Jehovah's Witnesses at the front door

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    Jul 11, 2011 3:28 PM GMT
    I just had a conversation with a nice lady from the Jehovah's Witnesses who was distributing flyers in my neighborhood. I'm usually just polite to people when they come to my door like this because I don't really have the time to put into talking with them. I'd rather just keep things to a minimum and get them moving on their way.

    What do you do when you get this type of visitor? Do you talk to them, yell at them, tell them what you really think?
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    Jul 11, 2011 3:37 PM GMT
    If I see it is Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, salesmen, politicians, some kid with a box of candy, etc, I usually just do not answer the door.
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    Jul 11, 2011 3:41 PM GMT
    My general rule of thumb is that I don't answer the door at all unless I'm expecting someone or a delivery from UPS/FedEx.
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    Jul 11, 2011 3:43 PM GMT
    The last time JW's showed up at our door, I asked them to put us on their "do not call" list, and they haven't been back since.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 11, 2011 3:43 PM GMT
    I agree with Iceblink.. alot of times I just don't answer the door.. but...

    This week I need to BE that kind of visitor as I need to chat with a few of my neighbors about changes with the neighborhood HOA (of which I'm a board member). Neighbors have to cough up $50.00 extra for dues at the end of this month and I feel I need to get out there. Several new neighbors as well so I should try and do something I haven't been very good at so far this year and that is to be welcoming!

    If I came to your door, I hope you'd answer and be friendly!

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    Jul 11, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
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    Jul 11, 2011 3:58 PM GMT
    I usually don't answer, but today I'm expecting shipments for work from several suppliers. So, I have the doors open waiting for the delivery. They are sneaky!

    @HK: Of course I'd be friendly to you. My spouse and I would most likely be distracted during the conversation while we checked you out, though.
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    Jul 11, 2011 4:07 PM GMT
    I just answer the door and tell them politely that I'm not interested and close the door. If I'm outside and they come by I tell them the same thing and can sometimes chat about something else time permitting. No big deal unless you make it into one.

    When we lived out in the country in "redneck" Alberta we had new neighbors move in across the road and as it was they were JW. They turned out to be the finest neighbors we have ever had and not once in 15 or so years did they ever preach to us. Quite the opposite, they invited me and my partner over to their house occasionally for sit down dinners, we were always invited and went to their large family or church get togethers they'd hold on their property and everyone was very friendly. Nor did any of their fellow witness folks ever preach or question our lifestyle, never.
    I asked her once about this going door to door thing once because I was interested in how she handled the door slams and profanities etc and she said it didn't bother her and that all people had to do was like I did, say they're not interested and close the door, that's all.
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    Jul 11, 2011 4:25 PM GMT
    I look thru the peephole and don't open the door
  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 11, 2011 4:36 PM GMT
    Agree with beneful1.Tell them politely but firmly you`re not interested.It`s always worked for me.
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    Jul 11, 2011 5:30 PM GMT
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    Burn the mofos
  • smudgedude

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    Jul 11, 2011 5:46 PM GMT
    i've found that to really get the point across, you have to be blunt but polite.
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    Jul 11, 2011 9:01 PM GMT
    answer the door naked?
  • JP85257

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    Jul 11, 2011 9:03 PM GMT
    Ive answered the door naked or showed up with a deer hunting rifle.
  • sloughwest

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    Jul 11, 2011 9:11 PM GMT
    maxjf saidanswer the door naked?


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    Jul 11, 2011 9:12 PM GMT
    I feel tempted to mess with them and say I worship Satan or something, but then again that would probably make them more interested in converting me LOL
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    Jul 11, 2011 9:12 PM GMT
    Decades ago I did answer the door of my apt. in a Speedo; she did catch her breath, but recovered nicely. I said, "No thanks, tied my drawstring, and grabbed my towel."
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    Jul 11, 2011 9:12 PM GMT
    Everyone thinks they are so clever with their little schemes to freak out the JWs. Yeah, answer the door naked, tell them you worship Satan, etc. As if they haven't seen it all already.

