Almost drew on the Kirby salesman

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    Almost drew on the Kirby salesman

    After three hours of intense yardwork, I go over to my rental house [next door] to pick-up some chairs - I'm totally pooped...

    All of a sudden an old mini-van pulls up and a guy, followed by a young woman, comes running at me as I'm in the doorway ready to lock the house up. I notice he has a round cylinder in his hand [pepper spray?]...

    I'm ready to pull out the .45 when at the last minute he holds the cylinder up and I see it's a can of Glade and he says, 'Sir can I talk to you?'

    he hands me the can of Glade and tells me to wait and runs back to the van. I then notice a big dude sitting in the van watching everything...

    I'm still on alert and I'm scanning everyone and still keeping my gun hand free and clear. Then he comes running back to me with the Kirby vacuum. Now he starts his pitch, in my personal space, and won't leave...

    Finally, after he stops begging, he goes. The other people were just trainees.

    Not a very good way to approach folks IMO - stopping suddenly and jumping out of a van and running at someone with something in your hand - not too smart...

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    I think that you should have drawn down on him.....then he would have a chance to demonstrate how good the Kirby vacuum cleaner works on human re-cycled waste food products
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    Had one vacuum my entire house once... Didn't by the vacuum.
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    Pepper spray. Don't let anyone into your personal space uninvited. If they do (somehow) intrude into your personal space don't let them stay there. I'm not saying you should have hosed him down immediately; rather, that you should have ordered him to stop, back off, and warned him that you would hose him down with pepper spray if he did not comply. Hold up your off-hand (the one with out the pepper spray in it), shout "Stop! Back off!", and have the pepper spray ready for use.

    Never let anyone run at you. That is the prelude to a Blitz attack.

    Call Kirby central and complain bitterly. Get their Snail Mail address and send a written complaint.


    This from a very (!) satisfied long-time Kirby owner and customer.
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    I don't take kindly to being "run at" be strangers. This will not set the stage for you to make a sales presentation successfully.

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    I feel bad for those guys. Being that excited about a vacuum that weighs over 75 pounds cant be easy. A guys gotta put food on the table one way or another...peddling suction powered anvils works even if its not glamorous.

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    Well, that would have been one way to get him to end his sales pitch early....
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    Quote Originally Posted by kb2wji View Post
    I feel bad for those guys. Being that excited about a vacuum that weighs over 75 pounds cant be easy. A guys gotta put food on the table one way or another...peddling suction powered anvils works even if its not glamorous.
    It doesn't work very well. These guys work 60+ hours a week, and are lucky to get $300. Oh, and they hire anybody. A lot of Kirby salesman are just people trying to earn an honest living, but I certainly wouldn't let one in my home.

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    Oh man did I howl when I read the title of this thread.
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    Answered the door for Schwans a few weeks back. And after I told him I wasn't interested, kid said "Well since you're packing heat I won't press you any further. Are you a cop?" .. "Nope. Just carrying that way today. Thanks guys."
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    Almost drew on the Kirby salesman
    Just think, you maybe could have given Zimmerman a little breather.
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    Sales can be a tough job. At least he was trying to earn an "honest" living. I don't know what the Glade represented, but I suspect he was trying to impress his boss in the van with his aggressiveness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterAvis View Post
    Answered the door for Schwans a few weeks back. And after I told him I wasn't interested, kid said "Well since you're packing heat I won't press you any further. Are you a cop?" .. "Nope. Just carrying that way today. Thanks guys."
    And don't give out personal information to strangers. The reply should have been, "Goodbye".
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    I was done with him the minute he tried handing me anything - get the hell off my property.

    That was a lame (but successful) test to see if you were open to having your time wasted. I've had situations where salespeople standing on my front step, disobeying my eventual orders to leave, tried to test me by telling me "there's no reason to be unpleasant" while still attempting to engage me in 'conversation'. Mr. Niceguy goes out the window after the 2nd pleasant request to leave is ignored. Mr. Irritated speaks much louder & eventually uses expletives.


    And by the way, I've tried the Kirby sales route before...that is a tough row to hoe. It's a very good vacuum, but way overpriced IMO.
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    I hope you nicely explained to the guy before he left, that what he did was not a wise thing to do ... and that it could lead to him having problems he doesn't want.
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