Or am I turning into him ?
Last week I got a knock at the door with some young guys claiming to be charity collectors, wearing purple tops showing the name 'Cauldwell Children'. I pointed out the street signs saying 'no cold callers - neighbourhood watch' and the ones on my own door from the Police which tell potential callers not to knock unless they have an appointment.
I had to go find a key, we don't use the front door very much. The guy was still trying to get me to donate after I told him to 'go away' and that I would be reporting the incident. I did, I emailed their head office, the local council Community Safety department, Consumer Direct and the local Police neighbourhood team.
I got a reply from their office a couple of days ago, here's an extract: "...where residents have placed signage we do ask the teams to avoid going to these properties, which is an issue I have addressed on your behalf with the neighbourhood teams."
My son has gone off to see a friend today, he does not have a key for our front door so when the doorbell rang at 6.40 this evening I went to get my key again, which was in my trouser pocket, upstairs
I was just about to tell him off for not simply going round the back, I opened the door and it was yet another caller, from the same blooming charity.
I was not very polite, being SOB and agitated already. Once again, I pointed at the sign on the door. He had had a few minutes in which to read it, while I went for my keys. I told him to 'go away, or something on those lines, and that I was calling the Police - and I did !
In the meantime the dog was obviously realising my distress and was trying to jump through the window, scrabbling up at the curtains - and pulled them down.
The tugging has snapped half the fittings holding the rail up and I have had to use cable ties to try and put the rail back for now. Wife is at work until 9.30, nobody else in. I think I may be able to get some new brackets and replace the old ones, but if not it will be a whole new rail. I've a feeling they don't make the rail we have any more - it's like me, old !
If we are careful in pulling the curtains together they should be OK for a day or two. I've had to drill through the rail to feed the cable tie through so the sliding bits can still slide. I've just found some brackets on ebay that look to be the same ones, so they're on order now. I'll know in a day or two when they arrive.
Why do these callers have to bother people? It should be illegal to call door to door in an area where there are clear signs saying we don't want them to call. I'm now all het up now ( thefreedictionary.com/het+up ) and still have not got my breath back, an hour and a half after they were here.
I refuse to support any cause or company where they come and hassle me, either at home or in the street. I know what Victor would have said about the same lot calling again, after a complaint...