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MSE News: The rogue companies that ignore 'no cold callers' signs

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Energy
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Former_MSE_HelenFormer_MSE_Helen
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Energy
This is the discussion thread for the following MSE News Story:

"Charities and political parties are the worst offenders at ignoring 'no cold callers' signs, according to a new poll ..."
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  • JuicyJesusJuicyJesus Forumite
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    How are "charities and political parties" the worst offenders when charities come 1st and political parties come 4th?
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  • datostardatostar Forumite
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    I find that itinerant persons offering to repair my roof / prune or remove my trees / re-lay my paths / waterproof my walls / rip me off alarmingly and be untraceable afterwards are by far the worst offenders. The recent better weather has brought them out in droves as they obviously have a bit of catching up to do. Signs are of no use as formal education is not normally one of their strong points.
  • edgexedgex Forumite
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    why is this posted in the 'gas & electricity' section of the forum?


    The survey, which saw more than 1,600 users vote, names charities as the worst culprits, receiving 14.5% of votes from those who have a sign.

    They were closely followed by religious organisations, with 13.2%, homeware company Betterware with 8.7%, then political parties at 7.6%.
    Energy firms featured a lot, with 3.8% of sign owners saying Npower ignored them. A further 3.5% named British Gas as a culprit.
  • bondy01bondy01 Forumite
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    Surely trick or treaters are no. 1 ? I live in a no cold calling zone and don't get many others. 30 secs after arriving home from a week in hospital 18 months ago had an energy salesman and very recently had a Labour activist for the council elections but apart from that can't think of other door knockers.
  • Better_DaysBetter_Days Forumite
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    I am so sick of this. We are seriously considering getting an intercom as I am fed up getting out of bed, often with difficulty (I have a chronic illness) to answer the door to some idiot trying to sell me double glazing (which we already have) and the like.

    The worst repeat offenders around here are the Jehovah's Witnesses. Visits appear to in clusters with a few occurring in a short time, then they move on. But they always come back. Last time instead of politely telling them to go away, which I usually do, I got cross (was particularly unwell that day) and they apologised and I haven't seen them since. I hope that will be that, but I doubt it.
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  • mo786ukmo786uk Forumite
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    I think your article needs clarifying - for any offence to be commited there would need to be repeat cold calling against the wishes of the householder.

    Your article implies that an offence could be commited by a single knock ignorning the sticker - which is not close to accurate.
  • I had a cold caller from Labour, I politely said I had a sign for no cold calling and that I was busy. I was told that this was regarding the countrys future and way above cold calling!

    I replied I did not invite you or know that you were coming therefore it is cold calling, she was walking away at this point, I said nice to see Labour listens when they aren't hearing what they want to!!
  • hermantehermante Forumite
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    I am so sick of this. We are seriously considering getting an intercom as I am fed up getting out of bed, often with difficulty (I have a chronic illness) to answer the door to some idiot trying to sell me double glazing (which we already have) and the like.

    Just don't answer the door unless you're expecting someone... get people to call you on your mobile before you get out of bed to open the door
  • PincherPincher
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    We should measure the effectiveness of various signs.


    Month One: No signs

    Month Two: "Beware of the dog"

    Month Three: "Quarantine Zone"

    Month Four: "Cannibal Club. Volunteers always welcome."

    etc.
  • PincherPincher
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    Sign idea: "Cold Callers please call aaa bbbb cccc to make an appointment"

    Where aaa bbbb cccc is the local police station's TEL.
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