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wibu to tell the chugger to f#$# off?

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fallingsun Fri 23-Nov-12 18:16:33

I was walking down the high street, hurrying as it was cold and I wanted to get home. A chugger bounced in and started cooing at 11mo dd, saying 'oh soooo cute' etc etc. I ignored her, partly as she hadn't addressed me and partly because running the gauntlet of chuggers really annoys me. Anyway, I blatantly wasn't interested, but the chugger kept going, trying to get in dds face and my way. When the chugger was still there despite me practically running to escape ten paces layer, I turned to her and quietly told her to f#ck off.

I'm don't normally swear, especially not at someone, but she really irritated me, I especially didn't like the fake cooing of dd as an excuse to get my attention. Wibu?

Svrider Fri 23-Nov-12 18:17:56

I don't know what chugger is
However you swore at someone who was been nice to your baby

Sirzy Fri 23-Nov-12 18:20:14

Could you not just have said "sorry, I'm in a bit of a rush"

Was there really a need to swear?

OldBagWantsNewBag Fri 23-Nov-12 18:21:26

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Icelollycraving Fri 23-Nov-12 18:25:34

Yabu. Seems like a bit of an over reaction to someone trying to earn their living. I understand they are annoying but unreasonable to swear.

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Fri 23-Nov-12 18:28:22

Yabu to tell someone to fuck off for doing their job. I'm not a fan of chiggers and do my best to avoid them, but I'd rather do that or be forced to say a polite 'no thank you' than have them sitting at home claiming benefits.

Dogsmom Fri 23-Nov-12 18:29:46

YABU to tell a chugger to fuck off, YWNBU to tell Cheggers to fuck off.

PuppyMonkey Fri 23-Nov-12 18:32:27

I like to just completely blank them, no matter what they do just look right through them. They can't cope and it's like the computer inside their head breaks down in front of your eyes. grin

I'm sure they're all big boys and girls and have heard fuck off a few times, tbh. Don't worry about it.

TiggyD Fri 23-Nov-12 18:32:34

If you said no and the chugger didn't take no for an answer, you can do whatever you want to them. In Wales you're allowed to kill them.

bondigidum Fri 23-Nov-12 18:32:43

Yanbu. Gah.. Has to be the most annoying job ever, I think they should be banned. Its so so so annoying, I just tell them i'm already signed up wink

ISayHolmes Fri 23-Nov-12 18:33:33

Following you and trying to block your way is completely wrong and I'm pretty sure the person doing that could get their charity into big trouble with the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association. You aren't allowed to block people or follow them in the way they did to you. I think you're only allowed a couple of steps alongside before you have to back off.

blueemerald Fri 23-Nov-12 18:34:38

I thought they weren't allowed to follow you down the street now? If so I would complain. I hate the fact that charities used chuggers do much these days.

LineRunner Fri 23-Nov-12 18:35:14

I very calmly and quietly say to anyone chugging or bothering me, 'Please go away.'

If they carry on, then TiggyD's Welsh Sanction applies.

VoiceofUnreason Fri 23-Nov-12 18:36:06

A chugger once bounded into my path (and I walk fast) and said "you're looking very smiley today, mate" to which I answered "1) I am not your mate because, if you were my mate you'd know that 2) I never smile"

I know they are doing a job but it's as bad as cold calling in my book. I support several charities thank you and I don't support any that pay people to be chuggers.

ISayHolmes Fri 23-Nov-12 18:37:05

Here's a BBC article on the new rules, blueemerald:

Just looked it up.

TheFarSide Fri 23-Nov-12 18:38:37

YANBU because it sounds like they were trying to block your way, not to mention ignoring your uninterested body language and trying cynically to get to you through your baby.

Anybody who foists themselves on others must be prepared for the consequences.

LineRunner Fri 23-Nov-12 18:41:44

Looks like the best response to a chugger is simply to say, 'I'm working.'

Which I often am when I get hassled by them - I'm going to a meeting and have to walk down a main street.

wilderumpus Fri 23-Nov-12 18:47:08

YABU. best probably to say a polite but firm 'no thanks' with the 'chugger' and email the offending charity. that way the person keeps their job and sanity and the charity may get some helpful feedback about what promotional work does/doesn't work.

HairyGrotter Fri 23-Nov-12 18:52:48

We call them Chunts.

I am usually polite but if they push then they get a swift "fuck off" so to me YANBU

FredFredGeorge Fri 23-Nov-12 18:52:49


thegreylady Fri 23-Nov-12 18:54:25

what on earth is a chugger??

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Fri 23-Nov-12 18:55:54

Charity Mugger = Chugger

You know, those people that come up to you in the street and try to get you to sign up to pay a direct debit to whatever charity their agency is working for that week.

AlexanderS Fri 23-Nov-12 19:02:00

Chugger = charity mugger (coz they jump on you for your money).

They are only allowed to follow you for three paces, but I don't think I'd have jumped straight to 'Fuck off', I'd have tried 'I can't' first (that's what I always say, I look them directly in the eye, think of my (mounting) debts and say 'I can't', and it's always sincere because I'm thinking about how broke I am! It works nine times out of ten). But I have had some terrible experiences with chuggers so I don't blame you one bit.

LineRunner Fri 23-Nov-12 19:06:43

I hate their tabards. And their clipboards.

Ragwort Fri 23-Nov-12 19:10:01

OldBag - out of interest, what was the 'conversion' rate for the charity your DS worked for? How long did he stand it? Must be a completely soul destroying job.

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