Stranger rung our doorbell & doesn't leave

United States
July 11, 2019 7:26pm CST
A combination of ringing the doorbell + knocking, wouldn't you call it quits & leave if it's been 5 minutes? In bed, we can open our ring doorbell app & saw the man. He was quite suspicious - examining our door, feeling the door & looking at the windows. It was all strange, so my fiancé changed, hurried downstairs. And, the man was still there. My fiancé opened the window & asked what he needed? The man replied: Work, looking for work? My fiancé said: There's no work. The man hesitated and finally left. Has this ever happened to you? Normally if people are advertising their business, they would just place a business card at the door, or door hanger. This man had no vehicle in sight & was just holding his phone/keys.
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@JustBhem (56143)
• Davao, Philippines
12 Jul
I also read from one of the myLotter here the same as you experienced, she was with her laptop when she heard her door bell ring and a knock, she did not expect anyone so she did not open the door.
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• United States
12 Jul
I don't open the door for strangers/people I don't know. I would talk behind the door or like my fiancé he opened the window only.
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@JustBhem (56143)
• Davao, Philippines
12 Jul
@infatuatedbby Good thing he did not open the door.
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• United States
12 Jul
@JustBhem Yeah we don't not safe nowadays.
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@alberello75 (22837)
• Genova, Italy
12 Jul
Actually, a person looking for work, is highly probably that he does't have a car! But nowadays, (unfortunately), we must be wary of everyone. But perhaps among these people, maybe sometimes there is someone who is truthful!
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• United States
12 Jul
You would not look for work asking someone at their home though especially if you do not know them? And they do not have a sign out for work.
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@alberello75 (22837)
• Genova, Italy
12 Jul
@infatuatedbby Yes, this is actually strange. Especially because you, are not a company! And then, what job could you give him? However, you must know that when I had to look for work, they told me that I have to go around the whole city and, workshop for workshop, ring bells and say if they needed a worker! Because, stay at home or sit on benches and smoking, I went on the sure that, the work, I WOULD HAVE NEVER FOUND! Indeed, as you can see, that was the result. I'm 44 years, still jobless!
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• United States
12 Jul
@alberello75 Yes, not a company. It is residential homes here. I mean if someone was doing construction and it was obvious and they rung the doorbell and asked if there was work - that would make more sense. It isn't common at all to ring door to door unless you are a company worker and trying to sell something or a service. You are sort of working online with myLot? Do you work on any other websites for money earning?
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@rakski (33950)
• Philippines
12 Jul
that is a bit scary.
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• United States
12 Jul
It was strange, but we have the man on camera.
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@rakski (33950)
• Philippines
12 Jul
@infatuatedbby and that is good
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@cacay1 (42607)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
12 Jul
@rakski, that is right, so scary. I think that man was a thief.
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@1hopefulman (42967)
• Canada
12 Jul
I haven't had an experience like that. He was looking for work and going house to house?
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• United States
12 Jul
I don't know if he was going house to house or not. Did not see him go to any other house.
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@cacay1 (42607)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
12 Jul
@1hopefulman maybe applying for a houseboy,lol.
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@1hopefulman (42967)
• Canada
12 Jul
@infatuatedbby Something weird was going on there!
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@valmnz (15520)
• New Zealand
12 Jul
That is rather a scary sounding situation.
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• United States
13 Jul
It was.
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@Scrapper88 (2178)
• United States
12 Jul
I am wondering if he was wanting to come in to steal from you,
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• United States
12 Jul
That is on our mind also.
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• Agra, India
12 Jul
That was strange. Maybe he was trying to get in if no one was there in the house.
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• United States
12 Jul
I don't know what the man's intentions were. But there is always someone home, if not we have the doorbell camera.
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• Agra, India
12 Jul
@infatuatedbby this is good. It is always better to be cautious.
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• United States
12 Jul
@amitkokiladitya Yes definitely, it is safer to be cautious.
