So I was perusing the forums because of a recent spate of solicitors, and the first thread, now three years old, caught my eye: http://www.northwestfirearms.com/off-topic/27704-solicitors-dealing-them.html Anyone had any amusing solicitor stories lately, or any advice to add on? I would like to begin with a story and ask for some advice. I always seem to seek advice from you fine people. --- My family takes a very no BS line on solicitors. We never really lived anywhere that they were an issue until two years ago. There are so many young Mormans, Jehovas Witnesses, steak and knive salesmen, that within two weeks we bought a no-soliciting sign. That seems to be the mating call of the solicitor though. So instead of politely declining their spiel or services, we have taken to a cursory glance at them to be certain they are not law enforcement or anybody not worth slamming the door on, and then slam the door on them. It's very rude, but it's also rude to interrupt dinner, or lunch, or television, or couch time, or bathroom time. Or really anything I want to do except answer the door. Well the winter has been cold, but it's now nearing it's end, and the solicitor folks have come again. Meaning the door slamming hand is strong. But we ran into an issue about a week ago. We open the door to the doorbell ringing and, it's a young fellow with a carharrt jacket on. He has pamphlets tucked away on his side, and a box under his arm. Quick size up. Didn't look like we needed whatever he was selling. The dog is barking, which pisses me off, dog is trying to get out to the man, which is pissing me off. Dog gets grabbed, door gets shut. I begin to walk away, and the doorbell goes off again. Oh goody. Now I get to test my vocal range by yelling at this solicitor :laugh:. Door opens. "I'm not a solicitor." "Oh really?" "I'm the owner. I'm here to install Co2 detectors." It's Sunday. It's 7pm. This 28 year old does not own these apartments. But my mind goes to "maybe he's trying to say he works FOR the owner." Well ok. Why is he here on NO notice, on Sunday night, to install Co2 detectors? We don't have any flame fired appliances. None. Zip. He shows me the detectors. He shows me some paperwork. It has the owners signature. I'm pissed that someone is here without any advanced notice (and I'm of the understanding I could have turned him away at this point, legally). But after finding out he is not a meth addict casing my house, and he does indeed have expensive co2 gauges (again, we have no propane, no fuel whatsoever coming into the house, so I still find this strange) I am very courteous and not in the least bit rude. He installs one on the ground floor and on the top, and goes on his way. --- Cut to thirty minutes ago. The "caretaker" (not the owners, just the gal who lets people in if they've been locked out, or what have you) knocks on my door. "We have to be neighbors but we don't have to be friends." Oh my. Did I rear end her car and not notice? Did I hit one of the critters she feeds? I've always had a friendly if not distance relationship to my apartment neighbor. What could I have done to have brought this on. "You slammed the door in my sons face last weekend." Oh my. Defense mechanism kicks in. Anger builds. "I thought he was a solicitor. I get bombarded by them." "You didn't even let him tell you what he was there for." "No, once you let them start in, they usually never stop." "So you slam the door in his face? You shouldn't do that." "Well I do and probably still will." (I couldn't help myself. This was so ridiculous. I almost felt like laughing. I still wonder if I've just been punked.) So it looks like the caretakers son got paid to do the caretakers job. Instead of giving me some notice, they sent him over (and I don't know this kid from some tweaker on the street, why would I give him the time of day?) I slammed the door in his face, and now the caretaker lady is pissy with me. I think things are going to be terribly awkward around here for some time. So here's the question: First, was I totally off base with my door slamming policy? It sounds pretty horrible out of context. But I literally get pulled away from something I'm doing a minimum of twice a weekend (and God knows how many times they come around that I'm not here) so I was just a little fed up. Second question: Should I contact the landlord and sort of, get this on the record? I don't know how much power the caretaker really wields, although I do know that she does the inspection when I leave, and I don't need her gouging my deposit or something if she has an axe to grind. Last question, although it doesn't really matter now, is WA one of the states that landlords have to give you 24 hours notice for things of this (detector installation) variety?