Chuggers rule improves life in the high street
FOR once something the council has done seems to be exactly the right thing. Its limit on the numbers of "charity muggers", or chuggers as they're nicknamed, has stopped the stream of complaints Stroud District Council used to receive in its tracks.
People had earlier protested to the council that they simply disliked being accosted in the street by strangers despite it being for a very good cause.
For even if a shopper was supportive of the charity concerned, very many people also felt it was an intrusion to be asked to donate not once, but maybe twice or even three times as the chuggers spread out up and down Stroud High Street.
A further bone of contention with a considerable number of anti-chuggers was that people didn't like giving out their bank details in a public street.
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Many told Stroud Life that they didn't mind popping coins in a collecting tin, but were wary of setting up regular payments on the hoof.
Many of us are regular givers to charity, but that's usually something we like to give proper consideration to and think about thoroughly before making a commitment.
So three cheers for the council's compromise of introducing its chuggers' booking in system.
Just one set of chuggers a week, instead of the previous four or five on some busy occasions, has to be a victory for common sense.
It means charities can still work for their share of Stroud people's traditional generosity.
But that folk can also now wander around Stroud relaxed, without having to look over their shoulders all the time to avoid the chuggers.
Or worst still dive into a shop or cafe to escape, only to re-emerge and yes, get collared again.