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2012-10-08 06:10:58 PM
10 votes:
Sorry comcast, hiring contractors so you can save money is a decision you made, and you deserve any bad press for their behavior. Hire and train reliable employees.
2012-10-08 04:58:15 PM
6 votes:
Yeah, I'll see your "right to be here" and raise you two Shepherds and a .357.

Is it just me, or has the economy bred a seriously aggressive bunch of saleshumans? I'm getting cold-called at home and on my cell, yelled at on the sidewalk, bothered while actually IN the store, etc. Oh, and Sam's Club, here's a newsflash: when you fill up all of the open space in your store with little stalls staffed by what sound like carnival barkers, and they're all hawking DirectTV or some sketchy vitamin drink, it really makes me want to never come in your store again.
2012-10-08 06:11:11 PM
3 votes:
I bet they didn't even have a 27B/6
2012-10-08 03:27:21 PM
3 votes:

calbert: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 240x345]

/obscure?


I hope you are joking.

And the sales tactics are more like this:

i.ytimg.com
2012-10-08 03:16:35 PM
3 votes:
"It was just a lot of adrenaline at the time," said Valerie Bauman.

Two workers showed up to Bauman's Capitol Hill apartment Friday night.

"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.

They eventually left, but came back.

"One of them smiled at me and said, 'Are the police on their way ma'am?'" said Bauman.


"oh dear, I certainly hope not" I replied. "it's always so tiresome having that felony rape/murder charge on one's record. totally false accusation, I'll have you know. And that cannibalism thing? well that was just made up rumors! so - would you like to come in for tea? it's not like anyone knows who you are or cares where you are, right?"

[cue wide grin]

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."
2012-10-08 10:42:20 PM
2 votes:
First of all, FARK COMCAST!

But what really disturbs me is how many people in this thread would throw their dog into harms way instead of picking up $300 worth of hardware and defending THEMSELVES. Besides its a lot more permanent solution. A wounded shiat stain could still sue to have the dog destroyed, a dead one can not.

Yes, I just said that killing a salesman is preferable to risking injury to a dog.

/whose a good boy?!
//whose a good boy?!
///yes you are!
2012-10-08 08:04:38 PM
2 votes:
People answer when other people knock on their door or ring the doorbell?

How odd.
2012-10-08 07:57:54 PM
2 votes:
As an Internet Tough Guy, I'd be glad to make some divots in my front lawn from the Comcast guys' heads.

Come on by and be assholes anytime, gentlemen. See you in court. Hopefully that trip to the hospital was worth your crappy $10/hour job.
2012-10-08 06:57:50 PM
2 votes:

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.
2012-10-08 06:53:51 PM
2 votes:
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.
2012-10-08 06:26:21 PM
2 votes:
And WOW, more ITG "I keep a gun by the front door, let's see them negotiate with Smith and Wesson HURR HURR" comments that I thought possible in the first 50 posts. Nice job, Fark.
2012-10-08 06:21:06 PM
2 votes:
CSB:

I like to invite them in, knock them out with chloroform and keep them in the dungeon under my basement for a few years and play games like how many finger nails can you live without or how many paper cuts before you bleed to death. Then I eat them and parade around in their skin like some sort of bunny suit.

/Girlscouts taste nothing like their cookies
2012-10-08 06:11:14 PM
2 votes:
Last month a Comcast saleslady forced me into accepting technicians to hook up my internet (long story, but she put in an order without my ok). Then, another salesman called and said I could do it myself (which I have done many times anyway due to moving around a lot), and I accepted. Guess what? They billed me for the visit anyway.

I had it removed from the bill, and then paid it through the bank. A few weeks later, I received a bill indicating I had not paid it.


They are either incompetent, or trying to increase their revenue streams any way possible.

I hate Kabletown.
2012-10-08 06:10:50 PM
2 votes:
Really stupid idea on their part. I don't typically answer my door if someone is banging on it and yelling through it, but I am standing on the other side of it with this.

csgbenefits.org
2012-10-08 06:05:55 PM
2 votes:
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.
2012-10-08 06:02:56 PM
2 votes:
If anyone witnesses unacceptable behavior from any door to door sales person representing Comcast, we encourage you to call 1-800-EAT-SH*T

/Kramer approved
2012-10-09 08:42:05 AM
1 votes:

zenferret: iheartscotch: / a gun is a tool; like a screwdriver; they both have perfectly peaceful, legitimate uses. If used improperly; they can both kill people.

And when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.


And when the problem really is a nail, a kind word and lots of sympathy is no substitute for a hammer.
2012-10-09 08:25:55 AM
1 votes:

95629: Really stupid idea on their part. I don't typically answer my door if someone is banging on it and yelling through it, but I am standing on the other side of it with this.

