(Closed) What do you do (with telemarketers and solicitors)?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
9118 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I get solicitors nearly on a daily basis. I need to have a no soliciting sign made because it’s ridiculous.

I go easy on kids. I’ve had a few kids show up trying to sell me soap, newspapers, magazine subscriptions, you name it.

For adults, it depends on my mood. Jehova’s Witnesses will get the door slammed in their face. My give-a-crap level is so far in the negative for religious peddlers that I won’t give you any of my time. I’ll answer the door and if you utter the word “God” or “jesus”, that’s it. Stick a fork in me: I’m done.

I at least let most salesmen at give me their pitch before I tell them to get bent. If they are persistant, I slam the door.

 ETA: Telemarketers get hung up on.

Post # 4
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I always peek out and I just don’t even answer if I don’t recognize the person or see that it’s a FedEx/UPS or whatever. Same with the phone – if I don’t recognize the number, to voicemail it goes! 

Post # 5
4272 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I don’t answer.

If by the rare chance I do, I just say “not interested” and shut the door or hang up the phone. I will usually buy from the highschool kids (the chocolate bars and coupon books), but thats about it.

Post # 6
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

hang up on telemarketers, after I say thank  you, not interested.


Tell the Jehovah!’s that JC is my Savior and shut the door


Post # 7
2808 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

i ignore them. tell them i’m on a fixed income or that i’m not interested. for jehovah’s witnesses, i say that i don’t care to hear about their beliefs, because i’m comfortable with my own. either that, or i ask them to leave and close the door in their face, then move to where i can look out the window and watch them until they leave.

Post # 8
6355 posts
Bee Keeper

I don’t even answer the door.

Post # 9
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Phone calls “Thank  you, but I am not interested. Please remove me from your call list” 


Jehovahs (I dont get other door to door people as of yet) “Thank you, I have several Jehovah friends and I can speak to them if I have questions, but I do not have time at the moment for a conversation” 




Post # 10
502 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have a small sign on my door that says “Please do not knock – no sales people, thank you.” I watch them walk to my door, read the sign and walk away. Too easy.

Post # 11
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@shrubfish09:  I vary between “get out and don’t come back- there is no soliciting allowed in this complex” if I tihnk it’s the people who keep casing out apartments in ym complex or, “Sorry, no thanks.” Most of the time, if I know they are up to no good, I just don’t answer the door. And I never EVER turn my back, open my door more than a crack, or let anyone see into my apartment. If i do open the door, it is with my shod foot jammed against it, to stop it from opening against my will.

Post # 12
324 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I have a friend that trolls the heck out of them…

Some guy was trying to sell him something (over the phone) to do with comps and he played completely dumb like he had no idea what a comp/internet was. Then at the very end he told the telemarketer “Maybe I should Google what a computer is”. They hung up on him. 😛

Post # 13
7495 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I look out the peep hole and don’t answer.  Unless it is a kid- then I buy at least 1 of whatever they are selling.  Most recently it was the Boy Scouts selling mulch, which I needed for my flower beds anyway.  They deliver it to my house- so now I don’t have to lug it from Home Depot!  Not all solicitors are bad!

Post # 14
979 posts
Busy bee

First, I ask them if they have a permit to solicit – and if they don’t have one, I tell them its illegal in our area to solicit without a permit, and if they have one, i tell them its illegal to solicit on my property with one.  LOL


Fiance, on the other hand, fucks with them. Jehovah’s witness – he runs up and puts his “Heathen” shirt on then answers the door. 




Post # 15
2685 posts
Sugar bee

I’ve recently been dealing with telemarketers who hang up while I tell them to put me on the do not call list (which means they are still able to call me).  If you have a smartphone, the Mr. Number app lets you block certain numbers and report them as spam numbers.  So when a repeat offender tries to call me, my phone automatically picks up and hangs up immediately.

Post # 16
3941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m always polite.  Most of these people (outside of religion) are just doing their jobs and trying to get by like the rest of us.  Maybe their lack of education or poor luck has left this as their only option.  They probably don’t want to be calling you, but they have to in order to put food on their table.

My Husband is also in Sales.  When he first started he was doing cold calls and people were SO MEAN to him.  He didn’t deserve that.  He’s taught me to always give someone a chance to say their peace and then politely decline.  Why must you belittle someone for doing their job?

I understand the religious and political solicitors, but I’m still not rude to these people.  Some of my family is Jehovah’s Witness and are the kindest, big hearted people I’ve ever know.  They don’t deserve to be treated awful or have a door slammed in their face. 

Why does it hurt you to take two seconds to politely say, “I’m sorry, I’m not interested.  Have a good day.”??


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