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I am sick of people constantly coming to my door. Someone just did it again a few minutes ago. They always want something (usually money, in the form of donations, odd jobs or just plain begging). Maybe it's the neighborhood I'm in. Maybe it's the bad economy. I never had so many people ringing the doorbell as they have in the past 2 years. Someone is at my doorstep almost every week these days.

I am single and don't get visits from anyone I know (I go see my friends/family every week - everyone I know is about 40 miles away from me). Therefore, if someone rings my doorbell, it's not a social call. I used to answer the door, but I have quit. The way I figure it, nothing good will come of it for me. I don't need anything from a stranger who I don't know.

Has anyone else noticed a rise in strangers ringing your doorbell?
 

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Yep, I believe a no solicitors sign would help - for sure! If someone is daft enough to knock, even after reading the sign, you could either ignore it or answer it with a greeting of "unless you are illiterate, I see no excuse for this disturbance."

 

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The "no solicitors" sign is a good idea. I might have to do that.


The worst was a little over a year ago. It was someone selling magazines. They were super nice and complimented everything (me, my house, etc). They talked me into buying a home theater magazine subscription. The way they made it sound was it would cost about $20. But it turned out that it was $80. The $20 was just the down payment. If you ever bought a magazine subscription, you should know that they are discounted heavily, but this one obviously was not. A magazine subscription like the one I ended up buying should not have cost more than $15. I don't even know why I let myself get suckered into that, but what is done is done. Lesson learned and a big reason why you should not answer the door.

Later, I looked up the company on a ripoff report website and that subscription company was shady as hell.
 

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someone willing to talk to you is giving you the opportunity to talk to him. About vegetarianism, veganism, etc.
 

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It's rare for me. I remember one evening some Mormon missionaries knocked on the door of my apartment and I answered it in nothing but my underwear. They seemed uncomfortable, but not uncomfortable enough that I didn't have to end the conversation myself.
 

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I don't get so many anymore because the complex I live in has rules about solicitors. But in my last apartment, I used to get Jehova's Witness people all the time along with kids selling all manner of things for fundraising.
 

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Originally Posted by RabbitLuvr View Post

The situation that made me put up the No Solicitors sign was a salesperson. It was a girl, she couldn't have been more than 12, and she was supposedly selling cleaning products, though she didn't actually have any products or even a brochure to show us. She wanted us to give her money, then she would call her "manager" who would supposedly drop off whatever we ordered from her.

So after I said no to this scheme, she wanted to use my cell phone to call her manager to bring her some of these cleaning products or whatever. She also wanted to come inside my house to wait.

I just very politely declined, and asked her to leave. My husband looked up the company online, and they had gotten a grade F from the Better Business Bureau in several states; Husband reported the company, as well.

I noticed a few other houses in my neighborhood put signs on their doors not long after that, so I think that incident bothered other people, too.

Before that, it was mostly just AT&T trying to sell me their tv service.
Wow, that definitely sounds like a scam or possible home-invasion tactic, using a child to get you to open up your home and such.
 

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Originally Posted by Envy View Post

I would be rather happy if someone came to my door, since it's quite "off the charts".
Salesman: Hello there, would you like to buy so-
Envy: Hello.

Salesman: Uh, hi. Would you like to buy some-
Envy:

Salesman: ...
Envy:

Salesman: Sorry for wasting your time.
 

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I never answer the door unless I think it's a parcel.
Yes, I try to do the same. I answered the door to a double glazing salesman today thinking it was my parcel.
What bothered me is why he was even ringing the bell as you can tell from the outside of my house that it is recently double glazed.
 

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Originally Posted by vegkid View Post

Salesman: Hello there, would you like to buy so-
Envy: Hello.

Salesman: Uh, hi. Would you like to buy some-
Envy:

Salesman: ...
Envy:

Salesman: Sorry for wasting your time.
How very fitting, did you spy on me when the plumber came home to our house or what?


Man, I would be famous as the first one who would invite a Jehovah witness for a cup of coffee.
 
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