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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Would you respect the sign??

Time for your (honest) opinions/experiences.  

You all know that I work from ____________

Yes, home if you guessed the answer.

You all know I'm paid on ___________

Yes, production.

Two for two, I bet some of you are 100% at this point of the quiz. But wait, there's more! 

So what would be two of my main distractions to working? (Not counting Facebook because that's not really a distraction, I keep on it for family and I do my blog reading before work and in the evening).

My two biggest distractions would be _______ and _________

Phone and people ringing the doorbell.

Now in my case, the phone is not a distraction.  I do not pick it up except for hubby, son, DIL, and my work. I keep it short and sweet too with those I talk to because time is _________.

Money.

So now that we are in Phoenix, we are being baraged by a lot of door to door salesmen. Windows, house painting, solar (that was my funnest one. He had the audacity to try to sell his product while he was looking down at his cell phone the entire time......hmmm.....and I'm going to buy your product because of???????) He even had more of an audacity when he came a week later to follow up and he still was looking down at his cell phone.  I politely said "no thank you" but did offer him water. (Its my standard thing, I'll say "no" but will offer them water, its hot here most of the year).

When we lived in Prescott, we lived in (tough question, worth 50 extra points if we were counting points) a __________ community.

Gated!! Yea!! I know some of you got that one.

We never had door to door salesmen.  When we were in the San Diego area, when people came to the door I would tell them I didn't own the house (which wasn't a lie because technically I didn't own the house, it was in hubby's name).

Now I own the house and I don't live in a gated community.

And one by one all solicitors seem to come to our door.

And another bonus question.  If you have been reading my blog for a bit, you know that I work by a ___________ that directly faces the __________ and the _____________ across the street.

(window, street, neighbors) Give yourself an extra 100 points if you got that right.

Okay, so now I'm at the point of my whole post. Thanks for sticking with me.

Do "No Solicitation" signs work??? We were thinking of putting one up, but are they effective?? Would it keep the Jehovah Witnesses away?? (Honestly, its nice they evangelize but "no I'm busy, I'm working, I can't talk") should be a sign that yes, I'm busy, I'm working, I can't talk. I saw them coming the other day and closed my blinds so they couldn't see in and see me and then when they rang the doorbell I felt guilty so I had to get the door.

Would I still get the door if there was a sign there?

I've never put up a "No Solicitation" sign.  

Have you??

Really want to know your opinions either way and its okay if you do enjoy the door to door salesmen. I know they are just out there to do their job, but so am I when I'm trying to work.

So.......

Comment away........


38 comments:

Robert Bennett said...

I'd love to put in my two cents, but I feel like we might have different outlooks. In general, I ignore my door. If you're not expected, you're not wanted. Might be cold, but I guess it's just how I was raised.

joeh said...

put up a sign and don't answer the door.

salemslot9 said...

ignore the door
genius at work
do not disturb

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It's good you work facing a window so you can see who is coming. We rarely get door to door sales people any more but I never answer my door when it's someone I don't know. There are just too many crazy people in this world. I would put up a sign with the amount of traffic you are getting. It couldn't hurt.

Joanne said...

people don't read, but you can try it. Or maybe have a large barking dog sound machine....but that could annoy your neighbors too.
I'm surprised you have that many - we don't see door to door folks anymore in our TX neighborhood. (maybe they gave up)
Good luck!

Bijoux said...

I had a No Soliciting sign at our old house and it worked except for with one company .... AT&T when they were selling Uverse. They rang my doorbell twice in one week and were very pushy. The second time, I called the police as they were clearly breaking a city ordinance of soliciting without a permit, besides not respecting my sign. Police came and got them. I did a blog post about it..ha!

Pat Hatt said...

Get a big dog and tie it out in the yard, problem solved lol signs don't work too much I've found. As I've seen signs and seen salesmen just walk on by. I just don't go to the door. I got all right too, except I put doorbell and neighbor gawking instead of doorbell and phone lol

Pudge450 said...

How about: "Day Sleeper - DO NOT DISTURB!". (Unless you are a stickler for little details like precise truth.

Birgit said...

I have never put up this sign on our door but we don't get too many door knockers. When we do, I have sometimes ignored it because they may be interrupting my show. The people we mainly get are the scammers who want to sell you a contract stating your gas bill will not change. It ends up you are paying a lot more. I am very abrupt with them because they become rude quite quickly and downright pushy. I have no problem bringing out another B aside from my first name:) I would say, it doesn't cost much for the sign, so what would it hurt? If it works, then that's great and if it doesn't, the. At least you tried.

