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GeraldineMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 06-Jul-09 13:17:54

Thought you might be interested in this story which quotes Mumsnet users.

KingRolo Mon 06-Jul-09 14:56:34

Good article.

It's disgraceful that the child benefit forms come in the Bounty bag. I accepted mine because of this, not knowing they were available online.

CMOTdibbler Mon 06-Jul-09 15:31:16

I remember sitting on my bed, curtains closed, hand expressing into a bottle for my son who was in SCBU. And the Bounty lady barged straight in and started asking about taking pictures - whilst I sat there, norks out.

They came into my cubicle every day, even after I got quite upset and said that since my baby was obv not with me, could they just leave me alone

MilleniumHandNShrimp Mon 06-Jul-09 15:46:42

Oh My! That is despicable!

When I had my DD nearly 3 years ago I never got a bounty bag. I only managed this by arriving at the hospital at 8 at night and going home at 11.00 the next morning.

Twas a bugger as I needed to get CB forms.

I had no idea that they had moved on to photographs.

Frasersmum123 Mon 06-Jul-09 16:09:36

This has been going on since I had my DS 8 years ago!

Frasersmum123 Mon 06-Jul-09 16:11:01

Though I love my Bounty bag and have just picked up my weaning one!

JulesJules Mon 06-Jul-09 16:18:14

Terrible.

In a slightly woozy state after a CS, I filled in forms in the bounty bag for what I thought was a prize draw. The fact that the bag was delivered to me in my hospital bed shortly after the birth of my baby, and also contained CB forms etc, I think validated it in my slightly unsound mind. grin

When I got home, with newborn and CS scar, I was hounded by loans companies - I got up to a dozen phone calls a day, when I was napping, feeding, when the baby was sleeping... Took weeks to get them to stop, I remember crying, pleading on the phone to get my details crossed off their list.

Unscrupulous bastards.

(And don't get me started on Patientline...)

nickytwotimes Mon 06-Jul-09 16:20:48

Thanks for linking to that.
The Bounty lady who visited me was absolutely fine and just popped in and out, but the mws in the ward I was in were pretty good at policing them. Many of my friends were harassed, tbh.

Swedes Mon 06-Jul-09 16:31:52

The Bounty woman that tried to photograph DS3 said the photograph was a security measure, then backed down when I said I thought she was from Bounty. angry I was shit hot, having fallen for it on three previous occasions, with DS1, DS2 and DD. blush

SoupDragon Mon 06-Jul-09 16:33:46

I had DD at home and wasn't bothered by them at all

PrincessLayer Mon 06-Jul-09 16:36:48

I'm not sure if it was bounty but there were some hard sell photographers going round the ward when I had my eldest nearly 10 years ago.
She was wittering on about security and how a photo could help identify my baby if "anything happened" shock

I'd barely slept for 4 days so was a touch cranky. She did not hang around.

Swedes Mon 06-Jul-09 16:39:48

PrincessLayer - Snap, that was the line my Bounty bag lady used.

Frasersmum123 Mon 06-Jul-09 16:43:45

It sounds a bit mean but I said no because I didnt want to spend lots of money on pictures of any of my DC's when they were newborn because they were all wrinkly and screwed up still (in that newborn way!) You cant really see them properly for a couple of days.

muffle Mon 06-Jul-09 16:54:37

It's terrible if they are intruding and bothering people and that should be stopped. But I never had a problem with them. They were very polite, the NHS staff made it very clear it was optional, we chose to have the photo (pfb!), and it's lovely. I appreciated the bag too.

Obviously they need to change the system - they could ask everyone on the ward "do you want a visit from a photographer?" and "do you want a bag of freebies and gubbins" and you only get what you say yes to. If you say no they are not allowed to bother you. If they don't comply, they get kicked out. But I don't think there's anything wrong with the concept in itself.

spicemonster Mon 06-Jul-09 16:59:11

From that article: "Bounty operates purely on a basis of choice with mums and hospitals and we take our responsibility very seriously. Every day thousands of new mums choose to receive a free sample pack and other services from Bounty"

Choose? Where does choice come in? When you're trying to pack up to get you and your new baby home from hospital (not to mention sleep deprived and very possibly drugged up to the eyeballs), picking out the essential CB forms out of the Bounty bags and chucking the rest of the tat away is hardly high on your list of priorities. angry

Lulumama Mon 06-Jul-09 17:06:38

could not agree more spicemonster

choice???

it is a disgrace that the government are aligning themselves with this , by putting CB forms in the packs

bluebump Mon 06-Jul-09 17:21:32

The lady at my hospital spun the old "security" line regarding pictures too with me, I put my hand over my DS's face and told her to get lost or i'd buzz a member of staff to get rid of her. She said it wouldn't make a difference if I chose not to have a picture taken as i'd still get a bag of freebies but I never did.

FiveGoMadInDorset Mon 06-Jul-09 17:28:13

NO pressure at all for both DC's she just put the bag on the bed told me about the CB forms, mentioned photos, cooed over the babies and out she went.

kazbeth Mon 06-Jul-09 17:32:33

I had no idea they do this .. luckily I had home births so didn't get any of it but who knows they'll be turning up there next! Cheeky buggers, I can't believe they are allowed to hassle people straight after the birth. If they have to do it can't they just wait until you're just about to leave then ask?

llareggub Mon 06-Jul-09 17:49:05

The Bounty lot trundled through the maternity ward when I was in 9 weeks ago. The hospital is riddled with c diff and some wards were closed due to a gastro bug. They were equipped with hand gels etc but didn't use it before picking up babies. She was very short with me when I told her I didn't want a photo costing £s.

bronze Mon 06-Jul-09 17:51:31

I turned down the bountybag and then was told off by the child benefit people for not having the form.

They hassled me every time except when my baby was in NICU when I could have done with some ackowledgment that I had a baby who was going to be ok.

LovelyTinOfSpam Mon 06-Jul-09 17:55:57

I had DD2 last week and the bounty lady come round. They weren't doing the photos 2 years ago but this time they were and i was quite shocked TBH that they were allowed to do it. Getting women when they are all emotional and knackered and trying to flog them "babies first picture". It is really really dodgy.

When she came to me i said I'd take the bag but no photo thank you very much, she made a face like I'd just farted at her.

Also gave my address but said absolutely no-one to contact apart from bounty and wouldn't give my phone number or email. Cue another fart-face.

Andthentherewerethree Mon 06-Jul-09 17:56:25

my experience of the bounty bags all three times was the same as

FiveGoMadInDorset on Mon 06-Jul-09 17:28:13 NO pressure at all for both DC's she just put the bag on the bed told me about the CB forms, mentioned photos, cooed over the babies and out she went

spicemonster Mon 06-Jul-09 18:24:40

I think it's dreadful that anyone's allowed to go bed to bed like a cheap door to door salesperson when you're in hospital for any reason whatsoever actually. Why not nip round to the cancer wards and try and flog them direct debits to Cancer Research while they're at it? hmm

EachPeachPearMum Mon 06-Jul-09 19:18:20

First time I told them there was no way they were having my personal details, though they left their bag of crap goodies anyway, looking slightly hurt and v peed off.
Second time they didn't even offer- I obviously have "lentil-weaving cynic" printed on my forehead.

Young (18yo) girl in bed opposite was cooed over though whilst they snapped away hmm

In fact the 2nd morning, she walked in with her trolley, took one look at me, turned 180 degrees and wheeled it back out! I must be a very scary lady indeed grin

I got my CB forms online and sent them by post once I'd registered DS.

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