This may have been done before, but how do i stop Jehovah's Witnesses calling at my house?

(43 Posts)
Yannah2006 Fri 08-Mar-13 11:35:10

It's happened 3 times in two months- two were within a week of each other.

They're always very polite, and i totally respect and understand why they do it.

However, we're humanists. We don't believe in gods and won't until there is significant evidence to sugest otherwise. Every time they call, i just say 'no thank you, we're humanists' and close the door. But they call at the worst time (10am on a saturday morning when we're [embarrassingly] still in our pyjamas). I've also recently lost a cousin (he was 30, an only child, married with a toddler and had suffered with leukemia for 5 years) so i'm not really in the mood to be discussing the existence God, as i'd like to give him a piece of my mind if i could!

The fact thats it's happened so often sugests to me that they're not going to stop any time soon. Is there any way to change this? If i asked them to stop calling at our house, would they oblige? It's a different person every time, so i'm not sure the message would get passed on. Could i contact the local Kingdom Hall and ask them that way?

I'm not really sure what the protocol is- can anyone help?

BobbiFleckmann Fri 08-Mar-13 11:36:06

hang a mezzuzah on your door jamb.

lottieandmia Fri 08-Mar-13 11:36:40

Just don't answer the door - I never do unless I know who is calling. Or you could put a label on your door which says 'no cold callers'

Yannah2006 Fri 08-Mar-13 11:38:17

Ha! Not sure if that'd stop them tbh! Plus a possible misuse of a sacred item confused

hiddenhome Fri 08-Mar-13 16:33:36

Just tell them you're a Catholic grin Nobody messes with Catholics as they know we're a lost cause grin

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

PedroPonyLikesCrisps Fri 08-Mar-13 18:24:58

Having them call at awkward times is not easily fixable, but I like to have a chat with them generally. It's good to understand where they're coming from and can help you brush up on your debating skills. Of course that's all assuming you have time to do so. I think I surprised a couple of Mormons the other week when I started debunking all their arguments. Nice chaps though!

technodad Fri 08-Mar-13 20:24:16

Tell them that you do not want to call on you again because you don't believe in god (politely).

If they do call on you again, follow them home (this might take all day though) and then knock on their door at any time of the day and night and try to politely convince them that there is no such thing as god.

Or, if they come to your door after you have politely asked them not to bother you. Get a loud fog horn and sound it at them the next time they knock. They will soon stop.

Crikeyblimey Fri 08-Mar-13 20:29:45

Possibly not the best way but...

On the morning of our wedding, dh was in his dressing gown and decided to polish his shoes. He wears some latex gloves to polish boots and shoes which are covered in brown shoe polish (from cleaning his hiking boots). JH call at the door.

Picture the scene - dh answers door wearing just a dressing gown and brown stained latex gloves. Not realising what he looked like he said "sorry, I don't have time to talk, I'm in the middle of something". JH people virtually RAN down our drive and haven't been back. smile smile smile

I got blacklisted by the JWs on two occassions. First time was when they came round and I said 'yes I'm interested in religion, I'm studying theology' and waved a very large text book. Didn't see another one for 5 years or so.

Second time I was rushing to get a toddler and a baby in the car before a midweek service and I got waylaid by a determined and possibly new JW and I decided love was the answer. 'Wasn't it amazing' I said 'that being a Christian brought so much purpose, love and peace into my life. I'd love to stop and chat but I've got to pick up my elderly friend who just adores playing piano for the children at the service' I burbled on in this vein for quite a while as JW have a faith that is salvation by works (ie knocking on doors) and not by love and grace. That session got me blacklisted again.

This approach doesn't work for humanists but hey, I love the latex gloves approach. Worked for a friend in Alaska who had just been butchering meat so did have blood on her hands and apron and they never saw a JW again.....

Someone I know suggested placing a 'Give Blood' sign on/near the front door!!

Someone I know suggested placing a 'Give Blood' sign on/near the front door!!

Sorry for repeat post - stupid iPad!!

