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2012-10-08 06:59:30 PM  

udhq: Has anybody yet considered that maybe the reason so many people around the world hate Americans is because we're a ghoulish people who respond to the mild inconvenience of pushy sales people with gruesome murder fantasies?

I'm sorry, but I'm just not going to treat this thread like it's normal.


...because humans in the rest of the world are so peaceful and serene.
 
2012-10-08 06:59:55 PM  

ZeroPly: WeenerGord: superdave386: ScotterOtter: In before the gun nuts want to shoot them...oops, too late

Sometimes I wonder if all they want is just a chance to shoot someone. Would make a CSB though.


When the gulf war started, a guy in class told us that the only reason his brother was joining the military was because he wanted to see what it felt like to kill someone.


Back when I had just started basic, the drill sergeant asked everyone why they had joined, and one guy said exactly that. He spent a lot of time as a squad leader during those 9 weeks.  Got a lot more respect than the guys who said they joined for college money.


Probably because none of them wanted to be the ones to give him his wish.
 
2012-10-08 07:01:03 PM  

IoSaturnalia: I had simplified my service down to just internet, too. Then the Comcast "contractor" showed up at my door with a list of every midget transformer porn site that I'd been to in the last three quarters. URL, where and when.


And?

Why did that necessitate your buying cable? What channels have midget transformer porn?
 
2012-10-08 07:01:34 PM  

Jument: udhq: Has anybody yet considered that maybe the reason so many people around the world hate Americans is because we're a ghoulish people who respond to the mild inconvenience of pushy sales people with gruesome murder fantasies?

I'm sorry, but I'm just not going to treat this thread like it's normal.

The fact that you so many Americans seem to have gruesome murder fantasies and jerk off to gun pr0n is just creepy and weird. People around the work hate Americans because you stick your nose into international affairs far too often.

IMHO.


I'm all for letting the savages kill each other off.
 
2012-10-08 07:02:40 PM  
www.imfdb.org

"Yes, I see you through the peep hole, and no I don't want to bundle."
 
2012-10-08 07:02:55 PM  

Jument: People around the work hate Americans because you stick your nose into international affairs far too often.


Who's "you" and "your"? Don't collectivize us into something that is actually represented by the US government.
 
2012-10-08 07:02:57 PM  

kroonermanblack: Basically, the cold-call to the door thing is done by contracting a company, who sub contracts about 50 times to someone who's willing to work for pure rage and baked beans, with the occasional rape and broken glass. These people then cover a unit area as best they can, and get no payment unless they sell about 500 times the number of products they possibly could. So unless someone has kept excrutiating notes on who worked what area when, and actually has some evidence that people obeyed those assignments, there's no way to prove these guys ever existed.


whoa wait just one second... all that fun AND beans?
 
2012-10-08 07:05:20 PM  

jigger: Jument: People around the work hate Americans because you stick your nose into international affairs far too often.

Who's "you" and "your"? Don't collectivize us into something that is actually represented by the US government.



No, it's ok -- just like all Germans are Nazis and all Chinese people are Communists.

/stereotypes save time
 
2012-10-08 07:05:41 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: You know, just because someone knocks on your door, that doesn't mean you have to answer it. That's what peepholes are for.

I thought door-to-door salesmen had gone the way of the rotary phone. Guess not.


I have no interest in peepholes that do not have naked ladies on the other side.
After hours and hours of looking though the one on my door, I have concluded it is not in fact one of those peep holes.
I not longer have any use for it.
 
2012-10-08 07:05:58 PM  

WeenerGord: When the gulf war started, a guy in class told us that the only reason his brother was joining the military was because he wanted to see what it felt like to kill someone.


I'm sure he enjoyed his time as a supply clerk.
 
2012-10-08 07:07:39 PM  

udhq: Has anybody yet considered that maybe the reason so many people around the world hate Americans is because we're a ghoulish people who respond to the mild inconvenience of pushy sales people with gruesome murder fantasies?


Nope. It's because

1. The US military has bombed or is in the process of bombing their country
2. The CIA has covertly overthrown their dictator or elected president
3. American tourists wear fanny packs and white sneakers and it annoys them
4. They're jealous because almost every bit of modern technology they use was invented in America
 
2012-10-08 07:08:10 PM  
I had a couple of these guys show up a while back. They creeped me out, I explained that they should never come back, called Comcast and said the next time those assholes showed up I would file a police report and name their CEO as an accomplice.

