It’s not enough that we have to deal with them in the city; now charity muggers have started showing up in my local shopping centre on Centre Road. I encountered them yesterday on my day off — two of them were promoting the Fred Hollows Foundation.
Now, I think that the FHF is as worthy as any charity. And most of the other charities promoted by the chuggers are too. ACF, Amnesty et al.
But I’m sorry, I won’t deal with them. I won’t have my time wasted like that when I’m heading somewhere.
(I tried to politely say this to one of them, but I fear it came out a bit ranty. I think he thought I was a crazy old man.)
Thing is, chuggers are like spam. They don’t stop you dead in your tracks, but they do slow you down. They’re not scalable — the more of them there are, the more irritating they become. And yet someone must be signing up, otherwise they wouldn’t persist.