WITH regard to Councillor Ken Hawkins’s February newsletter to Elmdon residents about setting up another “No Cold Calling” zone in certain roads, I would be interested to know how he has consulted with those residents. Presumably, he knocked on their doors – effectively “cold-calling”!
I agree that residents (particularly the elderly and vulnerable) should not be subjected to aggressive doorstep tactics by unscrupulous salesmen. However, as someone who has recently done this job – I couldn’t gain useful employment anywhere else – I would like to point out how difficult the job is anyway, without these restrictions being placed on people just trying to earn a living in these difficult times.
You have to be out every day in all weathers and suffer the disdain and abuse of people who don’t want you there.
You have to keep smiling and knock on the next door. Not everyone is rude, there are some very understanding people who realise that you have a job to do – sometimes they buy and sometimes they don’t.
I resigned from my job eventually as I decided that it just wasn’t for me. However, I like to think that I enhanced the reputation of my company by my doorstep manner, even if people didn’t buy anything.
So please, next time someone knocks on your door, don’t assume that they are there to rob you and Coun Hawkins, don’t make the job even more difficult.
One final thought, can we assume that it will also prevent political candidates from knocking our doors?
Tom Moore via email