Haven't seen one of them since.

/now these creepy guys selling meat?
 
2012-10-08 07:11:51 PM  

udhq: Has anybody yet considered that maybe the reason so many people around the world hate Americans is because we're a ghoulish people who respond to the mild inconvenience of pushy sales people with gruesome murder fantasies?

I'm sorry, but I'm just not going to treat this thread like it's normal.


In most of the rest of the world they'd just stop wishing and get the job done.

Unless you are one of those people that says "rest of the world" and means "Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and sometimes maybe Japan. "
 
2012-10-08 07:13:01 PM  
I just can't imagine what it must be like to have to keep a shotgun by the front door.
 
2012-10-08 07:15:52 PM  

jigger: IoSaturnalia: I had simplified my service down to just internet, too. Then the Comcast "contractor" showed up at my door with a list of every midget transformer porn site that I'd been to in the last three quarters. URL, where and when.

And?

Why did that necessitate your buying cable? What channels have midget transformer porn?


The joke was suggesting that aggressive Comcast sales people will go so far as to use blackmail to get folks to sign up for full service.
 
2012-10-08 07:16:00 PM  
Why is anyone believing their claim that they work for Comcast. If someone wants in your house, they can just as easily claim to be from any local utility company.
 
2012-10-08 07:16:06 PM  

Cyclometh: /now these creepy guys selling meat?


I've had that happen once but the dude kept saying the freezer in the truck broke down and they needed to sell the meat quickly. The dude was polite but yeah I don't trust buying meat out the back of a truck with a broken freezer.
 
2012-10-08 07:17:37 PM  

WTFDYW: Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: Mike_LowELL: Absolutely disgusting. I hope someone deals with these homeowners. Comcast is aggressive about giving you world-class internet at low prices. Boo hoo. Deal with it. Corporations have more right to be in your house than you do.

1/10.

Your sarcasm meter. It be broke.


Not everyone appreciates the beauty of what Mike does.
 
2012-10-08 07:17:37 PM  
bim1154:

Her girlfriend gave her 3 volumes of 50 Shades of Grey. It'll hold her for a while and make it easier to withdraw.

LOL, a win win resolution, nice.
 
2012-10-08 07:18:41 PM  

Sticky Hands: Unless you are one of those people that says "rest of the world" and means "Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and sometimes maybe Japan. "


Even then, Europe & Japan are known for some of the worst atrocities ever committed by humans, while Canada & Australia have treated their natives about as well as the US.

/ humans are brutal creatures, and pretending that nationality has any bearing on that fact only perpetuates one of the underlying problems: the idea of "tribalism", that "we" are better than "them" in some way
 
2012-10-08 07:18:52 PM  

udhq: Has anybody yet considered that maybe the reason so many people around the world hate Americans is because we're a ghoulish people who respond to the mild inconvenience of pushy sales people with gruesome murder fantasies?

I'm sorry, but I'm just not going to treat this thread like it's normal.


Oh man, you should've seen it the last time the JW's dared to knock on my door. Heh, I didn't even let them finish the first sentence. I... get this, I said, "No thank you," in a firm tone, and then, and then I closed the door right in their face! I mean, there they were on my doorstep, talking to me, and then blam, a closed door! Hah, it was so epic, you shoulda been there!

Oh yeah, I'm a badass.
 
2012-10-08 07:19:11 PM  

ShadowLAnCeR: hutchkc: Whatthefark: The sound of a shotgun racking a shell is a great deterrent and can be heard through a door.

Never had to do that, but I do believe that's the universal language for 'And we're done here.'

^-- THIS

There are shotguns out there called "Streetsweepers" for a reason. You don't fark with a guy that has a shotgun because if it is pointed in your general direction and he has loaded buckshot (which is more than likely), he isn't going to miss.


PDX1 low recoil and will take a head off at close range
 
2012-10-08 07:19:15 PM  

LeroyBourne: bim1154: Just dumped Comcast t.v. last week. Enough was enough of crap t.v. and high bills.

It sucks at first, but after a while you'll wish you did it earlier.


Did this years ago. Only thing I miss is MLB.
 
2012-10-08 07:19:16 PM  
We aaaaaallll bundle.
 
2012-10-08 07:19:55 PM  
I would love to let you in, but Mr Remington just filled up on 00 buck, and is in no mood for company.
 
2012-10-08 07:20:02 PM  

Mr. Lepage: I just can't imagine what it must be like to have to keep a shotgun by the front door.


