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Chatting to A Chugger 4 / 26 September 2012

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We are walking through a busy Camden High road, too wrapped up in each other to notice the people funneling around the chugger so it is we find ourselves face to face with the garroulous scottish one.

"You ever heard of Battersea Dogs Home?"
"Yes"
"Are you english?"
"No"

I am english. Its just sometimes that when people ask me direct yes no questions i alternate my answers. Its fun to see how long it takes people to cotton on that i'm playing with them. never thought i'd get the chance to do it with a chugger but it might be usefull to bear it mind in future.

"Then i'm sorry but i can't ask you for money"
"What?"
"I can only take account details from people resident here?"
"Really?"
"Yes"

Better stop this now before he gets to playing the yes no game with me. But what a great discovery.

Weeks latter I'm in a pub watching the football and relating this tale to one of the bar staff. he is well impressed but finds it a little dubious. Money is money. His australian assistant confirms this. It has happened to her too. Suddenly we are engaged with the thought of developing two armies of anti-chuggers. The yes no army that plays them along and sees how far they can go and the phoney foreign accent army who wish to spend less time with them.

Can we recruit you? 

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