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To want to tell the Jehovah's Witness that call to my home to PISS OFF

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DaphneMoon Tue 14-Oct-08 10:55:31

I have just had them again. This is the 5th time in just over two weeks. Why you might ask. Well the first time I made the mistake of answering the door. She was a pleasant lady and started talking about how nice it is to sit and talk to our Dad's. I told her that I was not fortunate enough to have my father around anymore and to be honest she could not have called at a worse time as it would have been his birthday the next day. I did not let her in and only spoke to her for about 2 minutes out of sheer politeness as this is how I have been brought up. She said she would call again I said no thanks I have my own faith. She has been 4 times since then, each time with a different companion. I am sick to death of this I have not been answering the door when I see her walking down the street.

Surely this is harrasment. What I really want to shout at her in a very loud voice is:

PISS OF YOU WEIRD RELIGOUS CULT MEMBER, MY VICAR DOESN'T CALL CONSTANTLY AT YOUR FECKING HOUSE TO PREACH THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND, WHY DO YOU THINK AFTER 43 YEARS I AM GOING TO CHANGE MY RELIGION BECAUSE OF YOU. AND I GIVE BLOOD SO THERE! <sticking out tongue emoticom> AND SLAM DOOR.

But of course I won't say it I will just nod and smile and say no thanks and close the door quietly.

Thanks rant over! grin

TheSmallClanger Tue 14-Oct-08 11:02:45

YANBU. If she was a salesperson, you could have complained to her Head Office/Trading Standards/your local paper about her continued unwanted visits. You can't really complain to the JV Head Office, I don't think.

Say "no thankyou", straight away, calmly but firmly and close the door in her face next time.

megcleary Tue 14-Oct-08 11:03:53

i recall one saturday morning v hungover a few years ago answering the door the sun was streaming into my very bloodshot eyes and dazzled i couldn't see the faces of the people at the door so i looked down in order to focus and saw a copy of the watchtower and stepped back and slammed the door

please feel free to rant enjoy it embrace it i find it helps oodles of things smile

hana Tue 14-Oct-08 11:04:32

why not just shut the door and say no thank you
end of story

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Tue 14-Oct-08 11:06:38

I think you'll have to be a BIT more forceful, as she is obviously under the impression that she has a chance at "converting" you! YANBU! smile

armarda Tue 14-Oct-08 11:06:46

If she does call again and you open the door you need to be polite but firm. Tell her clearly you've previously explained several times you have your own faith, you respect her having her faith but do not wish to know more about it and that she must not call again.

WigWamBam Tue 14-Oct-08 11:07:15

Ask them not to call again, and they won't.

Granted, there's not as much satisfaction to be had in doing that than there is in having a good rant but it's better for your blood pressure wink

DaphneMoon Tue 14-Oct-08 11:07:41

Because I did last time and she keeps coming back! I think I might take my neighbours way of doing things. I crept out into my back garden and we are on a corner so the front of their house faces our garden. I heard him say "I don't believe in God" There is no such thing as god" I could not see over the fence as it is too high but would loved to have seen her face. I wanted to shout "You Heathen" and run off giggling.

suzywong Tue 14-Oct-08 11:07:43

It is exceedingly tiresome, especially once treated with politeness

Presumably there must BE a conversion of doorstep conversions or they would not do it?

Or is it a case of keeping them on the streets is metaphorically keeping them off the streets?

Saturn74 Tue 14-Oct-08 11:08:46

I think you need to be polite but very firm the next time she calls.

Explain to her that you do not want her to call at your house again as you are not interested in what they have to say to you.

Tell her that if she calls again, you will consider it to be harassment, and take further action.

I am surprised she is hassling you, especially after you made it clear to her that you have your own faith.

mehgalegs Tue 14-Oct-08 11:09:02

I came home yesterady to find a leaflet with a kid cuddling a lion cub on it so know the JWs are about. They often call this time of year. I had one guy berating me last year for 'celebrating' Hallowe'en because we ahd pumpkins outside the front door.

YANBU to want to tell thenm to P.Off but IWBU to actually do so, just a polite "no thanks" should be enough, if tehy return don't open the door.

curlywurlycremeegg Tue 14-Oct-08 11:09:06

I have heard that telling them you have a faith is the worst thing to do as they are trying to get you tochange faith not convert tha athiest IYKWIM

suzywong Tue 14-Oct-08 11:09:08

I meant be a high enough percentage of doorstep conversions

hecAteTheirBrains Tue 14-Oct-08 11:09:23

When I get irritated, I try to remember that they do what they do because they are trying to 'save' us. I do not agree with them, I have different beliefs, but I admire their commitment! grin They know what people think of them, they get abuse but out they go, every week, trying to 'save' people. How many other Christians put their money where their mouth is, so to speak, and go 'spread the word' like the bible says? No, they do what they like (including some very unchristian things!) then go to church and sit there, so hypocritical the real miracle is how they don't get a thunderbolt!

Divvy Tue 14-Oct-08 11:09:56

i hate the way that if you ignore them, they blardy well come back later!

Divvy Tue 14-Oct-08 11:11:09

i cant do the notice on my door either, as my postman is one. very nice he is too!

Twiglett Tue 14-Oct-08 11:11:28

ask them to mark your household down as 'Do Not Visit' and you won't see them for a few years

no thank you doesn't work nor does closing the door

SaTanicGore Tue 14-Oct-08 11:12:38

If the individual who keeps calling doesn't listen, then get in touch with the local Kingdom Hall and ask them to put you on the 'do not visit' list.

expatinscotland Tue 14-Oct-08 11:14:13

Tell them you are a Roman Catholic, a pagan or a Jew.

For some reason, they seem to leave these groups of people alone.

Elasticwoman Tue 14-Oct-08 11:14:14

Last time the JWs called at my house, I asked them how a loving God could prohibit the use of blood if it saves lives. They had no answer to that and have not called again.

Have you been in touch with your own vicar, either about this problem or your grief for your father? Perhaps you could do with some spiritual support from your own church.

LuLuMacGloo Tue 14-Oct-08 11:14:20

I find 'no thank you I'm Catholic' a very effective deterrent. For some reason mention of Catholicism sends all comers scurrying. I imagine 'No thank you I'm Jewish' might have the same effect. For some reason there seems to be an assumption that Catholicism and Judaism are culturally imbued into a person and so conversion is nigh on impossible. Very effective against Mormons too.

LuLuMacGloo Tue 14-Oct-08 11:14:56

ha - great minds expat!

expatinscotland Tue 14-Oct-08 11:15:40

Breaking out Jewish scripture definitely worked for my ex bf .

He said, 'Sure, let's talk about faith. More than happy to. I'm a Jew, let me just go and get some literature about my faith,' and the people were gone.

DaphneMoon Tue 14-Oct-08 11:16:56

That's probably where I went wrong curlywurly, I should have said I am an atheist and that I love Christmas and have had a blood transfusions by the bucketful grin

TheSmallClanger Tue 14-Oct-08 11:18:29

I've heard that saying you're Catholic is quite effective.
One of the advantages of living out in the sticks is that we don't get JWs any more.

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