To be pissed off with myself re Bounty - help me take action

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WhatWillSantaBring Fri 28-Feb-14 10:43:57

I knew it was coming! I know my rights! I'm a lawyer, FFS, and I still got conned into giving my bastard details to the bounty woman in hopsital following the birth of my DC2.

However, I was sufficiently lucid to clearly think - "it's ok, I have not been asked to consent to marketing". My sketchy knowledge of the DPA is that they are now therefore in breach of it, as my details have been sold to third parties. Anyone want to help me with how I make a complaint to the ICO? Or maybe this is a campaign for Which? (I'm a member)

Or will a complaint do nothing. These bastards must be stopped!

ImSoHappyCauseToday Fri 28-Feb-14 10:45:31

Bomb the buggers. It's the only way.

Wuxiapian Fri 28-Feb-14 10:45:33

Why didn't you just say "no, thank you"?

ImSoHappyCauseToday Fri 28-Feb-14 10:46:13

Wux, have you had a baby yet? smile

ImSoHappyCauseToday Fri 28-Feb-14 10:47:20

It took me to baby no 3 to remember my manners and shout fuck off when she flapped at my curtain.

gamerchick Fri 28-Feb-14 10:47:26

That's the whole point of bounty though.. they want your details so they can send you all sorts of spam and sell your details on.

Wuxiapian Fri 28-Feb-14 10:48:46

ImSo, I have had 3 babies. And?!

ImSoHappyCauseToday Fri 28-Feb-14 10:49:09

But that's not what the bounty lady says.

She offers you the tiniest succor em known to man that your baby addled brain says, 'aw, how cute'. Tears form, next thing you know you've given her your bank details and all pins, just because she tells you in a lovely calm tea coated voice that you cannot get child benefit any other way than through her bag of depravity.

ImSoHappyCauseToday Fri 28-Feb-14 10:49:36

sudocrem

gamerchick Fri 28-Feb-14 10:52:12

I learned after my first.. The bounty experience doesn't leave you grin

ImSoHappyCauseToday Fri 28-Feb-14 10:55:05

I think they should rename it the 'bag of depravity and utter disappointment and self loathing' (working on trade mark) and perhaps more of us wouldn't fall for their charm and patter.

First had the gall to tell me my baby was beautiful. He had a face after birth only a mother could look at, let alone love. He's all grown up and stunningly handsome now ;)

HadABadDay2014 Fri 28-Feb-14 10:59:55

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/education-22854554

Bounty should be banned from hospital wards, I really don't see the need.

Wuxiapian Fri 28-Feb-14 11:00:23

They're awful, fake, patronising women.

But, you're not forced into receiving their crap or giving them your details.

Just say no!

Wantsunshine Fri 28-Feb-14 11:02:56

I was disappointed that I didn't get a visit from a bounty rep. I was all ready to tell them to fuck off. My consultant just brought me a couple of the bounty bags. Maybe next time!

Koothrapanties Fri 28-Feb-14 11:06:32

I had a full on debate with the bounty lady after my dd was born. I told her I didn't want her pack and she was outraged. I told her I didn't agree with their practices and that I felt they should not be allowed to work in hospitals. She tried to tell me I could only get my child benefit with the form she had and I told her it was bollocks. I told her that the timing of their visits was appalling (dd was hours old) and that they should respect a new mothers privacy.

It didnt help that she said "knock knock" then breezed straight into my cubicle while I was trying to bf dd. She was really pushy about the photos and how I would miss out if I didn't take the pack and buy the pics.

Erm nah... Fuck off!

Give 'em both barrels op!

I'm due to give birth to DC1 any day now and thanks to the MN campaign and various threads about Bounty I've actually written "No Bounty representatives(or other marketing bodies) are to approach me or my husband at any time during our hospital stay" in my birth plan grin

We won't qualify for child benefit due to DH's wage so we're not even going to bother applying.

ImSoHappyCauseToday Fri 28-Feb-14 11:13:32

Koothrapanies, if only they handed out a pistol with each new baby.

The child benefit sales pitch is not only cruel but totally wrong. I'd have kicked the bitch too if I could move my legs without my fanjo falling out.

WilsonFrickett Fri 28-Feb-14 11:14:37

OP you know there's been a MN campaign on this, it might give you some ideas?

ImSoHappyCauseToday Fri 28-Feb-14 11:14:41

Frankie, I think you need to apply but not claim due to the ineptitude of joined up thinking, or when you are old an wrinkly you might not get your £3.29 pension from the communal pot of doom.

Littlemisstax Fri 28-Feb-14 11:16:44

I escaped without giving my details for DS. I'd been up all night, the first half whilst the other babies screamed and he slept, then he decided to BF for 4 hours solidly.

The midwife did all her checks in the morning, drew the curtain and told the staff to leave me alone to sleep. I managed to get DS into the goldfish bowl and within minutes the Bounty woman had barged in. She suggested waking him for a photo. The midwife came and removed her. Rapidly.

I can tell when companies have got my details from the Bounty rep from when I had DD. She spelt my surname wrong.

They should be banned.

RedFocus Fri 28-Feb-14 11:18:14

I had my babies at home so I just got given the bounty bags by my midwife thankfully! wink

WhatWillSantaBring Fri 28-Feb-14 11:18:33

You see, that's it - I was expecting the CB pitch, but I got the "I'm collecting data for statistics on baby names". Obviously I know that to be utter crap, but at the time, I had just had a traumatic birth, emergency surgery and no sleep for 48 hours. So wasn't thinking clearly.

So does anyone know what to do to make an official complaint?

ImSoHappyCauseToday Fri 28-Feb-14 11:19:12

Clever woman Red. smile

ImSoHappyCauseToday Fri 28-Feb-14 11:19:38

Stick it on the bomb ;)

ImSoHappy isn't there some palaver involving having to submit a self-assessment tax form if you apply for it, or is that only if you claim and then have to pay it back? I shall look on the HMRC website, but either way the Bounty folk aren't getting to me grin

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