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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Mallett View Post
    The Tesco Extra in the district doesn't appear to allow bagpacking as a fundraiser, whereas Sainsburys, ASDA and Morrisons all do. Has anyone else experienced this issue with Tesco's?
    Nope - never had any trouble with tesco - although I have heard stories of some supermarkets having bad experiences with poorly organised bag packs and so have decided not to allow any bag packs (its a shame the minority can sometimes spoil it for the rest of us)
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    We have been told that the large Tesco in District will not allow bag packing because they employ people to do just that. As for Tesco Extra I would have though that the store were too small to do it in, those in our area are very small, there wouldn't be room for a customer and a packer at the tills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuruChris View Post
    What a fantastic amount, a brilliant Christmas present for the Group.

    How much training do you give the Scouts before they're let loose with people's shopping (heavy stuff at the bottom etc)?
    I have written a list out on my pc of all of the things i tell to anyone who is helping at a bag pack i organise and could send it to you if you want, basics like sensible packing, but yep also the no taking to cars or if asked get a leader to do so.

    Last time we had a lady with the trolley full to bursting as she was having a huge party and let us pack it, into 2 trollies in the end, and she put £5 in the bucket, really put a smile on everyones faces.

    Same with Tesco near us they claim that they don't won the land so aren't insured for us to bag pack on it or something!!

    Anyway so we do it at Sainsburys where they are usually very helpful and will get back to you quickly.
    I organised our first ever one a few months back and considering we didn't have a great turn out of people we still raised nearly £600 which we were really pleased with!
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    We did our first ever bag packing at the start of December at a small supermarket in our town. Four tills, not all open for most of the day. We also had leaders helping old ladies with trolleys etc.

    Aimed to make £200, wound up with £400!

    Store staff and most customers were really friendly and donated lots. Only problem we had was from a security guard at the store who kept making snide comments and telling the kids off for nothing. He got a row from a parent though when he shouted at some kids for making too much noise thinking they were ours but were actually customers kids!
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    I'm certain that the "T" shop does a fair bit for charity, but they don't like bag packing... we never get offers and i don't think i have ever seen anyone from a charity packing.
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    Have to say in defence of Tesco that their community foundation have supported us to the tune of £1400 this year to help with the restoration of some of our boats

    Have never asked about bag packing

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    Well done Big Jon by the way!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ianjames View Post
    As for Tesco Extra I would have though that the store were too small to do it in, those in our area are very small, there wouldn't be room for a customer and a packer at the tills.
    Extras are the bigger stores, that usually have lots more than just food in.

    Once enquired about doing a bag pack in our local store and they said they very rarely allow other charities in store to do fundraising as they support their national charity for the particular year (usually printed on the side of the carrier bags they give away).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianjames View Post
    As for Tesco Extra I would have though that the store were too small to do it in, those in our area are very small, there wouldn't be room for a customer and a packer at the tills.
    I think you may have been thinking of Tesco Metro

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    In Hertforshire/Bedforshire Tesco Extra are little shops tagged onto petrol stations where their shop used to be, they carry the basics at inflated prices.
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    There are Tesco (normal- food some other bits and bobs)
    Tesco Express- linked to garages for petrol and essentails
    Tesco Metro simular to a Spar etc
    Tesco Extra is the large ones that sell food, clothes, electrical and and like

    Sorry I know its off topic!
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    Quote Originally Posted by julian View Post
    I'm certain that the "T" shop does a fair bit for charity, but they don't like bag packing... we never get offers and i don't think i have ever seen anyone from a charity packing.

    We were in a local branch of Tesco's before Christmas and there were people bag packing, so it does happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ianjames View Post
    In Hertforshire/Bedforshire Tesco Extra are little shops tagged onto petrol stations where their shop used to be, they carry the basics at inflated prices.
    Ian, You've got your Tesco Extra and Tesco Express mixed up. I'd love to be able to bag pack at Tesco Extra, Batley. 2 floors, 30 plus tills of which 6 are self service and 4 are baskets only. The Tesco Express in Birstall, where I live, is a convenience store with 3 payment tills, not even checkouts, definitley not worth bag packing at, but not connected to a garage. As for Tesco Metro you have to go to the centre of Leeds for one of them. Never seen bagpacking in any of them around here.

    Sometimes colleagues in large metropolitan areas think the whole of England/UK is like their patch. It isn't, not even in larger connurbations.
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    We as a group did our first bag pack ever. we did a 2 hour slot on a friday evening, and a 2 hours slot on sunday lunch time at the local Sainsburys - although its usually regarded in the district as an event for Scouts, I invited our cubs (and leaders!) along too and in the 4 hours we made a total of £600 - having the cubs there I definitely think helped get us some extra cash - more hands, and people seem to appreciate the younger ones being there too!

    Quote of the event from a member of the public was "this is a fantastic idea, they should have you down here every week!"

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