Maybe you live or have lived in a place where it rains often, and it's advisable to keep an umbrellar at the door. It's like that, only instead of rain, it's a semi-constant stream of folks that need killing.
 
2012-10-08 07:20:17 PM  

IoSaturnalia: jigger: IoSaturnalia: I had simplified my service down to just internet, too. Then the Comcast "contractor" showed up at my door with a list of every midget transformer porn site that I'd been to in the last three quarters. URL, where and when.

And?

Why did that necessitate your buying cable? What channels have midget transformer porn?

The joke was suggesting that aggressive Comcast sales people will go so far as to use blackmail to get folks to sign up for full service.


Sorry. I was hoping for at least PPV.
 
2012-10-08 07:21:00 PM  

Mr. Lepage: I just can't imagine what it must be like to have to keep a shotgun by the front door.


Without one the umbrella stand tends to look rather naked.
 
2012-10-08 07:21:13 PM  
Showing off guns and talking tough, like the good little Romney voters you all really are. Since I used to belong to the NRA, and I attended a few guns shows, I know that most of you are really frightened little punks.

Besides, I don't know what you are all complaining about. This is the kind of business deregulation you morons are looking forward to. It's not like these guys are from the government, so STFU already.
 
2012-10-08 07:21:41 PM  

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: beakerxf: dletter: "They said they were contractors for Comcast and had the authority to be there and showed me this card and I mean, I've got a deck of cards, I can pull out the queen but I'm not royalty," she said.

I like that line.

What I don't understand is this...

They say the company told them since the salesmen were contract workers, it's hard to pinpoint who they are.

So, was the salespeople trying to sell people to get Comcast (although, you'd think Comcast would give them a list of houses WITHOUT Comcast already), or people there to fix something? If they are just salespeople, WTF is with the "I've got authority to be here" line... GTF off my porch you do. I mean, even with a repair person they don't, but, at least you requested them, or maybe they are claiming that Comcast sent them proactively to fix a problem. Who the hell thinks as a salesperson you have the right to be anywhere?

I have Comcast internet, but not cable. So I'm constantly getting their salesmen at my door trying to get me to sign up for bundling. One day, when I was at work, they talked to my roommate. She said that the guy claimed that there was a problem with my cable box and they were delivering a replacement. He handed it to her and asked her to sign the paperwork. He had my name as the account holder and wrote "home-owner not present, but gave consent for [roomate] to sign."

Even though I immediately returned the box, it took a couple of tries to get the charges off my bill.

Unfortunately, they're the only broadband ISP in my area, so I'm stuck with them.

Damned capitalists....

Oh, wait, it's a government-enforced monopoly.....

Damned corporate socialists.....


Actually, Qwest (now Century Link) offered DSL service in my area but the service never worked in my home. They offered to send technicians to the home for $75 an hour. Also, if it turned out to be an issue with old phone lines, they'd happily charge me for the materials.

Essentially, I got the feeling their DSL service was on its death bed and they were discouraging new customers from signing up. It was a very odd experience.
 
2012-10-08 07:23:19 PM  

vudukungfu: But did they fix the cable?


^ winnar of thread
 
2012-10-08 07:24:13 PM  
CSB:

This is one of the reasons I own a bluetick. 100% of people want to flee for their lives after they hear my *extremely* loud and aggressive sounding dog bawling at the door. Seriously, it sounds like a cannon or a foghorn going off.

Two nights ago I found the pizza guy about off the front walk and about 15 ft into the yard after he knocked and the dog started barking. He apparently doesn't like dogs.

Never had a problem with solicitors or salesmen of any type, though. They never want to come in the house, for some reason.

/CSB
 
2012-10-08 07:24:27 PM  

Mr. Lepage: I just can't imagine what it must be like to have to keep a shotgun by the front door.


That's the only thing what saved Pa Ingals when the bear got into the barn. They ate bear all winter.
 
2012-10-08 07:25:50 PM  

Fissile: Showing off guns and talking tough, like the good little Romney voters you all really are. Since I used to belong to the NRA, and I attended a few guns shows, I know that most of you are really frightened little punks.

Besides, I don't know what you are all complaining about. This is the kind of business deregulation you morons are looking forward to. It's not like these guys are from the government, so STFU already.


^ Loser of the thread (possibly many other things as well)
 
2012-10-08 07:26:03 PM  

Fissile: Showing off guns and talking tough, like the good little Romney voters you all really are. Since I used to belong to the NRA, and I attended a few guns shows, I know that most of you are really frightened little punks.

