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Old March 16th, 2012 (02:17 AM).
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How do you or your parents deal with Jehovah's Witnesses or other religious characters when they come knocking on your door? Any specific incidents come to mind?

This question could also deal with door-to-door salespeople lol
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Old March 16th, 2012 (04:37 AM).
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We don't open the door for anyone unless we can tell who it is. Sometimes they can see we're home through the window, but we just ignore them XD
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Old March 16th, 2012 (06:20 AM).
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We tend to ignore them. I have a story about this from my youth but I won't get into that.
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Old March 16th, 2012 (10:55 AM).
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Back when my mom was living with an excommunicated Catholic priest (long story, don't ask), he would answer the door when Jehova's Witnesses came knocking and would actually outwit them with his own Bible and thelogy knowledge until they just left in disgrace. XD
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Old March 16th, 2012 (12:23 PM).
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We usually open the door and once we know for sure why they're there, pretty much tell them to go away. Except, you know, politely.

But if I'm home alone, the only reason I'll answer the door is for the mailman. I'd rather just not deal with it at all.
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Old March 16th, 2012 (12:27 PM).
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My front door takes too much effort to open, if they look like sales people or anything, I just ignore them.
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Old March 16th, 2012 (12:29 PM).
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Am I the only one who's never encountered this? Once a Coke person knocked on my door and gave me free Coke. I accepted. The end!
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Old March 16th, 2012 (12:36 PM).
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Quote originally posted by Toujours:
Am I the only one who's never encountered this? Once a Coke person knocked on my door and gave me free Coke. I accepted. The end!
You're a lucky, lucky, woman, Toujours! Both for getting free Coke AND not having annoying salespeople/religious converters arrive at your doorstep.

Salespeople seem to come to our doorstep, and I'm normally tasked with getting rid of them, as I feel no shame in simply slamming the door in their faces. My mum and dad would feel 'shame' at acting so 'rudely' but, if it gets them away quicker, then what's the problem?! :D
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Old March 16th, 2012 (12:40 PM).
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We don't deal with them because they don't come knocking.

Something tells me it's not just a coincidence Toujours and I haven't dealt with this. lol.
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Old March 16th, 2012 (01:03 PM).
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My mom let's them talk for a bit, and then starts trying to convert them. lol

I answered the door while I was home alone once, and just stood there and let them babble at me for awhile. Then they gave me a business card type thingy, and left.


Also, I lol'd at the title.
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Old March 16th, 2012 (01:23 PM).
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In the case of Jehovah's Witnesses, or any religious callers really, I'll let them say what they want for a bit. When I've heard enough, I just calmly explain that I'm an atheist and that I'm bisexual. Depending on what they have said, I'll either politely tell them that they're wasting their time, or tell them that if their God requires me to deny who I am to enter heaven, I'd rather go to hell than worship him.

I just don't usually answer salesmen. I can't have as much fun with them.
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I had someone knock at my door today that looked like someone I knew, so I answered and it turned out to be a Jehovah's Witness. He kept asking questions that were all along the lines of "Have you ever thought about why God...?" After a good 5 minutes, I told him that I wasn't looking to change my religious beliefs right now, and thanked him for his time.

I've seen them going up and down the streets about once a month, and I always wonder how successful Jehovah's Witnesses are at converting people door-to-door...
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Old March 16th, 2012 (09:33 PM).
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Quote originally posted by TRIFORCE89:
We don't open the door for anyone unless we can tell who it is. Sometimes they can see we're home through the window, but we just ignore them XD
This. I'm the same exact way, though with noise. I usually have music or the TV blasting so it's blatantly obvious that someone is in the house.

