Sheffield second most patient city when dealing with ‘chuggers’

Shoppers on Fargate, Sheffield
Shoppers on Fargate, Sheffield
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Sheffield has been named as the second politest city in the country when it comes to dealing with paid charity fundraisers who stop passers-by in the street.

A new survey has suggested almost two-thirds of Sheffielders - 62 per cent - will stop for the controversial fundraisers, who have been nicknamed ‘chuggers’ - or charity muggers.

And those who do stop are willing to chat to the fundraisers for an average three minutes and 19 seconds, behind only Swansea where the average time someone will speak to one of the workers is three minutes and 38 seconds.

Star readers confirmed they do try to be polite to the fundraisers even when avoiding them.

Ross Millar said: “I just politely say no thanks and walk away. They have a difficult enough job as it is without people hurling insults and abuse at them.”

James Burns said: “I stop, wait to hear what they have to say, then either make my apologies before I carry on or I donate.”

But Karla Thompson said: “I try to avoid town as much as possible.”

In comparison to Sheffield, Leicester and Nottingham have the hardest attitude to ‘chuggers’. Around 57 per cent of people in Leicester never stop to speak to a chugger, while in Nottingham the average person who does stop for a street fundraiser will give only two minutes and three seconds of their time.

Price comparison website Give As You Live interviewed 2,000 people for the study across 21 cities.