What's Not to Understand

@carolbee (16231)
United States
February 9, 2008 12:19pm CST
We have a "no soliciting" sign in the window. Constantly we have people coming to the door and either ringing the doorbell or knocking. All it does is upset the animals and accomplish nothing. Are you annoyed by solicitors bothering you in your own home doing your own thing? I do realize many of the solicitors are trying to make a living but we don't need any home improvements and the people can see that the minute they get up close to the house. I refuse to answer the door especially when I am home alone.
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@kareng (30563)
• United States
9 Feb 08
It seems pretty simple to me! Why don't you add a line to it that "all violators will be reported to the authorities". Maybe they will think twice before ringing the bell.
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
9 Feb 08
I've had other signs in the window and on the front door that said not to solicit even for surveys, etc. as most of those people want money. They don't read anything I put in front of them. It just happened a few min. ago again and probably because we are in a large city, the sun is out and it's Saturday. Just a guess. Thanks for responding.
@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
10 Feb 08
It drives me crazy also. I quit answering the door too. There is only one solicitor that comes here but she comes often enough, it drives me crazy. She is spreading the word of her religion and that is fine if I asked for it, but she comes here too often and the last time she asked me for a donation. I am wandering who is paying for her gas to drive around door to door? We live in the country and she has to drive to each door here.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
10 Feb 08
I disagreed with two women who wanted me to join their church and wanted to come back to the house and speak with my husband also. I explained we weren't interested but they insisted and I mean insisted they were coming back. I finally got across to them that we were of a totally different religion and it would be a waste of time on their part. They got the hint and left. I thought it was safe to open the door but actually, they could have been decoys. Thanks for responding.
@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
11 Feb 08
You are very right about that. This lady is not in my religion either and she wants me to give her donations. I explained to her also that I do not celebrate her kind of religion, but she keeps coming back and leaving pamphlets and knocking on the door. We sleep during the day and work nights. It is beginning to be a nuisance to us but I just hate to be mean to her. I am thinking about putting a sign on my door saying no soliciting please.
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
11 Feb 08
My experience is people don't read and are persistent. Would be a good idea for you to put up and sign and take your phone off the hook. I don't want people calling me in the middle of the night and your schedule is my daytime schedule. It's hard to sleep during the day. Has to do with Circadian (sp.) rhythm being disrupted.
@barehugs (8984)
• Canada
10 Feb 08
There is an easy solution. Yes I said Solution! Install a shower head over your door. When a solicitor rings just turn on the water and give him a shower. He won't ring again, that I guarantee!
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
11 Feb 08
Now this is hysterical. What a great idea. The solicitor wouldn't be able to sue as a result because they are on private property. Well unless they fell and were hurt....lol Thanks for responding.
• United States
23 Feb 08
lmao Now that is funny. Instead of a showerhead, you can just open the door long enough to douse the jerk and slam the door in their face. That would produce the same result I would think.
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
10 Feb 08
Oh my goodness, it makes me so terribly mad when folks come to the door and ring my doorbell in hopes selling me somthing or providing a service. At least once a week some scruffy guy will come to the door and ask if I want the tree in our front yard trimmed. I have started not going to the door. As you said, my dog starts barking and then he is hyper and noisy for 30 minutes afterwards. One dude wouldn't quit ringing the doorbell when I didn't answer. I finally went to the door and shouted through it that he had 30 seconds to leave the porch or the police would be called to help him off!
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
10 Feb 08
That's a good idea. Thanks. Atleast the solicitor knows someone is in the house. Thanks for responding.
• United States
23 Feb 08
crazynurse, you shouldn't of even gone to the door. If the person won't stop ringing/knocking at the door, I would just call the police and remain quiet inside as if noone was home. Let the police deal with the inconsiderate jerk.
@naty1941 (2336)
• United States
25 Feb 08
The ones I don't like are the ones that knock on the door in the AM with very loud knocks. My daughter works at night and sleeps during the daytime and they wake her up.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
25 Feb 08
Now that would thoroughly irritate me if I had a daughter who was trying to sleep. Thanks for responding.
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
23 Feb 08
Since we live in a rural area, we seldom get solicitors but when we do, they meet Dom face to face, not us. Must be why they don't come round anymore.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
25 Feb 08
We get them more often on the weekends but I still don't answer the door. It should be totally against the law to sell door to door unless it would be a good organization like Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts. Thanks for responding.
