certainly put me off, and often have only a limited knowledge of the charity they represent - one suggested that they were aiming to "save" the wild tigers in AFRICA!!!
These people are an utter nuisance blighting my path every time I walk through town. I would welcome a complete ban on these people somewhat awkwardly and insincerely approaching me as if I was some long lost friend or as if they had a genuine interest in how my day was going. I have always given regularly to charity, charities which I have chosen to give to. I fear that these irritating chuggers actually deter some people giving to the charities that they represent, they certainly put me off, and often have only a limited knowledge of the charity they represent - one suggested that they were aiming to "save" the wild tigers in AFRICA!!! TDH123

5:49pm Thu 21 Jun 12

Maggie Would says...

They don't come near me. Seriously, I'm in Worcester at least once a week & have only been approached once that I remember. Funnily enough, that was only last week. Friends of the Earth it was. I was polite but firm.
They don't come near me. Seriously, I'm in Worcester at least once a week & have only been approached once that I remember. Funnily enough, that was only last week. Friends of the Earth it was. I was polite but firm. Maggie Would

6:36pm Thu 21 Jun 12

molecat says...

Maggie Would wrote:
They don't come near me. Seriously, I'm in Worcester at least once a week & have only been approached once that I remember. Funnily enough, that was only last week. Friends of the Earth it was. I was polite but firm.
I like a woman who's firm. I'm not keen on ones with too many wobbly bits.
If anyone approaches me on the High Street I always stroke their arm lovingly and with an unnaturally large grin on my face I invite them back to my house for fairy cakes and some Babycham. They always turn me down and strangely they tend to keep well away from me next time they see me.
[quote][p][bold]Maggie Would[/bold] wrote: They don't come near me. Seriously, I'm in Worcester at least once a week & have only been approached once that I remember. Funnily enough, that was only last week. Friends of the Earth it was. I was polite but firm.[/p][/quote]I like a woman who's firm. I'm not keen on ones with too many wobbly bits. If anyone approaches me on the High Street I always stroke their arm lovingly and with an unnaturally large grin on my face I invite them back to my house for fairy cakes and some Babycham. They always turn me down and strangely they tend to keep well away from me next time they see me. molecat

7:33pm Thu 21 Jun 12

Curryking32000 says...

Norwich introduced 'tough' new rules like this and chuggers are just as bad, they simply ignore it. They mostly abide by the scheduling but the approach is just as aggressive. I've resorted to dealing with them myself now by videoing them when they break the law and rules and downloading ut to YouTube. The agencies hate it and have ordered their chuggers to aggressively approach people with cameras. Police got involved when I told them to go away and not had a problem since....they lie low for a while until the dust settles but I'm waiting for them. If the council don't lobby government so that they can deal with this issue and ban it completely it will get very messy. People are getting more and more angry about it
Norwich introduced 'tough' new rules like this and chuggers are just as bad, they simply ignore it. They mostly abide by the scheduling but the approach is just as aggressive. I've resorted to dealing with them myself now by videoing them when they break the law and rules and downloading ut to YouTube. The agencies hate it and have ordered their chuggers to aggressively approach people with cameras. Police got involved when I told them to go away and not had a problem since....they lie low for a while until the dust settles but I'm waiting for them. If the council don't lobby government so that they can deal with this issue and ban it completely it will get very messy. People are getting more and more angry about it Curryking32000

11:24pm Thu 21 Jun 12

Saturn V says...

They wouldn't do it if it didn't work so saying you already give to charity and don't need to be approached about it in the street is irrelevant. Reign them in a bit if they are a genuine nuisance but it's such a minor thing to be angry about, just walk on and say no thanks. I don"t even notice them half the time. I don't like being angry, so I save it for special occasions.
They wouldn't do it if it didn't work so saying you already give to charity and don't need to be approached about it in the street is irrelevant. Reign them in a bit if they are a genuine nuisance but it's such a minor thing to be angry about, just walk on and say no thanks. I don"t even notice them half the time. I don't like being angry, so I save it for special occasions. Saturn V

6:32am Fri 22 Jun 12

TDH123 says...

Saturn V wrote:
They wouldn't do it if it didn't work so saying you already give to charity and don't need to be approached about it in the street is irrelevant. Reign them in a bit if they are a genuine nuisance but it's such a minor thing to be angry about, just walk on and say no thanks. I don"t even notice them half the time. I don't like being angry, so I save it for special occasions.
I concur entirely that they must cajole some people into signing up to donate to the particular charity otherwise it would be pointless doing what they do. I personally would not, as a matter of principle, give to the charities that utilise irritating "chuggers", as they seem to be called, and stopped monthly donations to one particular charity having been harangued on the high street by one such individual. When you say, I don't even notice them half the time" . . . many of us, including me, do not want to notice them but they are frequently persistent and will not take a firm "No thankyou" for an answer - firing faux compliments and even, in the case of some female "chuggers", suggesting a drink sometime! It astonishes me that you fail to notice these people!
[quote][p][bold]Saturn V[/bold] wrote: They wouldn't do it if it didn't work so saying you already give to charity and don't need to be approached about it in the street is irrelevant. Reign them in a bit if they are a genuine nuisance but it's such a minor thing to be angry about, just walk on and say no thanks. I don"t even notice them half the time. I don't like being angry, so I save it for special occasions.[/p][/quote]I concur entirely that they must cajole some people into signing up to donate to the particular charity otherwise it would be pointless doing what they do. I personally would not, as a matter of principle, give to the charities that utilise irritating "chuggers", as they seem to be called, and stopped monthly donations to one particular charity having been harangued on the high street by one such individual. When you say, I don't even notice them half the time" . . . many of us, including me, do not want to notice them but they are frequently persistent and will not take a firm "No thankyou" for an answer - firing faux compliments and even, in the case of some female "chuggers", suggesting a drink sometime! It astonishes me that you fail to notice these people! TDH123

