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smugsy Sat 24-Oct-09 15:41:22

I just had someone bang on my front door, whilst I was unfortunately in the middle of feeding my baby. So I quickly put myself away and run to get the door while baby is in my arms.
Open the door and the person is from a charity (not sure if I am allowed to say which one?), he looked at me a bit funny then looked at my baby and didnt actually say anything. So I said "erm hello? can i help?"
His reply was "well do you care about the environment or not?"
Was a bit shock so just said "no thanks...."before I had even said a third word he was gone!

So I went on their website and have complained. But was I wrong to?

BTW...I did look in the mirror after and I had no boob on display,no pen on my head saying "just released from la la land"...

Apologies in advance if I am not on here for a few hours,kids are asleep at the moment but are due to wake soon and its pretty much impossible to get on here when they are awake. But will definately be back after 7.30pm.

BigMomma3 Sat 24-Oct-09 15:47:48

YANBU - we used to get that quite a bit. Water Aid, RSPCA, energy companies - really pisses me off, especially when I am on the loo and to rush to get off and answer the door!! I would prefer a leaflet through the door which I can look at my leisure. I also find that some of them try to pressure you and can be quite rude.

The ones who knock when it's dark really get my goat though and get short shrift from me!!

Keep on meaning to get one of those stickers saying no cold callers or leaflets to put on the door as we also get so much junk leaflets it's untrue. Anyone know where to get them??

Littlepurpleprincess Sat 24-Oct-09 15:51:06

When someone puts a leaflet through our door I take it out and hand it back to them, they never know what to say grin.

ImSoNotTelling Sat 24-Oct-09 15:52:49

We had two yesterday. Even though our road has "no cold calling zone" up all over it. I suspect they think they are exempt as they are charities hmm. I have asked them to leave a leaflet in the past, they don't like that though, they want to sign you up for drect debit donations there and then to get their commission.

smugsy Sat 24-Oct-09 15:58:01

Youve just reminded me of two things....

Firstly, I do actually have one of those stickers! Was on the window when i moved in and seemed to work till the last few weeks as my second point is...

I actually had someone from an enery company the other day at the door at 7.15 pm, I wanted to change suppliers anyway so that I was paying for gas and elec with same company, so let him in thinking it would be 20 mins max like all the other times I has switched suppliers. But he kept going off topic and had me hostage for an hour! Couldnt believe it and was right in middle of bedtime too the cheeky bugger.

I might make a little sign saying "unless you actually know me please dont knock on my door"

ImSoNotTelling Sat 24-Oct-09 16:06:27

smugsy I got caught by gas/leccy sales person when I was young and silly, also by phone company. I have learnt my lesson!

Let us know if they respond to your complaint, I would be interested to know what they say.

muminthecity Sat 24-Oct-09 17:57:39

My sister had a man from a gas/electricity supplier knock on her door the other day, asking if she wanted to change suppliers. She politely said that yes, she might be interested but couldn't make a decision without her partner, and asked if they had a website they could look at. To which this man replied, "Course we do, it's the 21st century darling, not much good to me or my fucking comission though, is it?!"

I was shock and angry when she told me, I told her to complain to te company but I know she won't.

MaggieBruja Sat 24-Oct-09 18:03:55

little purple princess, I once chased after some poor foreign teenager to give him back about 6 of the 7 leaflets he pushed through my letter box. I felt I was being very reasonable keeping one!

ParanoidAtAllTimes Sat 24-Oct-09 18:07:12

YANBU, how rude!

StrawberriesandCherries Sat 24-Oct-09 18:15:13

When we first moved here we had a guy call round selling things and when I opened the door he almost scarpered. I am pretty sure he was from the bailiffs as we kept getting letters from bailiffs for the previous occupants and were pretending to sell stuff to get a look at us! I obviously didnt fit their bill - smugsy could it the same kind of thing?

Lexilicious Sat 24-Oct-09 19:22:58

muminthecity I'd like to think that my response to that would be "well if you hadn't used that language I would have asked your name so that you could get the credit if I did buy a policy online, but now I'd like your name to complain to the company." However I'd probably just give him back a few more choice epithets and thereby entirely lose the moral high ground. Meh.

girlsyearapart Sat 24-Oct-09 19:34:53

If they call at my house I always answer the door with my dog next to me.
They don't look impressed but I'd rather be sage than sorry.
He's a soppy Staffie but has a loud bark..

kitkatcadaverqueen Sat 24-Oct-09 19:34:54

nope I must be evil too because the last energy person to be rude to me on the doorstep got reported to the company he came from.

I have a sign on my door but I think I like the only knock if you know me sign...


smugsy Sat 24-Oct-09 19:48:39

Strawberries, I dont think it could be,the person that lived here before me was a really old lady and don't think she was in any debt.
Also, the person who knocked/banged on my door had a big logo of the company they work for on their top.

muminthecity, how rude!(of him obviously!) Would of shut the door in his face.

echt Sat 24-Oct-09 20:01:30

Apparently the thing to do is to answer the door, smiling loopily and say: "I've got white socks on, me". Keep repeating it. Whether or not you've got white socks on is of no consequence.

echt Sat 24-Oct-09 20:04:33

And another one is to smile encouragingly and say: "I'd love to hear you talk about energy saving/your charity, but first I want to talk to about Jesus and how I've taken him into my heart". This does not work if they want to talk to YOU about Jesus - back to the socks for them!

benjysmum Sat 24-Oct-09 20:14:31

My BIL is a pastor at an evangelical church and he actually invites Jehovah's Witnesses in for 2hr long debates while his missus fumes. Always makes me giggle especially as he's managed to convert one or two to his church over the years.

Off topic but I thought I'd share.

OrmIrian Sat 24-Oct-09 20:17:17

What are you complaining about though? The fact that he knocked at the door while you were feeding your baby? Or the fact that he looked at you 'funny'? I don't understand.

LadyOfTheFlowers Sat 24-Oct-09 20:19:59

Ooh the Jehovah's Witnesses round here have changed tack... they send hot buff young blokes round in suits (pant!) and before you know it you have been stood there half an hour and have an armful of leaflets and are nodding and smiling like a lunatic.

comewhinewithme Sat 24-Oct-09 20:24:46

Tell them you have swine flu and cough without covering your mouth they usually run down the path after you mention the swine flu.

comewhinewithme Sat 24-Oct-09 20:24:46

Tell them you have swine flu and cough without covering your mouth they usually run down the path after you mention the swine flu.

benjysmum Sat 24-Oct-09 20:46:43

lol, LadyOfTheFlowers, where do you live? I might move.

smugsy Sat 24-Oct-09 20:57:22

OrmIrian, no, not annoyed that he knocked while I was feeding my baby as obviously he didn't know that, but he really did not need to knock as if his life depended on it. Then the funny look the whole time he stood there, and the attitude he has was apalling, how does he expect anyone to part with their money if he is just going to be rude? Surely a smile and a "hello" would not of been too hard?
I am gonna try out some of these suggestions, loving the swine flu one.

ParanoidAtAllTimes Sun 25-Oct-09 03:04:14

benjysmum - my dear grandad used to do the same thing! He was an atheist and would invite jehovas witnesses (and political candidates, come to think of it) in to lecture them on the error of their ways!

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