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Old 03-02-2013, 04:14 PM   #16
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I guess I'm in the minority, but I nearly always open the door. I realize it probably isn't a good idea, but I can't seem to help myself.

I did put a sign on the door for solicitors - the tree-trimming people and meat vendors were driving me insane. Lately it has been the religious ones. They came again this morning.

I should probably stop opening the door to just anybody - I think I'm way too trusting.

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Old 03-02-2013, 04:18 PM   #17
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always.. 4 kids.. lots of neighborhood kids... someone is always knocking on my door for them.. usually they answer it before I do. If its not a kid they yell for me.. last week a meat guy was going door to door selling meat.. I wasn't interested so I told him we were all vegetarians..
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:22 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Sheree Bobbins View Post
I have a theory about would-be robbers: They knock on the door to see if you are home. Therefore, I need to let them know that there are people in the house. I go to the front bedroom window which opens onto the front door (1 storey above) and tell the person at the door, "Sorry, not interested." I don't believe I compromise my personal safety this way.
I agree with this. When I'm home alone I always let them know someone's here but never open the door. I just say I'm not interested through the side windows. When I leave my kids home alone (even though they are teens) my parting words are always, "don't open the door for anyone."
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Old 03-02-2013, 04:46 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by Jaya
I peek through the blinds to see who it is, but very seldom open the door to them. If kids in the neighborhood that I recognize ring my bell to sell candy, I'll usually buy something (I figure it's "protection money" -lol) but I won't open to religious soliciters any more. A few years ago, I politely listened to them and when they asked the question "Why do you think people more often do the "wrong" thing than the "right" thing?", I answered "Well, it's probably because the "wrong" thing is easier to do than the "right" thing." The woman immediately snapped, "No, that's not the answer." I informed her that she had asked me a question and I had answered her. If she didn't like my answer, well, the conversation was over and shut the door. Have you noticed that people who want you to listen to THEIR opinions very seldom want to hear YOUR opinions...? I'm so very tempted to tell them we're Satanists or snake worshippers and invite them into the house to see our altar, but I've resisted the temptation so far. One of these days, though, one of these days.....
My aunt actually said that she was a Satanist when Jehova's Witnesses wouldn't leave her alone. She invited them inside, offered to explain to them her beliefs and that she was on the right path. They never knocked on her door again.

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Old 03-02-2013, 05:16 PM   #20
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No way, I never open my door to ppl I dont know. Ever.

Funny enough, when someone rings our bell, my dog will bark like crazy (naturally). That scares them away half the time. I love it! Lol.

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Old 03-02-2013, 05:23 PM   #21
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Once, on the wedding day of my son, I opened the door totally dressed up and looking good. You should have seen the startled expressions on the Jehovah Witness ladies. Not expected first thing Saturday morning. I knew it was them as I saw them coming down the street.

They asked me if I was going out! But I was very non-committal. You see, I know you never tell a stranger you're going to leave the house empty, even if they're disciples from God. I didn't say much to them but I did feel blessed to have religious visitors that day even though I wouldn't tell them of my son's wedding.
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:43 PM   #22
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If I don't open the door its because I know its a religious person- otherwise I open up the side door and talk to them over the fence. I have neighbors that just pop over to chat or friends/family that will stop by if they are in the neighborhood, I don't find it rude- I am glad they are comfortable enough with our friendship to feel free to pop over whenever.
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:56 PM   #23
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:00 PM   #24
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I never answer the door, unless I'm expecting someone. Honestly, it really annoys me when ppl. come to my door without me knowing ahead of time. I get that it sounds weird, but it does.
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:10 PM   #25
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Yes, I would be more afraid robbers would break in if they didn't think I was home. Plus I can't stand to hear people knocking on my door
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:13 PM   #26
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I never answer the door to people I don't know. I have a dog (lab) who sounds really tough. Luckily they can't see that he is wagging his tail like crazy.
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:38 PM   #27
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I made the mistake of answering the door to a group. From that one and only time they came back almost every Sunday for the next six months!
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:45 PM   #28
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I work nights and have a million signs on my door warning you not to knock. There is a plastic thing taped over my doorbell to prevent ringing. I now have signs all ver my back door because the people would go around back to knock. Unbelievable! So heaven help you if you ignore all that and still knock loud enough to wake me up. I promise you'll be more afraid of me than I am of you. And you get the sprinklers.
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:52 PM   #29
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Since I used to live in big cities I am in the habit of always having my door locked. Good thing. Here in my tiny WV town with no signal lights, the neighbors and friends show up uninvited and knock once, then turn the door knob to let themselves in!
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:33 PM   #30
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Yes. Well i leave the storm door locked. I want people to know i here with my German Shepard and any possible weapons i may have .
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