Word first appeared in print in London newspaper METRO on 26 June 2002 in its creator Keith Barker-Main's SAY WHAT (New Words Around Town) column.
The person standing on the street corner with a sign or a damn annoying bell, and a sad story to tell. These people are unavoidable blocking paths and doorways or walking up to the open window of your car on a hot summer day. They make you feel like a bad person because there are starving children, shitty schools, shitty parents, and all these horrible things in the world. And you just ate a cheeseburger and bought your fourth cell phone this year.
The 'chuggers' are trying to get you to quickly swallow the whole line they're pitching - hence 'Chugger.' Typically, the chuggers receive half of everything you agree to give and the company takes another 40 percent, leaving only ten percent for the real charity.