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@moffittjc (56776)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Jul
I would have said to the guy, "It takes me 7 seconds to load this 9mm handgun I'm holding. That's how long you have to get the hell off my property."
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• United States
13 Jul
I don't think the man was fluent in English because he kept repeating work so he may have not understood me if I said that!
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• United States
13 Jul
@moffittjc Haha why thank you. I do have a bat! A kid's bat lol!
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@moffittjc (56776)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Jul
@infatuatedbby It doesn't matter that it's a kid's bat. It will still serve the purpose.
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@ilocosboy (42808)
• Philippines
12 Jul
Oh my that could make me nervous. It could be someone who can make not good things.
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• United States
12 Jul
Yeah, we don't know his intentions but we have their face on camera (our ring doorbell camera). This is the first time ever have I received someone ringing the doorbell and asking for work. Don't know what work there is!
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@ilocosboy (42808)
• Philippines
12 Jul
That camera is very helpful
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• United States
12 Jul
@ilocosboy Yes, indeed. We will be putting up more security cameras. I am just waiting for it to go on sale.
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@amandajay (22771)
• New Zealand
12 Jul
Oh this annoying, you can try maximum 3 times, or else should leave.
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• United States
12 Jul
3 times would seem a lot already especially not knowing them. 2 times max but this was in combination of knocking, ringing.
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@amandajay (22771)
• New Zealand
14 Jul
@infatuatedbby oh that’s really annoying knocking and ringing.
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• United States
14 Jul
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@just4him (162243)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Jul
He was up to no good. I'm glad your fiance didn't open the door to him.
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• United States
13 Jul
I don't think so either. Who does that? No sign of work anywhere.
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@just4him (162243)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Jul
@infatuatedbby I hope he doesn't return.
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• United States
15 Jul
@just4him Thank you. Me neither
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@much2say (35677)
• United States
12 Jul
That sounds really suspicious and creepy. We've gotten a lot of contractor type businesses at our door - all of them have their sales pitch speech if you open the door . . . but never just straight up asking for work. And if no one answered the door, they just leave some kinda of paper thing like you said. There might be a 2nd try on the knocking, but they certainly wouldn't hang out for 5 minutes . . . feeling and examining without you there is a no-no. At least you got him on camera!!
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• United States
12 Jul
It was creepy and I have him on camera - thankfully. I checked the ring app and no one else posted. Normally people would post this type of things but nope. So far living here only 3 people rung the the doorbell. 2 of which I was not home. 1 was a church group and the other was a sales pitch person.
@Hannihar (66127)
12 Jul
@infatuatedbby I have people coming to our door and knocking and then ringing the bell and I do not answer but they stay for a while and i look in the little peep hole and they finally go on to the next door but they do not leave right away.
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@Hannihar (66127)
16 Jul
@infatuatedbby These are people that want money.
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• United States
18 Jul
@Hannihar Yeah usually selling something or a service.
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@Hannihar (66127)
18 Jul
@infatuatedbby No, at certain times a year there are very religious people that go door to door for money.
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• United States
12 Jul
Why would he come to your place looking for work?are you hiring. I think it was odd like he may have been checking to see if any one home.
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• United States
12 Jul
No. Not hiring. What is there to hire? Yes. I think that is the case as well.
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• United States
12 Jul
@infatuatedbby I thought maybe he seen a sign there for work. I am glad you have the doorbell app.
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• United States
12 Jul
@CookieMonster46 Oh no, we do not have a sign posted.
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@kobesbuddy (75870)
• East Tawas, Michigan
12 Jul
I'm sure that I wouldn't open the door, for this person!
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• United States
13 Jul
Me either!! Definitely not when I'm home alone (Rarely am I but nope).
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@kobesbuddy (75870)
• East Tawas, Michigan
13 Jul
@infatuatedbby I just let them stand and knock, forever if they so choose:(
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• United States
14 Jul
@kobesbuddy Actually, there was a time my mom and I let the stranger knock forever and they honestly tried to run into the door and open it. We called the cops afterwards but they left.
