The Weed Man cometh

if you’re like me, you’ll understand where i’m coming from when i say i am easily frustrated by solicitors, canvassers and delivery people who come to my door after 7pm at night. while i understand that they have a job to do, i don’t understand why it has to be at door signsuch times. we have a sign on the window (it’s one of those long, narrow ones directly beside the front door) that has a big red hand on it  saying “I don’t talk to strangers”. well, tonight around 8:45pm that sign either went unnoticed or was read and intentionally ignored. obviously we put it there for a reason and i’m pretty sure whoever reads it knows said reason.

i had just laid my son down in his crib (after sitting and rocking him for the usual 20-ish minutes after he finished nursing) and decided to change into one of my hubby’s big comfy sweaters when i heard a knock at the door. i ran down the stairs (in stealth mode, which isn’t easy to do) in an attempt to hush the dog and see who was knocking on the door at this time of night. no one comes to our house at that time, especially anyone who knows we have an almost one year old kid who goes to bed around 8ish. you can imagine my surprise when i looked out the window (with the sign on it) and saw a guy wearing a big bulky coat that said “The Weed Man” on it. SERIOUSLY?!?! it’s January 29th, minus 22 with the windchill and you’re trying to sell lawn services? i opened the door, he said hi and i said, yeah I’m not interested, you woke my son up (a little white lie, i know, but i wanted to make him feel bad). i then sent my hubby a text to tell him about it (he’s working afternoon shift this week) and decided i’d send an email to the good old weed man telling them how much i appreciate their concern for my lawn. i don’t normally send complaints like this but if you have or have had a baby at some point in your life, you’ll understand.

here’s a copy of my email:

“To whom this may concern,

I’m writing you this evening to let you know that it is completely unacceptable to have your door-to-door canvassers come to our home at 8:45pm. I’m not sure what your company’s policy is regarding such matters, but that time of night is not only ridiculous but completely absurd. Even moreso because we have a sign stating that we do NOT wish to have solicitors at our door. Is it also your company’s policy to ignore such signage? It’s ridiculous to think someone would answer the door at that time of night at the end of January when the windchill is -22º, to agree to lawn services.

We have a big dog who alerts us when strangers come to our door, and although I appreciate his barking when such things occur, if he had woken up our son because one of your employees was there at that time of night, you’d have 2 very angry parents on your hands. If you have children you’ll understand, and if not, ask someone who does.

We live in the subdivisions behind 3M just off Railton Ave. Perhaps you should make a note in your files to not send canvassers around unless it’s before 7:00pm.”

if i don’t get a reply it really doesn’t bother me. i just want someone to read that email and feel like an ass. rant over.

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