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Published: Friday, April 4 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Far East USA, SC

Lots of people out there going door to door.

A very few "buy" what they are "selling" and for the rest it is a nuisance. And it is still a nuisance even if they are polite. And even if what they are "selling" is religion.

The writer writes
"Finally, citizens need to unite and stop making purchases, which encourage the solicitation to continue."

Would you apply the same suggestion to religious missionaries?

Res Novae
Ashburn, VA

Oh boy. As one who spent a lot of time tracting as a missionary, I feel letters like this in Utah of all places are ironic on all sorts of levels.

salt lake, UT

I agree with the letter writer and think we should start with those young adults in their white shirts and ties. They are some of the most aggressive out there.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I don't have a problem with the real sales people. I know how to say "no".

My problem is with criminals in my neighborhood. Casing homes to find out who is home and who is not. We've had a rash of home burglaries, we let our neighbors know and they started asking for ID. Numerous people have reported that when they asked for their ID the person ran.

I have no problem turning a salesman away, but I don't like burglars on my doorstep posing as salesmen trying to find out if anybody's home or not.


Some people hide when a salesman comes (so they don't have to talk to them).

IMO it's best to talk to them (so they know somebody's home and will stop them if they try to get in). For sure find out if they are legit. If not... get a good description and call the police. If legit, find out what they are selling and say "no" if you aren't interested.

Be especially suspicious if they are going around the neighborhood during the day (when most people they could sell to are not home).

one old man
Ogden, UT

1. Ask to see their business license.

2. Call police.

Poplar Grove, UT

Maybe I live in the wrong(or right) neighborhood, but in the whole 3 years i've lived on the west side of Salt Lake I haven't had a single salesman at my house. I've had every religion under the sun, including some I didn't think proselytized, including Catholics and Scientologists, but no salesmen.

Sandy, UT

I wonder how many are actually casing your house and aren't really trying to sell anything?

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Maybe salesmen are afraid to go to your neighborhood... or to your door...
just kidding.

It's a real problem in some neighborhoods. If it's not in yours... you are lucky.

It's a real problem in my neighborhood. And not just the annoyance of getting rid of salesmen. There is a real crime problem involved too.

Murray, UT

exercise your 2nd amendment right, for the protection of you and your children and your property only, of course.

The neighborhood casers come out with the salesmen. Those are the ones you will find in your house at later date, rifling your stuff, and taking what they can. Those are the ones you have to worry about. And yes, some have posed as missionaries, but they are not actually missionaries, for those who can't tell the difference.

It might be worth getting to know who the real missionaries are, so you can tell the difference. Just sayin'.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

2 years and 100,000 doors....

I had NO idea how irritating I must have been.

I guess you can either slam the door,
or write a letter to the local newspaper.

Fortunely for me,
nearly 100,000 people chose to just slam their door.

Sandy, UT

Here is a noble idea. Do not answer the door. Just because someone knocks or rings the door bell does not mean you are obligated to answer the door.

Bountiful, UT

My experience with these out of state sales people is different. I have never met one who was not interesting to talk to or who was not polite whether I bought from them or not. Some are from eastern Europe, some are from the southern United States. I'm glad they have the ability to earn money that this isn't denied them.

I read the news paper quite a bit and I have never read that one of these people has committed a crime.

Danny Chipman
Lehi, UT

Even the LDS church is starting to change some of its missionary practices--a lot more online proselytizing and less door-to-door, because d-t-d is just not that effective anymore, on the whole. I appreciate the comments from those who brought up the safety issues with responding (or not responding) to door-to-door "salesmen". They had good advice.

What irritates me is when a salesman comes to the door, despite my "no soliciting" sign, and when I tell him I don't accept solicitors, they say "well, I'm actually not selling anything..." and then proceed to offer me quotes or "free trial offers" and whatnot instead. Maybe I should just tailor my door sign to say "Unless you are a girl scout selling cookies, don't bother us. PERIOD."

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

For every one door to door salesman,

There are several excursions of the Ice-Cream man with the horrible loud music.

a dozen or more uninvited phone calls monthly that are often repeats.

thousands of undesired repeats of commercials on my TV or radio.

hundreds of eye jerking ads on my computer.

dozens sometimes hundreds of billboards that block my view of the natural world. Some using the new eye-jerking technology.

Then, there's clothing that people wear, is it even possible to buy a T-shirt with out some advertising on it.

My wife tells me that sometimes there is more advertising on the grocery store receipt than information about what she bought.

If eyes and ears are not enough, some stores broadcast smells.

These are only the visible assaults on our privacy, there may be more that we are not aware of.

American Fork, UT

The alarm outfit salesmen bother me. Well, they all do, but the idea that the big alarm monitoring outfits see fit to bring people in from all over the place (It's on their ID tags) to push alarm systems even though they also have local dealers, just bothers me. Thanks, but no. I'll shop local, and only when I want to obtain something.

Phoenix, AZ

So, what in heaven's name do they put doorbells on houses for?

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

People went door to door in California for Prop 8.

Dietrich, ID

@Shaun how about answering telemarketers. Most people now have caller id and those that use cell phones only they have caller ID. So who makes you answer them. Enough people buy to make telemarketing profitable. Same for door to door. For Missionaries it seems like except except for retired people there are fewer people home since more homes are two income now. Unless you happen to stay home on your day off or work for home. That is why in a typical neighborhood I bet you a missionary will probably only catch a small number of people home.

GK Willington
Salt Lake City, UT

to Ultra Bob

"For every one door to door salesman,

There are several excursions of the Ice-Cream man with the horrible loud music."

You were expecting them to play Van Halen? p.s. Sarcasm & irony with some research needed.

"a dozen or more uninvited phone calls monthly that are often repeats."

There is caller id, but, you have to wonder about the *mensa members* on the other end not knowing when is enough.

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