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@sharon6345 (185357)
• United States
12 Jul
He could be someone down on his luck looking for work like he said. A few more questions and your mate would have got a little more info. I get knocks at the door all the time. I ask a few questions to know what they are here for. Sometimes I open the door others I don't. all over this building has cameras so I tend to feel a little safer than I would without one.
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• United States
13 Jul
Yes, but there is no work anywhere. If there was a sign of construction or something to be done - I wonder understand ringing the doorbell and ask. But feeling the door and looking suspicious does not help. Having a camera definitely puts things at ease though.
• United States
13 Jul
@sharon6345 Oh yes there are nice people out here, that is for sure. I am new to this area, just moved here a few months ago. It has more crime than what I'm used (hardly any crime actually) but we have to be aware of my surroundings. I wouldn't mind too much if we had work (like if it looked like our home needed work) but it currently doesn't. If I had grass high and needed cutting or something of that nature that would be acceptable but there is nothing needing to be done.
@sharon6345 (185357)
• United States
13 Jul
@infatuatedbby YOu are right you need to be mindful of your surroundings. I am with you there.
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@SIMPLYD (89880)
• Philippines
13 Jul
I would be suspicious also, so I won't open the door myself. If i am alone I would peep from the window and ask. But if hubby is with me I will let him just peep from the window only. But in our house, no one can go inside our premises because our house is fenced and have a gate. we have big dogs in front of the garage, so they will bark defensively when there is a person at the gate. So, we can open the door from the kitchen near the garage and ask from there.
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• United States
13 Jul
That is really safe to have a gated in home and the dogs are a great protection. Do you often get strangers ringing your doorbell?
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@SIMPLYD (89880)
• Philippines
13 Jul
@infatuatedbby Rarely. Though, there are beggars who would really just stand outside the gate while they are being barked at by The dogs. So, when asked they would ask for alms. We give them rice instead which they can cook and eat for how many days. Specially on Christmas time there would be people standing outside to ask for Christmas gifts.
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• United States
14 Jul
@SIMPLYD That is really nice of you and your family. Beggars don't go home to home here (not that I know of) but my relatives in Vietnam say there are a lot.
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• United States
15 Jul
Desperate times seem to be calling for desperate measures. Thank goodness he was just looking for work and not a victim !
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• United States
16 Jul
That's what he said, but I don't know!
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• United States
16 Jul
@infatuatedbby if you are still alive, nothing was taken, and you can talk about it, he was just desperate but not seemingly dangerous. Does this happen often over by you ?
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• United States
19 Jul
@enlightenedpsych2 New in the neighborhood, so unsure if its common or not. But on the app a lot of people in the area report suspicious activity or theft.
@LadyDuck (230436)
• Switzerland
12 Jul
Weird and scary, people do not go around knocking at the doors like this. At which time of the day did this happen?
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• United States
12 Jul
It was 9AM. But in general, you don't go knocking around asking for work if there is no sign of work. I could see someone asking if there was construction being done but there's nothing and no need of any renovations.
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@LadyDuck (230436)
• Switzerland
13 Jul
@infatuatedbby I fully agree and you do not insist if no one comes to open the door at the first ring.
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• United States
13 Jul
@LadyDuck Exactly. However, if it's something important like a package needing signature or something urgent you could continue ringing the doorbell but for work? Common!
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• Pamplona, Spain
13 Jul
Yes and we never open the door not like before. On a funnier note there is a guy here who gets a bit merry and rings a doorbell but he mistakes it for his own door as he has had one too many to drink.
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• United States
19 Jul
Lol, that is silly of the man!
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• Pamplona, Spain
19 Jul
@infatuatedbby Well he is so merry he does not even know what floor he is on.
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• United States
20 Jul
@lovinangelsinstead21 Lol hopefully it does not happen often!
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