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Charity bag packing at the supermarket

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Shopping in supermarkets is becoming a little bit annoying these days as many of the supermarkets are allowing all sorts of groups and charities to have people at each checkout offering to pack your bag for a donation.  Aren't they making enough in the charity shops and are brownies and scouts not making enough with their various club activities?

I am no skinflint and this used to be an occasional thing that wasn't a problem.  Not these days though, they're there practically every time I go to my local supermarket and it's a different group every time.  Are they on rotation or something?  Some may say it is only a few pence they are asking for, but for some of us who are living on a limited income, a few pence every time they go shopping soon adds up to a few pounds.  And yes you can say "no thank you" but then they look at you as though you are being unreasonable.

So you let them help you, give them a donation, and arrive home with your eggs packed under your bag of potatoes, tins placed on top of your fresh bread, and items of fruit and veg bruised and battered.  Packed shopping bags So basically you've paid for some well-meaning teenager to destroy half of your shopping.  I think that supermarket chains should do away with this recent practice of getting charities and groups in to help pack shopping.  Most of us are more than capable of packing our shopping without assistance.

Then of course, once we've escaped the checkout we're ambushed at the door as we try to leave by various companies offering to help reduce our electricity bills, take out a credit card with us, would you like to join such and such, motoring etc.  I just want to go shopping and then go home in peace!


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Lemsip

Lemsip

Here's an idea! Why don't the supermarkets employ part time bag packers, who are still in education. directly and train them properly. They will pack your bags for no extra cost to customer (apart from a small hike in product prices) and do a good job. Then these bag packers can fund their own trips to Africa and Asia and have a good time just sight seeing and lazing on the beach instead of doing through a charity and pretending to volunteer.

Charities should be sending the money directly to train and employ local people to do the jobs that this gap year participants do.
Lemsip
20th Mar 17 16:18

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collar

collar

You are putting up with this crap because you have chosen to shop at the ASDA the government probably don't care where you shop.
Supermarkets enjoy the publicity, just as the newspapers do.

We are no more willing to give up our hard-earned than people were in the middle of the last century, because, kept in ignorance
they keep feeding us rubbish about people in need
Who would do the collecting if everybody went to the charity shops ?

That's why the Tescos are also plagued by the charities, everything is.
Keeping us short of our hard-earned makes less of money for us to squander !
It's head control, head control all the time !
collar
16th Aug 14 17:56

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racehorses22

racehorses22

its blackmail thats what it is im fed up to of asda putting you in that position thats why i stopped going their an go to lidls now they dont have them thank god .
racehorses22
16th Aug 14 17:07

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a.person

a.person

destiny.jensen3 - "How do u expect me to fundraise £3,500 by myself with out the help of a bagpack"

Oh I don't know, a job? If you can't afford to do it, don't accept it!
a.person
14th Aug 14 09:36

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destiny.jensen3

destiny.jensen3

Ive just been selected by north east england to represent them in japan next year at ajamboree! How do u expect me to fundraise £3,500 by myself with out the help of a bagpack? All you have to say is no thank you! We dont expect everyone to make a donation just some people! Ibe done a bagpack already in morrisons and raised £1767.60, and anyways the reason we bring younger children is to make people feel a little bit guilty about not even giving them a penny. After all the pennys add up for us.
destiny.jensen3
7th Aug 14 10:10

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racehorses

racehorses

its the supermarkets that are the worst we are made to feel like heels if we say no they shouldnt be putting their customers in that position they make enuff of us so let them donate to them and leave their customers in peace to shop .
racehorses
17th Feb 14 18:15

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miserablemoaninggit

miserablemoaninggit

Even worse, we now know that much of our charitable donations will go toward the huge salaries of the CEO of the charity, including some on well over £100,000 p.a. How disgusting!

I for one will now only give to local charities, including the local hospice. I'm not prepared to add to the luxurious lifestyle of some hypocritical charity boss.
miserablemoaninggit
13th Aug 13 13:14

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What do we pay taxes for?

What do we pay taxes for?

I absolutely agree. I already WORK as a volunteer for two charities in addition to working full time. I donate each month via standing order to three charities, therefore I do not wish to be accosted each time I do my weekly shop. It's easy enough to say "you can say no" - I don't want to be PUT in that position, especially when there are children and youngsters asking, and I don't wish to have to explain myself also. The supermarkets are allowing sports clubs to beg for jollies abroad, even! FUND IT YOURSELF! Or ask for money from the lottery fund or the Government - that's what we pay our taxes for surely! The supermarkets should allow them to collect OUTSIDE or have some "bucket free" checkouts.
What do we pay taxes for?
12th Aug 13 22:10

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Citrus

Citrus

So you've had maybe a few bad experiences with bag packers? I need to raise 4 grand in a year, any suggestions how to do this without nagging for help? Maybe some teenagers don't understand how to pack bags, and most do not think you are unreasonable if you decline, majority will be quite reasonable and will step back and allow you to organise your bags as you wish. Also us bag packers do not EXPECT a donation we appreciate everything we get...

I understand it has gotten to be quite a common thing to find bag packers at supermarkets now and we do appreciate it can be annoying if you are in a rush, but most are quite understanding and simply saying "sorry, I have my own organisation" or "sorry I'm in a rush" is okay we do not expect to be allowed to pack bags we would just like to help...
Citrus
5th Feb 13 21:02

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Cork

Cork

This drives me mad also, On more than one occasion I have stormed over to customer services after paying, demanding to know, since when it is acceptable to put a bottle of bleach on top of my bread. I have also warned them, that if it happens again, I will be over looking for my money back on everything... they can deal with putting it back on the shelves! I'll dump my bags out into the trolley, demand my money back, and they can give me the EURO that is in the trolley! I don't blame the charities, of course they need to fund raise, but their also needs to be some responsibility for destroying peoples groceries! The supermarkets need to show these kids how to properly pack bags, what can go with what, and basically that you never put a big bottle of water on top of eggs.... Once shown, the charities can pay for anything that's damaged... that would incentivise them to pack properly!
Cork
15th Jan 13 15:01

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Gorgon

Gorgon

The cubs and scouts all over the world arent making money the activities they go on are geting more and more expensive and they need activities like bag packing to make more cash eversins jumble sales became vercaly outlawed plus you have the option to say no so there is no reson to complane
Gorgon
21st Dec 12 18:26

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Skinflint

Skinflint

Totally agree with this, I find it so annoying and it's very frequent these days.
Yes you can say no, but regardless of how politely you say this, it still feels rude. Plus I often pay using a card and have no extra change.
Sorry but I work very long hours to pay our mortgage etc, I don't really feel like donating my hard earned cash every time a group of teenagers want to do a charity bungee jump!! Lol
Skinflint
2nd Dec 12 11:58

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grumblingmonk

grumblingmonk

When I am in the superstore checkout with my wife and the checkout person asks "do you need any help packing?" Now I know I am 60 yrs old, but I kindly explain that I have been doing this for over 40 years and am now fully qualified!
grumblingmonk
4th Oct 12 16:30

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jobbie

jobbie

beccie, if your son has been doing speed since he was 8, I dread to think of the state of his health. Where did he get the drugs from anyway?
jobbie
18th Sep 12 09:11

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beccie

beccie

How could i apply 2 stores to do a bag pack please.
As my 16 yr old. Become european champion on the 5th august 2012. At his loved sport "cycle speedway"
Now having chance at world championships.
This being held in australia in november. Costing around £2200.
He has been doing speed from the age of 8. Is a very keen rider. So doing a bag pack would or could help so much.
beccie
18th Sep 12 02:29

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