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To get anoyed with charity bag packers at checkouts.

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Geekster Tue 05-Feb-13 13:55:23

I know I sound horrible from the above, but I get fed up of all these charities wanting to pack my bags for me. I would rather do it myself thanks so everything doesn't end up squashed. I usually ask them not to do it now. Don't get me wrong I know charities are struggling these days and they are usually for local ones like the scout hut or kids rugby club. And I always put some money in their bucket but it drives me mad sometimes.

Trills Tue 05-Feb-13 13:59:19

YABU to be annoyed with them offering.

YANBU if they are being pushy.

Y might BU if you think they are being pushy but they're actually being perfectly polite and it's your reaction that makes you unhappy.

CunfuddledAlways Tue 05-Feb-13 14:00:38

i don't mind really as i set out my shopping as it would be pack (all light stuff at the end) saying that if i really dont want them to pack e.g. if i'm in a rush or something i will say so but will try and put spare change into the bucket...i often think its nice to see how many people are trying to support the charity too

JollyRedGiant Tue 05-Feb-13 14:03:04

I always refuse. But I always put something in the bucket. Unless they stand there giving me nasty looks throughout the packing process.

I don't give money to teenagers wanting to go on jollies to Peru though. Where they will spend 2 days helping the disadvantaged then 9 days hiking up a mountain on the trip of a lifetime.

paperclips Tue 05-Feb-13 14:07:28

I always politely decline but give them a little donation anyway. I pack my bags my way. I have a system. And i need to be able to find the chocolate biscuits when i get home [;)]

paperclips Tue 05-Feb-13 14:08:49

smiley went wrong there i meant wink

WorriedMummy73 Tue 05-Feb-13 14:11:20

I can cope with them, as I've yet to come across pushy ones. It's charity muggers on the streets that get me going. I used to get collared a lot when I had a pushchair cos I couldn't run away quick enough! They are EVERYWHERE in my local town centre, indoors and out. If I want to give to charity, I do it by text or online. I won't sign up to monthly payments as I'm never sure the money will be there. Leave me alone!

SamuelWestsMistress Tue 05-Feb-13 14:13:15

It drives me nuts. I've given more to the charities that have stands at the exit than I ever have to bag packers. I even happily put money into the buckets on the tills. Yanbu, I really disapprove of them and find it all a bit pushy.

Husband however thinks they are great because he gets flappy and panicked when trying to pack!

haggisaggis Tue 05-Feb-13 14:13:24

Based on my bag packing experience at Christmas you are not alone. DD an I stood at the checkout in Tescos for 2 hours and are lucky if 4 people allowed us to pack their bags during that time. Most did give donations though. (on the other hand, I am delighted if someone offers to pack my bags!)

McNewPants2013 Tue 05-Feb-13 14:14:34

I dislike bag packers, I have a system that makes it easier. Plus I use my own bags so I have certain bags for certain things.

andubelievedthat Tue 05-Feb-13 14:14:36

i always pack my own but give the change and thank them for offering, though in"big Q" moments, i have wondered if all these fine young people have been CRB checked ? >mind does tend to wander .....

skullcandy Tue 05-Feb-13 14:16:31

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

atthewelles Tue 05-Feb-13 14:18:10

I don't mind as long as they're upfront regarding what they're collecting for. I think any supermarket allowing charity bag packing should:

Have to have a bucket or wear t-shirts with the cause clearly visible for shoppers to read.

Make it clear if they're collecting for a 3rd world charity or to fund a school trip for kids to travel to that part of the world to help/develop themselves. There is a big difference between the two for many shoppers.

Ensure that some check outs are left packer free for shoppers who don't want to/cannot afford to contribute but feel embarassed to say 'no'.

atthewelles Tue 05-Feb-13 14:18:48

Sorry, mant the bagpackers should have to have a bucket etc

ENormaSnob Tue 05-Feb-13 14:19:23


I find it very irritating tbh.

weegiemum Tue 05-Feb-13 14:24:20

I pretty much pay them NOT to pack my bags. I have a system (which makes it much easier for me at home) and they just slam it all in anyhow!
Mind you I really annoyed a woman once who said "we're collecting for disabled children" and I said that's great, I've got one, how much do I get <severe pmt>

chocoluvva Tue 05-Feb-13 14:33:50

Me too, weegiemum. Once I offered to show a bag-packing scout how to stack the tins in first, put heavy things at the bottom etc!!!! Filthy looks from several scouts grin

andubelievedthat Tue 05-Feb-13 14:36:03

oh for fucks sake >read the post and THINK skullcandy, you will i swear get it,(eventually)

LovesGSD Tue 05-Feb-13 14:43:24

I always seem to get them when I get rid of all the change in my purse, never on the weeks my purse is bulging. I usually get them to help but only because I feel bad saying no lol. There was one time tho the boy was too busy chatting to his pal and only packed 2/3 things at the end so I never gave them anything hmm.

specialsubject Tue 05-Feb-13 14:47:05

YANBU. This stunt is a polite 'no thank you' and no donation. I only sponsor constructive things; litter picking, tidying up messy places, decorating little old ladies' houses, that kind of thing. (or I give directly to the charity concerned)

I never sponsor walks, runs, swims and DEFINITELY not for 'charity trips abroad'.

Yermina Tue 05-Feb-13 14:49:28

It pisses me off that kids from the local private schools do it to raise money for a trip to Africa to help build a school.

I think, if your parents can fork out £14K a year for your education, they can put their hands in their pockets and pay your airfare and accommodation for your trip, instead of expecting pensioners to fork out for a service they don't need.

fromparistoberlin Tue 05-Feb-13 14:50:08


tell them you will do it

give them 20p anyway

I dont get why they would need a CRB check either.

I am to polite to refuse. So I accept and then scream inside my own head because they ruin my system.

TheOriginalLadyFT Tue 05-Feb-13 14:57:45

Oh dear yermina more private school angst and bitterness hmm

firesidechat Tue 05-Feb-13 15:00:57


I can be a right grumpy bag somentimes, but I love the bag packers. They are usually very polite, young people fundraising for a good cause.

They don't always pack the way I would though.

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