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Best way to get rid of door to door missionaries?

by Jennifer Muirhead (follow)
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door to door preachers, Jehovah's witnesses
Jehovah's Witnesses in Portugal. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

If someone comes to your door to try and get you to convert to their religion and you're not interested, what do you do?

I have heard some suggestions which are funny, but not very polite. If, like me, you have children at home you probably want to set a good example for them in how to assert your personal boundaries while still using good manners. What do you think works best?

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Politely tell them you've got no time )when you really don't). Otherwise living in a secure building keeps all of those door to door pests away.
I am hoping the sign on our gate I put on recently warning to keep it shut because of the dog might help deter them. I haven't found a good solution as yet. I find it very annoying that I have to say "no" multiple times, and they ask me why I'm not religious and similar things which are really not their business. But I respect that they are human beings doing what they think is right so I don't want to shout at them or anything.
I now just say "I am not interested" and start to shut the door.

If you don't shut the door, they will continue trying to talk to you often, and I get really angry at people like this as well as the phone canvassers.

I always feel sorry for them, but nevertheless I do not like this sort of thing.
by Finy
I'm thinking of the 2 main ones that come around.Well they are the only ones I have ever seen.

I just tell them I am not interested, as I am a Christian....and do not believe in what they believe in.
That gets them 'thinking', then I close the door.....simple, oh! I smile too.

I have had them try to brain wash me, and the others too...and they become quite rude, if you say even no thanks.
Now I am firm and polite, and the door is closed quietly.
You just need to be firm but polite. I don't think being rude will get you anywhere, it will just show you off in a bad light.

At the end of the day, we are all human beings, we all have different beliefs and opinions.

I am a great believer in the saying "Treat others as you would like to be treated". Then you are being true to yourself.

I can usually pick them out so i Don't open the door
Can see persons' at front door from upstairs, but they can't see me, also they NEVER bother looking UP!

If cultists', just don't answer the door!
They get message eventually, & go on to annoy someone else.
Can't stand them. Religion is personal & has NOTHING to do with them!

My idiot of a f/i/l succumbed to one group, having to give a tenth of his wages each week to them. The family had 3 children at the time aged 5, 3 &1. No washing machine, so all clothes hand washed, & no car.
But he could afford to give cult their dues! Idiot, weak back-boned male!

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