I hate it when anyone knocks on my door without calling first--it's a form of inconsideration. So you can imagine that I really, really hate it when random solicitors knock.
At my house there's a sign on the outside gate that greets a prospective guest with the admonition that "No Soliciting" is welcome by the occupants therein. Then, as a secondary measure, a printed sign hangs on the security door (hey, I live in South Central LA) with following message appearing almost like this
NO SOLICITING MEANS DO NOT KNOCK ON THIS DOOR SELLING ANYTHING, GIVING ANYTHING AWAY, ASKING ME TO SIGN ANYTHING, BEGGING FOR ANYTHING OR TRYING TO CONVERT ME TO YOUR RELIGION.except that on the sign, the font size is 36. It's meant for those whose vocabulary may not including the verb 'to solicit.'
So why did some guy knock on my door anyway yesterday? When I pointed to both "no soliciting" signs, he still had the nerve to try to get me to sign a political petition! I guess that he thought he was too cute to be gainsaid. The answer, however, was--shall we say--an emphatic 'no.'
And, yes, I'm complaining without offering a viable solution--simply because I can't think of one which would keep me out of jail.