I hate being disturbed when I’m working by people knocking on my front door. If it’s a delivery then fair enough as I will be expecting them. But to limit uneccessary idiot salesmen I have a bold black and yellow notice at eye level warning cold callers against knocking. I’m not talking about the blue and red signs that everyone seems to ignore – oh no, this is a yellow and black sign, kind of like a wasp ready to sting should anyone ignore the warning.
I’ve had the sign now for over a year and it has worked perfectly! Before I used to get cold callers several times a week, often one every day and that’s just ridiculous if not bordering on harrassment!
But it was only a matter of time before I got one smart arse who thought the warning didn’t apply to him. I heard the faint, barely there knock before my dog started barking, so perhaps he was considering scuttling back down the path after all. But before he could move an inch I opened the door, dog under arm.
He didn’t start his speech off well when he asked for the owner of the property and then saying sorry love when I told him it was me. I hate being called love. If he’d said sorry Mistress then may be it wouldn’t have been so bad, but hey ho, he wasn’t to know that!
So he started to push his sale on me in the form of a smart meter. I promptly told him I don’t want one and he asked if there was any particular reason why. My main reason is the hassle that comes with getting one fitted and everyone who I know who has got one all say they seem to be paying more. He started to argue with me then, so I told him again I won’t be having one and shut the door in his face.
That will teach him! I don’t stand for boundary pushers in my work life, so I certainly won’t stand for them in my normal life.