Maria Zannini said...

When I lived in the suburbs, I had two big rottweilers who kept most people from lingering. But honestly, I just don't answer the door.

I've never tried a sign.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I can't believe they go door to door, that would drive me crazy. I think all of our phone calls are bad enough. Of course Mark had to make the big mistake of filling out some form for refinancing online and we get at least 13 calls each day!!! How rude of that guy to be looking at his phone. I believe I got 100% on your fill-ins. We have never put up a sign.

Linda said...

If in your situation, I wouldn't hesitate to put up a sign "no soliciting, God Bless You" and then I would feel fine about not answering the door especially since they can see you. Although I did like "Genius at work" idea, too. Good luck!

jack69 said...

I have often wondered why folks put out 'No Trespassing' signs. Now I know. It has been along time since we were bothered, living in the motor home.

BUT yes, I would put out maybe TWO signs and a small one by the door bell, if they ignore those they need to stand.

I enjoyed filling in the blanks I did VERY WELL, I was proud of me. LOL

This internet is slow here. We are in SC.

I like the 'DAy sleeper sign' also. YOu could count naps (And take one!)

I dislike myself sometimes by giving in to the intimidation of my mind. (OUCH)

Crystal Collier said...

Definitely put up the sign. They shouldn't ring the doorbell if it's up, but if they do, you can refer them to the sign and politely tell them that you're serious and the police will be en route if they can't heed the legal declaration that you're not taking visitors. (I share your problem, and our neighborhood actually has a no soliciting policy and signs up and each entry. I think neighbors have even called the police on some salesmen. Lots of us work from home.)

Paula Kaye said...

I just wouldn't answer the door. It's the same as not answering the phone except for people you know. Thank goodness we don't get many door to door people. We do get the occasional Jehovah Witness. But I ignore them too!

Juli G said...

I have a sign.
It reads:
We are too broke to buy anything.
We have found Jesus.
Unless you are selling Thin Mints,
No Soliciting.

No one knocks.

Except the neighbor girl... and she just wants a ride to school. Sometimes she even brings cookies. :)

Linda From Wisconsin said...

I LOVE Juli G's response! I would go ahead and try the sign. Or possibly a sign stating that you office hours are from ______to _______ and you will not be answering the door during these hours. It is like the 1,2,3 Magic method of child discipline when you tell the child you will only argue with the from 8:00 to 8:15 and 3:30-3:45.

Your post reminded me of a story of when my brother was little. The Fuller Brush man was at the store. Jokingly my mom told my preschool brother they would hid to let the salesman think no one was home. Suddenly as the man knocked at the door my brother calls from behind the chair, "Nobody's home."

Wendy said...

One of my friends has a wreath with a cute sign that says, oh shoot I can't remember exactly but it is more polite than "no solicitation," but the best part of the sign is the 2nd part that says "Don't make this weird." Anyway it is cute and friendly.

Liz A. said...

Looks like you've got a couple good ideas for how to word a fun sign. I'd say put up a sign. Perhaps keep one near the window where you work. Then, if someone keeps knocking or looks at you like you should get up, you can put up the sign that says, "busy working," or some such. (Something along the lines of, "unless you're going to compensate me for taking me away from my work, go away".)

Jo said...

Not sure about the sign, but I agree, don't answer the door. If you are not expecting anyone, ignore it.

Mevely317 said...

What a darling post! ... she says as she's counting her winning points here in the corner. (*smile*)

Yes, we've a homely, home-made "no solicitations' sign - but we've discovered the salespeople just ignore it. "I'm different ... I'm special." By this time in my life, there's little I've not seen ... or need.

Perhaps I should add an icon of a .357 magnum to my sign?

Victoria Zigler said...

I'd try the sign. It may not work with them all, but it will work with many. I don't have many visitors like that any more, not since we moved in to an apartment. But I do get a lot of calls. It's gotten so that if I don't either hear a voice I recognize, or the person doesn't immediately name a name or company I'm expecting a call from, I say, "I'm not interested in buying anything, I'm happy with my utility companies, and I don't give out personal information to people who randomly call me anyhow, since I'd rather not be scammed." That's generally enough to make most of them hang up.