8:18am Fri 22 Jun 12

Maggie Would says...

molecat wrote:
Maggie Would wrote:
They don't come near me. Seriously, I'm in Worcester at least once a week & have only been approached once that I remember. Funnily enough, that was only last week. Friends of the Earth it was. I was polite but firm.
I like a woman who's firm. I'm not keen on ones with too many wobbly bits.
If anyone approaches me on the High Street I always stroke their arm lovingly and with an unnaturally large grin on my face I invite them back to my house for fairy cakes and some Babycham. They always turn me down and strangely they tend to keep well away from me next time they see me.
We *all* keep well away from you, molecat, for oh so many reasons, although your gurning (I don't think it deserves to be called a 'grin') is definitely one of the main reasons
[quote][p][bold]molecat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maggie Would[/bold] wrote: They don't come near me. Seriously, I'm in Worcester at least once a week & have only been approached once that I remember. Funnily enough, that was only last week. Friends of the Earth it was. I was polite but firm.[/p][/quote]I like a woman who's firm. I'm not keen on ones with too many wobbly bits. If anyone approaches me on the High Street I always stroke their arm lovingly and with an unnaturally large grin on my face I invite them back to my house for fairy cakes and some Babycham. They always turn me down and strangely they tend to keep well away from me next time they see me.[/p][/quote]We *all* keep well away from you, molecat, for oh so many reasons, although your gurning (I don't think it deserves to be called a 'grin') is definitely one of the main reasons Maggie Would

12:47pm Fri 22 Jun 12

ushmush says...

I think people are getting a bit carried away here. It's a job that needs to be done otherwise they wouldn't hire them. If you don't want to give to charity then don't, but there's no need to be aggressive about it is there?

How do you miserable lot cope on holiday? I bet you're the people that stay in the resort because you think all foreigners are 'parasites' just like these charity workers, who might actually be doing some good.
I think people are getting a bit carried away here. It's a job that needs to be done otherwise they wouldn't hire them. If you don't want to give to charity then don't, but there's no need to be aggressive about it is there? How do you miserable lot cope on holiday? I bet you're the people that stay in the resort because you think all foreigners are 'parasites' just like these charity workers, who might actually be doing some good. ushmush

12:57pm Fri 22 Jun 12

MJI says...

I would NEVER give to them. They are paid wages - that is nasty - charities are to help people and things NOT pay these louts.
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I have done charity collection, door to door with a tin, no payment, but because it was a good cause.
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I only give to similar or in collection tins. Except I have paypaled VTTS a couple of times.
I would NEVER give to them. They are paid wages - that is nasty - charities are to help people and things NOT pay these louts. . I have done charity collection, door to door with a tin, no payment, but because it was a good cause. . I only give to similar or in collection tins. Except I have paypaled VTTS a couple of times. MJI

12:59pm Sat 23 Jun 12

Jabbadad says...

Well the Chuggers upset Lucy Hodgson who was quoted as saying that she had been pestered three or four times in a single walk down the High Street, perhaps that might have been a record for Lucy, sweet dreams again eh. Try a Cheese & Pickle supper that works for me ha ha.
Well the Chuggers upset Lucy Hodgson who was quoted as saying that she had been pestered three or four times in a single walk down the High Street, perhaps that might have been a record for Lucy, sweet dreams again eh. Try a Cheese & Pickle supper that works for me ha ha. Jabbadad

9:30pm Sat 23 Jun 12

bobnohope says...

I give a regular amount to charity every week through a monthly direct debit and on the very odd occasion they send me some back.
Its called the National Lottery and if you dont win, you can take some comfort in that you are helping many worthwhile charities.
These Chuggers are a pain and should be stopped. Its like walking past twenty restaurants in a row in Greece or Spain and being asked to eat at every one.
I give a regular amount to charity every week through a monthly direct debit and on the very odd occasion they send me some back. Its called the National Lottery and if you dont win, you can take some comfort in that you are helping many worthwhile charities. These Chuggers are a pain and should be stopped. Its like walking past twenty restaurants in a row in Greece or Spain and being asked to eat at every one. bobnohope

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