The more you talk to me the less I want to listen

In addition to apparently being Stop Signs Optional Day, today is Annoying People Harrassing Me In The Parking Lot of the Whole Foods at Coldwater and Riverside Day (it needs a more succinct name).

On my way in, a gentleman with a clip board asked me if I’d like to support the Democratic Party taking Congress back. I said, “Not right now” and went about my shopping. On the way out I was approached by his partner, an overly chipper woman who had been standing right next to him when he spoke to me. She asked the same question. I said, “I have to get home.” She persisted, insisting that it would “only take a minute,” as I walked past her to my car. Finally I said, a wee bit bruskly perhaps, “I have a breastfeeding baby and he is more important.

Sheesh.

12 Replies to “The more you talk to me the less I want to listen”

  1. Wow, and if it’s the same group who has recently started to pepper farmer’s markets in the region, what they really want is your money as opposed to your action.

    But it’ll take them ten minutes to get around to that.

  2. For better or for worse, it seems that money is the key factor in most political action nowadays. Can’t get people’s attention without spending money on TV commercials and the like.

    Which is a pity.

    I think that the level of political discourse in this country could be immediately and positively changed by simply prohibiting political advertising on television. Go ahead and buy all the billboards, radio commercials, bus benches, newspaper and magazine pages you like. Just no 15 second television spots. I suppose that campaigns would put them on youtube or elsewhere on the net, but without the time restrictions imposed by television advertising, even that would be better.

  3. I believe its a company is called “Grassroots” or something like that. Those people get paid around $10 to $15 a hour to collect money. So they are not a group per se. They are a small niche “marketing” firm…kinda. So the DNC actually pays them to go out and appear like some groups. Like the crazies with all the pamplets that sit outside of bookstores and tell you that hate freedom.

    And before I get flamed, I worked on the Kucinich campaign and Kerry’s…so yeah.

  4. Perhaps not the most mature response, but, if you really are in a hurry, and don’t want to deal with these guys, just tell them you’re Canadian, eh? They will leave you alone.

  5. I get that your in a rush and the sleepless nights with baby and the hormones might have contributed to the snippyness but it’s just these poor schmoes job to collect signatures/cash/support etc… It’s common policy to train these people to push “soft refusals” (no time, gave at the office…) I know this because I work in data collection for a market research firm and although it’s annoying as all heck, I also see how it’s their job and it’s just my job to say no twice. Do you really want to give them grief for having a crappy job, standing around being rejected, not having much job security, no benefits or opportunity for advancement. The only way I can reconcile being snippy/rude to these and others like them is if they are rude.

  6. Actually, I am ALWAYS polite to solicitors (even telemarketers, even though I am on the DNC list), but I expect them to do their jobs without harassing me. I wasn’t snippy, just a little brusque the THIRD (might even have been fourth) time I said no. And really, I was offering an explanation.

    I get that this is their job, and it’s a craptastic one at that. But it is NOT my responsibility to refuse multiple times. Once I’m OK with, and I’ll put up with twice, but after that they are just being assholes and I don’t have to allow that. It’s not my fault that their bosses expect it of them.

    Oh, and I’m sleeping fine — and when I don’t, I don’t take it out on some schmoe with a clipboard.

  7. I think its time everyone stands outside their local Ralphs and Trader Joes asking people to sign a petition to ban people from standing outside their local Ralphs and Trader Joes asking people to sign a petition.

  8. I hate solicitors. This is not a respectable profession…Nowhere does it say that I need to respond to them so I don’t appreciate it when they follow me, pester me, try to persuade me to do things I don’t want to do. I understand making people aware of an issue or product, but this isn’t about awareness its about pestering. It may be their job, but it isn’t nice…and I blame the institutions that hire them.

  9. Convicted felons can’t vote – you tell them you’re a convicted felon and suddenly you’ve lost all appeal. Works for all of them, and with minimal effort to you!

  10. Ohhhh. At first I thought you meant SHE was a convicted felon, and I was confused because surely college student is more likely.

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