Shaken Not Stirred

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Door To Door Water

Yesterday as I was leaving to do an errand, a man pulled up, got out of his car and started to walk towards mine. I thought he might need directions, so I got out of mine (he was already on the driveway) to see what he needed.

He then said "Are people in this neighborhood complaining about the water?"
I didn't understand what he meant by that and I guess due my perplexed look--I must have had the expression of a person having mini-strokes--he repeated himself.

"Are people saying the water taste bad and when you take a bath you have rashes on your skin?"

I looked at my arms and then realized that this man was going to attempt to sell something--skin products, beauty products, something like that. Why the hell was he asking about the smell of the water and then saying the water was putting rashes on my skin?

I very politely told him that I was on my way out and I had errands to do. He asked if there was anyone else in the house that he could speak to. REDFLAG!!!! Of course my paranoid mind thought, he now wants to rob me blind while I'm away.

"My wife is asleep and I don't think she would appreciate being woken up to hear a sales pitch." Lie, big lie, but I had to make him think someone was in the house.

He then said, "My testing technique will only take thirty minutes I just want to test your water. Let's go inside and see."

He kept looking into the garage at the water heater. I then repeated that I had no time for this and could he just go on his way.

He then said, "But you were the lucky person I stummbled upon, none of your neighbors appear to be home."

I explained well yeah, but A)I don't have time B)I'm really not that interested C) It's a brand spanking new house, new neighborhood, our water filtration system is great, the water doesn't smell nor have I gotten any rashes and I was already losing my patience.

He then said, "Okay, is there a beter time for me to come back?"

I told him "NEVER!"

He then asked about Saturdays or the evenings, was there a number he could call to check for a better time. I told him he was never to trespass on my property again.

He said, "Okay, do any of your neighbors speak Spanish?"

I told him that I didn't ask any of them. And with that got in my car, asked him to leave my property and took off. I didn't really feel uneasy about him breaking in because of the alarm system.

In my rearview mirror I saw him throwing a pitch to an unsuspecting neighbor who came out to get her mail.


  • Pushy salesman are the shits.

    By Blogger :P fuzzbox, at 12:28 PM  

  • Sounds like he had something
    up his sleeve besides a
    water filtration system.

    By Blogger michele, at 1:02 PM  

  • I miss door-to-door salesmen. The good-old days.

    By Blogger Dirk the Feeble, at 3:08 PM  

  • I can't stand people that can't take no for an answer!

    By Blogger Ranea, at 3:09 PM  

  • Sounds like desperation. Desperate sales people really are so pathetic.

    By Blogger The Phoenix, at 5:09 PM  

  • I kinda felt bad for him.
    I'd hate to be that desperate for a job.

    By Blogger Tai, at 5:23 PM  

  • man, he sounds pushy. dor to door salesman = worse than telemarketers.

    By Blogger Anhoni Patel, at 7:13 PM  

  • Gosh, I am amazed how bold and pushy some people can be.
    I can't stand it when they approach me.

    By Blogger Lee Ann, at 9:15 PM  

  • Lame! I think I would have gone nuts on him! you are a saint!

    By Blogger sabatkes, at 12:13 AM  

  • HATE those people. The worst were the old vacum cleaner sales people. Once, they spent about 3 hours with my mom trying to get her to buy the vacum, but she didn't budge. They were talking to a professional saleswoman.

    By Blogger slopmaster, at 1:30 AM  

  • LOL! I hardly get them in my neighbourhood, thank goodness!

    By Blogger missy, at 3:26 AM  

  • We get no end of pushy salesmen. They usually start by saying:

    "Are you Mum and Dad at home?"

    I'm 26

    By Blogger Christopher, at 8:47 AM  

  • well everytime someone comes to sell something they usually think I am younger than I actually am and ask for my parents and I gladly shove the responsibility on my husband :)

    By Blogger M (tread softly upon), at 9:33 AM  

  • geez, was he looking to get punched in the face? i would hate that job.

    By Blogger vani, at 9:56 AM  

  • That was a very aggressive salesman. Kinda creepy if you ask me.

    By Blogger epicurist, at 10:40 AM  

  • Oh wow is that bizarre!

    By Blogger Etchen, at 2:15 PM  

  • You still have door to door salesmen selling cleaning products. Wow. West Virginia really is like 30 years behind the rest of the country.

    By Blogger White Dade, at 4:57 PM  

  • What the hell...back off annoying sales flunky...or robber...sheesh.

    By Blogger Chick, at 6:32 PM  

  • Gotta be smart w/these door-to-door people. You used your imagination-good job!

    By Anonymous Babette, at 11:43 PM  

  • i'll say what a pain in the a$$. If he has asked once, maybe twice it would have been doing his job, but that is way pushy

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:50 AM  

  • I guess he is only trying to earn a living ... but what a pain in the @#&%.
    Talk about not being able to take no for an answer.
    Hope you are having a great weekend.
    Take care, Meow

    By Blogger Meow, at 12:56 AM  

  • I wonder if any of the neighbors called the police on him. He sounds pretty persistent.

