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October 21, 2005

I am just so annoyed.

Feeling guilty does that to me.

In spite of this building, and our specific suite, being labeled with "No Soliciting" notices, we're faced with a stream of hopeful salespeople on a daily basis. It's become part of my job in the last year to run them off and my boss expects me to do so in less than 10 seconds.

Now, I do understand that all these entry-level foot-soldiers want is to collect enough business cards to prove to their bosses that they were out there, trying to contact people, so they'll continue to collect their base salaries until the job market stops looking like quicksand.

I also understand that if I start feeling sorry for them and handing out business cards, our company name will go into a pool of "warm leads," or people who had at least enough interest in whatever the product is to chat with a salesperson. And in the future, we'll be bombarded with dozens of repeat calls from people who naively believe there's actual potential, sales-wise, from our company.

I also understand that handing out a business card to someone we have less-than-zero interest in doing business with is, at least tangentially, helping them to defraud their employer, so I can't just meet them at the door, hand them a card, and shut said door in their faces.

I have a lot of sympathy for people trying to find and keep a job in this economic climate. You know I do, since I'm about to be one of the unemployed. But I don't want to help someone commit even a small fraud, I don't want to spend my day listening to sales pitches from people whose products or services have no relevance to our business, and it really bothers me to have to be point-blank rude to complete strangers several times a day.

And yet...they walk by the "No Soliciting" notices on the building's entry doors. They pass by the warning that there are security cameras. They ignore the "No Soliciting" notice on the door of our suite. How else can I get through to them but to be rude, faced as I am with that 10 second deadline?

Today we had the door locked because there are only a couple of us in the suite. One guy actually knocked on the door and when I opened it, standing right next to the sign, he started giving me a sales pitch. This is why people hate salespeople.

I have sympathy for them. Really I do. They're just trying to stay employed.

And I have sympathy for the businesses they work for. The businesses are just trying to stay in business, so they can continue to pay their employees (and owners).

I hate this economic climate and I'm not too crazy about the gang of dimwitted idiots who put us here and are keeping us here.

There are days when I'd be hard-pressed to choose if you asked me if I'd rather have the "real" Democratic Party back, or the "real" Republican Party. Certainly it's starting to become clear to me that today's faux-Republicans can do a lot more actual damage to the country. Today's faux-Democrats may fail to do good, but is that really as bad?

Posted by AnneZook at 11:33 AM


You have nothing about which to feel guilty. If these people have no compunction about taking a job where the modus operandi is to be rude, you have every right to be rude in return. They started the cycle.

Sometimes I just point to the sign quite clearly and inquire as to their reading comprehension.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at October 22, 2005 03:25 PM

Yes, but as I said, it's not as though I don't have sympathy for them. I get the sense that very few of them have any desire at all to be "salespeople." These are folks who took these jobs because nothing else was on offer.

Posted by: Anne at October 24, 2005 09:59 AM