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to think being doorknocked by chuggers at 8.50 on a friday night is too late

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stainesmassif Fri 02-Oct-09 20:50:03

or have i turned into my mother?
aibu?

LauraIngallsWilder Fri 02-Oct-09 20:51:01

What pray tell is a 'chugger'?

merrymonsters Fri 02-Oct-09 20:51:57

YANBU. I would be very annoyed.

nancy75 Fri 02-Oct-09 20:52:25

no yanbu. anyone knocking on my door at this time of night (and usually waking my dd in the process) gets a good talking to (maybe i am turning in to my mother!)

strawberrie Fri 02-Oct-09 20:52:36

YANBU at all. I would be livid (and quite likely to be in my PJs blush

MavisEnderby Fri 02-Oct-09 20:53:23

yanbu.I donate monthly to a few chosen charities and object to chugger mugging in town centres during daylight hours.8.50pm is taking the proverbial.If you have an affiliation to a cause I think you will donate whatever,there is no need to be doorstepped so late.I imagine it could be quite frightening if someone knocks on your door at this time if you are elderly/vulnerable,especially.

cat64 Fri 02-Oct-09 20:53:26

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stainesmassif Fri 02-Oct-09 21:01:22

apologies, door to door charity fundraisers, aka chuggers knocking on my door this evening. i am in my pjs! and i wasn't keen to answer the door. and i do already donate to a charity of my choice.

however, i do sympathise. i doorknocked whilst on a year out in australia. but never this late at night!

Giltz Fri 02-Oct-09 21:16:54

Chuggers, thats a new one. YANBU, its shocking but legally I thik they are allowed to call and knock until 9 at night. It is so frustrating.

I have moved from a flat to a house and the amount of chuggers at my door has tripled.

FourArms Fri 02-Oct-09 21:31:00

I was very angry when we had a call at the door from a Scottish Power rep at 7:15pm tonight. Did he not know I was trying to put two tired boys to bed? hmm So no, YANBU, they should stop after 6pm IMO. And infact, I hate people knocking between 5pm and 6pm as that is tea-time in our house. So really, nothing after 4:30pm! wink

stainesmassif Fri 02-Oct-09 21:34:17

now i come to think of it, i am becoming my mother. we have a sign on the door saying no junk mail, no free papers. i will follow people up the road if they dare to post a pizza menu through the door despite my sign.

come to think of it, my mum wouldn't bother!

Pikelit Fri 02-Oct-09 22:50:25

YA so NBU! I'd be fit to be tied!

WickedWench Fri 02-Oct-09 23:23:37

We got a great sticker for the front door from our police force, with police logo - they had a crime prevention stall in the market - that says we do not buy or sell from/to anyone knocking at the door, ID will be requested and you may need to make an appointment to speak to the householder.

We've had no cold callers since we put it up and there have been a couple of occasions when someone has knocked but they've disappeared before we've opened the door. Our guess is they've knocked, seen the sticker and then legged it.

You should see if your local police force does them cos if they knock once it's there you are legally entitled to be sarky, point at the sticker and tell them to feck off! A policeman said so therefore it must be true.

TigerDrivesAgain Fri 02-Oct-09 23:27:32

just tell them to fuck off

Gangle Fri 02-Oct-09 23:35:24

I also had this tonight and left me fuming. I asked through the door who it was and what a rep from some homeless charity, I just yelled back that I was in the process of putting DS to bed and unable to come to the door. Really really annoys me as I contribute monthly to 4 charities and am just trying to enjoy some peace and quiet after a nightmarish day and don't expect to be harrassed in my own home. Plus I live fairly near the street in London where the woman was "orally raped" last year so really not happy opening the door to strangers at night. I also find the people who hang around outside tube stations trying to collar you for donations really annoying when you;'re battling to get out of the station and into work on time.

TigerDrivesAgain Fri 02-Oct-09 23:41:40

Longer version of "Fuck off".

We live in the sticks but get an annual visit from the Jehovahs. Coupla years ago they turned up wanting to spk to DH, by name, saying he'd said they should come back later (idiot, he's learned this lesson).

Result:

DH hiding under window sill for the whole day grin

Me saying, "you don't want to take any notice of what he says, he's a bit, you know, doesn't know what he's doing".

Swiftly followed with (and I am secretly a bit proud of this)"Now just get off my property before I call the police".

It worked.

petetong Fri 02-Oct-09 23:59:01

Yanbu. I myself donate to my chosen charities, but can I just say that in these difficult times sometimes there are people out there doing jobs that they don't particularly want to. My dns boyfriend was a chugger for a thankfully short time because although he has a degree, he couldn't get any other job. Things are very tough for young people out there. Having said that, I have a sticker on my door telling people not to knock at all so I am probalby being very two faced. I do know that they have awfully tight targets to meet and will visit people for as long and as late as they can just to meet them.

pigletmania Sat 03-Oct-09 00:42:33

YANBU it is sooooo annoying, your home is meant to be your santurary away from things like this and its just an intrusion into your privacy. Have they not got a life. I too donate to my chosen charities and will not be donate to a charity because someone is harrassing me.

valhala Sat 03-Oct-09 00:48:31

YANBU. Late evening, unexpected callers can be scary and the visit was at the very least intrusive and thoughtless.

I have a particular dislike of late callers, a combination of being a wary city girl although I no longer live in the Capital, and having had a violent ex-H who would appear at odd hours. Now I have a secret weapon - two large dogs, one of whom is protective of me, seems to sense my fear and will bark like mad when someone comes to the door and stand by my side, growling softly at unwelcome callers and the other a GSD who is as soft as butter but a huge boy and looks intimidating.

Unwelcome callers soon shift sharpish when they see "my boys"!

deaddei Sat 03-Oct-09 11:58:00

I got one as well last night about 9pm- I opened the door with the chain on (dh out) and asked the guy what he wanted. He didn't reply straight away, and I realised it was a chugger from his tshirt. I asked what he was doing calling so late- he said it was the best time for him to get people in. He made no attempt to tell me what charity he was from -I'd never heard of it, something like Wvrs- googled it, it's an age concern type charity.
I'll be calling them on Monday am to complain. I work for a charity and HATE this knocking on doors/accosting in the street. There are other much less invasive ways of engaging donors.

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