Clifton People: How do you avoid chuggers?

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By thecriddler | Monday, September 03, 2012, 13:06

They're smiley, happy, zany, crazy and… generally pretty annoying.

Chuggers (or street fundraisers) frequent the Clifton/Whiteladies areas on a seemingly daily basis hoping to be your five-minute friend and see you sign-up for monthly charity giving.

They do anything from dancing to pen twirling just to get your attention and deliver a spiel about a charity oh so close to their hearts (for that day at least).

While the odd person stops and gives them the time of day and a select few even part with their account details - for most chuggers are people to avoid.

Just how people avoid or dismiss these eager beavers varies though…

Watching chugging activities on Whiteladies Road from a nearby coffee shop recently I observed three different approaches people used when shopping or going about their daily business.

Some spotted chuggers from a distance and crossed the street to avoid any interaction. While generally successful several hapless shoppers fell into the trap of stepping right into the clutches of another opportunist fundraiser operating on the other street.

Many went for the head down, ignore at all costs approach… this worked well but often came at the cost of being thrown a few snide comments from the chugger as they passed.

A "No thanks" or "I'm busy" with a polite smile seemed to be the most used. This tactic though invariably encouraged some light-hearted banter from the chugger and some were followed as the fundraiser searched for a breaking down of people's guards.

Do you have any thoughts or tips to share about how to deal with the chugger?



  • Profile image for intheknow2009

    There was about two in a 20 metre radius near Clifton Down earlier!!

    By intheknow2009 at 15:24 on 09/05/13

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    They were hunting in packs yesterday - double the annoyance ;)

    By ptics at 11:02 on 18/12/12

  • Profile image for cinemaman

    Respect to them for having such thick skin. I wouldn't be so brave!

    By cinemaman at 15:45 on 17/10/12

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    I'm soaked having just been out jogging in the rain - I just want to get dry and there was a chugger on Whiteladies who marched over and expected me to stop and chat. What's wrong with these people?

    By bakerfield at 15:53 on 01/10/12

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    I always tell them that I already give to their charity. Bit naughty but still. They annoy me.

    By misswiliams at 09:23 on 13/09/12

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