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The “New” Breed of door to door salesmen – where did they come from??

By Peter Holland 19 September 2008 39

Ok, I was very ill this week and had to stay home. Not telling you what it was, just not very well and very slow at typing. I am certain that I made a few mistakes when typing….

My wife took the kids out to the shops so as to avoid my continual moaning and complaining (more so that I was sick). 

There was a knock at the door, and a young man in a black tailored suit was standing there. He was indian / pakistani in appearance, and had a big red folder that (I can still read upside down) was filled with the Block / Section and contact numbers for each house in my street.(probably most of Kambah in fact)

He was representing the Telephone Exchange from Sydney and wanted to know what I was currently paying for Land Line, Internet, etc. I refused to tell him.

He changed tack, and asked whether I was with TransACT or Telstra. Telstra, I replied.

I asked him for some ID, as I wasn’t giving him any info out without knowing who he was representing. He refused, saying – you don’t need to know that.

Oh, but I do, I insisted.

at that point, he murmured something unintelligible and started back down the path. He was writing notes in his big red folder.

He then doorknocked next door, but no-one was home.  He was trying to see into the house next door via a side window. a bit suss.

I phoned the police, who were aware of him and his colleagues. they were keen to catch up with them.

 I never let him in my house, kept him at the front door.

I just wonder, what was he really after?

 

 

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tylersmayhem 12:19 pm 22 Sep 08

Cheers justbands – I figured it was the case. It’s always given me a good chuckle though. Dodgy folk from Adelaide. I knew Canberran’s were much more classy than that 😉

justbands 12:05 pm 22 Sep 08

> I heard a story years ago, I’m not sure about the truth or accuracy, but it’s an amusing one that goes like this:

The details have been mixed up to the point of this now being an urban myth. However, it is actually true & was widely reported at the time. It was in Adelaide, not Canberra.

tylersmayhem 12:01 pm 22 Sep 08

Cool RAGD!

RAGD 11:54 am 22 Sep 08

Obviously my earlier post did not come out right. What I meant by the “not trying to sound racist” comment was that from the description given in the original post , I had the same guy come to my door. I didn’t want people to accuse me of being racist because I just assumed it was the same guy because he was indian… in retrospect I can see that it wouldn’t have mattered, as I got accused of being a racist anyways.

@tylersmayshem, trust me, I am not racist. I migrated to Australia in the 80’s and got into my share of fights because of my skin colour and I am just olive skinned. That pretty much taught me not to judge people by their skin colour or their ethnic background.

tylersmayhem 10:05 am 22 Sep 08

would have loved to see the faces of the jehova’s witnesses who knocked on his door, to be greeted by a guy covered in gore, listening to iron maiden in the background. That would have been priceless. The Motorhead t-shirt he was wearing wouldn’t have helped much, either…

Haha – Excellent!

peterh 9:05 am 22 Sep 08

Mormons, one of my friends tell me (he is one) don’t usually accept cakes from strangers, they have to be very careful as to what they eat. (not just from a poisoning aspect)

another mate is a jehova’s witness, apparently there isn’t a list for do not call on this house, the buggers will knock everywhere. (damn it)

One of my mates has a goat farm. he brings goats (slaughtered) to canberra from time to time, and does his own butchery here. would have loved to see the faces of the jehova’s witnesses who knocked on his door, to be greeted by a guy covered in gore, listening to iron maiden in the background. That would have been priceless. The Motorhead t-shirt he was wearing wouldn’t have helped much, either…

tylersmayhem 8:53 am 22 Sep 08

nothing works on mormons. They would probably preach to the camera – recording would drive you nuts….

I heard a story years ago, I’m not sure about the truth or accuracy, but it’s an amusing one that goes like this:

Some Mormons were door knocking in Canberra, and knocked on once particular door and a couple of young student types opened the door. The students welcomed them in and offered them a cup of coffee and some “cake”. The Mormons gratefully accepted and one of the students ducked into the kitchen and cut a couple of large slabs of space cake they had kicking around in the pantry.

Needless to say, the Mormons malfunctioned after eating the cake and cut the conversation short and left the house in a panic after they feared “poisoning”. I believe the cops dropped in on the students later in the day and got a stern talking to by the Plod and a sly wink before leaving.

Who knows if it’s true – but if it is, it might explain why I haven’t seen any annoying religions types door knocking for a long time. Those students must have been studying “Community Service”.

astrojax 10:11 am 21 Sep 08

nothing works on mormons. They would probably preach to the camera – recording would drive you nuts….

No sound – LOL!

mormons are all trained in interpretive dance these days, so you’d still get the sermon and probably have your camera up and move to salt lake city, sending you postcards from the tabernacle…

The Public Watchdog 7:19 am 21 Sep 08

I get the odd religious door knocker, notably Mormons. The younger brigade serving their mission duties. I start by asking them “Utah’s finest and how are all the wives?” That stooges them a bit and then I talk to them about the Snow in Utah, which is incredible.

