Charity muggers to be investigated
Chuggers are scum that get away with it. If anyone else pestered you in the street, you'd tell 'em to sling it. However, these people have guilt-trips in their armoury, so assaulting them seems a bit much. However, these charity peddling swine are going to be investigated for 'poor practice' which is wonderful news!
The Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) are looking at allegations that chuggers have been using confusing tactics and flouting rules.
FRSB will look into Tag Campaigns, whose street fundraisers were reportedly failing to abide by some regulations while raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. The regulator is following up the Torygraph's investigation which 'exposed' the tactics used by charity workers.
Footage given to the FRSB showed team leaders urging chuggers to be persistent while one fundraiser confessed that they got people to stop by 'confusing' them by telling them they'd dropped something. The rules state that chuggers should "never deliberately confuse, mislead or obstruct the public".
One team leader was shown following pedestrians down the street after they'd said they weren't interested. How many of you have suffered that?
Alistair McLean, chief executive of the Fundraising Standards Board, said: "The footage of both training and on-street fundraising that I was shown by The Sunday Telegraph is deeply worrying. Fundraising agencies must maintain the highest standards at all times, protecting and building the brands and reputations of the charity clients they work with. Any breach of these standards can have a weighty impact on trust and confidence in the charity, fundraising technique and, ultimately, donation levels."