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Results: Whad you do when tesco try to round up bills

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    • MSE Callum
    • By MSE Callum 8th Sep 17, 1:41 PM
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    MSE News: Shopping at Tesco this month? Your bill may be rounded up for charity
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    • 8th Sep 17, 1:41 PM
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    MSE News: Shopping at Tesco this month? Your bill may be rounded up for charity 8th Sep 17 at 1:41 PM
    If you shop at Tesco over the next month, you may be asked if you want to round up your bill to the nearest 10p to raise money for Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation...
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    • ashcarrot
    • By ashcarrot 12th Sep 17, 1:11 PM
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    "robin58 - Just a thought.

    Considering Tesco are collecting this money for the charities, via Tesco's own systems, do they get the tax break for charity donations before they pass the money on?"

    This is my suspicion too. Also I don't like to encourage bad behaviour ie pestering/shaming the customer at the shops or in the street (charity muggers). I'll choose what charity to give to and how.
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    • carpetbarn
    • By carpetbarn 13th Sep 17, 9:29 AM
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    Every time I go to the city centre I get harassed by chuggers and beggars asking for 'change please'. Now Tesco are doing it - ridiculous.

    If I was working on their tills I wouldn't 'round up' anyone's bill.
    • Prinzessilein
    • By Prinzessilein 13th Sep 17, 9:42 AM
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    I have been to Tesco a couple of times this month.

    Some of the cashiers ask if I want to donate, others don't....it is the same store each time, there just doesn't seem to be a consistent policy.

    If asked, I refuse...firstly 'for charity' is far too vague, I would prefer being told WHICH charity I am supporting...and secondly, I have a personal policy not to donate to chuggers.

    Why not just have a 'change bucket' clearly labelled with the charity, and leave it to the customer whether or not to donate?
    • Ken68
    • By Ken68 13th Sep 17, 9:56 AM
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    My local Tesco have a green button system, given by the cashier, and you put the button into a box (showing various charities) on the way out. Have seen a similar system in Waitrose.
    • Paul_Herring
    • By Paul_Herring 13th Sep 17, 9:59 AM
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    Some of the cashiers ask if I want to donate, others don't....it is the same store each time, there just doesn't seem to be a consistent policy.
    Originally posted by Prinzessilein
    Apparently the policy is, from the article:

    Rounding up your bill is supposed to be entirely voluntary - you will be asked to choose whether or not to donate at self-service machines, and should only have your bill rounded up at staffed check-outs if you explicitly offer to donate.
    So, at a manned checkout:
    • You shouldn't be asked
    • Your bill should only be rounded up if you offer.

    It appears that the policy (presuming the quote is accurate,) while consistent, simply isn't being followed.
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 13th Sep 17, 9:59 AM
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    My local Tesco have a green button system, given by the cashier, and you put the button into a box (showing various charities) on the way out. Have seen a similar system in Waitrose.
    Originally posted by Ken68
    But that doesn't cost the shopper any money - unlike this new scheme.
    • Solstice
    • By Solstice 13th Sep 17, 11:17 AM
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    Not had a specific problem with Tesco, but I used to donate my points on a well-known survey site to a well-known charity and decided to check that the donations were going where I thought they were. The charity in question said they never received donations from the survey site so I am now very leery about donating to a middleman. There is no guarantee that the money is going where you think it is, whether it's 2p or £200.
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    • Hedgehog99
    • By Hedgehog99 13th Sep 17, 11:26 AM
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    I hate this creeping do-gooder trend.

    At a till, I want to pay for what I have bought and leave. That's it. No I don't want the special offer Creme Eggs or the store card with 0% interest if I apply today or a voucher for something I'll never use. These pennies for charity round-ups go in the same category: unsolicited hassle.

    I will decide for myself which charities I support, when and how.
    • alanq
    • By alanq 13th Sep 17, 12:39 PM
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    Yorkshire Building Society has a scheme (Small Change Big Difference) whereby one receives only whole pounds of interest per account the pennies going to its charitable foundation. The full amount of interest is taxable not just the amount that the customer receives.

    There have been accounts where I don't believe I opted in (or failed to opt out) but the donation has been taken. I only discovered these a year after opening the accounts.

    I haven't challenged this as I am not sure that it wasn't my error and the cost to me of rectifying the mistake (if it was a mistake) would be more than the amounts concerned.

