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Jan. 15th, 2010

03:39 pm - What part of "Leave us the hell alone" do they not get?

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Aaargh. The trouble with a NO SOLICITORS sign is that nobody seems to think they are a solicitor. And this guy from TXU Energy* just now seemed to think that the fact that it's raining hard somehow invalidates the sign.

*We're not TXU customers.

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From:shockwave77598
Date:January 15th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
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Change the sign to read:

"Salespeople and anyone wanting to give religious pamphlets will be drawn, quartered, and sacrificed to pagan gods on the hibachi!"

They don't need to know you'll draw them on a quarter in your sketchbook before burning the page in the back yard. :)
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From:megadog
Date:January 15th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
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You need a sign that says something like "No canvassers solicitors or salesmen. Offenders will be shot. Repeat offenders will be shot repeatedly"
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From:tracerj
Date:January 15th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
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I was thinking something a little more progressive, like:

"If you're selling newspapers or religion, go away. Both are defunct."
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From:wbwolf
Date:January 15th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
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I've had multiple people tell me "Well, I'm not selling anything..." even though there was a posted "No Solicitors" sign. That doesn't matter.

On the other hand, it could be that people just don't understand the word. "Solicitor" is a bit old-fashioned...
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From:klepsydra
Date:January 15th, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
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I am not so too old-fashioned!!!
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From:deckardcanine
Date:January 16th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
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OT: I like your "On the Fastrack" icon.
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From:oniomancer
Date:January 17th, 2010 04:04 am (UTC)
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Yeah, solicitor is Brit-speak for a type of lawyer, and solicitation... well, that also tends to mean something else all together legally, at least on the cop shows. ;)
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From:vakkotaur
Date:January 16th, 2010 01:30 am (UTC)
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We've been fortunate. While we don't have a generic NO SOLICITORS sign, we do have the 'no religious solicitors' sign - with no text, just the 'well dressed couple' with a religious text (book with cross) in a big NOT symbol. I think we've only had one instance of folks not realizing that, yes, we really did mean them too. And that's been over the last five or six years.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:January 16th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
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It's things like this that make me glad I rent a suite in a house and don't use the front door.
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From:vermillionfox
Date:January 16th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
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To be honest after having worked for a sleazy sales group, there are two reasons they still come:

*There is the chance they don't notice or understand. After scouting for six or more hours, you tend to not notice things due to exhaustion.

*High sellers scout out those doors specifically and try to sell them. "No Soliciting" means "Easy sale!". Seriously. People love to put up the signs because they are compulsive buyers just as much as people who are hard sells and don't want to be bothered. So you go and they either fuss and you go "whoops" and be on your way, or you sooooooo land a sale. Sad, but true.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 16th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
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That is totally illogical and crapsack. This is why we as a species can't have nice things!
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From:vermillionfox
Date:January 16th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC)
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Oh there were tons of little things for sales they rarely let the public know. The sales place needed to be fussed at for not scouring the area first through other means to locate the easy sales, or they had a cheap product. (Finding single women=KACHING!)

Though the two things to always remember:

ABC! Always Be Closing

and the most important of them all.... "Never sell to a Patel"

XD
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 16th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
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[bops Blake in the forehead with those brass balls of his]
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From:athelind
Date:January 16th, 2010 07:39 am (UTC)
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One year, we lived on a corner across the street from a high school. After about two weeks, I put up a sign saying, "No Salespeople, Fundraisers or Evangelists." I may have added a few more categories over time, but that covers most of it.

I'd probably add "no pollsters (except Official U.S. Census)."
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From:electronin
Date:January 16th, 2010 12:10 pm (UTC)
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It needs to read "We're still not interested!"
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:January 16th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Are those signs legally binding? Can you sue them if they violate the sign? Because, if you can't then why should they obey it?

(Personally, yes, I think they should be legally binding. Varro, you there?)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 16th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
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I suppose I could threaten to call the police. Heck, I live in Texas; I could probably legally point a gun at them and tell them to get off my property. If I had a gun.

Thing is, once they ring the doorbell, the damage has already been done. The point of the sign is to keep them from ringing the doorbell and forcing me to drop what I'm doing, throw some clothes on, and go see whether it's someone I actually want to deal with, in the first place.

And who knows, it may actually be working. I have no way to tell how many salesmen the sign has successfully turned away. All I know about is the idiots who ignore it.
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From:oniomancer
Date:January 17th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
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I was going to say, many communities have local ordinances against peddling and soliciting without a license. I know ours does. Might be worth looking in to. Doesn't help your immediate problem either but If you can nail even one of them, you'd send a message and maybe even make things just a little bit harder for the rest of them.
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From:haystack
Date:January 17th, 2010 08:54 am (UTC)
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Maybe make the language simpler. "Solicitors" might be too big a word for some of them?

"ALL THESE HOUSES ARE YOURS
EXCEPT FOR THIS ONE
ATTEMPT NO SELLINGS HERE"
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From:darksasami
Date:January 18th, 2010 08:13 am (UTC)
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I've been considering a sign along the lines of "Attempts to sell any product, service, or religion at this residence will result in being strung along for at least an hour and a half, being made to believe that you are about to make that big sale/save that poor soul, and then being told to get out, and you will have wasted your time and energy for nothing, and then you will be mocked relentlessly for it," but it really needs some punching up.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 18th, 2010 09:18 am (UTC)
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I'm thinking something more along the lines of "Don't touch that doorbell unless we know you personally, or you are delivering a package or food."
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