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"That's not very American."
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Post# 949441   7/22/2017 at 13:18 by joeekaitis (Rialto, California, USA)        

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Said the guy selling God knows what who knocked today with the worn-out "We have a truck in the neighborhood and more supplies than we need, so . . . " pitch.


I politely informed him that we don't buy anything door-to-door but we'd be happy to consider a mailed offer (without launching into the more aggressive "The only purpose of door-to-door soliciting is to deny me the opportunity to properly assess the value and worth of your product/charity/political party") whereupon he instinctively responded with the response above, most likely right out of the training manual.


Time to buy a NO SOLICITING sign and rehearse my "You're obviously not illiterate so I'll presume you're just an a**hole" retort for the courtesy-challenged.

Post# 949446 , Reply# 1   7/22/2017 at 13:54 by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I'm ready to put up a sign too.  We get hit up for everything in this neighborhood.  I don't answer the door unless I'm expecting someone, but still, it's annoying.

Post# 949447 , Reply# 2   7/22/2017 at 14:06 by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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I've had the same spiel tossed for a coating on my driveway - left over material from a large job, can make you a deal.....  


The ones who show up here in this neighborhood (which is not exactly a classy spot) are the Jehovah's Witnesses and (twice this year) a Kirby vacuum salesman.  Neither of these interest me in the least.  But I do try to be polite.



Post# 949449 , Reply# 3   7/22/2017 at 14:18 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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In an episode of (IIRC) Maude, there was a salesman who dropped in. He claimed he was selling door to door so he could afford college. He was told he needed to learn to read, first, and shown the sign saying no salespeople.

Post# 949459 , Reply# 4   7/22/2017 at 16:48 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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see, your problem was, you answered the door with your clothes ON!....

or invite them in to take their clothes OFF!!!....


Post# 949463 , Reply# 5   7/22/2017 at 17:32 by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        
Tell us Yogi

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Have you done that? And if so what kind of responses have you gotten?

Post# 949467 , Reply# 6   7/22/2017 at 18:08 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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well lets see.....

I learned by doing a raindance on my front porch works better if I leave my clothes on!....

but it does put into effect a force field causing cars to swerve off the road!

note to oneself, park the Jeep somewhere safe first!

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Post# 949479 , Reply# 7   7/22/2017 at 20:05 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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A couple of years ago while I was up on the roof (where I'm not happy) cleaning out the gutters a pickup stopped out front and one of the guys said they were installing gutter guards.. How much was too much and so they drove off.. About 45 mins later when I was up on the 2nd story fearing for my life they stopped back again and told me they had enough to finish our house,, (possibly a tale) and they'd do it for half the cost they'd originally quoted.. I was fine with that.. it was worth it..and the stuff they were using was good quality, not that cheap netting but actual aluminum panels screwed into the gutters. So down I got,, up they went and had the whole house finished in about an hour,,  So worth it. I've never had to clean them out since. 

Post# 949596 , Reply# 8   7/23/2017 at 09:47 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
If I am out side and they ask if I know

so and so, or? I say yes, we're in the middle of a meal just now.
Or they say, very nice home, we're in the neighborhood selling doors and windows when it's obvious I don't need any.

Post# 949640 , Reply# 9   7/23/2017 at 13:39 by iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        
Our worst offenders

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Are window and siding people.
They think they show up in an older neighborhood and they have it made. Except my house is already sided, thanks to the hail storm of 2009, and what's wrong with my windows anyway?

Even if I wanted new windows, this house has 29 windows, they would cost more than the house. Then they say well just do a few at a time. What would that accomplish?

As for Jehovas witnesses. A coworker belongs, and they have a no knock list, just ask them to put your address on the list, and they will leave you alone for three years.

Post# 949656 , Reply# 10   7/23/2017 at 15:58 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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actually....any one of these companies who advertise on TV you want to avoid...buyer beware!

Bath Fitters....

Empire Flooring....

Post# 949669 , Reply# 11   7/23/2017 at 17:24 by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
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Try,(Neither is being a dick. Get the hell away from my house.)

Post# 949734 , Reply# 12   7/23/2017 at 22:28 by ovrphil (N.Atlanta Georgia )        
Empire Flooring!

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Thank you Yogi...I HATE their ad video and horrible jingle.

The onslaught of door to door sales after buying 2 new homes in subdivisions, was annoying! The Atlanta Constitution, Omaha Steaks, Tree Service cruisers who stop to ask if I want a tree cut, The Mormons, Gutter cleaners, Donate to Help High Schoolers (not from our neighborhood)buy uniforms, Girl Scout cookie sellers(cardboard cookies, these days, imho), and "we'll paint your house number on the curb to the right of your driveway.."

No one reads or cares about " No Soliciting" signs.

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Post# 949735 , Reply# 13   7/23/2017 at 22:44 by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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I had some Jehovahs Witnesses that wanted to convert me come to my door. I said you are wasting your time here as this neighborhood is 95% Catholic and the rest Jewish. Shut the door, but not before they shoved a watchtower in it. They never came back, guess they got the message.

Post# 949792 , Reply# 14   7/24/2017 at 09:01 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Empire has been around

like forever. I knew a man who sold carpeting with them. My mom bought carpet from him in the early 80's and was very happy with the price and the installation.
If they were that bad, i doubt they'd still be around.

Post# 949804 , Reply# 15   7/24/2017 at 11:09 by johnb300m (Chicago)        

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5 8 8, 2 3 hundred....Em PIIIIIIRE!

