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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?

 

 

What’s Your opinion?


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39 Responses to
The “New” Breed of door to door salesmen – where did they come from??
VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 3:56 pm 19 Sep 08

Some people think it’s racist to describe another human using their ethnicity as a characteristic. To me, saying that someone is ‘caucasian’ or ‘asian’ is no different from ‘tall’ or ‘fat’ or ‘female’. The racism component is alleged by the softheads among us who believe that ethnic characterisations have a negative connotation.

Die Lefty Scum 3:55 pm 19 Sep 08

I’m not racist… BUT I will say that every single time I’ve done business with a wog I’ve been ripped off.

Die Lefty Scum 3:51 pm 19 Sep 08

Sounds like you’re being racialist Peter. Next time why not don the white hood and lynch the poor bloke?

tylersmayhem 3:27 pm 19 Sep 08

Trying not to sound racist..

@RAGD: I’m still trying to work out what was at all racist with your post? Mind you, I always go back to the theory of if a sentence starts with “I’m not a racist, but…” the person generally is. Then sprinkled in the conversations is the defensive “I’m not racist! I work with Indian people and my mates wife is from Thailand – so how could I be a racist”!

Skidbladnir 3:03 pm 19 Sep 08

I helped a friend in stall a similar system on his house in Duffy.
Every tv in the house could see who was at the front door, but on his big tv we set him up with PinP so he could see who was at the front door and never need to leave the couch.

Eventually the plan was to set up another video feed & intercom for the spa.

Fiona 3:00 pm 19 Sep 08

Hmm Trueenergy had an indian-sh guy who got me to switch companies… but he was all in a branded shirt, had an id badge etc etc. So I felt confidence in that he at elast went to come effort!

Whatsup 2:58 pm 19 Sep 08

We had an bloke of Indian / Sri Lankin orign at our door a few weeks ago just after 8pm. He was asking questions about our credit situation and our home loans / mortgages / buisiness loans etc. I told him I didn’t believe in credit, thanked him for his time and closed the door. I could still hear him talking as the door came to a shut. He didn’t want to take no for an answer.

He had no id and I thought it was a bit weird door knocking after dark.

jakez 2:45 pm 19 Sep 08

aronde said :

I have a video camera positioned over the front door – can see who it is without even leaving the arm chair! It also records when it detects motion (ie when someone comes to door or the local cat walks past). Had some great footage once of two guys coming to door, looking up at camera and running away!

Whoa, Alphonse Gangitano!

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

Overheard 2:44 pm 19 Sep 08

I must admit my first reaction was to jump on to the race angle and enquire what the hell that had to do with anything, but in terms of identification of the suspicious person, it’s as valid and useful an identifier as ‘long black hair’ or ‘scar down left hand side of face’ or ‘parrot on left shoulder’.

Good tip-off. Now I actually hope he (or one of his ilk) does come a knockin’ on my Friday at home day. I’ll have the camera handy in case.

RAGD 2:33 pm 19 Sep 08

Trying not to sound racist.. I had the same guy at my door. He told me he was with Optus and they were upgrading the local exchange. He then proceeded to ask me who I was with, how much I paid, who my internet was with… I declined to tell him anything and then to get rid of him I told him we were moving in 2 weeks time, so it was no use to us to change carriers. He seemed very disinterested then and sulked away.

Deadmandrinking 2:22 pm 19 Sep 08

aronde said :

I have a video camera positioned over the front door – can see who it is without even leaving the arm chair! It also records when it detects motion (ie when someone comes to door or the local cat walks past). Had some great footage once of two guys coming to door, looking up at camera and running away!

As much as that camera sounds cool, I don’t know if I’d want there to be recorded footage of my 5am returns from pub-crawling.

aronde 1:44 pm 19 Sep 08

I have a video camera positioned over the front door – can see who it is without even leaving the arm chair! It also records when it detects motion (ie when someone comes to door or the local cat walks past). Had some great footage once of two guys coming to door, looking up at camera and running away!

Deadmandrinking 1:34 pm 19 Sep 08

Alot of phone salesmen are dodgy. I was one for two weeks, but I quit just because I didn’t want to be associated with all their BS. Some of the people I worked with were shocking – blatantly putting sh-t on people who said they weren’t interested, lying about where they were from (just a little tip – they will ALWAYS say they’re from Brisbane or Perth or somewhere far away) and signing up people who were obviously hindered by intoxication or mental issues or simply intimidated.

The little red book was probably a list of all the houses in the area, which you cross off or indicate that you need to come back to a house, so don’t be worried about that. If he refused to show you ID or tell you which company he came from, it’s probably because he’s forgotten his ID or lost it and doesn’t want you to ring his marketing company and get him in sh-t. With his a-hole attitude, just you the two sweetest words in the english vocabulary – ‘F**k off’. Don’t even open the door. Out of all the negative responses I got, that one worked a treat.

Tonka 1:28 pm 19 Sep 08

Next time someone knocks on your door like that and seems shifty, get your digital camera and take his/her photo.

Let them know that you’ll be keeping the photo in case things should start to go missing fromhouses in the neighborhood.

If they are crooked then there’s nothing like possible disclosure of their face to police etc to act as a little discouragement.

PBO 1:19 pm 19 Sep 08

Sounds like he may have been scoping out your house, this is a common tactic in Sydney.

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