    I don't mind them. They are nice people. They like to discuss end of the world stuff, which is cool, like a trippy sci-fi scenario.

    I'd much prefer the JWs than that asshole Ed Begley Jr, who was out doorknocking for a while to "raise awareness" for these stupid new "green" lightbulbs. I'd a decked him if he came to my crib.
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    Jul 11, 2011 9:13 PM GMT
    If one of them is cute... Tell them that... and ask for his phone number. icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 11, 2011 9:17 PM GMT
    Few years back I was always answering and talking to them. Had fun hearing their theories and how they "know the truth". Now, I don't have patience anymore for them.
    They are annoying, same old stuff...Watchtower my ass!
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    Jul 11, 2011 9:19 PM GMT
    I became a Christian back in 1973, then I was a naive 20 year old who had taken an interest in the Bible, but I did not attend a church for another year. When at work I shared my faith to a fellow employee and friend (and probably my mentor as well) who was a couple of years older than me, he kept saying that Jehovah's Witnesses says this and Jehovah's Witnesses says that.
    I became curious on why if there is only one Bible, why are there so many different faiths, all claiming to be Christian yet disagreeing with each other and each claiming that theirs is the right group, and insisting that God favours that particular group and will ignore and judge all others.
    I guess this curiosity was good for me - it made me learn about the faith I believed in and why I believed in it.
    A couple of JWs eventually did knock on my door. I invited them in and almost straight away we began to discuss about the Deity of Christ.
    My instincts told me that he was God Incarnate, they believed that he was not God, but the Son of God, and a created being, "a god, but not God himself."
    By using their own version of the Bible (the New World Translation), they kept quoting John 1:1 -
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god...
    This led me to to go out and buy an Interlinear Greek/English New Testament and with it I learned a smattering of Greek.
    But eventually, after studying this and other books on this matter, particularly on that opening verse in the Gospel of John, I came to realise that the New World Translation is psychologically dangerous to all not versed in the Scriptures, and it is an effective tool to brainwash and join that group.
    They don't come to me any more. Despite their friendliness and politeness, I am one of the "goats" (as opposed to a "sheep") who will be destroyed by Jehovah at Armageddon, that great global battle between a God seeking vindication, against all of "Satan's forces" which includes every church member not belonging to the Watchtower Society.
    (Actually, the Bible places the Battle of Armageddon not as a global but more of a local area, at a large plain of Esdraelon in Israel, overlooked by the ruins of the ancient city of Megiddo.)
  • hawkeye7

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    Jul 11, 2011 9:26 PM GMT
    i just answer the door in my underwear, works really well.

    speachless, my dog is also a big help.
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    Jul 11, 2011 9:27 PM GMT
    Lincsbear saidAgree with beneful1.Tell them politely but firmly you`re not interested.It`s always worked for me.



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  • tautomer

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    Jul 11, 2011 10:00 PM GMT
    I'd answer the door, and tell them that I already have my own beliefs, that I apprechiate their reaching out to people, and encourage them to keep trying. Religion is not always a bad thing, and these are not bad people. Most people respond to religious folks the same way in regards to how they feel about the religion itself, not the individuals speaking to them. As such you are not treating the individual fairly based off who they are.

    I know little to nothing about Jehovahs witnesses, and I'd honestly be curious. So, I'd listen for a few minutes, tell them how I feel while still being friendly and cordial. I strive to make life easier and more pleasent around me. That is largely what these folks are trying to do, so it only makes sense to return the favor.
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    Jul 12, 2011 12:58 AM GMT
    I appreciate everyone's differing viewpoints. I have to agree that every JW who has visited me has been very polite. That leads me to a question: aside from not really wanting to spend the time talking to them, has anyone had an actual BAD experience? I'm wondering where they get the bad reputation from?