Seeing that a friend had a “No Soliciting” sign on her door, I decided to get one of my own, as I get knocks far too frequently for my liking. I am almost never presentable, (See “Mommy goes out on the town, before and after“) which makes these regrettable encounters all the worse, for the other person.
So even though I had the sign, it wasn’t yet up in the window of the door when some gentleman, probably from a solar panel company who was “doing work on others houses in my neighborhood,” as they always somehow seem to be, showed up.
Before I even let him speak I said, “We really don’t need anything. I don’t want to waste your time, but thank you.”
Can you believe he actually gave a smile, nodded, and said, “Thank you”? He seemed genuinely pleased to have avoided wasting his rote sales pitch at yet another house. Or perhaps he was just relieved not to have to look at me for a moment longer. Either way, feel free to use that one, folks!
Once the door was closed again, which happened in record time, my oldest came running to see who it had been. I told her it was just another salesman.
Then she asked, “Didn’t you have up your ‘No Socializing’ sign?”