One in town stopped me and asked me if I knew the answer. I told him it’s 42. Being a young American, he looked quite puzzled when a guy nearby agreed with me.

Mormons are pleasant enough and harmless. A quick chat and I send them on their way.

If the nasty Jehovah’s Witness knock on the door, I give them a verbal spray. They are evil and not to be trusted.

The only commercial door knockers I have encountered is a couple of young lads peddling Foxtel. They gave me the “big sell” and thought I would sign up on the spot. I kept saying “No”. Poor lads, I do feel a bit sorry for them.

If I want to purchase something, or join a religious organisation, I will do so by my own means. I don’t need or want hawkers at my place.

So I turn them all away. Some with vengeance, others not.

scootergal 11:07 am 20 Sep 08

Getting back to the origonal topic, I am know very cautious of who knocks on my door, as well as who is seen hanging outside of my house. Case in point – the five gentelmen who were seen standing on my property behind my car, staring in my direction as I stood at the door calling the police. This was at 1am, and rather coincedentally after someone had made threats against me. That door no longer opens for anyone I do not know.

With regards to religous people coming to the door…I had a friend who would talk to Seventh day adventists (sic) and after the big speel aobut entering paradise she would ask..”Can my same sex partner come too?” That got rid of them.

shauno 8:11 am 20 Sep 08

I saw a group of these guys and a some girls as well congregating on a street corner near Melba a few months ago. All Indian in appearance. I then saw them spread out and go door knocking and I was wondering if they might be illegal immigrants.

aronde 10:41 pm 19 Sep 08

peter@home said :

nothing works on mormons. They would probably preach to the camera – recording would drive you nuts….

No sound – LOL!

peter@home 10:09 pm 19 Sep 08

ant said :

aronde said :

Had some great footage once of two guys coming to door, looking up at camera and running away!

Does it work on Mormons?

nothing works on mormons. They would probably preach to the camera – recording would drive you nuts….

ant 9:59 pm 19 Sep 08

aronde said :

Had some great footage once of two guys coming to door, looking up at camera and running away!

Does it work on Mormons?

The Brad 5:35 pm 19 Sep 08

Re racism – it’s only racism if it’s derogatory. If he’s indian / pakistani in appearance, that’s not racist. That’s a fact. Saying he’s a white honky, or a cracker in appearance….that’s racist.

Same if someone said to me, you’re fugly. That’s not derogatory. That’s a fact…….ok, maybe that is offensive.

Anyone got any anti-fugly pills. 🙂 (just jokes…I look like Monika Lewinsky, and we know she was attractive enough to score the Presidents cancer-stick.)

Must be beer O’clock. Mmmm, beer. The classic drink that washes the fugly away.

aronde 5:15 pm 19 Sep 08

jakez said :

Nah, that’s a good idea mate. I’ll probably get something like that when I move into my own place.

Also real time monitoring over the internet and when motion is detected a series of photos of the ‘guest’ or the neighbour’s cat are emailed to my phone. What can I say I like gadgets!

peterh 5:06 pm 19 Sep 08

RuffnReady said :

You guys are hilarious. This guy clearly isn’t dodgy – he’s obviously a freakin down-on-his luck salesman.

Sure, we get a lot of Western Sydney Burglars (WSBs) in stolen cars in Canberra. Hell, I once even saw a burglary committed (called the cops, reported license plate and details, stolen car, surprise, surprise), but this guy is walking from door to door showing his face to people and some of you still think he’s a burglar. If he is, he’s the dumbest SOB out there. No, this guy is a salesman who hates his job and probably his life. You don’t have to tell the guy anything, but enough of the insulting his integrity.

WSBs, OTOH, steal a car, drive to a deserted street, one goes scouting, finds the target, the others park nearby and pile out, grab whatever they can get quickly, and back to the car.

Get your MOs straight.

I didn’t say he was a burglar, i just thought he looked dodgy. After spending several years in retail, you can get a good idea of who is or isn’t.

oh, and post #21, $30 a month. Voip, corporate rate – my company subsidises my internet and I make all calls via voip at 10c flag fall.

RuffnReady 4:58 pm 19 Sep 08

You guys are hilarious. This guy clearly isn’t dodgy – he’s obviously a freakin down-on-his luck salesman.

Sure, we get a lot of Western Sydney Burglars (WSBs) in stolen cars in Canberra. Hell, I once even saw a burglary committed (called the cops, reported license plate and details, stolen car, surprise, surprise), but this guy is walking from door to door showing his face to people and some of you still think he’s a burglar. If he is, he’s the dumbest SOB out there. No, this guy is a salesman who hates his job and probably his life. You don’t have to tell the guy anything, but enough of the insulting his integrity.

WSBs, OTOH, steal a car, drive to a deserted street, one goes scouting, finds the target, the others park nearby and pile out, grab whatever they can get quickly, and back to the car.

Get your MOs straight.

Beserk Keyboard Warrior 4:37 pm 19 Sep 08

So Peter, if you don’t mind me asking, how much DO you pay for your internet and landline?

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