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Old 03-04-2013, 06:36 PM   #21
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We live in a smallish town and pretty safe neighborhood. Still, if I am home alone, I look out a window. If I dont know them, I dont answer.

I thought I was the only one who did this. Apparently not.....
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Old 03-04-2013, 06:44 PM   #22
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I use to politely tell them I'm not interested.
Agree. They need honest feedback.

To evangelists I politely say I'm agnostic and not interested in religious discourse.
To salesman - again (politely) not interested, thank you anyways
If they persist, it means they are not showing me respect, and I close the door in their face
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:42 PM   #23
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Our Neighborhood Watch training included the info that bag draggers or folks masquerading as evangelists are frequently just casing the neighborhood to find likely victims for home break-ins. Best to call the police and let them sort out who the unidentified folks are. Neighborhoods don't have to allow strangers to roam freely casing everything looking for victims.
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:15 PM   #24
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Lots of con artist where I live that pretend to be city workers so they can come in to your house and distract you while the other "co-worker" loot your house.

If you don't answer, that's when they think no one is at home and they break in. Saw in the paper happened to this guy that was napping and when he woke up, he saw a couple of guys in uniforms looting his house.
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:30 PM   #25
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It's easier than you might think, and there's never a need to be confrontational. I simply ask questions.

"I've heard that X. How do you account for that in light of Y?"
Nine times out of ten, they have no real answer.

And yes, there may well be a particularly nasty fate awaiting me in the afterlife. So be it.
My best story involving these kinds of folks goes all the way back to my college (undergraduate) days:
  • Saturday morning knock on the door as I was stepping into the shower.
  • I assumed it was one of my housemates who had not taken their keys with them the night before; that was a regular occurrence.
  • I answer the door wearing nothing but my towel, at first timidly peaking out at the well dressed ladies on my porch; then, opening the door widely and inviting them in when they asked me if I would discuss their literature with them. (I thought I was being very polite.)
  • They quickly backed down the front stairs apologizing for bothering me. (I did assure them it was no bother.)
  • I am not sure if that house was ever visited by this particular organization again; I know it was not for several years.

If there is an afterlife, I am hoping for a sense of humor and benevolence from the proprietor.

Now that I am quite a bit old and much less indestructible, I am also much more cautious about opening my door to strangers. But, I generally still find out if it is someone in genuine need of 911 type assistance before turning them away or ignoring them.
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:35 PM   #26
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We have a no-soliciting decal from our town on our front door, but DH will answer the door no matter who is ringing the bell. I peek out a window first and open only to people I know or to kids.
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:36 PM   #27
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It drives DW nuts, but I answer the door. Usually it's a woman passing out religious info. Only happens about once a year.
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My best story involving these kinds of folks goes all the way back to my college (undergraduate) days:
  • Saturday morning knock on the door as I was stepping into the shower.
  • I assumed it was one of my housemates who had not taken their keys with them the night before; that was a regular occurrence.
  • I answer the door wearing nothing but my towel, at first timidly peaking out at the well dressed ladies on my porch; then, opening the door widely and inviting them in when they asked me if I would discuss their literature with them. (I thought I was being very polite.)
  • They quickly backed down the front stairs apologizing for bothering me. (I did assure them it was no bother.)
  • I am not sure if that house was ever visited by this particular organization again; I know it was not for several years.

If there is an afterlife, I am hoping for a sense of humor and benevolence from the proprietor.

Now that I am quite a bit old and much less indestructible, I am also much more cautious about opening my door to strangers. But, I generally still find out if it is someone in genuine need of 911 type assistance before turning them away or ignoring them.
Never thought about that! Next time someone knock, I'll just answer in my underwear while holding a Pabst Blue Ribbons and ask in a slurring voice, " Who is you be looking for? Bob... Stop asking me. I done did already done told his PO where he be ain't at. Ain't my problem he be violating his parole"
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:53 PM   #29
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I don't recall anyone coming to our door except the resident manager or someone we have escorted from the parking lot (repair person, contractor, etc.) who has called us ahead of time. If someone did come to the door, they have to ring a bell (can't get close enough to knock). They must stand behind a steel gate to wait for us to see who they are.

