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To put a NO COLD CALLERS sign at my front door?

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Groovee Mon 11-Jul-11 16:38:00

Every day we're getting 3-4 people cold calling at the door wanting money for their charity, wanting to sell us something or trying to find out info to change our suppliers for phonelines/tv/utilities etc. I used to have a great sign from my MP saying that we didn't answer the door to cold callers but it fell off and dh lost it. WIBU to put up another sign as I always feel these pushy people don't like being told "No thank you!"

GoldenGreen Mon 11-Jul-11 16:39:25

yanbu but didn't you find everyone just ignored your old sign? No-one paid attention to ours!

Groovee Mon 11-Jul-11 16:42:44

Actually we were quite fortunate to only have about 3 cold callers in the space of 9 months when we had it. I'd happily go back to that!

sssj72 Mon 11-Jul-11 16:43:39

Yanbu. I put a sign up & it has greatly reduced the cold callers we get but there are always a few that will still try it on & do not take no for a answer angry

TheMagnificentBathykolpian Mon 11-Jul-11 16:48:57

Do what I do and don't answer the door.

Mind you, people have to walk past my window to get to my door, so I can generally tell if it's a chugger or something.

I know they can see me, but I don't care.

2shoes Mon 11-Jul-11 16:53:02

we have one, but most of the people ignore it or can't read it.

ChunkyMonkeyMother Tue 12-Jul-11 22:13:48

I want to make a sign that says something to the effect of "we don't want your religion, charity bags, backstory or take-away leaflet - Thanks"

But I just don't have the backbone ha ha

reelingintheyears Tue 12-Jul-11 22:18:27

I don't answer the door either if i cba.

CurlyBoy Tue 12-Jul-11 22:18:55

The sign on our door reads:

"No Thank You! We are not interested in buying anything, changing our utilities or trying a new religion!"

It's worked pretty well but I need to add "or give to your charity". We've had a few people still knock and say "I read your sign but didn't think it applied to me because..." I reply that it DOES apply to them and close the door!

ElfOnTheTopShelf Tue 12-Jul-11 22:20:16

My dad got one of those electronic things where you can program your own messages in it and it flashes along as a message in red lights and one of those signs from the sea-side with the messgae of "we are happy just as we are so go away" or words to that effect grin

Deanna1977 Tue 12-Jul-11 22:21:48

Elf. Love it! Where can I get one?

ElfOnTheTopShelf Tue 12-Jul-11 22:55:38

you can get mini ones in Maplins. We see them all the time are carboots which is where my dad would have got his grin

Lazydaisy55 Tue 12-Jul-11 22:56:15

I was plagued by take-away menus, and other bits of rubbish before I put a sign on my front door. Its great, they have all stopped.

sunnydelight Wed 13-Jul-11 06:37:55

YANBU, ours reads 'No sales/cold callers please" and we haven't had anyone knock since we put it up.

L8rAllig8r Wed 13-Jul-11 10:11:16

I have one that says 'We do NOT buy goods or services at the door, nor are we interested in the political or religious views of others' , and they never knock on my door any more grin

Atwaroverscrabble Wed 13-Jul-11 12:54:56

I have the signs downloaded from the website, just printed and then I laminated them and have 1 on the front window at the edge of the house and one on the door, they have been great, not 1 cold caller at all! I used to get loads too!

robingood19 Wed 13-Jul-11 14:48:23

Its ok to put up the sign if callers bother you.

robingood19 Wed 13-Jul-11 14:49:39

I used to enjoy a chat with J.Ws at the door then I got one who was determined to run my life. So I put a stop to it.

LineRunner Wed 13-Jul-11 14:53:44


I have 'No menus' and the 'No cold callers' signs. People still ignore them, but only occasionally, and I feel it's probably OK to be a tad rude to them if they've wilfully ignored a clear sign!

HoneyNorwegianRidgebackdragon Wed 13-Jul-11 14:57:57

I work as a Avon rep last week and got told off grin the lady wanted to know why both her neighbours were getting a book and she wasn't. I pointed ouut that I ascribe to dsa policy and her sign clearly stated that she not only didn't want cold callers, but that she didn't want unsolicited mail or catalogues either.

She went "well I don't, but I do want my Avon book". She said that everyone else ignored the sign though hmm

I think it can reduce callers but most think if they acknowledge the sign it gives then carte blanche to continue their spiel.

UANBU when I did nights I used to put a note on the door stating to only ring the bell if it was a delivery, not cold calling. Didn't stop the feckers though. One chap represnting Anglian windows told me it wasn't an official sign so he was "entitled" to knock. He actually used the word "entitled" angry I did not respond politely.

Groovee Wed 13-Jul-11 15:21:56

Bloody sky didn't pay attention today and kept repeating, we can give you it or £30 a month instead of virgin at £43. I replied I didn't have a landline, wifi was off the neighbours open wifi connection and we have freeview. He didn't know what to say. It was funny though. I then did point out my sign.

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