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RuleBritannia Tue 07-Aug-12 15:17:47

in the faces of two Jehovah's Witnesses?

They knocked. I opened the door with the lock chain on. One woman came so close to the opening that I became wary. She said they were JHs. I tried to be civil and told them that I already have my own faith. I still suffer from the death of my DH <wipes tear away now> so when she started talking about being needed in times of distress, I just lost it and said, "You're too late" ...... and closed the door. <Gets another tissue>

If it's anyone else at the door, I just keep repeating that I don't deal with cold callers - but I forgot this time.

LindyHemming Tue 07-Aug-12 15:19:03

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

DozyDuck Tue 07-Aug-12 15:19:30

Tbh I've had them at my door before and actually they've been very nice about my beliefs and asked about them and weren't pushy.

If you don't want cold callers put a sign up. Im going to when I can be bothered

WorraLiberty Tue 07-Aug-12 15:20:58

Don't engage

Just firmly say, "No, you're alright thank you" and close the door.

Works for me

sugarice Tue 07-Aug-12 15:21:24

We always have them round our way, they're a bloody PITA!. I just ignore and wait til they bugger off, they hunt in packs too at least two car loads at any one time.

booomy Tue 07-Aug-12 15:22:05

YANBU! Earlier a girl knocked on my door and asked me to answer a questionnarie for her uni theology assignment. I said yes since i'm a student to andknow how hard it is to get people to answer. 20 minutes later, there's no questionnaire and she's got her foot in my door and is reading to me from a chinese bible I can't understand. I was so angry, she basically lied!

Kittenkatzen Tue 07-Aug-12 15:22:37

YANBU at all. You said you weren't interested, they should have left it at that. As the others have said get a sign for the window if it happens a lot.

Sorry for your loss op thanks

RuleBritannia Tue 07-Aug-12 15:23:09

I had thought of getting a notice to put in the front window (in the porch) but I didn't really want to spoil the look of my house. Okay, I'm being feeble but, for the same reason, I don't leave Avon or Bettaware catalogues in my porch either possibly advertising that I'm out.

booomy Tue 07-Aug-12 15:23:34

We get them every day where we live aswell. I want to be polite since they think they're doing good, but it's so irritating when it's 8pm and they've woken the baby up!

LindyHemming Tue 07-Aug-12 15:24:26

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

WithoutCaution Tue 07-Aug-12 15:24:56

If the JHs call again you can ask them to blacklist your house which should stop them from calling in future

RuleBritannia Tue 07-Aug-12 15:29:35


I had no idea you could do that. I have also thought about being 'on the telephone' (I have a cordless one) when I answer the door and say that I'm sorry I'm in the middle of something or call out to a non-existent person in the house, "John, would you call the Police and bring that tape machine, please?"

FannyMcNee Tue 07-Aug-12 15:45:32

They accost people in the street round our way. I have my iPod plugged in a lot so I pretend not to hear.

mistlethrush Tue 07-Aug-12 15:49:23

I've not been bothered by them since they called around 2 weeks after we moved in. They asked whether my husband had read the pamphlets they had left with him. I said that wasn't my husband and they left rather hurriedly. I failed to mention the fact that it was actually the husband of the previous family, and that they'd not given them to my husband. grin

DozyDuck Tue 07-Aug-12 15:50:40

No one gets me in the street!
DS (ASD) 'nasty man! Nasty man!'
They soon leave.

PigeonPie Tue 07-Aug-12 15:52:08

My Ma often pretends she's on the 'phone when she answers the door.

The funny time was when she answered the front door, told them to go away and then watched them toddle down the drive, along the road and up the garden path to the 'tradesmen's entrance' (the kitchen door) and the look of surprise when she answered the door again was lovely! They departed quite quickly grin

WelshMaenad Tue 07-Aug-12 16:36:14

What now, YOU'RE feeling apologetic for not entertaining some folk that disturbed YOU unbidden and tried to foist their beliefs on you when you are grieving.

YA so NBU it isn't even true. x

RuleBritannia Tue 07-Aug-12 17:24:53

Thank you, WelshMaenad. It is true. And I didn't say I was being apologetic; I was asking if I wereunreasonable.

hiddenhome Tue 07-Aug-12 18:21:56

YANBU I'd have punched them grin

SoleSource Tue 07-Aug-12 18:27:43

Smile, hello, oh no sorry I have no personal interest. Thank you for calling, up close door or just do not answer. Get a sign. Srry for your loss OP.

WelshMaenad Tue 07-Aug-12 18:31:34

Oh, I think you misunderstood me petal, it's a turn of phrase of mine. Like "Jessica Ennis is such an awesome heptathlete it isn't even true!". I wasn't doubting the veracity of your story, and was indicating that you were NBU in the slightest and that you shouldn't feel bad for a minute.

I am sorry for your loss x

kinkyfuckery Tue 07-Aug-12 18:35:59

NBU at all.

I live across the road from our local Kingdom Hall and for the first six months, regularly received a Sunday morning visit from a different pair of JW's most weeks.

I simply told them I was not interested, it wasn't for me and I was happy with the faith and morals I have. They said thank you and left. If they'd kept on, I'd have done the same as you.

kinkyfuckery Tue 07-Aug-12 18:36:21

Oh and FTR, I have a 'No Cold Callers' sign on my door - doesn't stop most CCs in my area at least!

WelshMaenad Tue 07-Aug-12 18:38:54

It's really helpful to know some excommunicated former JWs. In my previous house I had one visit, gleefully told them I was dating one such individual, and I never saw them again!

MammaTJisanOlympicSumoWrestler Tue 07-Aug-12 18:43:38


I had some call on me and told them I was not interested. As usual I had my 'commitee' of my 2 young DC and my dog helping me answer the door and they started with 'We know how hard it is to manage young children and a dog'. I told them I manage very well thank you, when people aren't bothering me on my own doorstep and slammed the door!

They obviously knew about your loss and were using that to try to get to you. Very sorry to hear about it.

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