Door to Door Sales part II

Honestly, I didn’t think I’d be writing a sequel to my previous entry regarding door to door sales people. But last night, I got rudely interrupted again, while working in the office.

It’s already annoying enough that my evening is disturbed, especially as I live in an area that does not allow soliciting, but what boggles my mind is how rude these people are becoming!

Last night, the salesman was trying to sell us their gas services. And it only dawned on me that the most aggressive and rude people are those working for these other gas companies.

After politely explaining to him that this is a condominiumized area, and that we all are serviced by the main gas company, he accused me of ‘selling him stories’. Was I? I was pretty sure I was being honest, but even if I was wrong, I told him that this area is protected from any soliciting.

He looked at me and sarcastically said, “Oh yeah… soliciting.”

I couldn’t believe it. Where would the line be drawn here from soliciting or harrassment? I suppose he would have to continually come to my door, but when you get so many different salespeople come and treat you the same way, all from different companies, the total sum certainly does fell like one massive harrassment.

I sometimes try to approach of not answering but he looked like one of our security guards. What I might do is resort to installing an intercom.

At our next board meeting, I will bring this up and request for higher security and more of those NO SOLICITING signs be placed around our area.

2 Comments so far

  1. jafer (unregistered) on October 26th, 2005 @ 8:25 pm

    It’s funny, when I had those gas people come to my door to try to sell me, as soon as they saw my husband, they stopped looking at me and continued speaking directly to him only.

    I’m the one who pays the bills, I’m the one who makes the decisions as to what services we’ll use, and as soon as they stopped talking to me, my decision was made.

    I told them we would not be using their services and they continued to talk to my husband who finally had to say something to the effect of “you heard what she said”.

    Then they couldn’t believe that it was my decision. Then they asked me why I outright refused when I didn’t hear about the savings I’d get.

    So I told the guy the reason I would not use them. It was as simple as him ignoring me (the woman) and speaking to my husband only – not even eye contact.

    Then he got hostile and started yelling at me, when he was the one who had asked me why I refused to use them.

    So why bother talking to them at all, since their only concern is the actual sale.


  2. shy (unregistered) on October 26th, 2005 @ 9:17 pm

    jafer,

    the first time i had the unfortunate incidence of being pestered by these gas companies was when both my husband and i were home.

    the same thing happened to me as it did with you. they treated me like shit and talked more to my husband. and i am also the one that handles the finances.

    last week, they rang and my husband answered.

    he told the guy that we use geo-thermo. they guy said ‘oh’, looked confused, and then walked away.

    whatever works i always say. :)



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