L-chan (mellowcandle) wrote,

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Dear Abby: How does one politely but firmly turn down door-to-door salespeople? How should I respond to salespeople who become rude once I tell them I'm not interested? Many of them become hostile once they realize I can't be persuaded to buy what they're selling.

- No Thank You in Long Beach, Calif.

Dear No Thank You: If this is happening regularly, the first thing to do is post a sign next to your door that says "No Soliciting." When someone you don't know knocks or rings your bell, don't answer it. If you somehow get trapped into hearing the sales pitch, when the person pauses for breath say firmly, "Not interested," and close your door.

Remember, the person is not trying to make a friend of you; the person WANTS something. You do not have to tolerate rudeness.

Oh, Abby, it's good advice, but putting up a sign and not answering the door DOES NOT WORK.

You'd be amazed how many people cannot read.

D and I put a "No Soliciting" sign right above our doorbell a few years ago. People still ring/knock and try to sell us things.

Generally, I do not answer the door unless I am expecting a visitor/service call/package, and especially I won't if I'm home alone.

Last week during the day, someone came by and both rang the bell and knocked in a familiar sort of way. D and I were both home but neither of us answered because we weren't expecting anyone.

Whoever it was left, but they came by a few hours later with the same "ring-knock-knock-knock." It was after dinner and we were in our PJs, so again, we did not answer the door.

The next day, again after dinner, they did the same. We knew it was the same people because of the "ring-knock-knock-knock". D finally answered the door because at this point, WTF?

(In case anyone's wondering, "Oh, but what if it was one of your neighbors and they needed help?" We are listed on our neighborhood phone sheet, so I'd hope someone would call if they really needed us for something, or move on to the next house when we didn't answer the first time.)

It was a group from AT&T apparently canvassing our neighborhood to sell their cable/phone/internet bundle or whatever.

D was like, Yeah, we're happy with our service, thanks anyway, and shut the door. He said he wished he was rude enough to say, "Can't you people fucking read?"

He also thought it was "interesting" that there were three of them, youngish hipsterish types, a white guy, a black guy, and a white girl, he guessed so that one of them would be instantly "relateable" to whoever answered the door. Seems like a waste of manpower. You could annoy a lot more people in a lot less time if you'd spread out!
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