[csgbenefits.org image 629x382]


It must be horrible living your life in such fear.
2012-10-08 11:31:36 PM
1 votes:

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


Why, yes, Washington is a "Stand-Your-Ground" state. (RCW 9A.16.050) Actually Washington has no 'duty to retreat', as precedent was set in State v. Studd (1999) and State v. Reynaldo Redmond (2003) when the court found: "that there is no duty to retreat when a person is assaulted in a place where he or she has a right to be." And Washington is generally considered a Castle Doctrine state.
2012-10-08 10:53:21 PM
1 votes:
Door to door people can really be sketchy, and I bet these guys were just scammers or checking out places to rob later.

CSS time:
My parents usually don't get solicitors at their house but one day some guy, probably late 20s-maybe 30, came around selling some kind of cleaning product. Dad answered the door and told the guy "no, we're not interested" as he started his spiel... Dad had a strange feeling about the guy so a minute later he went outside and walked down the driveway, and the bastard had keyed their car! It made me so angry, and a little worried for them. They live in a nice quiet neighborhood but shiat happens everywhere.

I'm glad where I live, there's a "no solicitors" sign at the gate to the subdivision In the nearly three years I've lived here, I've only had one person come to my door selling something, and that was a kid who probably didn't know any better.
2012-10-08 10:48:55 PM
1 votes:

gweilo8888: /most sane people get a mild feeling of satisfaction from closing a door in the face of a salesman making an unsolicited visit
//not a boner from the thought of shooting them


Why can' it be both, I think it should be both.
in fact, I can pick anyone I choose. And I choose both those options... and Ben Richards.
2012-10-08 10:00:52 PM
1 votes:
Here's a little something you might not know about Comcast door to door salesmen: they smoke rocks
2012-10-08 09:23:33 PM
1 votes:
To anyone who has Comcast:
Do they have a monopoly in your area? Is there no other choice for you? I can't imagine a worse company.
2012-10-08 08:45:27 PM
1 votes:

D_Evans45: Yogimus: D_Evans45: Also I guess I should add to that post, I dont dislike gun toting rednecks, I have a stepdad and a close friend who do it... I certainly support their right to have guns stashed at the ready in multiple rooms, even if I find it a bit odd.

People generally do, until they need it.


Not trying to be a smartass here. Have you ever had a home invasion/trespass situation you effectively diffused with your stash piece that you otherwise wouldnt have been able to diffuse?


Been robbed twice, shot at on the street on my way home once. (it was a miss, a stupid kid doing a driveby) That's when I bought my 1st gun. I eventually got into military/law enforcement, and (NOT AN APPEAL TO AUTHORITY ARGUMENT) I began to realize that word of hard targets gets around in the criminal community. Have I diffused a situation by flashing my piece? No. Do I look forward to shooting a "thug"? Hell no.

I am not looking to Zimmerman someone. Just want to be able to enforce my will on my property.
2012-10-08 08:09:25 PM
1 votes:
True Story: Comcast guy comes to my front door (which has a "No Solicitors" sign, BTW). I'm busy but the doorbell rarely rings so I go to the door. The guy wants to come in and talk about Comcast. I point to the sign and he says, "Well can I ask you two questions?" I say "No" and he starts asking away.

That's when I pulled my shirt back to expose the Glock 9mm holstered. He kinda waves and says "sorry to disturb" you and gets the hell out.

"No Solicitors" means if I don't already have business with you? Get the F*CK out.
2012-10-08 08:05:02 PM
1 votes:

A Terrible Human: 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.


Wow! Happened to me too---said they had to sell from their truck becuz a big sale was cancelled. Just shut the door and he went away....
2012-10-08 07:41:27 PM
1 votes:
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 07:31:58 PM
1 votes:

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 07:30:14 PM
1 votes:

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 07:25:50 PM
1 votes:

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 07:18:52 PM
1 votes:

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 07:18:41 PM
1 votes:

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 07:13:01 PM
1 votes:
I just can't imagine what it must be like to have to keep a shotgun by the front door.
2012-10-08 07:08:10 PM
1 votes:
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 06:59:30 PM
1 votes:

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 06:54:03 PM
1 votes:
Sounds like the worst porno ever.
2012-10-08 06:46:08 PM
1 votes:
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.
2012-10-08 06:32:49 PM
1 votes:

95629: Really stupid idea on their part. I don't typically answer my door if someone is banging on it and yelling through it, but I am standing on the other side of it with this.

[csgbenefits.org image 629x382]


Few things will force a person to question their commitment faster than the sound of one of these being prepped for action.
2012-10-08 06:32:36 PM
1 votes:

valkore: And WOW, more ITG "I keep a gun by the front door, let's see them negotiate with Smith and Wesson HURR HURR" comments that I thought possible in the first 50 posts. Nice job, Fark.


So, you have a story about people trying to forcibly enter homes and threatening homeowners and for some reason the guy with the gun is the one who gets your derision and mocking? Nice. I bet you blame the rape victim, too, don't you? She was just asking for it?
2012-10-08 06:29:02 PM
1 votes:

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?


