So this guy comes to the door a couple of nights ago. Bang bang bang. I was making dinner. The birds were flying free, so we didn’t want to open the door. Besides, birds or no birds, I don’t like opening the door to strangers. They’re almost always selling something, and I’m almost never buying.
GC talked to him through the door.
“Hello? Who’s there?”
“John,” he said.
“John? John who?”
“No, it’s Mike,” he said.
The guy said something about the hot water heater. GC and I rolled our eyes at each other.
“We’re not interested,” said GC.
The guy was persistent. He kept saying stuff about an energy efficient water heater, but only if we rented. Did we rent? GC kept repeating that we weren’t interested. The guy insisted he wasn’t selling anything. He wouldn’t take no for an answer. When pressed, he was evasive about which company he worked for. He mentioned Enbridge a few times, but stopped short of saying he worked for Enbridge. GC finally told him flat out we would not be opening the door, and eventually the guy left, saying he’d just have to come back later.
About an hour later he showed up at the BACK door. The back door! How creepy is that? The front door is relatively public, but the back door is for me and my friends and my cat, nobody else.
He started again about the water heater and was it a rental, because if it was, we needed to upgrade it. I don’t want to quote the guy, because I don’t really remember much of what he said, but he made it sound like we had to do it. GC told him to send a letter. He said they’d been coming to the door every day all week, and sending letters since 2009, and we’d been ignoring them.
The more we didn’t want to open the door to him, the pushier he got. I was feeling kind of alarmed by this aggressive stranger at my back door, at night, refusing to leave.
GC doesn’t do rude; he doesn’t know how. But eventually he started getting rude through the door. Not rude enough to make the guy leave, though.
Finally I announced, “I’ve called 911.”
The guy said “That’s fine, the police know who I am.”
But he left shortly after that.
What’s up with these door-to-door energy guys anyway? This isn’t the first time I’ve had them at my door. I’ve also had them while renting. They’ve demanded to see my gas bill, asked what hours I’m usually home, and just generally acted suspiciously and set off all kinds of red flags. It’s alarming to have someone at your door, refusing to leave, and I would never want to do business with any company that would employ either those kind of tactics or those kind of people.
Couple these intimidation tactics with the deceptive practices they use to dupe you once they’re through the door, and you’ve got something very close to door-to-door predatory fraud.
I think door-to-door sales should be outlawed. I don’t care if they’re selling water heaters, chocolate bars or religion, they shouldn’t be allowed to come to people’s homes uninvited. Especially back doors!