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The recent report by Lord Hodgson made several recommendations concerning this practice mainly dealing with control of where and how issues. He also said that Local Authorities should not have the power to ban chugging.
I think chugging is more successful in it's approach to younger people, I do get "chugged" but I suspect only when there are few youngsters around. Apparently the success rate is roughly 180 approaches to one signed up donor.
So any views on chugging- do you stop, scuttle past, ignore? Or like me smile and walk by with a mix of guilt and irritation?

Posted at 8th Aug 2012 - 01:52PM   Posted by Lily   Chugging. Comments: 17

Lampworkbeader's Avatar I find 'chuggers' extremely irritating. There are some places in Brighton where it feels like running the gauntlet to get past them.

Posted by: Lampworkbeader on 8th Aug 2012 at 02:34PM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar I don't know what you are talking about? Enlighten please.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 8th Aug 2012 at 03:49PM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar OK. just Googled it. It's either:
Emit a series of regular muffled explosive sounds, as of an engine running slowly.
Consume (a drink) in large gulps without pausing. Blink

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 8th Aug 2012 at 04:36PM

Ivy's Avatar hm I only got as far as steam condensation... ( German English Dictionary) But I suppose it is some colloquial word for begging???

Posted by: Ivy on 8th Aug 2012 at 05:03PM

Lily's Avatar Chugging is a mix of the words charity + mugging. Refers to hight street practice of approaching members of the public to ask them to sign Direct Debit for a charity.

If you google the word chugging this meaning is immediately below the one referred to above.

Lord Hodgson's report examined this practice (amongst other charity matters) and made reference to the word chugging.

Posted by: Lily on 8th Aug 2012 at 05:28PM

Ivy's Avatar funny it doesn't say so on "my" google.
and back to the original question I just smile and walk past, because I already support who I feel I want to support and lack funds to do more.

Posted by: Ivy on 8th Aug 2012 at 05:36PM

Lily's Avatar Googling Hodgson Report will also explain vthe meaning of chugging very clearly.

Posted by: Lily on 8th Aug 2012 at 05:38PM

Arosebyanyothername's Avatar The minute I feel pressurised to do anything I resist - and that goes for charity donating as well. I like to choose and I am not stingy. Laughing

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 8th Aug 2012 at 06:02PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Smile, say 'no thanks' and walk on. My charity giving is organised with extra's being carefully considered - sponsorship etc. I would certainly not sign a Direct Debit in the street.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 8th Aug 2012 at 06:03PM

Salle de Bain's Avatar Personally I don't like it...again I think some old people are vulnerable when it comes to this. The people 'chugging' can be very persuasive. A nervous person may well feel intimidated.

I also feel a bit uncomfortable when someone steps out in front of me, halting me in my steps..or pursues me down the pavement for a some of them do. Bit of an uninvited invasion of my space really. I like to choose where my donations go...on my own!

Posted by: Salle de Bain on 8th Aug 2012 at 06:08PM

Lily's Avatar I find the question "May I borrow you for a minute"? really irritating. My response is always "Certainly not"!

Posted by: Lily on 8th Aug 2012 at 06:55PM

Cowgirl's Avatar I've learnt a new term too! Yes, we get it here too around the shopping malls and supermarkets etc - I too support those I choose to support and resist pressure "selling" as it rubs me up the wrong way but always try and stay mindful of the fact they are volunteering their time for something they too believe in. {unless they are cons!} I would never ever agree to a Direct Debit in that situation - just NEVER. I don't like them at the best of times and always prefer to pay another way.

Posted by: Cowgirl on 9th Aug 2012 at 01:00AM

Blackbird's Avatar I've never heard it that but I dislike it. Especially if they are more the mugger, aggressive type. It's fair game on the sidewalks here but not in parking lots or on store property. There is one store that I avoid because of the 'regulars'.

The chugging I knew was the tossing back of liquids- water is the only thing I'm tempted to chug these days.

Posted by: Blackbird on 9th Aug 2012 at 03:35AM

Faith's Avatar I rarely go anywhere where it is likely I'd get chugged, but occasionally in London or big towns I've seen it happening. My time is too precious nowadays to waste on something I would have no intention of doing. It seems amazing to me that even 1 in 180 would sign up to something in the street.

Posted by: Faith on 9th Aug 2012 at 07:35AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Very rarely happens to me and I just say no thanks and walk on - if I want to give to charity like others above I will choose to and anyone trying to push me into it will have the opposite effect.

I used to support WWF because I think what they do is important - then they started calling me using strong arm tatics to get more money out of me and when I complained I was told 'tough'.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 9th Aug 2012 at 08:07AM

Preseli Mags's Avatar I just say 'no thank you' and walk on - although I never get chugged when I've got the children in tow. I'm with Withy on this - I'd never sign up to a direct debit on the street.

I'm increasingly irritated with the Big Issue sellers too. It used to be a friendly local girl with a dog. Now it's big swarthy Eastern Europeans - even in sleepy little Narberth. I find them intimidating! Shocked

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 9th Aug 2012 at 09:34AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Not a problem I've come across yet , but then I'm rarely in the city centre.
Most of our Big issue sellers are locals too but the couple of Eastern Europeans I've come across were quite bolshy so got nowhere I'm afraid...I waited a couple of days till Big Gordy was back instead. He collects wildlife jokes especially for us and has many happy regular customers, one of whom even found him a place to stay.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 9th Aug 2012 at 10:12AM

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