Tori

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Put up a sign and ignore the door. Or just ignore without a sign. Easier said than done but necessary. The problem is that you feel guilty and you shouldn't. I'm a lot like you where I feel that I have to open the door. But my husband is the opposite. If he doesn't want to be bothered, he looks outside and if he doesn't know the person, he simply ignores the doorbell/knock and goes about his business. I was a really surprised in the beginning but then he said "I don't have to answer. This isn't an invited guest and I'm not receiving right now." Makes perfect sense!

The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

Wow! I didn't know there were door-to-door sales people! I mean, I knew there used to be years ago (like last century...) but we never get them here. Thankfully. Is there a way to temporarily undo the doorbell? If not, put a cover of some sort over it, so no one can see it/ring it while you're working. And yes, put up a sign! "Absolutely NO Solicitation! Better yet, put up a No Trespassing sign at the foot of the driveway. I would be so irritated! And you shouldn't feel guilty for not answering your door, ever!

Megan Lee said...

Don't even get me started! If one more roofer or tree guy comes to our door... We are thinking of buying one of those signs...

Ruth said...

We don't have a lot of people stop here. We do have sign up, but I don't know how much is the sign and how much is being in the country. A lot of people don't pay attention to signs though.

Veronica Lee said...

I just won't answer the door if I were you. Luckily for me, I don't have this problem. Living in a gated community has this advantage.

Jan said...

"No Solicitation" signs do not work very well. I've never had one...we have an 80 lb. Pit Bull, with a mean bark and beware of dog signs posted instead :) These work real well.
Our neighbor tried the sign. He hasn't the time for a dog and all he was told is "oh...I never saw the sign", yea...right.
I do not like salespeople coming to my door, nor telemarketers calling on the phone. Times have changed. There are to many scammers out there and my husband and I have grown tired of them all. Sorry to those of you who are just trying to do an honest days work.

Good Post for Thought~
Jan

DMS said...

I am sorry you are having this problem. It does sound like a pain. I don't get many door to door salespeople where I live. I think putting up a sign would be worth it. It might keep some away (it would keep me away if I was in that line of work)- and it certainly won't attract any more people. Wishing you the best of luck!

~Jess

Lowcarb team member said...

We don't have this problem ... but my advice would be if you don't know the person just ignore the door bell.

All the best Jan

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I would try the sign if I were you and you have to let us know if it works. We live so far from anywhere, we get almost no solicitors. Once in a while we have Mormon missionaries and a rare Jehovah Witness. Other solicitors aren't allowed in our township without permits so maybe that's why we don't get them.

Nick Wilford said...

We do get people selling things round here, and I work from home too, so I know exactly what you mean. A sign might come in handy. My wife doesn't answer the door, and I just tell them I can't make a decision without her, which is totally true! People don't tend to come back. Hopefully the amount of dogs barking behind me puts them off too! We have a baby gate to stop them attacking the intruders...

netablogs said...

I think I'd ignore the doorbell, which I have done at times. I really dislike solicitors at my door, especially since I work at home. I wish I could see who it was... we can't see who's at the door very easily now since we had an addition (covered walkway) built a few years ago. I think you might want to put up a sign (a humorous one would be nice, like the ones suggested earlier) and then just don't answer the door. Time is money! ;)

IntenseGuy said...

The sign won't work. Tried it - seems a lot of folks think it "doesn't apply" to them.

My community has a no solicitation ordinance. It stops no one. Useless unenforced laws must number the hundreds of thousands.

Sunni said...

You can try a sign but people DON'T READ and they don't think the sign is meant for them even if they do see it. We get lots of door-to-door salesmen here and lots of solicitor phone calls daily! It drives me nuts! I just don't answer either one and no, I don't feel guilty about it either.

And covering the doorbell won't work either. Most people here ignore the doorbell altogether and just bang on the door a while.

I would just ignore it all unless it's convenient for you to answer the door or the phone. Good luck.

Elizabeth said...

I live in a rural community and we still get the occasional vacuum or meat salesperson and Jehovah's Witnesses. If I don't recognize the vehicle or the person, I usually don't answer the door.

baili said...

i completely ignore the door

Melanie said...

Honestly, no one pays attention to a "No soliciting" sign. At least here they don't. My Mom had one up for years in the 80s and no one paid any mind to it. You could get a "RING" doorbell with a camera and two way speaker which allows the door to be answered via phone from anywhere. We have one and it's great!