Before the days of nappies, jungle gyms and those times your baby passes wind so hard it shoots out of his nappy and all over your leg! (That happened last week!), the term Bounty applied to either an old film or my favourite bar of chocolate.
I used to love that chocolate bar. There was so much chocolate and coconutty goodness, it was split into TWO bars in one wrapper! I’m still convinced it used to be law that to eat it properly, you had to nibble away the chocolate before finishing off the coconut centre.
Now a days, as a parent, the term bounty also includes the recently criticised ‘Bounty’ company. Basically during a pregnancy, a mum-to-be receives up to 5 free packs from Bounty. They include such things as samples, money off vouchers and information packs.
The recent criticism stems from what appears to be a dislike for the approach some of the Bounty Reps have and for the fact that generally, a lot of the packs contain adverts for various private services, companies and products they have no doubt paid a fair wack for being included.
We have experienced the magic of having children twice and both times were lucky to have what seemed to be very good experiences of Bounty reps.
There are stories of women being pressured to purchase photographs taken by the reps. (A service they didn’t offer at the time we had BB, it was another company, but the rep worked in the same way by approaching is in the maternity ward.) With LB the lady arrived at an inconvenient time, we told her it was not a good time and she left without us saying another word.
As usual, when media jump on such stories, they prefer to jump on the negative. They don’t report on the positive experiences that 95% of people probably have.
What they need to do is not stop these guys from doing what they do, as I am sure many people appreciate the service they offer, but to have them work closely with the hospital and have them maybe pre-screen people before they have their baby so they can decide if they want these packs and to be bothered when the little one has arrived.
whether you believe the access they have should be removed, changed or left as it is, I think it’s something that wont change overnight. No doubt the fee they pay to the NHS is minimal, but in a world where hospitals are being closed because of funding cuts, is it such a problem for people to just say “No thank you” when approached?
But that’s just my opinion!
Whats yours? Let me know in the comments below.
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