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Old 12-10-2013, 10:40 AM   #1
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Default At what time should people not be knocking at your door?

It was dark (not dusk) and I heard a knock at my door. I tried to peek through my peephole, but the bunch of Indian corn I had hanging on it blocked my view. They knocked a second time, so I peeked out. It was someone from an alternate energy company wanting to see what I paid for electric & gas to see if they could save me money. OK, it's after 6 PM, and it was dark out and here is this stranger at my door. He asked me what I was paying now (geez, I don't have it memorized what I pay per kilowatt hour for electric, or for whatever unit count they use for gas.) I just ended up telling him I was already ready for bed and it wasn't a good time (don't know if he could see my PJ's from me peeking around the door or not.

What is your opinion? If it's already dark, should sales people still be out knocking on doors. He did have on a jacket & ID with the energy company's name on it, so I don't think it was someone up to no good, but was a legitimate sales person for that company. Perhaps I should look up this company on the Internet and see what they say their policy is for contacting people at home.
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:48 AM   #2
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Personally, I'm pretty much a 9-5 grrl for business contacts. A broker called me last night at 8:42 and I told her to call me back this morn around 9:00. She hasn't yet (it's almost 11:00 AM now) but I've learned to expect that kinda behavior from brokers.

Now missy, you've now learned that your door decoration is blocking yer peephole....ya already moved it, right?
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:51 AM   #3
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I've done "cold-call sales" before, and I always went in the evening. I tried to go after supper, and before bedtime. Never after 8:30 at night.

The reason I always went in the evening, is that is when I was more likely to find both spouses at home.

I could sell to the wife, but the husband also had to be sold, and it saved me from having to go through the sales pitch twice.
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:51 AM   #4
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I wouldn't answer the door, especially when it was dark. We had those people come to our town a few months ago, but it was during the day. Hubby answered the door since he was home. If I had been alone, even during the day, I wouldn't have.

Just a note.... BIL works for the gas/electric company (DTE) that services quite a bit of our state. Most people either have electric or gas, sometimes both, through this company. He said you probably can get cheaper rates going through those types of alternate energy companies, but when there is a problem of some sort, and service is needed....you will be pushed down the customer service list. DTE will service their own customers first, before they service the customers of alternate energy companies.
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Now missy, you've now learned that your door decoration is blocking yer peephole....ya already moved it, right?
No, I haven't... I was just thinking about that when I was posting the thread. It's time to move on to Christmas door decoration anyway.
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Just a note.... BIL works for the gas/electric company (DTE) that services quite a bit of our state. Most people either have electric or gas, sometimes both, through this company. He said you probably can get cheaper rates going through those types of alternate energy companies, but when there is a problem of some sort, and service is needed....you will be pushed down the customer service list. DTE will service their own customers first, before they service the customers of alternate energy companies.
I was afraid that could be the case.
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:04 AM   #7
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If it is dark outside, don't be knocking on my door unless I'm expecting you.


In our current situation, living in a secure building, it isn't a worry. If someone knocks on the actual door now, I know it is Susie from next door and that she is either worried or confused about something.
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I've done "cold-call sales" before, and I always went in the evening. I tried to go after supper, and before bedtime. Never after 8:30 at night.

The reason I always went in the evening, is that is when I was more likely to find both spouses at home.

I could sell to the wife, but the husband also had to be sold, and it saved me from having to go through the sales pitch twice.
Of course on a normal day, I wouldn't have been home before 6 PM anyway, and he could have already tried to find me at home during the day previously.
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If it is dark outside, don't be knocking on my door unless I'm expecting you.


In our current situation, living in a secure building, it isn't a worry. If someone knocks on the actual door now, I know it is Susie from next door and that she is either worried or confused about something.
The day I move into a doorman less bldg, the cold reality of various sects trying to save my soul (I'm damned I tell ya! Lemme alone), someone selling me a new cable system, is already sending shudders down my back
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:17 AM   #10
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Business....9-5. NEVER when it is dark.

The exception are kids selling for the school. Or people I personally know who are out doing whatever.

If you show up earlier than 9, chances are it will be hectic here. If you show up after 5, same thing. I have too much going on to listen to your sales pitch.
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:44 AM   #11
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I've told neighbors to come to the side door, as I don't answer the front door. The front door people only want to sell me something...no loss of time, or money, by not answering.
This house was straight across, before I added a bathroom, with a big window. Now I can see who is at the door. Love it!
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Old 12-10-2013, 02:35 PM   #12
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They can come knocking at my door anytime - unless I'm expecting you, I don't even bother to look to see who it might be.
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Old 12-10-2013, 02:43 PM   #13
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Oh it doesn't matter to me I just answer wearing my lime green crocs and bathrobe, or low cut underwear, depending on the temps, and escort them out of the subdivision.
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The day I move into a doorman less bldg, the cold reality of various sects trying to save my soul (I'm damned I tell ya! Lemme alone), someone selling me a new cable system, is already sending shudders down my back

Oh yes. Before we sold the house 4 years ago, we were ALWAYS getting people from one church or another knocking on the door. They did come during normal hours, but that is all you could say about them. Oh, and security companies trying to sell systems. That's another biggie around here.
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Oh it doesn't matter to me I just answer wearing my lime green crocs and bathrobe, or low cut underwear, depending on the temps, and escort them out of the subdivision.
Lime green crocs ONLY go with low cut BVDs. Or FoL when feeling poorly.
Green beans are of course optional. in Tx.
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Oh it doesn't matter to me I just answer wearing my lime green crocs and bathrobe, or low cut underwear, depending on the temps, and escort them out of the subdivision.
You are soooo bad.

