Interesting debate – surprised to see that there is no way of regulating this activity, although it’s illegal to beg on the streets.
On a personal level, I hate chugging – by it’s very nature an intrusive and pressurising pest, in the busiest areas at the busiest times. Chuggers themselves are brilliantly persuasive – but there’s something unnerving about their maniacal zeal for a cause they’re only likely to espouse for a day or two.
Of course I don’t like the idea of restricting income for charities, many of whom (but by no means all) provide valuable services. Chugging isn’t their least attractive means – see Channel Five ad breaks during the daytime, some of the charity ads (you, NSPCC) are emotive, over simplistic, manipulative, just plain exploitative.
But some of the same concerns apply. Who are the chuggers, and the repulsive ads really targetting? Is it fair to expect all of society, including vulnerable individuals, to be harrassed on the street, whatever the cause? I don’t think so. Regulating this kind of activity is likely very difficult – it’ll probably mean the end of chugging. Okay with me.