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February 22nd, 2004
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More charity wibblings...

Well, you know my stance on Campus Childrens' Holidays... I raise them money because I love doing it, not because it's the worlds best charity, but it's great value for money and does an awful lot of good. So every term I drag myself out pub collecting (which I detest with a passion) because it's the only way 4 of you can make 500 pounds in three hours (legally ;-) ) And it's an awful lot of paperwork, and burocracy, and organisation, but is usually a Good Thing

Except I put a collection last night, in the middle of Rag Week (duh!) And some of the pubs wouldn't let us in, as they'd already been pub collected out by tigers, toilets, and all and sundry. I bumped into the tiger, and (as I was fairly sure the other house to house collection license has gone to some jumble collectors like Help the Aged for this weekend) asked to see his license. Which he failed to produce (but in such a "Why are you people bothering me, I'm in a tiger costume doing good stuff so anything I do it fine, and I'm funny, look" kind of way, that I couldn't tell if he just couldn't be arsed to show us, or really didn't have a license. I favour the latter).

Anyway, that was a pain. I sent rag an email about it... I really hate intercharity bitching - everyone's trying to raise money for good causes- but illegal collectors cause so much hassle for everyone trying to collect legally that the charity whose banner they're under really should know what's going on.

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From:ghoti
Date:February 22nd, 2004 03:40 pm (UTC)
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it's my experience that rag don't usually have licenses. Or care about anyone else. I've certainly had cause to complain about themcollectin on a Big Issue pitch, and got the answer 'but it's for charitee,and it's onlyone day'. Grr.
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From:atreic
Date:February 22nd, 2004 04:44 pm (UTC)

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I saw them trying to organise a street collection once, which seemed to consist of a very harrassed boy trying to organise his collectors in a manner very similar to herding cats. They did actually have a license that day, as he was chasing people round the centre of town trying to make them carry a copy of it, and explaining for the umpteeth time that they weren't legally allowed to shake the tins. I felt quite sorry for him as they ignored him...
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From:rjw76
Date:February 22nd, 2004 09:05 pm (UTC)

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They had a license when I carol sang for them- I know the caius people this year have been very meticulous. I'm not sure about other colleges though due to not being at them.
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From:ghoti
Date:February 22nd, 2004 09:14 pm (UTC)

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I guess as someone who has never been a member of the university I only notice them when they're being obnoxious. Sorry.
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