@sid556 (30987)
• United States
10 Feb 08
I, too, understand that these people are just trying to make a living but what a way to earn a buck...by bothering people! It should be against the law. It is risky to the person soliciting and to the person answering the door. Telemarketers are not much better. I have yet to meet even one person that is not annoyed by any of these people. Even if they do buy their product or let them in to hear their story....it is only out of pity or the inability to say "no". It is a rude way to make a living to be sure.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
11 Feb 08
I agree soliciting could also be dangerous to the solicitor as well. Example: someone rings the bell and that homeowner is annoyed already and has a weapon. Could be the end of his/her career. Thanks for responding.
@sacmom (14250)
• United States
10 Feb 08
I used to sell cookies going door to door when I was in Brownies and I was also as a door to door sales person for a short time. I always tried my best to avoid homes that had a "no solicitation" sign up. I knew better than to knock on these peoples door. The sign was already enough to make me turn and walk away! If the sign is on a window it may not be easily seen by others. If possible try putting it on your door instead (about eye level) and see if this keeps them from knocking on your door. Good luck! :)
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
10 Feb 08
The sign on the window is very visable. A person has to walk by the sign before coming to the door. Like your idea so will make a sign about the size of our front door which is large and place it on the door..lol I do feel bad for solicitors that depend on door to door sales to survive but targeting an area with working people and retired people is not a good place to sell. Thanks for responding.
@dragon54u (31628)
• United States
10 Feb 08
I had that problem, too. I decided that nobody understood the term "solicitor" anymore so I changed it to "No Salesmen!" It worked like a charm. After the third person turned away (all adults) I added "girl/boy scouts allowed". I had it "girl/boy scouts excepted" but that deterred a couple of scouts. What's not to understand is that people don't know proper English anymore. You have to dumb down your signs, unfortunately.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
10 Feb 08
I did have a sign on my front door once that ran all people away but I wanted the kids in the neighborhood to ring the doorbell if they were selling Girl Scout Cookies or something of that nature. Sometimes these solicitors start with an opening line they are taking a survey. I had two women come here about a month ago and I did open the door. They were from some church and offered to clean my house. Ok now that's real safe....lol Thanks for responding.
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
10 Feb 08
Yes, unless it's the tamale lady I don't answer the door anymore. Everybody from the bug company to that annoying Kirby man knock on our door at least three times a week. It's kind of scary when I'm home alone.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
10 Feb 08
I do realize people have to make a living but there needs to be another alternative. One guy showed up here yesterday, when I started this discussion, that looked like a total freak. No way was I going to open the door. My husband was at work at the time. Thanks for responding.
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
9 Feb 08
I don't answer the door either..it's much too scary! I don't need the things they solicite either.....and if I did I would go to a contractor that is local! I understand too where they need a job and many times it's college kids trying to earn money and travel at the same time but if it were my kid I would tell them to find a real job. I suppose they give them hope of big commissions. I am annoyed when they knock on the door...especially since I spend most of my time upstairs and the entry doors are downstairs!
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
10 Feb 08
I totally agree with you. I couldn't have said it any better. My computer room is upstairs also and the doors are down 8 steps. I now make it a steady habit of looking out the window. No car in the driveway, I don't bother to walk the steps. Thanks for responding.
@TerryZ (22082)
• United States
9 Feb 08
I dont blame you one bit for being upset. I might get one a year thats it. I wouldnt answer the door if I was alone either. Why dont they get it?
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
10 Feb 08
Signs don't work so maybe I should get a huge yard sign and place it right in the middle of the lawn..lol It's our property so actually nobody can tell me that's not allowed. I get solicitors throughout the week also when many neighbors aren't home. That's not real safe. And you are right, people don't get it. Thanks for responding.
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
9 Feb 08
We don't really have a problem like there in my neighborhood. Usually the only ones that come to the door selling things are the children with their school fund raisers. I have had those problems before though and it does seem like they would respect your sign and not bother you.
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@carolbee (16231)
• United States
9 Feb 08
Kids who are selling school fundraiser items is fine. We are always willing to buy to support their needs. Yep, it really is lack of respect. Thanks for responding.
@gemini_rose (16268)
10 Feb 08
I hate it, they never read the signs. I am like you I never answer the door to anyone I dont know when I am home alone. We dont get too much of this where I live luckily, but what we do get a lot of is phone sales, somedays the phone never stops ringing and its just people trying to get us to have a loan, a credit card or new windows. Sometimes they are so pushy and will not take no for an answer. Answering the phone gets to the point where its depressing, so we just dont answer it! Then when it stops we dial the number to find out who called and if its someone we know we will then phone them back. Or I answer the phone and if its sales I just tactfully hang up the phone while I am speaking to make it look like there is a fault on the phone!!
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
11 Feb 08
In the US there is a "no call list" which bans companies from calling and trying to sell, repair or fix. It works extremely well. Thanks for responding.