Grew up with that. Every Chicagoan knows that jingle. And then some.

Did they really do door to door sales?
Seems like they just wanted you to call them.....TODAY!

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Post# 949812 , Reply# 16   7/24/2017 at 12:01 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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don't get me started on them.....just read the reviews, which I should have before calling them.....

it took over 2 months to get them to my house to install the linoleum in my kitchen.....

once they got their played HELL getting them to show up, numerous last minute cancellations, no return phone calls, the manager of this location would not even talk to me once I got through.....corporate was no help either....

and when they finally showed up, they brought the wrong product....

that's when you take their truck keys, and basically hold them hostage until they brought the right product and completed the job.....saved them time and called the police for them....

beautiful flooring, just would not use them again....EVER!

Post# 949818 , Reply# 17   7/24/2017 at 12:16 by Laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        

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When the JH folks come to my door,I answer it naked and tell them they're welcome in but I'm a nudist and have no clothes. One time down in Florida,the two women who knocked ran like hell after seeing me with a stiffy at my door.

Post# 949884 , Reply# 18   7/24/2017 at 18:12 by GusHerb (Chicago/NWI)        

My parents have used Empire a number of times and never had issues. They seem to offer a decent deal and the installers do a fine job. I'd be skeptical using them for more than just carpet though.

Post# 949988 , Reply# 19   7/25/2017 at 11:31 by mrb627 (Buford, GA)        
The Last Time...

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I encountered a religious group going door to door, I was out in the yard battling one of those obnoxious ground crawling vines that came under the fence into my domain, seemingly overnight. In the midst of hacking at it with a spade, I disturbed a yellow jacket nest that was just under the fence and was viscously attacked. I took about 4 stings to my face when I dropped the shovel and took off around the house to the garage. Just as a fine pair were walking up the driveway. Extending an arm to hand me a pamphlet, I responded with a stream of obscenities that could make a sailor blush and made a bee line for the house.

That was the last time I saw them.


Post# 950027 , Reply# 20   7/25/2017 at 16:19 by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        
About a month ago...

I was at a friends house whose parents had just personally installed a new roof and gutters a week earlier when a gutter sales person came to the door and said to them "I noticed you could use some new gutters." My friends father being a man with a dry humor said "What's wrong with my gutters? The lady responded with "they look a little shabby" He said that he had just installed them and not to bother asking about a roof either!

Post# 950050 , Reply# 21   7/25/2017 at 19:30 by kd12 (Arkansas)        
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How about Edward Jones clowns knocking on every door in the country? They used to be a good firm, many moons ago, but know they are into door to door sales. Who in the heck actually markets securities door to door!? The last one who knocked and ignored my No Soliciting sign, I asked for his name and told him I would call FINRA if he ever showed up again. Needless to say, they haven't been back.

Post# 950074 , Reply# 22   7/25/2017 at 22:42 by warmsecondrinse (Fort Lee, NJ)        

Back in the early 80's my roommate's brother found a solution to the JW problem. When they came knocking he'd run upstairs, put on his skimpiest speedo, then answer the door. He never saw the same people twice.

Now that I look back on it, I wonder why it worked. He was 6'3" with a soccer player's build, and covered in thick blond fur....

Post# 950117 , Reply# 23   7/26/2017 at 08:32 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
I'm all about freedoms

of creed, etc., etc., etc. Not doing a sermon, please take no offense here.
Logic is logic though. My cousin tried to get me to join the JW. My cousin is one of nicest people you could know mostly. I asked about the 144 thousand, and where the rest who don't go to heaven go. They come back here and live again. Ok, suppose a meteor hits earth? The book says it won't.
But it has happened before. One made the dinosaurs extinct.
Man is our own worst enemy. One way sure isn't the only way. Too many religions are like cults. Our creator'(s) weren't about religion, that's mans way.
Compassionate beings don't kill over religion, power, or money.
Certain things we are not meant to know or understand in this life. Like where we came from. We don't know that who or what made us wasn't made by another higher power. That in of it self should be enough to know to treat others with Love and dignity. Most of us know what is hurtful to our selves and others. To me, that is my test, so I do my best at it. I don't try to be perfect. It's not possible.
No distilled wisdom here, no thumping any books.
Most good people allow others their differences in belief's. Our differences can bring us together if we allow them to. Not lines between us.
I sure hope the human race lasts a lot longer, here, or somewhere else out there if the need to should present itself. Maybe thats where our spirits go, if we are deserving.

Post# 950219 , Reply# 24   7/27/2017 at 05:59 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Irish Traveler's

from Murphy's Village, South Carolina, etc., etc. travel all over, offering home improvements by canvassing neighborhoods.
Some are reputable, don't collect a deposit, then dissapear, do good work.
Are they un American?
Some are scammers and thieves, like some on wall street, etc. Are they un American?

Post# 950604 , Reply# 25   7/29/2017 at 12:10 by Laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        

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I used Empire Flooring numerous times in Baltimore,Florida and Hawaii. All three times their service was not only great but affordable too. I bought my cousin two rooms of flooring and her having a four bedroom three bath house,she was told if she paid for those two rooms being carpeted,they'd do the rest of the house free. Hardwood,vinyl or ceramic,or carpeting. After it was all completed,I paid only $3850. The kitchen and bath were done in ceramic tile, the bedrooms in carpeting and the rret in hardwood. I recommend them to anyone who needs new flooring.

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