...but that's why I luv ya.
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Old 12-10-2013, 03:35 PM   #17
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Don't come ringing my doorbell after dark...you'll be left standing in the cold!

We're fortunate we don't get "church callers". Maybe it's because they already know, I won't answer the door.
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Old 12-10-2013, 03:36 PM   #18
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If it is dark outside, don't be knocking on my door unless I'm expecting you.

same here
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Old 12-10-2013, 03:39 PM   #19
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I wouldn't answer any knocks after dark, no matter what time dark falls.
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Old 12-10-2013, 03:47 PM   #20
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I have to say that 9 times out of 10, I don't even look out my peep hole to see who is out there. For one thing, it isn't at eye level, I have to stand on tiptoes to see out it. I also figure that it is C. from next door.

I don't generally go by "dark", but time. You don't come knocking on my door before 9 AM or after 8 PM.
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Old 12-10-2013, 03:55 PM   #21
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I feel if it's after dark forget it. Actually, it depends on how I feel during the day if I answer my door. I've had the attitude for years just because you knock on my door doesn't mean I will or have to answer it.

We seldom get solicitation people here. Although we are in the heart of the city,only a few blocks behind City hall and the courthouse a few streets around here don't have sidewalks. It's almost rural in a way. Big lots, some shared driveways a block from an elementary school that takes up an entire city block. Around the school are several churches. Our street gets a lot of car traffic but not foot traffic because it's a side street to two busy city streets.
We had a few JW a few months back but I didn't answer the door.
Pretty much if there was something I needed, curious about or just plain wanted I would go get it or call about it myself.
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Old 12-10-2013, 03:55 PM   #22
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I am rude- I look outside, let them see me look out, and then I walk away again.

Unless you are someone that I know or am expecting, it doesnt matter what time it is. I am not opening the door for a stranger.
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Old 12-10-2013, 04:29 PM   #23
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As far as I am concerned, NEVER would be quite convenient.
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Old 12-10-2013, 04:42 PM   #24
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After dark in my area would probably be someone in trouble on the road. Cell phone????
Anyone selling anything should call first or leave a flyer days before that the person might be stopping by.
I have had two people stop after dark; one on a snowy night (he had made a wrong turn and I directed him to the home he wanted a couple of miles the other way) and the other during a lull in a blizzard--she liked my cleared drive; I told her to take her car and go across the road--uncleared. That's where she wanted to go.
In those circumstances, of course, I'll answer the door. Nice weather---no!
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Old 12-10-2013, 04:43 PM   #25
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I don't know anyone here, so I would say 6 should be the latest, except during the holiday season. UPS delivers late, but heck they don't usually knock so I don't guess that counts!
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:38 PM   #26
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I've lived in this house for 37 years and have never answered my door unless the person had called ahead. Same when I lived in San Diego for 20 years. If it was a neighbor, I'd see them at the door and answer, other than that, I don't know them and don't want to.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:12 PM   #27
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People have to be plum crazy to knock on strangers' doors today. This in itself is reason to not answer it.

If there is an emergency, it's best to scream "CALL 9-1-1" and then go back to whomever is bleeding. Not everyone has a cell phone. Heaven knows I've left the house a hundred times and left mine on the table.

True story: Just the other night, Kathleen and I were invited to Barb's place for dinner. Barb had polio as a child and is getting less and less mobile, so we told her we'd be there at 5:30, and to leave the door unlocked so she didn't have to get up. She lives in a condo community where everyone's place looks the same. I hadn't been there in over 10 years, so Kathleen drove - said she knew where it was. Right.

So we pull into the driveway, and walk right in the door, yelling "Merry Christmas, Barb! What's for dinner?" This nice, smiling blond lady rounds the corner and says, "Oh, you must be friends with Barb - she lives right over there, 2 doors down".

We walked right into a stranger's home. We apologized profusely and then gave her a stern talking-to about locking her door. I felt kind of embarrassed because I haven't locked any of my doors for years....but will now. I'm just glad she wasn't one of those idiots who feel justified in blowing away anyone who dares step foot on their property.

So, the moral of the story is: Don't assume it's someone trying to murder you. It might just be two knuckleheads at the wrong address.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:17 PM   #28
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I am not afraid of the nuts…bring 'em on, but I hate people trying to sell me something when I am at home.
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Ever since I've lived where I live I've locked my door because of the two jail/prison boys who lived next door. Even though they moved five or six years ago I still keep my storm door locked. My front door is open most of the time and I have a double lock on my storm door and a sign that says no salesmen, no surveys, no religious people. In big red letters. It can be seen aways from my front porch.
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Signs like that don't deter them. Every one of them thinks they're the exception and that you NEED what they have to offer.
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Mine has worked for years. They get up to the porch and always walk away. Last November some guy came up to the end of the porch and stood there. My inside door was open. I opened the door and said to him, "this better be good". He laughed and said they were going from house to house to see if people needed a ride to the voting place.

I wish I could remember the completely, totally dumb assed thing my x-husband said the guy doing that. I think one thing he said was that the guy was breaking the law and we should find out who he was and report him. ????

The ass-breath.
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Breaking the law offering a ride to the polls? That isn't illegal unless he was holding a gun on you.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:48 PM   #33
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No, not everyone has a cell.
I would be aware of a vehicle in trouble on our twp. road---it's only 100' away. Outside light would illuminate and my spots would illuminate more. That would make the man across the road look out.
All depends upon a person' situation and surroundings.
My doors are locked and I use door-jammers (made by same company that made the car steeromg wheel locks).
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