Seriously, I can't even work in the front yard without some dude with a clipboard trying to sell me cable TV or security systems, or subscriptions to the paper, or save my soul, or God knows what else!
So today, when yet ANOTHER one knocked on my door, I decided I'd had enough!
I'm not sure exactly why it bothers me so much. I mean there's the invasion of privacy for sure, but it's sort of deeper than that. It's like the hand of corporate America thinks it somehow has a right to march right into my living room or something. To be honest, it really pisses me off.
Don't worry, I didn't go postal or anything, but I did decide that I needed a No Solicitors sign.
My first thought was to find something on the web and print it out. My oh my... I guess I'm not the only one with this problem! Check out these little gems!
There's the direct approach:
Slightly annoyed yet still comical:
Hit 'em in the pocketbook:
Make 'em wonder if you're slightly crazy:
Inform them directly that you ARE crazy:
Tell them where to go:
And my own personal favorite:
In the end I decided to just make my own. I went for a combination of polite and thorough. Since so many of those selling things are kids trucked in from god-knows-where, they probably don't even know what the word "solicitors" means, and I wasn't taking any chances!
Anyhow, here's what I came up with:
If anybody would like to print it out and use it, please feel free, if you click on it, you should get to the full resolution version.
And one last amusing footnote to this story. When I told CatMan about my sign, his response was: "That's a great idea. Maybe you should go door to door in the neighborhood selling them!"
Gotta love a man with a wry sense of humor!
Anyhow, how about you? Do solicitors make you crazy or is it just me? Any other great ideas on how to deal with them?