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Please help a social moron......

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Jack Straw, May 31, 2013.

  1. Sprinter

    Sprinter Minister of Fire

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    IMO, any uninvited solicitor, home or phone, is the party being impolite. They are intruding on you and you owe them nothing other than basic civility. You certainly don't owe them your time.

    In fact, the best favor you can do them if you're not interested is not encourage them because that just wastes their time too.

    Well, I do try to be nice to the girl scouts...
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  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Repeat the solicitation and they don't even deserve politeness. I have no qualms on hanging up right away on a solicitor. If the door to door folks don't get the "I'm not interested" message, then they get a curt invite off the property. Fortunately our driveway is long and the houses are far in between so this is not very common. We also never get trick or treaters.
  3. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Same here, although they should have figured that out pretty quick based on what's hanging on the wall by the front door.

    I'll be nice to anyone as long as they are nice to me. The second someone gets pushy or takes a tone I don't like I end the the conversation. This goes for telemarkets, sales people, etc. I'll just say "I'm done here, have a nice day" and hang up or leave.
  4. MishMouse

    MishMouse Minister of Fire

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    I used to play with Telemarketers before I got married.

    I recorded a message on my machine similiar to the following.
    "Hello............ Hello???? ................. Is anybody there???? ................. I can hardly hear you.............What????? ......... I am still having a hard time hearing you, please speak up................What?????..............I still can hardly hear you.................... Oh ...... I think I found the problem..................Why are you yelling at my answering machine?"

    I recorded a bunch of colorful language from many Telemarketers on this one.
    Needless to say they didn't call back.
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  5. Badfish740

    Badfish740 Minister of Fire

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    Reminded me of this old gem:

  6. firebroad

    firebroad Minister of Fire

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    It is my understanding that door-to-door missionary work is part of JW's religion, same as the Mormons. Mormons aren't quite as insistent as JW's, though.
    I have found over the years that if I immediately identify myself as Pagan, they bid me good day and leave. Has never failed. Now, if you are Christian, I am sure your God will not mind you using that little white lie...;)
  7. Delta-T

    Delta-T Minister of Fire

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    ...Ahuramazda doesn't mind if you claim to be Zoroastrian...in case you are uncomfortable claiming a different philosophy.;)
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  8. northwinds

    northwinds Minister of Fire

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    We're not close to the main road and don't get many uninvited visitors. For JW or other uninvited visitors, I am blunt: "No offense, but I have no interest" and close the door. For phone calls, we use the "do not call" list registry, which cuts down on the telemarketers. For ones that sneak through, if no one answers after a split second, I simply hang up. Friends and relatives learn to be quick.
  9. will711

    will711 Minister of Fire

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    Try this , I'm sorry before you start ," No Pics It Never Happened" ;) Good bye.
  10. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    My Dad used to ask them in and then grill them on their beliefs and then he would twist the tables on them and try to convert them.
    They left quickly.
  11. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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    The Jehovah's witnesses just came back for the 4th time in 2 months. I told to never come back and I may have called the lady a really bad name.
  12. WES999

    WES999 Minister of Fire

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    I answer the door dressed like this, they don't come back.
    leatherface.jpg
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