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.
2012-10-08 06:27:02 PM
1 votes:
This really did just tip right over into a castle doctrine fantasy thread, didn't it.
2012-10-08 06:23:52 PM
1 votes:
Did anyone else notice the 1880 comments below the article, none of which seem to relate to it nor each other? It's like reading the news in an ADD person's voice.
2012-10-08 06:20:13 PM
1 votes:

KidneyStone: I have signs on my mailbox and front porch that say 'no solicitors,' which gives me a legal leg to stand on when I ask them to leave. They never leave the first time they are asked. I also keep a shotgun by the front door and if they don't leave the first time I ask I hold the shotgun at a loose sort of parade rest and say "I asked you nicely and am asking you nicely again. I'm also letting you know that since you ignored two signs that say no solicitors that you are trespassing and illegally on my property. I strongly urge you to get off my property or my next request will be impolite."

/Not really but I do keep a loaded shotgun near me when I'm home due to a batshiat crazy ex-husband of a coworker (that I was never involved with)
//Pistol when out of the home


I see a fark headline there.
Solicitor killed by KidneyStone.
2012-10-08 06:16:15 PM
1 votes:
CSB time

One time someone came by selling magazines and they were acting obnoxious at the door. So I invited them in to give their pitch but asked them very sweetly "I'm in the middle of something do you mind if I keep at it?" And they said ok no problem. So they started their spiel and I ignored him and proceeded to open up a case and start cleaning a gun. Then the salesdude hesitated said "uh should I come back later?" and I said "Nah its cool, I'm going to be done in a minute." Then he just let himself out without saying anything.
2012-10-08 06:12:33 PM
1 votes:
The sound of a shotgun racking a shell is a great deterrent and can be heard through a door.
2012-10-08 06:12:28 PM
1 votes:
Are they sure they were actual Comcast employees and not therapists?
2012-10-08 06:12:24 PM
1 votes:

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.


He's joking, not trolling.
2012-10-08 06:12:18 PM
1 votes:
It is highly unlikely that these were comcast workers at all, sounds like thugs trying to trick people into letting them in to scope for things to steal.

Aside from that though... I WISH i could get comcast to come to my house. All my neighbors have comcast... but when I call, they say my address doesnt appear in their system, and that they'll have to initiate a survey and get back to me in 2-3 weeks.... then they never call back.

farking assholes.
2012-10-08 06:11:49 PM
1 votes:

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.
2012-10-08 06:11:40 PM
1 votes:
My two large German dogs would not approve.
2012-10-08 06:11:34 PM
1 votes:

D_Evans45: Torrents are the best source besides live TV nowadays, and plenty of stuff can even be streamed. "Bu-but viruses and piracy!" STFU noob. I watched every episode of Breaking Bad this season an hour before it even aired on the west coast, or even 3 hours earlier if I choose to forego quality and stream it on east coast time.


Yup..We just dropped cable...I can get upwards of a dozen DTV signals off a rabbit ear with a booster. HDMI from my PC in the other room out to TV...watch whatever else we want...bonus, co-worker gave me his HBOGO login, so fark cable.
2012-10-08 06:06:27 PM
1 votes:
The customers always appear to be eating shiat whenever Time Warner and Comcast is in the headline.

Torrents are the best source besides live TV nowadays, and plenty of stuff can even be streamed. "Bu-but viruses and piracy!" STFU noob. I watched every episode of Breaking Bad this season an hour before it even aired on the west coast, or even 3 hours earlier if I choose to forego quality and stream it on east coast time.

My buddy has Fios, watches local channels 99% of the time, and cant stay awake for the whole BB episode to save his life. Cable payers are paying like what $60 a month? If you don't watch tons of TV, many people could probably cut these companies out of the picture and still have the goods.
2012-10-08 06:04:04 PM
1 votes:
be careful, they have been raping me once a month for the past 10 years
2012-10-08 06:03:10 PM
1 votes:
Had a weird phone call a few minutes ago, some woman (sounded like she was Indian, dot not feather), and she tried to sell me something, I have no idea what it was as i couldn't understand her pagan dialect. Anywho...she droned on so I started making fapping sounds and moaning, wondering how long she would ignore me and continue her script. She lasted about 3 minutes or until i started moaning "oohhh ya...thats it...take it ...TAKE IT....!!! Then she hung up on me. Sighs. No love.
2012-10-08 04:43:24 PM
1 votes:
I think if I were home alone I'd make sure they knew they weren't welcome by shouting to them once and then I would call the cops. I certainly wouldn't open my door.
2012-10-08 04:29:58 PM
1 votes:
If IOI wasn't modeled on Comcast, I'll be shocked.
2012-10-08 03:39:02 PM
1 votes:
Isn't Washington a "Stand-Your-Ground" state?
2012-10-08 03:23:46 PM
1 votes:
"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?
 
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