I had precisely two minutes to finish cleaning before heading out to pick my daughter up from school when there was the dreaded knock on the door.
I have read you should never avoid that knock in case it’s a thief just checking to see if you’re home. You know the drill, they knock on your front door and when no one answers, they head around back to let themselves in.
TeddiBear and I peeked out the window next to the door at this would be thief and I asked, ‘can I help you?’ through the window. Of course, Ted’s barking made it impossible to hear how I could help this stranger. Mind you, Teddi is a fluff ball Shicon (Shitzu Bichon) that in no way would ever come remotely close to intimidating said intruder.
Mr. Stranger had his right arm hanging straight down with his hand hidden behind his back. Oh my goodness! That guy has a gun in his hand and is hiding it for sure.
I was ready to run for the hills … or at least to grab my own gun for a duel but, just as the thought went through my mind, Mr. Stranger pulled out a brochure of some sorts from behind his back. Shoo!
He mumbled some words unobtainable to me through the barks of Sir Fluffypants and I quickly uttered ‘No Thank You’ and backed away.
I ran upstairs quick to look out the window hoping to see Mr. Stranger walk away. I saw nothing. It was time to leave. Would I be greeted by Mr. Stranger at the back sliding glass door as I walked past to make my exit?
Thank goodness Mr. Stranger was not at the sliding glass door as I made my exit. I walked out to the garage and, instead of hitting the garage door opener as I went out, I turned on the light, got in my car, locked the doors, and THEN pushed the button being careful NOT to run into said garage door as I made my quick exit. Come on now, you’ve all done it at least once, right?
I watched the garage door close and made my way down the hill where I encountered Mr. Stranger walking down. He made eye contact as I drove away.
Great! Now he knows no one is home. Just great.
As I drove a little further I saw his accomplice retreating from another home. Uh, huh.
The kids and I arrived home about an hour later. No harm, no foul.
I scrolled through Facebook and saw the picture of a local man being sought for domestic violence. That had to be him! I contemplated calling the police before my common sense told me my eyes were perhaps playing tricks on me. Perhaps.
Whew! That was close!
Who actually opens the door for these people?! How in the world do they even still have jobs?!
No! I will not let you clean my carpet. Are you freaking kidding me?
Mr. Stranger, I do not want you to ever knock on my door again. You were the last straw.
I quickly made up a temporary solution to the problem. Yes, I know it will eventually fade from the sun’s rays but it will work until I find an awesome permanent solution.
Perhaps you never want to hear from Mr. Stranger either?
Quick! Put this sign by your door. Laminate that puppy and get rid of stranger danger!
No Soliciting Sign Free Printable
Does it really work though? While I can’t make any promises, Mr. Stranger should know better than to knock on a door with a No Soliciting sign. Check out this article for the nitty gritty of it all.
Of course, if you want something a little fancier, I found this cool sign.
Straight and to the point, right there!
You will find more Free No Soliciting Printables here!
Have you had any solicitors lately?
Do you wish you had a No Soliciting sign?
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