    By Blogger Lucy Stern, at 9:53 AM  

  • he came to your HOUSE?? usually I just get annoying calls....all hours of the day...i swear, those people are on rotation. They dont ever sleep, and never get time off. One time, a telemarketer called me at like 8pm on a saturday, and when he blah blah blahed his speech, I said "Dont you guys ever go home???" and then I hung up.

    By Blogger Princess Pessimism, at 10:56 AM  

  • We have had recent phone calls from a water testing company as well; and far away are we from you!?...what a conincidence. Pushy and annoying, yes, but the fact is that we probably do have bad water!

    By Blogger Cathy, at 8:44 PM  

  • Door to door selling should be banned. I hate it.

    By Blogger Ben Heller, at 12:54 PM  

  • I hate people that can't take no for an answer..

    By Blogger Choux*Pastry*Heart, at 7:32 PM  

  • I HATE pushy ass people like that. I want to jab them in the eye with a pencil.

    By Blogger Lindsey, at 8:12 PM  

  • Hi Angel ... just wanted to let you know I got your postcards today. Thank you so much ... 2 of them, wow !! Florida looks like an interesting place
    Take care, Meow

    By Blogger Meow, at 11:07 PM  

  • i hate it when they don't
    have any social graces
    whatsover - forcing us to
    get mean.

    By Blogger Maddy, at 11:29 PM  

  • My dad let in these Eastern European rug dealers and they brought their thirty rugs and laid them out and would not leave, that was freaky! They were so creepy, asking us how much money we kept in the house, what are our credit card limits…. And offering these strange deals on Persian rugs… that never made sense logically…

    By Blogger Madox23, at 12:45 AM  

  • Pretty persistent huh? We don't get any of that round here, thank god!

    By Blogger Leila, at 1:30 AM  

  • He was really pushy :-)
    But then people are always biased against door to door salesmen. It drives them to desperation.

    By Blogger Wriju, at 2:08 AM  

  • hahhahahaaaaaa hilarious pitch - I can't see 'do you have a rash?' inspiring anyone particularly!!!??

    By Blogger ziggystardust73, at 4:07 AM  

  • that's so annoying!
    here in greece, salespeople as well as banks, companies, etc, are in the habit of calling you on the phone, especially early in the morning or during siesta time and want to talk to the "mistress of the house".

    By Blogger Chloe, at 9:18 AM  

  • i hate pushy people too, you were quite nice to him! don't know if i could have held it in! LOL!

    i had someone come to the door to sell coupons for a local restaurant, when i answered the door my kids started to scream, cry, whine (all that fun stuff) he actually said to me, i was going to sell you some coupons for The Restaurant, but i see you probably don't get out much for dinner do you? i said no, not lately anyway. he then said, thanks for opening the door and he wouldn't waste my time, have a nice day.


    By Blogger mollymcmommy, at 9:28 AM  

  • That is very ANNOYING!

    It's a good thing you stood ur ground bc he may have invited himself over to your house for dinner one of these upcoming nights.

    Tell him that the HOA does NOT allow solicitation...hahahah...

    And that he will be banned from ur neighborhood.


    By Blogger Cari, at 9:07 AM  

  • i found a cute site for you

    By Blogger Maddy, at 4:36 PM  

  • I don't know if I feel more sorry for you or the salesman...

    By Blogger Karen Little, at 5:18 PM  

  • Dang, that is one persistent sales perston. Nag someone into buying thier stuff so they will go away

    By Blogger Drywall Mom, at 6:26 PM  

  • ACK!!! When my husband and I first moved into our house, we didn't know to "look out" for these people. We get a call from what we thought was a "city worker" asking to test our water. So we said, "Sure!"

    That is still one of the WORSE experiences we've had with someone. Those people are not human. ARG! I'm STILL pissed at the guys that came to our house! We had to practically kick him out!

    By Blogger the_mrs, at 6:58 PM  

  • shady man. i'm glad you got away. he sounds creepy and pushy. blech.

    By Blogger joey♥, at 12:41 AM  

  • Salesmen like that are so obnoxious! I know they're just trying to earn a living, but geez!!

    By Blogger Jinsane, at 11:32 AM  

  • Um, it's been 8 days since your last blog. You're slacking.

    By Blogger Dirk the Feeble, at 12:05 PM  

  • Angel
    Keep going with your great blog


    By Blogger Ben Heller, at 5:31 PM  

  • bloody annoying salespeople!

    By Blogger kimber the wolfgrrrl, at 8:21 PM  

  • Angel Jr,where did you go?
    Does that pushy salesman
    have something to do with it?

    By Blogger michele, at 1:19 PM  

  • And I thought telemarketers were bad! It seems they've come out from behind the phones.

    By Blogger Angry Dad, at 11:44 AM  

  • Hello, hello...*echo*

    PLease don't tell me you found your copy of 'Small One' and you're blubbing in a corner somewhere...

    By Blogger Leila, at 10:43 AM  

  • Do you think that sleeping wife will mind if I wake her to sell her some Avon lipstick?

    Why in the world can't door to door sales people sell cool stuff? The other day, I was watching tv, and thought, gee, wish I had some chips and salsa...

    would've been nice to get a ring on the doorbell that moment...

    By Blogger LBseahag, at 11:03 PM  

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