Ever notice how some salesmen can get rather pushy in their efforts to peddle their wares?  Ok, granted, the traveling door to door salesman is very nearly an extinct creature in today’s age of doing business online but there are still a few of them left.

I think the reason is because they capitalize on the impersonal nature of the internet and their own ability to convince people that they actually care about their customer’s needs.  The fact that this ability is comparatively rare is one of the reasons why so few still pursue that profession.

One example that I heard about recently involves a salesman that has been knocking on doors of people with physical disabilities or any kind of difficulty in standing, walking or balancing.  The odd thing about him is that these are the ONLY people whose doors he’s knocked on.  It’s almost as if he’s made some effort to find out who in town has these problems and specifically targeted them.

He knocked on Joe’s door at 4:00 A.M. the other day (why it is that salesmen in Nutjob Hills always do their thing at such an hour is beyond me.  Even the ones that have never been here before do this).

He proceeded to start his pitch as the bleary eyed victim opened his door wondering who could possibly be there at such a hideous hour.  The salesman immediately started in about how ‘concerned’ he was that this person had serious trouble climbing stairs after the car accident they’d had a few weeks before and how installing stairlifts in both of their home’s stairwells would reduce the chance of a disastrous fall at least a thousand-fold.

Joe told me later at the Nutjob Hills Diner that this salesman continued his highly impassioned pitch, talking at breakneck speed and practically oozing concern over Joe’s well being for a full twenty five minutes before Joe could finally get a word in edge-wise to tell him that he never used the stairs anymore and order the salesman to leave.

Personally I think that it’s a reasonable idea that stairlifts can prevent a lot of problems for people with Arthritis, assorted injuries and just plain old fashioned balance problems.

However I also think that the Nutjob Hills city council needs to enact an ordinance prohibiting salesmen from doing their thing outside the hours of 9A.M. to 5P.M. or at all on weekends or holidays.

Of course, they’d also need to actually enforce it as well.

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