I was just thinking the same thing, evilbeth. LOL I’m wondering why matt revived this thread after almost a year. Did some board fluke put this on the front page so it looked new?
But, since it’s already been resurrected, a little story of my own. I used to live in a townhouse style condo with a back patio right off the living room that was accessible through big sliding glass doors. There was a barbeque and an umbrella table and chairs out there.
I came home one night (it was after dark, probably between 9:00 and 10:00pm) and sat down in the living room to watch tv. All of a sudden I start hearing noises at the glass doors. I couldn’t see who it was because the vertical blinds were closed and I couldn’t tell exactly what was making the noise. It sounded like someone might be trying to jimmy the lock or something.
So I called the police. They were there in just a few minutes and while one of them came in through the house, the other went around back to check it out. Turns out, since it was a nice night out, my next door neighbor (with whom I was very close friends) had decided to take advantage of my patio table to sit and have a glass of wine and relax. While sitting there, he saw my cat poke her head through the blinds and started picking up little rocks or pebbles and tossing them at the door to “play” with her (not in a mean way, but to try to get her to bat at them or something).
I did not feel bad about calling the police on him. He knew he was more than welcome to make himself at home in my yard, but I asked him next time if he would please at least leave me a message on my answering machine that he’d be out there so I wouldn’t get scared not knowing who was in my yard.
I occasionally get people trying to sell me something, convert my religion or leave me flyers for local restaurants, who think nothing of coming to my front door after dark. Now what I do is go to the door, ask who it is without opening it and no matter who they say they are or what they say they want, I tell them that I do not open my door to strangers after dark and to please leave whatever it is they want me to see on the barbeque and I walk away. I’ve never had anyone not be understanding about this. My safety is more important than a 10% off coupon to Pizza Hut!