I just finished reading the Pushy Door to Door Salesman story and it reminded me of an incident that occurred one evening:
About 2 months ago, my husband and I were eating dinner when the doorbell rang. It was a young woman who told me she was selling magazine subscriptions in order to be entered in a contest to win a small business loan so she could open a restaurant. Now, I am not very familiar with these types of claims, but immediately doubted the legitimacy of a program that would offer business loans not on merit, but on luck of the draw.
I politely told her that we were not interested in magazine subscriptions and wished her good luck. She tried to keep talking and I said “I’m sorry, we are in the middle of dinner. Have a good night.” She said “Fine then, if your dinner is more important than my dreams…” and then walked off of my porch.
I did not reply to her bait, despite being horrified and angry at her rude reply that suggested that I was selfish. Though my husband received an earful about the insane exchange I had been an unwilling participant in. 1108-12
There seems to be a rash of stories on EHell in which the central theme is , “If you do not react to my rude comments/demands/greed in a manner I deem acceptable, you are a rude beast.”