When I was living at home, we had the call-waiting service for the home phone, but then we got rid of it to save money. Since wegot rid of it, we could no longer screen calls to see if it was a telemarketer and had to answer the phone every time. Depending on what I’m doing and how I’m feeling, I’ll either let them say their spiel and say I’m not interested, or say I’m not interested before they could even finish their sentence. Telemarketers must go through quite a few rejections every day, so they must be used to it.
I find telemarketers quite annoying and would never want to be one.
I find door -to- door soliciting just as annoying. No, wait, even more so. About 99.99% of the time they are trying to sell me something I don’t want or ask for donations to a charity. How do I even know they work for that charity? They could easily be pretending to be posing as a representative for that charity and then be off with my money to buy who knows what.
On several occasions, I have had people ring my doorbell several times in a row (which makes it sound urgent, which makes me run to the door. This is probably why they do this).I completely forget to check who it is through the peephole and quickly open the door. I am immediately disappointed to be face to face with someone holding a whole bunch of pamphlets and a clipboard. I must admit, it’s a little more intimidating for me to reject them right then and there because I am making eye contact with them. So most of the time, I will let them say their speech and THEN I will say sorry I am not interested. I will accept their pamphlet, close the door and then toss that pamphlet into the recycling bin.
There have been a couple of occasions where people have rang the doorbell on a Sunday evening. Yes, a Sunday evening. Really?!?!? It’s a time when most likely the person would be home because they have to work the next day. I spend most of my Sunday evening preparing for work the next day and then winding down. Unless I ordered take out and you’re the delivery person, don’t expect me to open my wallet for you. I rarely carry cash in my wallet anyway. The donation would end up being a bunch of change, which I doubt they would want.
Another form of soliciting I’m not too keen on is when they hover near the entrance and exit of the grocery store or liquor store. Those two areas are high traffic zones with a constant influx and efflux of shoppers.
It’s hard to avoid the solicitors there, especially when they come right up to you and block your path. I know this sounds kind of mean, but in order to avoid them, I try and strategically place myself between or behind people who have already been asked (sort of like tailgating) and make my way into the store. It would make sense for them to be stationed at the entrance, however if they position themselves by the exit, it’s more of an inconvenience for the potential donor to get their wallet out. They may have already used all their cash to pay for their groceries. They may have their hands full with groceries, making it hard for them to get their wallet out.
Before you go telling me I’m a Scrooge in the comments section, hear me out. I donate money to organizations like the Salvation Army and Red Cross. I donate when I want and when it is convenient for me. I’ll donate money to sponsor friends who are running/riding for a good cause. I am more likely to donate when I can get a receipt and use it for income tax purposes. This is not really soliciting, but I will give my loose change to subway and street musicians because at least they are providing entertainment rather than just begging for money.
What are your thoughts on soliciting? Do you find it annoying?