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Every Monday and Wednesday at about 10:30am I get visitors ringing my bell. Sometimes I'm up and in the bathroom or in bed and I do yet want to answer the door. I don't have a perp hole and can't see them when they are there from any window. If there is a car there I can see it. I did open three times. Two religious groups and a seller of solar roofing. I don't want a camera or an intercom. I think a graceful little sigh next to my door would be perfect. I don't want to offend anyone and if it should be that guy who goes around giving folks a million dollars if you are home, but goes to the next home if you aren'.
May I get from you some suggestions?
 

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How about just "no solicitation"? Depending on the neighborhood, I guess that might be ambiguous.
 

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I guess I'd just not answer the door--if it's really important then they will leave a note or call you. And most salesmen don't pay attention to those, "No solicitors" signs anyway.
 

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I don't like offending people either, but *I* am offended by proselytizing religious zealots bothering me at my door trying to convince me to buy into their religion. Likewise, I have grown weary of people trying to get me to donate to their 'cause' by coming to my door. I have my own religion, and I have my own charities which I support. As a result, unless I'm expecting someone, I rarely answer the door any more. It took a while to undo the habit of always responding to the doorbell, but in time I've gotten better at ignoring it.

I think it was "Dear Abby" who used to say, "if you're uninvited and unexpected, you're unwelcome." Seems to fit.
 

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Put up a "No Solicitors" sign.

For the religious groups, tell them to put you on a "do not visit" list.

Then, disconnect your doorbell.
 

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Last time a couple of LDS supporters came by I was in the driveway changing the weather-stripping on a Honda 600, when they asked if I could talk a while I said sure just give me a hand in finishing up and we can talk. Funny thing, they did not have time to help and needed to be moving on.
 

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If you don't want a camera, not answering the door appears to be the only option outside of not installing a peep hole. Peep holes can be installed in doors that weren't originally made with one. Do you not have one because you don't want one?
 

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You really should have a peep hole.

I have found both the Mormons and the Jehovah's Witnesses to be respectful of your wishes if you make them known. I know the Witnesses around here have a "do not visit" list and they adhere to it.
 

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How about just "no solicitation"? Depending on the neighborhood, I guess that might be ambiguous.
Church groups are not solicitors, at least according to my town's ordinances. I normally just open the door when they come-a-knocking and let them first meet my 85 pound dog. If they are still near the entrance to my house after I have attempted to drag the dog back into the house, I politely tell them that I am an devote atheist, but normally they are long gone.
 

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I see no reason to be rude until they know and don't respect my wishes.
 

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You really should have a peep hole.

I have found both the Mormons and the Jehovah's Witnesses to be respectful of your wishes if you make them known. I know the Witnesses around here have a "do not visit" list and they adhere to it.
Same story here in my area. I've never in my life encountered a Mormon one, but the JW came here once and when I politely told them I'll agree to disagree and please don't come back - they said nobody from their church would be returning and they were true to their word.
 

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I don't want a camera or an intercom.
There are realistic-looking fake cameras available. And you can post a "No Solicitors" sign out front.

Short of catching what employer/organization they're working for and making your extreme displeasure felt on their end (at the employer level), there aren't many other options. And if you can indeed see things from your window, you might well catch the vehicle/plate involved in the repeated transgressions against your "No Solicitors" request.

About all that's left: disconnect the doorbell and stop answering the door except for folks who call ahead to request dropping by. Works very well, in time, disgruntled though some might be. Might not be your cup of tea, but it can work well.


Church groups are not solicitors, at least according to my town's ordinances.
They're selling something, just like anyone else. No matter what the town calls it.
 

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Son in law has a sign that says something like intruders will be shot,survivors will be shot again. Of course everyone knows it is in jest,sort of.
 

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I have a small "no solicitors" sign next to the doorbell. Most all uninvited people who walk up to the house see that and turn right around. The few who don't seem to think that it applies to them are selling either religion or politics. With those types I can get fairly rude.

I do have a peep hole in the door and If I don't like what I'm seeing outside, I'll have my Ruger GP100 in my hand when I crack open the door (out of sight, but always ready).
 

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Maybe a pentagram above the door.:wink:
 
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Do you people live on a solicitor freeway? Some of you sound like that is all you seem to do all day long--answer or not answer a door because of someone who you never invited to your home. If I have 2 a year, max, it is probably an exaggeration. It is an interesting question though and I would think that a sign indicating your desire to not be bothered by anyone who was not invited to your home is a good one. Cannot think of the exact wording but I can recall there are some "cutesy" ways of saying this. ie: "If you were not invited to my home, why are you here because I am not interested in what you have to say" or "Since you were not invited to my home, kindly bother someone else"
 
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