Warning: chuggers ahead
Now Westminster and Wandsworth councils in London want to limit their numbers and their hours.
There are too many of them, the argument runs, they annoy businesses because people cross the road to avoid them and people are basically just fed up with the clipboards and the cheery grins.
But are they acting too harshly? The chuggers may be pushy — the unkind might even bracket them in with sarky Big Issue sellers and the people who thrust free newspapers into your face as modern urban nuisances — but they do bring in a significant amount of revenue for charities.
Mark Carter-Nesbitt, director of fundraising company Urban Leaf, said: “Fundraisers are in the streets to improve the lives of others who are considerably worse off than passers-by on the High Street.
“If you don’t want to give through a street fundraiser, all you need do is politely say no and move on.
“Traditional fundraising methods just would not allow many charities to keep up services beneficiaries need.”
But charity watchdog Intelligent Giving, which carried out a “mystery shopper” survey of 50 face-to-face fundraisers, representing 18 charities, found that many misled the public and were motivated more by greed than by altruism.
What do you think – have you had enough of chuggers?