For those of you not familiar with the term "chugger" it's an amalgam of "charity" and " mugger", meaning an extremely insistent person persuing you along the street trying to persuade you to subscribe to an instant, monthly or annual contribution to various charities helping the needy in Ireland or abroad.
I had a most unpleasant experience this lunch time that prompted me to warn tourists in particular.
I was walking to my bus stop in Westmoreland Street with a purpose, not ambling along as if I was taking in the sights. All of a sudden I was joined by an individual who started to "chat me up". I ignored him until he said "You're a tourist, aren't you, I can tell from your clothes." Now, I was wearing a rain jacket (it had been quite cold in the morning and I was glad of the jacket when it started raining just before I got home.) And I was wearing white canvas runners (very comfy for the walk into the city centre from Ranelagh). Did this outfit make me look like a tourist? And if it did, did it justify being pursued along the whole street by a strange guy in a sweatshirt with a logo that might just represent a certain charity? I told him several times in a polite voice to please leave me alone. He wouldn't. I eventually had to resort to rather strong language. He stayed away then but I could still hear him even ten meters away. I never found out what exactly he wanted or what charity he was "working" for, I was just being harrassed by him. Both hubby and I donate what we can to charity, we don't need this carry-on.
I'm just wondering why this guy was hitting on a person who in his opinion looked like a tourist? From a charity point of view this doesn't make sense, does it?
I can handle these persons but my advice to potential visitors to Dublin or anywhere in Ireland is to ignore these "chuggers". Let on you don't understand English or tell them off.
These persons are just a nuisance (and you probably find them everywhere in the world), don't let them spoil your holiday!