Where I used to live, I probably would not have even locked the doors in the daytime except that DW was raised to do so and would not feel safe behind an unlocked door. Parents (in same town on mainland) never locked doors - even at night - until middle '70s. YMMV
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I live in a condo. No solicitors are allowed to come in and visit condos by the reception guys in the lobby. Not a single visit from solicitors in the last 5 years I have been living here.
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I figure a double barrel 12 gauge should make a big enough racket to discourage all but the most persistent sales persons or evangelist.
I'm kinda partial to the Remington 870 myself, there's just no mistaking the sound it makes.

Seriously, usually I just ignore them but have been known to open the door and ask if they read the sign at the development entrance reading "No Solicitors" and then immediately engage in a debate as to why it doesn't apply to them.

That does the trick.
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One option may be to don a hockey mask and get the chain saw out, then open the door.
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Old 03-05-2013, 07:13 AM   #33
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There's a story in my family about one of many times that Jehovah's Witnesses rang our doorbell. Our mother came to the door, and they asked her whether she would be interested in eternal salvation. "No thank-you" she replied, "We're Catholic".

It even brought a smirk to the face of our parish priest when told the story.
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It is rare that anyone knocks on the door we do not know. The dogs go nuts and we look out the window. Often we do not answer. Colorado has a make my day law, so you have to be foolish to try anything when someone is home.
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One local preacher I knew closely resembled the late Conway Twitty. He called on folks in town as part of his weekly visitation, and to occasionally solicit donations.

Being often mistaken for Twitty, he usually just shrugged it off, but one day while canvassing the neighborhood, a lady answered the door, wearing only a towel. Upon seeing the Conway Twitty look-alike, she threw her hands up, causing the towel to drop to the floor, and screamed "It's Conway Twitty!"

Whereupon the preacher exclaimed "Hello Darlin'"...
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So that is my new technique, grab the phone and tell the person through the window that I cannot open the door as I'm busy and so sorry but bye.
I open the front door blinds. If it is someone with a clipboard, religious materials and someone I don't know I just shake my head no and close the blinds. I'm not quite sure why you would need an excuse, such as a phone, to decline to open the door. Anyone going door to door is familiar with non-responses.

Sometimes (rarely) someone will shout something to me through the door and I ignore them. However, I can say that once or twice someone has shouted something useful, such as I left my car lights on, that I've appreciated.
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I open the front door blinds. If it is someone with a clipboard, religious materials and someone I don't know I just shake my head no and close the blinds. I'm not quite sure why you would need an excuse, such as a phone, to decline to open the door. Anyone going door to door is familiar with non-responses.

Sometimes (rarely) someone will shout something to me through the door and I ignore them. However, I can say that once or twice someone has shouted something useful, such as I left my car lights on, that I've appreciated.
I just am trying to find a "nice" way of letting people down.

After reading of one creep who got in and tortured the occupant, I'm not going to open up to complete strangers. But most door-to-door people are just trying to earn a meager living or are true believers and I don't want them to feel too bad about that.
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The only thing I miss about my old house was that it had a fence around the entire property that no one dared to enter seeing as I had 2 German Shepherds who sounded like they would nothing more than to eat any visitors for lunch. The truth was they were both all bark and no bite but they sure sounded ferocious, LOL. Anyway, I had an electric gate I came and went from and had a security camera and 2 way intercom that any visitors had to use to come in. Most solicitors got the "thanks but no thanks" and they heard the "click" that I had signed off...

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In our city, anyone going door to door selling something, must have a city license. If they do not, I explain that to them, and they ususally go away quickly. If someone looks unsavory, I follow-up with a call to the PD.
Nevertheless, being polite is always a good idea.
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