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Opening Arguments

A knock-knock joke

After the do-not-call list and the do-not-fax list, this had to happen:

ROYAL OAK (WWJ) – After the murder of an 80-year-old woman in her home last fall, the City of Royal Oak is looking into possibly adopting a so-called community “no knock” list in an attempt to tighten the limits on door-to-door solicitors.

WWJ Newsradio 950 spoke with Royal Oak City Attorney Dave Gillam.

“A homeowner would have the ability to have their name and address put on that list. And, essentially, that would make it illegal or unlawful for a solicitor to approach someone at that address for commercial purposes,” Gilliam said.

I don't like telephoning or door-pounding pests any more than anybody else does, but aren't we getting a little carried away with this whole "Don't bother me" thing? I find that cultivating a reputation as a mean-tempered crank works just fine at discouraging the riff-raff. And there's no law saying you have to answeer the door, you know.

Say, wonder if I could get the City Council to adopt a "Stay off my lawn!" list?



Harl Delos
Thu, 03/15/2012 - 3:12pm

Most communities in the Fort Wayne area have passed the Green River Ordinance, haven't they? 

Combined Insurance used to train their agents that a "no solicitors" sign meant "Combined agents welcome - I have no will power" and that much seems to be true, but if you ring the doorbell next to a sign that says the resident sleeps days and works nights, you had better be a fast runner.