Besides, I don't know what you are all complaining about. This is the kind of business deregulation you morons are looking forward to. It's not like these guys are from the government, so STFU already.


*shrug* I vote Democrat... doesnt influence my gun collection. I used to be an NRA member, but stopped paying my dues because I knew I was just funneling money into the republican party.

I tell you what though, I havent gotten pulled over ever since I stuck my NRA sticker in my window. Been paced... but never actually pulled. Maybe its coincidence.... maybe it isnt.
 
2012-10-08 07:26:55 PM  

Vodka Zombie: Isn't Washington a "Stand-Your-Ground" state?


Washintgon is wide-stance state.
 
2012-10-08 07:27:29 PM  
I haaaate aggressive sales people. We had a security system guy who came around 7 pm and asked if we wanted a sign to put in our yard. Then he started rambling about the free installation. I said 'Yeah, I know but what is the monthly cost?' and then told him we weren't interested. So then he goes on and on about how our dog isn't going to protect our house (which I didn't even mention, but the 70 lb German Shepherd was barking his head off inside) and will our dog protect our house when we are on vacation. I never brought up anything about my dog guarding my house (because I don't expect him to).

At this point I wanted this guy to get lost so I could go on a walk. He started asking me questions like "can I come inside and look around?" "when are you going on vacation?". WTF? I am a small female and it is getting dark outside. No, I don't want to talk to you anymore or at all and I want you to get lost. Fortunately I like to be extremely rude and slam doors in people's faces or just walk off.
 
2012-10-08 07:30:14 PM  

jigger: Jument: People around the work hate Americans because you stick your nose into international affairs far too often.

Who's "you" and "your"? Don't collectivize us into something that is actually represented by the US government.


Last time I checked your government was elected. By the people. Since the country was founded.
 
2012-10-08 07:31:18 PM  

jigger: I was hoping for at least PPV.


There are plenty of preverted torrents out there. Just use a VPN or stick to TOR sites or use some other way to hide your activity from Comcast, or You'll Be Sorry.
 
2012-10-08 07:31:58 PM  

Mr. Lepage: I just can't imagine what it must be like to have to keep a shotgun by the front door.



They dont have to, they want to. There is a gun culture among many citizens, we dont all happen to see where we live on a daily basis. Im in California where gun nuts are rather rare compared to the rest of the country, but I know 2 people closely with more than just a shotty by the door. People with laser sights on their pistols on their end table, my other buddy also has at least 3 different kinds of guns stashed in the front room including the "boom stick" over-under sawed off in the couch cushion where he's always sitting.

Theyre both gung ho conservatives, they are both trained extremely well in unarmed combat as well, and they both most certainly dont live in ghetto areas wherein an ever-stashed gun might be expected, they live in suburban communities and are otherwise normal. Might be some correlation there. It isnt even "paranoid gun person" syndrome, its more of a redneck lifestyle choice theyve inherited from their sires, from what Ive gathered.
 
2012-10-08 07:32:47 PM  

udhq: Has anybody yet considered that maybe the reason so many people around the world hate Americans is because we're a ghoulish people who respond to the mild inconvenience of pushy sales people with gruesome murder fantasies?

I'm sorry, but I'm just not going to treat this thread like it's normal.


If you tell someone visiting your home to leave and not to come back, I think it is reasonable to bring out a gun (or some other weapon) as a precaution if they return to your house again. There's no need to answer the door...just call the police and wait. In the case of the article, it sounds like the homeowners told the guys to leave during the first visit and they refused to leave. You really think that it is unreasonable for the homeowner to start seeking protection at that very moment? I believe it is best to call the cops immediately, but everyone should have the capability to defend oneself (protecting your body and well being is more important than your property) in some way. For some people, protection means a guard dog. For others, it means owning a gun or some other kind of weapon...even pepper spray.

I don't see a point in flashing a weapon around to even the most aggressive seeming visitor in the event that it could escalate a situation, but I suppose some people think it would deter a criminal from trying to break in in the first place. YMMV.
 
2012-10-08 07:33:07 PM  

WeenerGord: How about pepper spray? can you use pepper spray? Maybe have a nozzle mounted beside the front door?


I just hooked it up to the door bell to save time.
 
2012-10-08 07:37:32 PM  

D_Evans45: Mr. Lepage: I just can't imagine what it must be like to have to keep a shotgun by the front door.


