The other night, at 8:37pm, there was an unexpected knock on the door. Though it is not unusual for us to have visitors come in and out of our front door, it is a bit unusual for someone to come by completely unannounced. I got a bit nervous and asked my husband to get the door. Turns out, it was someone campaigning for global warming. My husband had to question a few times to make sure that she was against global warming and not "for" it.
In our three years at this house, we have been solicited 3 times. Once, someone came to our yard while we were playing, he made small talk, asked about the kids, then eventually sat us down and tried to sell us this whole "educational reading kit", to which I kindly declined. When he was frustrated that he couldn't make a sale, he said, "Are you telling me that you don't care about your children's educational advancement?" I said, "No. I am telling you that I would like you to leave now."
Once, on a very cold evening, I had a visit from an OSPIRG representative. While I can recongize that it takes a committed person to canvass neighborhoods door-to-door and make connections person-to-person, we don't usually respond well to soliciations at the door. I said I'd look up OSPIRG and take a look at supporting. I think I may have signed a petition of theirs.
The third time, there was a neighborhood fellow who came to the door, asking us if we needed the lawn mowed or any other housework done. We had just done a lot of housework that weekend, so I was not lying when I said that we weren't needing help at that time. Before I was able to close the door, the neighborhood fellow started saying, "I just wanted to let you know that there are a lot of crazy people out there...." And, I thanked him for his time and thoughts and said, "Good day."
Just moments ago, I received an email from our neighborhood association, indicating that there was some fraudulent fundraising afoot. People have been soliciting funds, door-to-door, in a nearby neighborhood, raising money for the local high school or community center. The email also indicated that these groups were not fundraising door-to-door, and that these people were probably looking to prey on the homes where they were soliciting.
So, we are wondering: Do you receive a lot of unexpected knocks on your door? Are they friends or neighbors? Do you often encounter door-to-door solicitors in your neighborhood? Have you encountered fraudulent fundraising in your neighborhood?