to think the window salesman was in the wrong here, and not me?

(62 Posts)
parakeet Mon 16-Dec-13 18:44:13

Yet another thread about door-to-door salespeople I'm afraid.

I got a ring on the doorbell while I was in the middle of making the children's tea and went to answer it. The guy said (very politely, to be fair) "Hello, sorry to bother you on this dark and rainy night but I'm from Anglia Home Improvements and..." At this point I interrupted so we didn't waste each others' time further and said (also politely) "I'm sorry but I don't buy at the door."

It was like a switch had been flicked. He spun on his heel and left, shouting (grumpily) over his shoulder "Well put a sign on your door then!"

He made it sound like I was at fault for wasting his time by failing to put a sign up saying No cold callers, etc. I am seriously thinking of trying to buy a sign now, though, so he certainly made his point...

SettingPlaster Tue 17-Dec-13 10:43:09

The only time I was really rude to a someone trying to sell me double-glazing was when he ignored a prominent sign on the door that said DONT RING - SLEEPING BABY. My insomniac baby was finally taking a rare nap, I was frantically trying to catch up on work in my study, which looks directly onto the front door. I watched this spotty fucker walk up the path, stop,read the sign and ring anyway. I nearly ripped him a new one. He claimed he hadn't understood the sign...

liquidstate Tue 17-Dec-13 10:44:54

I have a beware of the dog sign in a window, works a treat and was only put there to deter burglars.

I do have a dog but he is 12 and slightly deaf and has never really barked. More likely to lick visitors than attack them grin

uncomfortablydumb Tue 17-Dec-13 10:59:05

I have a sign. No bugger takes any notice. I know they're only trying to do their job, but they always call at the least convenient time. It gives me rage. But being British I stifle it and have to make do with frosty politeness. Which is just not as satisfying.

AlbertGiordinHoHoho Tue 17-Dec-13 11:07:06

<knock knock>

Have any of you heard of Jesus...

cerealqueen Tue 17-Dec-13 11:09:35

YANBU. Even with the signs they come. One had the cheek to tell me he wasn't a salesman, he was giving consumer advice!!!

We once had one give us a quote for some new guttering. We took it and said we'd get back to him when we had other quotes to consider, so he got nasty and said we were fools not to buy there and then and we had to practically throw him out.

I like the idea of just saying 'no english'.

HopAlongOnItsOnlyChristmas Tue 17-Dec-13 11:10:57

I just try the polite 'no thank you' while closing the door. Phone sales people are another breed. If they are polite when I say I'm not interested then I just hang up. If they are belligerent then I just hand the phone to my two year old and tell him that the nice man/woman wants to say hello.

Now the evenings are dark I really resent door-to-door people, because it feels like night time and makes it feel even ruder iyswim?

wonkylegs Tue 17-Dec-13 11:44:49

I got a very angry spiel from a doorstepper because I wasn't interested and poor him having to traipse all the way down the lane and then down our very long dark drive.... It didn't help when I pointed out I didn't ask him to come

Ifcatshadthumbs Tue 17-Dec-13 11:56:28

I think I might just send DH to the door in future. We had chuggers last night at about 8.30pm DH opened the door all wild eyed and hair everywhere and said "I'm eating my dinner!" They scarpered off pretty quickly saying sorry sorry.

D0oinMeCleanin Tue 17-Dec-13 12:04:42

"My Dad's/Husband's/I'm a window fitter, he/I owns/works for <insert name of local small business>

When getting quotes don't tell them that your dad is a window fitter and amuse yourself with the shite they spout to you because your a woman.

YANBU. I answer the door with a snarling dog under my arm (he's quite friendly really, he just hates people knocking on the door), they usually apologise for calling at a bad time and threaten to come back later. They never do.

Sidge Tue 17-Dec-13 12:08:24

Last time I got a cold caller at the door I'd been watching a really sad film, so answered the door all teary-eyed and snotty.

They started their spiel but I just sniffed and said "I'm sorry but this really isn't a good time".

Didn't see them for dust!

snowed Tue 17-Dec-13 12:14:17

You could always say that you are a window fitter, or if you're on the phone say you have no windows grin

HerdyTheRedNosedHerdwick Tue 17-Dec-13 12:24:13

YANBU.
And I have to say, the signs don't seem to work. Had one in my previous house and it was just ignored. Didn't bother with one in this house, I just grit my teeth and deal with them. I do get annoyed by the rude ones though.
The snarling dog under the arm sounds like a good idea.

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