They dont have to, they want to. There is a gun culture among many citizens, we dont all happen to see where we live on a daily basis. Im in California where gun nuts are rather rare compared to the rest of the country, but I know 2 people closely with more than just a shotty by the door. People with laser sights on their pistols on their end table, my other buddy also has at least 3 different kinds of guns stashed in the front room including the "boom stick" over-under sawed off in the couch cushion where he's always sitting.

Theyre both gung ho conservatives, they are both trained extremely well in unarmed combat as well, and they both most certainly dont live in ghetto areas wherein an ever-stashed gun might be expected, they live in suburban communities and are otherwise normal. Might be some correlation there. It isnt even "paranoid gun person" syndrome, its more of a redneck lifestyle choice theyve inherited from their sires, from what Ive gathered.


All that is correct. I've seen my dad take out a gun in broad daylight I'll just stop right there.
 
2012-10-08 07:38:07 PM  

D_Evans45: Mr. Lepage: I just can't imagine what it must be like to have to keep a shotgun by the front door.


They dont have to, they want to. There is a gun culture among many citizens, we dont all happen to see where we live on a daily basis. Im in California where gun nuts are rather rare compared to the rest of the country, but I know 2 people closely with more than just a shotty by the door. People with laser sights on their pistols on their end table, my other buddy also has at least 3 different kinds of guns stashed in the front room including the "boom stick" over-under sawed off in the couch cushion where he's always sitting.

Theyre both gung ho conservatives, they are both trained extremely well in unarmed combat as well, and they both most certainly dont live in ghetto areas wherein an ever-stashed gun might be expected, they live in suburban communities and are otherwise normal. Might be some correlation there. It isnt even "paranoid gun person" syndrome, its more of a redneck lifestyle choice theyve inherited from their sires, from what Ive gathered.


Well put, thanks.
 
2012-10-08 07:39:27 PM  

Fissile: Since I used to belong to the NRA, and I attended a few guns shows


Are you getting a kick out of this? I know I get a good kick out of letting my good friend Mr. Winchester speak his piece. Although he is a bit of an asshole and loud to boot I find his conversation to be rather stimulating.
 
2012-10-08 07:41:27 PM  
Compliments of my less than pristine home there are many potential weapons within arms reach of the door. Forcibly crossing the threshold has an equal chance of being stabbed with a screw driver or bludgeoned with a toddler's toy.

/the kid's toys are more lethal than a screw driver 
//never threaten, just act
 
2012-10-08 07:43:42 PM  

Elegy: CSB:

This is one of the reasons I own a bluetick. 100% of people want to flee for their lives after they hear my *extremely* loud and aggressive sounding dog bawling at the door. Seriously, it sounds like a cannon or a foghorn going off.

Two nights ago I found the pizza guy about off the front walk and about 15 ft into the yard after he knocked and the dog started barking. He apparently doesn't like dogs.

Never had a problem with solicitors or salesmen of any type, though. They never want to come in the house, for some reason.

/CSB


That is not why I got a German Shepherd but some people are terrified of him- even some close friends ask that I put him in another room when they come over. Salespeople will try to talk to me but they are just staring at him (and having a staring contest with a dog is a great way to make the dog bark even more). What they don't know is that if I did let him out he would just bark like crazy and then sniff and wander off. I would never encourage or train my dog to bite someone but people take one look at a big black barking dog and assume he is a killing machine.
 
2012-10-08 07:45:01 PM  

big pig peaches: WeenerGord: How about pepper spray? can you use pepper spray? Maybe have a nozzle mounted beside the front door?

I just hooked it up to the door bell to save time.


I like the cut of your jib.
 
2012-10-08 07:47:40 PM  

NoSugarAdded: Compliments of my less than pristine home there are many potential weapons within arms reach of the door. Forcibly crossing the threshold has an equal chance of being stabbed with a screw driver or bludgeoned with a toddler's toy.

/the kid's toys are more lethal than a screw driver 
//never threaten, just act


Good point. Perhaps a lego landmine field across the porch would be sufficient.
 
2012-10-08 07:49:56 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: My wife signed up for uVerse after a door to door salesweasle came to the door.

After turning off my phone and cutting the cables on my DirecTv, they found out that I am several thousand feet too far into the neighborhood. So the installers just left.


My Uverse person just used the lines from Comcast inside and sine we already had At&t service for phone and DSL so it was pretty easy
 
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