Poor sales technique

JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
Had a guy at the door, I think part of the ex-offender doorstep sales thing - not sure if it's legitimate or not. Anyway, before he got into his pitch I said if it was for sales I wasn't interested. He called me a horrible little f*cking prick. I suggested maybe that wouldn't swing many sales. Weirdly he reset to the beginning, told me he could see through the window I wasn't busy, and started his pitch again. I interrupted to remind him he'd turned up on my doorstep and called me a f*cking prick. He got a bit upset and confrontational. It culminated in me telling him to f*ck off, him ringing the doorbell ruthlessly and spitting in the garden, right on an innocent shrub. If this is part of his rehabilitation it doesn't seem to be working. I really hope my windows aren't put through tonight.


  • Avon sales technique not what it was, obviously.

  • Jeez. I think I'd be ringing the police. What would he be like with a sweet old little granny ?

    Keep that shrub sample for DNA analysis !image

    (Apologies JT if you are a sweet old little granny)
  • did you get the company.......I would definitely phone the police as there might be vulnerable people around


  • (also i fear for your double glazing later tonight)
  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    We don't have double glazing. It might be an opportunity to put some in. I genuinely hope there are no repercussions. That's the nasty little fear that floats about in the back of the mind.

    Didn't get as far as seeing any laminated card with details on it. Not sure where the line is with involving the police. I think he was genuinely annoyed because I wasn't indulging him, and had an outburst. Maybe with a little old lady he wouldn't have done it. Still, hope he has a testis torsion.
  • He wasn't selling double glazing was he ?


  • SteadyCJSteadyCJ ✭✭✭

    Known scam,  they get dropped off from a van and then go around a few streets, sometimes selling T towels and dusters, then they get picked up hours later by the leader who spilts any profit made.
    We had one turn up (years ago) and was polite but pissed off when I pointed out that he was in a no cold calling area and that by now one of the neighbours would have called it in to the local bobbies. He beat a hasty retreat and was never seen again.

  • MillsyMillsy ✭✭✭
    Sounds less aggressive than the Herbalife pushers. Especially when you mention it may be a pyramid scheme.
  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    He had a rucksack so I was thinking pricey dusters. There was a story he wanted to get out but didn't let him, so we went straight to the verbal abuse. It was the "little" that really stung - 5ft9 is perfectly acceptable.

    Figured it was a bit scammy. Had them before and were harmless. This guy though was stupidly aggressive.

    Had a narky doorstep seller before who couldn't understand why I wouldn't want to stand there and hear all about energy tariffs. And some sinister young Mormons who forcefully told me that God loved me whilst at the same time giving the impression they fucking hated me. On the phone and at the door it's getting harder to politely and quickly end these conversations.
  • Just checking in to see if you have new air conditioning on your living room

  • VDOT52VDOT52 ✭✭✭
    If you have managed to offend a random cyclist, doorstep sellers and even religious folk who love everyone then maybe there is something that all these events have in common?

    No idea what but it is worth pondering.
  • I find having two bloody massive wolves straining to get past and out of the door tends to cut down on their sales pitch, and more often than not they are more than relieved when I say 'No thanks!' and they can beat a hasty retreat down the drive. 

  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    It wasn't you selling tea towels was it VDOT?
  • A lot of my n'er do well friends when I was young used to do this and they were called "knockers". A quick google and the "Nottingham Knockers" seem to have somewhat of a reputation. Was there an East Midland accent by any chance?

  • VDOT52VDOT52 ✭✭✭
    image not in this reality !!

    I hate sales people of every kind. They are a parasitic scourge on humanity.

    Besides, I would never knock on a house with single glazing as I don't have access to a time machine.
  • I have a "you have 30 seconds to get to your point" policy at my door. Any long introduction sales pitches or god squadders don't usually get passed it and get a goodbye/slam!

  • DachsDachs ✭✭✭

    No-one has come to my door selling anything for years.

    I wish they would.  I'm so lonely.

  • NessieNessie ✭✭✭

    I'm not googling anything with the word "knockers" in it - especially not at work!

  • JT141JT141 ✭✭✭
    I've got family from Notts. In fact grandad's pet name for grandma was Nottingham Knockers.

    - boo, nessie already got in with a knockers joke while I was still faffing about.
  • Snap!Snap! ✭✭✭
    VDOT52 wrote (see)
    image not in this reality !!

    I hate sales people of every kind. They are a parasitic scourge on humanity.

    Besides, I would never knock on a house with single glazing as I don't have access to a time machine.

    I'm a sales person. image

  • That's quite interesting Philomena. I've recently moved to Nottingham and renting noticed how my house and so many of my neighbors have a "no hawkers" sign on the door. From the links though it looks like not being limited to Nottingham...



    Sounds like there is nothing rehabilitating about it. Fascinating, deplorable subculture.

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