I should just blast metal or watch Harry Potter the next time a church group comes knocking.
Maybe they wont stop by so much.
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Old March 17th, 2012 (07:38 AM).
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If I thought they were at my door, I probably just wouldnt answer the door. If I happened to answer the door and they asked me if I wanted to know about their religion I would politely say "No thank you" One time, there were these two Mormon people that tried to talk to me about their religion when I was going out for a walk, I just said "No thanks" and kept walking.
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Old March 17th, 2012 (08:53 AM).
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I live on a dead end back into the woods so it's rare that anyone takes the time to drive or walk down to my house. BUT WHEN THEY DO and my parents are here to get the door they just politely say they're not interested. If it's just me home though I do the drop to the floor and crawl below the window and then peek outside to see who it is. If I don't know them I just don't bother to get it and crawl back to where I was lololol.
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Old March 17th, 2012 (09:00 AM).
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Quote originally posted by Toujours:
Am I the only one who's never encountered this? Once a Coke person knocked on my door and gave me free Coke. I accepted. The end!
Pretty much this for me. Except the coke bit. Either way, it's usually just people we know that come knocking on our door, so yeah...
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Old March 17th, 2012 (09:05 AM).
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For the religion and all, I believe want I want to believe, you believe what you want to believe. Don't push me to believe yours, for I shall ignore you, and get angry if you continue to try.

As for door to door? Pretend I'm not home if I notice them first, if they see me, I go out and politely refuse anything they try to give me and ask them to leave. If they continue I'll try to explain to them I'm not interested and not to come back again, if they come again....anger and maybe get police involved for harassment or something
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Old March 17th, 2012 (09:29 AM).
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I've had some jehovah's witnesses, and even a bunch of mormons knocking on my door. I just tell them politely that I am not interested, but wish them the best of luck nonetheless.
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Old March 17th, 2012 (01:39 PM).
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I've never had anyone come knocking, either. I think the major reason is that I'm a military brat. The majority of my life, I've either been living on base housing, overseas, in apartments, or out in the middle of nowhere. They don't sound like places where they'd go door-to-door. The closest I've been to it is some group handing out half-bibles out on college campus before; I just told them I already had a Bible.

Theoretically I'd politely tell them to leave, if I even opened the door.
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Old March 17th, 2012 (02:17 PM).
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When people knock on my door to bother me about things I don't care about, I try to see how far I can veer the conversation into something they don't care about... Then see how long I can keep them there.

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Old March 17th, 2012 (06:40 PM).
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No Jehovah's Witnesses have ever knocked on my door, but with salesmen I just listen to what they have to say and then tell them we're not interested.

I don't think i'd ever be able to just close the door on them.
I'd probably feel so bad about it that i'd open it right up again and apologize :/
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Funny you should ask because this happened like two days ago. My mother and I were coming home, driving through the neighborhood. One of the houses had Jehovah's witnesses there. We parked our car inside the garage so they wouldn't see it. Our house was a bit obscured from the house they were at, so they didn't notice. After about thirty minutes, they got to our house. We decided that we wouldn't do anything and be quiet as soon as we got home. They knocked and knocked and left after a few minutes, which allowed us to avoid them entirely.

My mother mocked our neighbors since they had them at their doorstep for a good twenty minutes or so. We don't get many salesman at all, only girl scouts and boy scouts, and you just can't deny them. So you tell them you already bought whatever.
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Old March 17th, 2012 (07:31 PM).
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I go all ninja and sneak over to the door so I can look at them through the peephole. Once, I thought the people who rang the doorbell were my neighbors so it went like:

Me: *opens door* 8D HI!
Religious people: 8) Hello, we just stopped by to... *blah blah blah*
Me: O.O ... DX

And another time there was a religious person walking around the bus stops at the mall and of all people, she decided to talk to me -_- So she gave me this flyer and was talking to me about how I can accept Jesus and go to heaven or I can defy him and go to hell on Judgement Day, which *cough*didn'thappen*cough*. I pretended to listen while desperately looking down the road hoping my bus would come.
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My parents politely tell them no and send them on their way.

If it was me, I'd start to talk with them, shift the conversation to discussing magical girl anime, and watch them go all o_0 as I begin rambling about cute girls in frilly outfits fighting evil. By the time I start acting out Cure White's lines and attacks, my guess is that they'd probably leave.
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