Crackdown on charity muggers imminent?
You, as a human being who occasionally leaves the house, will definitely have been bothered by some little irksome hipster trying to ram some charity up your hole. They are as inevitable as taxes and self-loathing.
These little motherchuggers are especially irritating because you can't justifiably smack them in the mouth, thanks to fact that really, despite being gaspingly desperate and annoying, they're actually doing a rather good thing.
However, that's not to say that they can't change the way they go about their business. With that, Manchester City Council is to have something of a crackdown on chuggers, and there's a good chance that it could get rolled out across the country if it proves successful.
Charity collectors will now have to sign up to a new code of conduct in the city after the council got tired of dealing with harassed shoppers.
The MEN report that fundraisers will now have to agree on how they should conduct themselves in designated areas around the city. Most likely, this means they'll be moved out of the busiest shopping areas to somewhere more suitable.
Operations director, Gary Ellis, says: We're really keen to work with charities on this to find an organised way if working that benefits everyone. Visitors to the city centre have to be our first concern. What we don't want is having people feel intimidated as they're going about their business."
"We don't want to deny organisations the opportunity. They do very worthwhile work and we hope this will benefit them too by making people feel more able to approach them or stop and talk. We will look to agree on locations where they can operate and limit the numbers each day, perhaps on a timetable-type basis."
If this goes through, it could mean an end to the infuriating trend of these little do-gooding squirts following you down the road after you've given them a reasonable 'no thanks'. That said, the smart folk give them a cheeky lie by saying "I've already signed up!" If they are given designated areas, it means that shoppers won't have the song and dance of making looping great routes around city centres in their attempts to avoid even making eye-contact with these people.
Surely, chuggers are more prone to making people feel ill-will toward a good-cause? Feeling weary and irritated doesn't exactly promote altruism and generosity does it?
What do you think? Do you want to see something similar 'round where you live?