Nagoo Sat 09-Mar-13 09:16:01

I told them I was as atheist as they were religious, and now they smile at me pityingly in the street but don't knock the door.

sashh Sun 10-Mar-13 05:31:32

If you phone the local Kingdom Hall you can be put on a lost of addresses not to visit.

You have to give permission for them to do this because of data protection.

You can also ask them when they call to add your address to your list.

Yes they are that organised. They have the local area mapped out so they are allocated a place to visit.

In the summer they hire a coach and take a packed lunch so they can cover rural areas.

NandH Sun 10-Mar-13 05:52:11

I had this yesterday at about half 10! (do we live in the same area!!!)

I was feeding my 4week old and had 2yo dd running around my feet so they could see it was a bad time and i couldnt really stop to chat, yet they kept trying to make convo! I'm one of those people that can't say bottle easily and I couldn't just shut the door...anyway reason for them knocking was to give me an invitation to go and celebrate Jesus on the 26th....

my question is...

why didn't they just stick the invitation through the letter box fgs!!!!!

NandH Sun 10-Mar-13 05:53:22

say bottle?? ...say no....clearly over tired!

glastocat Sun 10-Mar-13 07:45:27

Just tell that that you are not interested, thank you for calling, and shut the door. I had them the other day, They were all ready for a big chat, but i was firm but polite. I also tell them I was brought up a witness ( true) so do not need to know any more about it. Or I don't answer the door, I can spot a JW a mile off. grin

somanymiles Fri 12-Apr-13 05:42:19

glastocat, I think I am right in saying if they do not go round and knock on people's doors they will get kicked out of the religion? That can be very frightening, especially for younger people who have been brought up in the religion and face the prospect of excommunication and losing their entire community of friends and family. So while it is annoying, I do have some sympathy. My Dad used to try to convert them to Catholicism, but I just smile politely and say (firmly) it's not a good time to talk.

Sailormercury Fri 12-Apr-13 05:55:41

Tell them you are Wiccan. That's what I did (because I am) and they've never come back.

Just tell them not to. Tell them you're not interested in studying.

specialsubject Fri 12-Apr-13 10:19:50

Those brought up in cults have to stop it despite the pain, or it just goes on to future generations. They could always just tell the chief that they've been door knocking and go do something useful instead.

first time, polite 'no thank you, please don't call again'. Repeat offenders; full treatment, 'oh good, we need two more for the satanic ceremony, come on in', or 'great, just off to the blood donor van and they've asked me to bring more people'.

and so on.

StackOverflow Fri 12-Apr-13 18:25:19

1) Call your local Kingdom Hall and ask to be added to their no call list

Or:

2) Tell them you've been disfellowshipped (that's kind of like excommunication for JWs) - works like a charm

slhilly Fri 12-Apr-13 18:29:44

When they tell you they are Jehovah's Witnesses, say: "I hope he wins his case" and shut the door.

Startail Fri 12-Apr-13 18:51:30

Yes, being Catholic or Jewish works well.

My Jewish friend and her Catholic flat mate never saw the JW again after they answered the door together.

Yy to being Catholic.

Also, handy to have some Catholic information pamphlets ready to give to them wink

A friend of mine used to ask them to come back later, when he'd finished sacrificing the goat. That, plus the fact that he is six foot of burly biker seemed to do the trick.

unlucky83 Fri 12-Apr-13 19:26:44

I just tell them the truth - an old family friend is a senior JW (converted in later life) - and if he can't convert me -they aren't going to be able to and can they stop coming round -please....

GossipWitch Mon 15-Apr-13 17:39:56

Paganism seems to scare them a bit, I've only had 3 visits in 8 years and the last one consisted of a very timid looking lady trying to stumble over a verse about sinning, I replied with "that's nice" really wanted to say " I could put a spell on you that'll turn you into a frog ! " but I didn't.

Move to a poorer area. I used to live in nicer areas, we had them all the time. Since I moved to an ex-council house, I've had one visit in 10 years. (Perceived) Poor people are obviously of no interest to God.

