Why can't people read signs??

@TessWhite (3147)
United States
March 14, 2009 2:30pm CST
I am so frustrated today. I am disabled and often can't keep my housework up like I'd like to. I am also selling my home at the moment - without a realtor. My sign CLEARLY states "shown by appointment only" on it. But yet people keep dropping by unanounced expecting me to invite them right on in. Last week I was in the middle of laundry (which was sorted all over the floor) as well as cleaning out the fridge (which had dishes everywhere) and I had the furniture pulled out to mop also. And some dimwit drops by expecting me to invite her in. I stepped out on the porch, coughed a few times and told her I had the flu. I then asked her to set a time - which she didn't. Haven't seen her since unfortunately. Now today some woman calls me (from MY driveway) asking if she can come in NOW to see it. I told her NOW doesn't work but she is more than welcome to set her own time for tomorrow and I'll be happy to show it. Thankfully she is interested and agreed to come back tomorrow. Why can't people respect other's privacy and follow their wishes when its clearly stated on a sign? How would you handle this?
4 responses
• United States
14 Mar 09
The unintelligent folks can not see/read the signs, and the intelligent folks do not need them.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
15 Mar 09
Well I am happy to report that the people who came today (with an appointment) bought my place. FINALLY. And even stranger is another man called an hour later and offered to buy it as well. So if this deal falls thru I have another one interested.
@Ramsay (131)
• Canada
14 Mar 09
I think some people think things should run on thier own time not anyone elses so they ignore the signs. Yes it is wrong for people to think that way but I guess it is how people are. Hmmm how would I deal with it, I think I would tell them politely that no right now is not a good time and to set up a time and date to which there okay with sort of like you did with the woman in the driveway.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
14 Mar 09
Thanks. I've had this problem before when I was selling. It bugged me enough that I went ahead and moved to my new home and had a realtor sell my old one empty. But this time I can't do that. I'll just have to keep trying to set appointments.
• United States
14 Mar 09
I would kindly tell them that they have to make an appointment because you have to make sure someone is home to show the house. They do not need to know that you are cleaning, or doing anything else. As for the people that show up at the door, I would have an appointment calender handy next to the door for them to set up a time later in the week that will be good for both of you. If they are serious about buying then they will make the apointment. Af for people not reading the sign, it is just something that most people don't do. I have noticed that people that do not like to read will avaoid even signs, while avid readers will read signs and follow the directions on them.
@TessWhite (3147)
• United States
14 Mar 09
Yes, some of the ones who drop by don't even seem to be serious buyers. I did one day show it to someone who dropped by - only because I had just finished my cleaning. And yet by the comments made it seemed they were only curious, and not interested. Talk about wasting my time.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
16 Mar 09
I owuld hand;e it exactly the same way that you are doing. By appointment only. good luck