Mome reads Mommy, My daughter's way to spell it when she was younger... It stuck. My son calls me Mome... just like it looks. I now sign all my notes to them "Love, Mome". It's our inside secret and makes them smile. I always want them to smile.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Tricky Solicitors

I'm not fond of the door-to-door sales people. Whether it's magazines, new siding for the house, or Ft Myers custom doors, I try to say no, but it's usually really hard for me, especially face to face. When I see them canvassing the neighborhood, I keep everyone away from the windows and turn the volume down (on the music, TV and/or kids). We hide (sort of) and just wait for them to go away. Seriously, if my Husband is home, I make him answer the door. He's good at saying no.

I keep getting phone calls from Jenny's Steam Cleaners. Caller ID says "Atlanta" and Thankfully it's an automated call, I have no problem hanging up the phone. I was pretty proud of myself for spotting one of these phone solicitors last night.

The woman was very pleasant and asked if she could ask me a couple questions. "Sure", I said.
"How old is your home?" was her first question. I was skeptical of her motive, but knew she was trying to sell me something. "Are the original windows still in the house?" BINGO, she's selling replacement windows. I answered (lying) "Oh no, we replaced them all two years ago." "Oh, okay" she said. "So if you were planning on doing any home improvements in the next two years, what would it be?" I've had enough of these sales people roll up at my door so I'm pretty familiar with the fact that a lot of them also do siding and sun rooms, I quickly responded "Oh, I would LOVE to replace all the flooring in my house." She smiled, you really can hear that through the phone, and said "Thank You for your time" and hung up.

What tricks to you use to get rid of solicitors?

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