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to agree with Alice Roberts on Bounty?

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WidowWadman Sun 28-Apr-13 10:47:47

are some advantages to being an anatomist. When the Bounty lady approaches me on the maternity ward, I shall tell her, very accurately, exactly where she can stick her free samples."

Trill Sun 28-Apr-13 10:54:41

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Not sure why being "an anatomist" is specifically useful. I am not an anatomist but I expect most soon-to-be-mothers are fully aware of the existence of the orifice in question.

Trill Sun 28-Apr-13 10:55:12

OK that was a bit grumpy, it's a good last line really smile

RedHelenB Sun 28-Apr-13 10:57:07

Spoilsports! I loved those first photos & the photographer who did them was lovely!

JumpingJackSprat Sun 28-Apr-13 10:59:40

I cant believe theyre allowed to get away with presuring new parents... some of the accounts of bounty ladies' tactics are horrific recounted on here.

WidowWadman Sun 28-Apr-13 11:02:30

Redhelen Of course she was lovely, she had a product to sell.

maddening Sun 28-Apr-13 11:02:59

My friend had a woman come in with a camera - she said she didn't want any photos - the lady said it was hospital policy as a security measure so she let her take it - it turned out to be the bloody bounty lady hmm

ParadiseChick Sun 28-Apr-13 11:04:04

Twice I just said no, that was the start and end of my bounty experience.

iloveshortshorts Sun 28-Apr-13 11:05:11

The bounty lady i saw was lovely she didnt take any pics, gave me a bounty pack and a whole pack of pampers newborn nappies.

MrBloomsBloomers Sun 28-Apr-13 11:40:14

Bounty annoy me. I bought the pictures when I got emails saying my time to buy them was running out about 9 months ago. I still get bloody emails telling me to buy them. Pressure and guilt tactics. I've read some horrible experiences on here that people have had with them too. They shouldn't be allowed to be so pushy with new mums.

notso Sun 28-Apr-13 11:44:01

This was the conversation I had with Bounty Lady after DS1,
BL "Awwww He's huge, how big is he"
Me "9lb 5oz"
BL <<wince>> "Bless you, did you have many stitches?
Me "None thankfully"
BL hmm "You must've been round the block a few times then"
Me shock <<silence>>
BL "so shall I take his photo?"

Needless to say I declined.

Eskino Sun 28-Apr-13 11:45:52

The last bounty lady I saw was nice, she came round when the curtains were open and was really polite. I told her I wasn't going to let her take photos and she was not put out at all. She asked about my well-being and cooed over my new dd, handed me the useless bag of bumph and left.

SirBoobAlot Sun 28-Apr-13 11:46:34

They shouldn't be allowed on the postnatal ward.

EauRouge Sun 28-Apr-13 11:52:32

There was a thread about Bounty a few months ago, some of the stories were awful sad Bounty are a bunch of cunts, they shouldn't be allowed to just swan onto wards and give vulnerable women the hard sell.

McNewPants2013 Sun 28-Apr-13 12:23:11

I was told you can only get child benefit forms from the bounty packs.

The small pot of sudacrem is worth it though.

sleepyhead Sun 28-Apr-13 12:28:41

You can download the child benefit forms from the DWP website. I found this out after being stood up by the Bounty lady shock.

She did eventually find me after we were readmitted a week later and I gave her my details in exchange for the Sudacrem mini pot - that pot lasted me 3 years with ds1, and it only ran out because ds1 got hold of it and spread it all over the carpet (another reason why a mini pot is a Good Thing.)

WilsonFrickett Sun 28-Apr-13 12:33:13

Hate Bounty with a passion. We didn't even get the photos done, although in my post CS after 3 days of labour state I apparently did give her my details, which they sold on to practically every company on the planet. They're parasites and I see no reason for any salespeople to be on maternity wards.

MarianaTrench Sun 28-Apr-13 12:35:35

I object to them having the child benefit forms. The mini sudocrem is very useful though.

quoteunquote Sun 28-Apr-13 12:38:10

Bounty make money out of dead babies, and don't give a shit, anyone who works for them is beyond contempt,

the misery that is caused by bounty is tremendous and goes on for years, they steal details,

and are total fuckwits.

and selling your babies details for a few nappies is very short sighted.

Hate bounty, hate that the NHS sell out to them, hate that people go along with it.

I rarely have the energy for hate I save it for when there is no other option.

Bounty and everything bounty related is totally creepy.

quoteunquote mother of two dead sons, who details bounty happily still sell on, despite me never giving bounty a single detail. and a decade of begging them not to, I like many others, get post addressed to my dead sons, from companies who have bought my sons's details from bounty.

YoniRaver Sun 28-Apr-13 12:56:31

I was in hospital for a while....the free box of washing powder was a god send

ChairmanWow Sun 28-Apr-13 13:01:41

wilson I did the same and asked them to guarantee that nobody else was sold my email address. I am now being spammed to death. I hate them for approaching me when I was in pain post-caesarian and exhausted from labour. They are evil.

expatinscotland Sun 28-Apr-13 13:04:09

I took it for the tiny Sudocream thingy. Then found out DD1 had super sensitive skin and wound up having to use organic, cost-a-mint calendula stuff on her. Ditto the washing powder, she had to use Surcare-smells-of-nothing stuff.

But Sudo works great on spots!

Piemother Sun 28-Apr-13 15:37:31

'Useless bag of bumph' my sentiments exactly!
The bottom line for me is that no marketing should be allowed in a hospital ward.

RedToothBrush Sun 28-Apr-13 16:13:51

There was a thread on this a few months back. I'm very clear about what I think of Bounty. They target women in a situation where they are more likely to sell their personal details and more likely to purchase photographs than they would under any other circumstances. They know this which is why they do it on the maternity work.

It is a deliberately exploitive practice which the NHS are deliberately enabling and failing to women by not properly safeguarding them from this financial exploitation and protecting their privacy at a time of emotional and/or physical stress

I firmly believe there is a good case to be answered about whether the methods they use actually break trading standards because a lot of women are vulnerable and because they are such a captive audience.

It makes me sad that it is seen as an acceptable practice in any way. Its something that has been going on for many, many years and for all the talk of not wanting to privatise the NHS from various quarters, this has been tolerated rather than challenged. And its unlikely to change even now.

You wouldn't allow sales reps on any other ward - to sell any sort of product or to collect private details for commercial gain - so why are maternity wards fair game.

I think the only answer to that question is a deep seated belief that I can only describe as deeply sexist.

SuffolkNWhat Sun 28-Apr-13 16:19:39

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