A little more than a year ago I was cleaning out some stuff in the garage when I saw two ladies leaving the neighbors house. I don’t think they were in the house but just talking to the old lady next door outside. I figured they were friends of hers. They saw me look (oops! Made eye contact!) and came running over to my yard telling me how they were selling some miracle vacuum dust sucker-upper or something. I thought “Man, I don’t wanna deal with this crap right now”, so I politely told them my floors were hardwood. I also said it in a way that I thought would suggest “I’m busy, please leave me alone”.
They went into how its great on wood floors and they just needed to come inside and demonstrate. I politely, but losing patience told them “Look, I’m trying to clear out some stuff here, and I don’t have any time”. (Because really, if I say “No, I’m not interested” I fuckin’ well mean I’m not interested.). They persisted and I told myself to be polite only *one more time * before I lost my temper. So I told them “I don’t buy anything from people on the street. Sorry. Have a good day.” and turned to resume my work and they STILL insisted that if I let them into the house I’d be wowwed by this thing…and the third lady driving their van began pulling into my driveway. The van BTW had no visible logos or anything implying a company or employer.
I didn’t know it, but my wife was by the door and heard the whole thing. She walked in front of the van, gave the driver a "turn the hell around and leave signal, then turned to the two ladies and said “Didn’t you just hear my husband? He said no. No you’re not fucking coming into our house. You need to leave. NOW.”. They left mumbling whatever. I chuckled because she’s usually the one that tells me to not be an ass when people get under my skin and lose my temper.
Maybe I’m too paranoid…I’ve heard, I guess urban legends or rumors about “salespeople” who only want to get in your house so they can see what you have and then come back and rob you later. Which is why I have an alarm system. Not from ADT because they sent this big fat guy in a dirty T-shirt and jeans and a scraggly biker looking beard with no visible vehicle on the street over when I bought the house. (I know these companies keep track of what homes have been bought to drum up business). But the Vector guy showed up in a company car, wearing a tie at least, handed me a card and a brochure and told me he didn’t want to waste my time, if I was interested in a security system to give him a call. Guess which one I picked. (The big fat guy comes to mind because my wife said he rang the bell two weeks ago when I was at work, dressed pretty much the same. She was like “We bought the house a YEAR ago and you’re just coming back now?” and pointed to the friggin’ signs in the yard and on the window that say “Protected by…”)