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    • Smodlet
    • By Smodlet 5th Sep 18, 5:23 PM
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    Virgin Media Doorsteppers Misrepresenting Facts
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    • 5th Sep 18, 5:23 PM
    Virgin Media Doorsteppers Misrepresenting Facts 5th Sep 18 at 5:23 PM
    Just had some muppet from Virgin Media disturb us; his opening line was, "We've just switched your cables over", verbatim. No greeting, no announcement of who he represented and the logo on his all black attire was far from obvious; no red. My first thought was that our provider's infrastructure had been interfered with. It took me only a moment to realise this could not be the case (I hope!)

    I told him we were not interested to which he responded, "Why not?" As if that is any of his business, which I told him. He then asked who our provider is which is even less of his business.

    We have had months and months of those morons digging up the pavements for no good reason. They are nearly 4 years too late; that is when this place finally got fibre. Anyone who wanted it is already in a contract. Too late to the party, VM.

    I called to try to complain but got the same barely intelligible English I remember from years ago before we moved here. Clearly nothing has improved in the interim.

    I am not sure whether this was a wilful misrepresentation of facts or merely a lack of articulacy and plain old ignorance. Yet another epic fail, VM.
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    • kangoora
    • By kangoora 6th Sep 18, 12:50 AM
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    • 6th Sep 18, 12:50 AM
    Any doorsteppers such as double glazing, driveways, roofing etc that come to my door get the same response.

    I just say we are renting the house. They haven't got a leg to stand on unless they start out by calling me a liar
    • Blackbeard of Perranporth
    • By Blackbeard of Perranporth 6th Sep 18, 12:12 PM
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    • 6th Sep 18, 12:12 PM
    Just nod your head and close the door. Problem solved.
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    • NeverInDebt
    • By NeverInDebt 6th Sep 18, 12:32 PM
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    • 6th Sep 18, 12:32 PM
    I dont even give them chance to speak, I say "no Thank you " and shut the door
    • Smodlet
    • By Smodlet 6th Sep 18, 1:48 PM
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    • 6th Sep 18, 1:48 PM
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    • 6th Sep 18, 1:48 PM
    Yeah, clearly my assertiveness needs more work than I thought. I will bear this in mind for next time, guys. Thank you.
    What is this life if, sweet wordsmith, we have no time to take the pith?
    Every stew starts with the first onion.
    I took it upon myself to investigate a trifle; it had custard, jelly, soggy sponge things...
    • pimento
    • By pimento 6th Sep 18, 3:16 PM
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    • 6th Sep 18, 3:16 PM
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    • 6th Sep 18, 3:16 PM
    Lucky you have cable. I have the option of Sky and er... Sky.
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    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 6th Sep 18, 4:17 PM
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    You have satellite Internet?
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    • Caz3121
    • By Caz3121 6th Sep 18, 5:35 PM
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    • 6th Sep 18, 5:35 PM
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    • 6th Sep 18, 5:35 PM
    we have a "no cold callers" sign on our door so don't get bothered by doorstep sellers (any more)
    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 6th Sep 18, 5:40 PM
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    • 6th Sep 18, 5:40 PM
    I dont even give them chance to speak, I say "no Thank you " and shut the door
    Originally posted by NeverInDebt
    I don't even open the door unless it's someone I know or I'm expecting
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    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 6th Sep 18, 5:41 PM
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    You have satellite Internet?
    Originally posted by DoaM
    Sky Broadband uses normal phone landlines
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    • Smodlet
    • By Smodlet 6th Sep 18, 6:11 PM
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    I don't even open the door unless it's someone I know or I'm expecting
    Originally posted by jackieblack
    Good for you, jackieblack. Neither do I unless OH is here but he was. I am still kicking myself! I know better; just felt like venting.

    Thanks, all.
    What is this life if, sweet wordsmith, we have no time to take the pith?
    Every stew starts with the first onion.
    I took it upon myself to investigate a trifle; it had custard, jelly, soggy sponge things...
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 7th Sep 18, 8:58 PM
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    I said 'not interested' to a landscaper who rang my bell the other day (after already putting a leaflet through the letter box) and he told me to 'p1ss off', great technique for winning new customers!
    • tealady
    • By tealady 9th Sep 18, 7:35 AM
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    I said 'not interested' to a landscaper who rang my bell the other day (after already putting a leaflet through the letter box) and he told me to 'p1ss off', great technique for winning new customers!
    Originally posted by agrinnall


    Once when I told a door to door salesperson I wasn't interested he responded with "I'm only trying to earn a living" to which my response was "and I'm trying to have some peace and quiet".

    I love giving them stupid answers though.
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    • Smodlet
    • By Smodlet 9th Sep 18, 12:38 PM
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    I was once accosted in my street by some oik trying to sign people up to some cheap-as-frozen-chips, Iceland-on-wheels outfit. He was downright aggressive; "Don't you want to save money on good quality food, then?" in the same tone as "I'll smash yer face in." I told him he would win a lot of customers that way, too.

    I think it takes someone with far more patience than most to do that job well. He was clearly unsuited.
    What is this life if, sweet wordsmith, we have no time to take the pith?
    Every stew starts with the first onion.
    I took it upon myself to investigate a trifle; it had custard, jelly, soggy sponge things...
    • Smodlet
    • By Smodlet 9th Sep 18, 12:43 PM
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    we have a "no cold callers" sign on our door so don't get bothered by doorstep sellers (any more)
    Originally posted by Caz3121
    Does that actually work, Caz3121? I have mentally written such a sign a hundred times but OH was against it... Possibly because he used to sell double glazing. He had to quit because he was "not enough of a b@stard" to make it work.
    What is this life if, sweet wordsmith, we have no time to take the pith?
    Every stew starts with the first onion.
    I took it upon myself to investigate a trifle; it had custard, jelly, soggy sponge things...
    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 9th Sep 18, 4:51 PM
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    You an download a sign from the Action Fraud site

    https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/national-consumer-week-nov12

    https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/sites/default/files/SuperSign.pdf
    • Smodlet
    • By Smodlet 9th Sep 18, 4:59 PM
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    Wow, sheramber. A criminal offence? I hate cold callers but find that very surprising. I will give this serious consideration. Thank you.

    ETA: I still prefer my version, though: "We don't buy from door steppers: Not goods, services, politics, charity nor religion."
    Last edited by Smodlet; 09-09-2018 at 5:23 PM.
    What is this life if, sweet wordsmith, we have no time to take the pith?
    Every stew starts with the first onion.
    I took it upon myself to investigate a trifle; it had custard, jelly, soggy sponge things...
    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 9th Sep 18, 10:21 PM
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    https://www2.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/no-cold-caller-zones

    It is now a criminal offence for cold callers to return to someone’s house, if they have been asked to leave.
    • dealer wins
    • By dealer wins 14th Sep 18, 2:53 PM
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    Cold calling should be made illegal full stop IMO.
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    • MothballsWallet
    • By MothballsWallet 15th Sep 18, 1:10 PM
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    Cold calling should be made illegal full stop IMO.
    Originally posted by dealer wins
    And the punishment should be: all senior managers in the offending company (and the one that hires them if an agency) have their fingers chopped off.
    Always ask yourself one question: What would Gibbs do?

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