No cold caller signs

(52 Posts)
EuphemiaLennox Fri 25-Jan-13 17:40:26

I have out put up a no cold caller sign by my front door.

I did this because I was fed up of having to repeatedly stop whatever I was doing and answer my front door to people selling things, collecting for charity, asking if I wanted new windows or buy horse manure etc etc.

I think it has minimised the numbers calling but a few obviously don't notice it, or don't check first and still ring the bell.

This has happened twice in the past week and when I've answered the door and they've launched into their intro I've interupted and said ' I'm sorry I don't accept cold callers' and pointed out the sign, and on both occasions I've had quite unpleasant reactions from them.

One was selling something, not sure what, and told me to get lost. I asked who he worked for and said his rudeness was unjustified , he told me he worked for himself so I could shove it.

The second was collecting for a charity for liver failure for children. When he called I was in my office, (I work from home) in a meeting with a client, I had to break off and answer the door, I again stopped him mid intro and pointed out my sign and said I was actually working right now. He then kind of sneered at me, curled up his lip and walked off shaking his head.

I felt a bit shaken, and this has played on my mind, as I was 'off'with someone collecting for what was no doubt an important cause, and he obviously thought me a hard nosed bitch.

BUT he knocked on my door, of my home, unsolicited, where there was a sign if he'd looked saying I didn't want him to, he'd interrupted my working day and invaded my choice of how I spend my time in my own home.

How does anyone else deal with cold callers?

AIBU to cut them off and point out my sign, even if they are collecting for charity?

Should I just get a bigger sign?

RafflesWay Sat 26-Jan-13 17:50:24

Koala as the mother of a very autistic dd I found your dh's response to charity collector hilarious and so typical of someone with ASD! Makes total sense - she asked for the envelope and she got it. Hahaha that will make me titter all night now. Love him!!!

EuphemiaLennox Sat 26-Jan-13 19:21:08

I've never had the door to door sales people ask to come inside.
That is very suspect.

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