    I too object to schemes whereby customers are encouraged to pay for pre-selected, or worse unspecified, charities.
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    • Mee
    • By Mee 13th Sep 17, 1:35 PM
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    Bhf
    Donated once at self-service (via bill round-up scheme) to Diabetes UK. Won't donate to BHF after ICO ruling.
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 13th Sep 17, 2:13 PM
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    Donated once at self-service (via bill round-up scheme) to Diabetes UK. Won't donate to BHF after ICO ruling.
    Originally posted by Mee
    Did it give you a choice between the 2 charities?
    According to this the money is to be divided between them:
    All the extra cash raised will be split between Diabetes UK and British Heart Foundation.
    • jellyneck07
    • By jellyneck07 13th Sep 17, 3:44 PM
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    This makes me sick. The people who can least afford it being conned for charity. Isn't about time we started to embarrass the likes of Apple into sorting out the worlds problems. Apple computers have in the bank in cold hard cash £246 BILLION. They have more ready cash than the U.K. and Canada put together, and that doesn't include fixed assets like buildings etc. Its about time we started asking the likes of them to cough up.
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 13th Sep 17, 3:53 PM
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    This makes me sick. The people who can least afford it being conned for charity. Isn't about time we started to embarrass the likes of Apple into sorting out the worlds problems. Apple computers have in the bank in cold hard cash £246 BILLION. They have more ready cash than the U.K. and Canada put together, and that doesn't include fixed assets like buildings etc. Its about time we started asking the likes of them to cough up.
    Originally posted by jellyneck07
    What does an American company have to do with 2 UK charities?
    • Paul_Herring
    • By Paul_Herring 13th Sep 17, 4:05 PM
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    I know I shouldn't respond to what is clearly a trolling (and OT) first post, but...

    This makes me sick. The people who can least afford it being conned for charity. Isn't about time we started to embarrass the likes of Apple into sorting out the worlds problems. Apple computers have in the bank in cold hard cash £246 BILLION. They have more ready cash than the U.K. and Canada put together, and that doesn't include fixed assets like buildings etc. Its about time we started asking the likes of them to cough up.
    Originally posted by jellyneck07
    And what do you propose when after you "ask," they don't give you want?

    You "ask" a bit harder?

    Resort to (state-sanctioned of course) theft?

    I'd rather not live in a kleptocracy TYVM. Otherwise, after they give up on the companies, they'll start raiding your (and every other private citizen's) bank account for that money.
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    • deely
    • By deely 13th Sep 17, 5:39 PM
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    wasn't asked and wasn't rounded up for me today, didn't hear any other assistant ask and didn't see any signs either
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 13th Sep 17, 8:04 PM
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    Otherwise, after they give up on the companies, they'll start raiding your (and every other private citizen's) bank account for that money.
    Originally posted by Paul_Herring
    They already do; it's called taxation.
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    • Paul_Herring
    • By Paul_Herring 13th Sep 17, 8:14 PM
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    They already do; it's called taxation.
    Originally posted by Owain Moneysaver
    Nah - most of that state-sanctioned thievery happens before the money reaches the bank...

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    • pjran
    • By pjran 14th Sep 17, 11:54 AM
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    There should be a whole list of charities to choose from. I have no objections to paying a few pence on every shop I make at Tesco but would dearly like to pick whom I'm contributing to.
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 14th Sep 17, 2:17 PM
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    There should be a whole list of charities to choose from. I have no objections to paying a few pence on every shop I make at Tesco but would dearly like to pick whom I'm contributing to.
    Originally posted by pjran
    I can see that clogging up the tills and self service tills whilst people think about whether
    1. they want to round up
    2. and if they do, which charity they should give to.

    Surely the aim of shopping is to fill your basket, pay and get the hell out of there as soon as possible.
    • robin58
    • By robin58 14th Sep 17, 8:45 PM
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    I can see that clogging up the tills and self service tills whilst people think about whether
    1. they want to round up
    2. and if they do, which charity they should give to.

    Surely the aim of shopping is to fill your basket, pay and get the hell out of there as soon as possible.
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    Not necessarily. At least one customer card scheme allows you to pick the charity you want to give to from a long list of charities.

    You do have to register an interest into donating to the charity of your choices before you go in to shop though.

    So it would be only, do want to round up. Even this could be done away with if you oped in into this on your card before you shop.
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