MrsBucketxx Tue 16-Apr-13 14:44:53

ask them how many will ve saved on the day of judgement, they will say 144000.

then ask how many Jehovah's witnesses they are ( its about 19 million worldwide) and ask them to do the math,

mine haven't been back since.

LottieJenkins Tue 16-Apr-13 14:57:41

My friend had them call on her a few months ago. She very calmly told them that if she had become a JW her son wouldnt be alive now. When they asked her why she told them about the umpteen heart operations and blood transfusions her son had had and then closed the door on them. I used to have a couple who called who discovered that Wilf was deaf and used BSL they asked if they could call again with their deaf friend and i said yes but that i wouldnt be discussing religion with them. They called for several years. They used to leave their books which always went in the bin when they had gone.

infamouspoo Mon 29-Apr-13 12:03:32

the mezuzah doesnt work. I have one on the door and can see it from the living room. After they spent a while trying to make it work as a doorbell grin they found the real doorbell...

slug Mon 29-Apr-13 12:26:14

I've been blacklisted at two different addresses. One using a version of the maths equation MrsBucketxx mentions. I asked them how they could bear to have children as it statistically reduced their chances of heaven. The second time I put down to an indepth discussion about Leviticus and a few pointed questions about shellfish eating habits.

I knew that degree in religious studies would come in handy eventually.

ZZZenagain Mon 29-Apr-13 12:36:33

we used to have them coming rounf for about 2 years. I always told them I wasn't interested but after a few weeks another pair would turn up on the doorstep. I was moaning about this to dh once when the doorbell rang and I knew it would be them . Told dh not to answer, just pretend to be out, but he said it was fine, he'd talk to them.

Heard him invite them in jovially and then just his voice pretty much for an hour, kept hearing "the Virgin Mary". Dh is a lawyer, a Jesuit school boy and totally Catholic. I don'tthink they knew what hit them . Saw them back out the door after an hour or so, dh was still talking the entire time, something about St. Augustine. They never came back

dothraki Mon 29-Apr-13 12:47:59

I had forgotten how irritating they could be. They have started coming to my house every few months. I found a good solution I just laugh in their faces - I hadn't realised that some people get very offended when you laugh at them grin
I don't think they will come back hmm

I had two come the other day. They were very nice and polite and went away when I asked them to, politely.

You don't have to answer the door. They are more than used to that.

dothraki Mon 29-Apr-13 12:55:46

Starlight - maybe next time I just won't answer the door.

Poledra Mon 29-Apr-13 13:07:50

Haven't seen any since th time they knocked on the door when I'd just fallen asleep on the sofa having been up all night with a poorly baby (poorly baby was safe asleep in her pram, BTW, not on the sofa with me grin). I wasn't rude but was very <ahem> direct about how annoyed I was. Haven't seen 'em since and the poorly baby is now almost 5 smile

My DSis found wishing them a merry Christmas and hoping that Santa Claus had been good to them was a very successful deterrent - she didn't actually mean to be rude about their beliefs, but they had called at her house on Christmas Day and she thought they were friends who were due to arrive and she couldn't quite engage her brain before she opened her mouth.

ZZZenagain Mon 29-Apr-13 13:12:06

surprised the y do the rounds on Christmas day

Poledra Mon 29-Apr-13 13:16:06

So were we ZZZEn! I know they don't believe in Christmas but, y'know, everyone deserves a day off!

dothraki Mon 29-Apr-13 13:22:53

Christmas Day shock
Go on Poldera - tell us what did you actually say

Poledra Mon 29-Apr-13 13:31:12

No, honestly, that's what my sister did say! The knock came at the front door and we hadn't unlocked it yet. So, as my sister was unlocking it, she was calling through 'You're not getting in unless you're Santa Claus!', thinking it was our friends. She then opened the door to see two very serious young men in suits standing there, who gave her some guff about finding God in our lives. So my sister, who was a little embarrassed about shouting through the door at them (and might have been on the sherry a little already grin) said 'No thanks, we're not interested. But happy Christmas anyway!' She closed the door then quite literally slid down it, laughing hysterically at herself.

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