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Declining Fliers

  1. May 18, 2009 #1
    I have heard some really funny methods of how people decline fliers when they are offered.

    I figured it would be fun to make a thread where you put your favorite methods of avoiding them.

    My personal favorite is: "Sorry. I can't read."
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  3. May 18, 2009 #2
    Maybe we can combine this with telephone solicitors...

    What kind of vacuum is it? Oh, please hold on a sec I'll be right back...<set the phone down, walk away>
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    What? You mean there's another way other than shoulder checking them off the curb and into oncoming traffic? :biggrin:

    Actually, I just do what everyone else does and just keep walking around them as they hold the flyers out hoping someone will take one.
  5. May 18, 2009 #4
    Wow... Am I the only polite person around here?

    I say no thank you. :-/
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    That's what I typically do too. Except for one time that comes to mind...

    I was handed a flier recently, in NYC. I took a quick glance at it and blurted out, "Are you kidding me?" to the lady passing them around. It was a completely instinctive response, and she was little taken aback by it. The flier was some kind invite to the Church of Scientology.
  7. May 18, 2009 #6
    I take it and throw it away.
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    :rofl: That's the only place I see people trying to hand out fliers all the time, which is why I walk right past them. I don't think they expect everyone to stop and take one, and there's no communication from them, they just stand there holding fliers out if anyone is willing to take them. Though, there was some obnoxious person dressed up in a chicken suit handing out fliers and getting in the way of everyone on a crowded sidewalk on a day when I was dragging around a heavy suitcase either heading to or from the train station (I can't recall which), and that one I did seriously consider the shoulder check into oncoming traffic option for...I might have wheeled the luggage over their chicken foot inadvertently.

    I guess if someone walked up to me while I was just standing around somewhere and initiated a conversation before offering the flier, I probably would just say "no thanks," but I haven't really been in a situation where that happened...or at least not that I can remember.

    Most of the time, I just find fliers wedged in the door when I return home from work.
  9. May 18, 2009 #8
    I suppose around here people don't often hand out fliers. Mostly just religious people and they usually try to be nice and strike up a conversation with you to suck you in.

    Businesses usually just have people drop fliers on cars and post them on people's doors.
  10. May 18, 2009 #9
    Well, even if you make a sarcastic response, the reaction from the person handing out the fliers is usually the same.

    My friend told me about this time when a guy was handing out a flier for a speed reading seminar. He politely declined and the guy goes "Fine! Read slow!"
  11. May 18, 2009 #10
    I usually say "no thank you" if offered, or make sure the flier finds the nearest garbage can if they just hand it to me.

    My other pet peeve is the cell phone sales guys at the mall. They either ask you for the time, or they ask an intelligible question so that you stop and say huh? Then they launch into their sale before you realize what happened and can walk off. A couple of weeks ago one asked me if my daughter and I were twins....... What an insult to my poor 14 year old! Thankfully I have all ready learned not to look them in the eye.
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    Oh I totally agree...those sales people hawking cell phones from mall kiosks are often so sleazy!

    "What's it gonna take to get this phone into your pocket today?"

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    "Sorry, I've had my fill of strip clubs for today."
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    Wow, that's a tactic I haven't encountered before. The only time they've tried to solicit my business as I walked past, they just asked if I had a cell phone and then which provider. I had just gotten a new phone, so it was easy to respond by telling them I just got a new phone and wasn't interested in buying a new one or switching providers at that time.

    We don't have any of these in the local mall, but I have been in some mall where there's one of those carts/kiosks that sells "beauty products" of some sort and they always try to assault people who pass with hand cream, and can be kind of insulting in the way they try to tell you that you need hand lotion or cuticle treatment or something like that. With some, they just kind of walk up and start an aggressive sales pitch, and to them, I just say no thanks, but I actually had one grab my hand to tell me how dry my skin was and how bad my cuticles looked...I pulled my hand back and told them if they tried it again, I'd call the cops.
  15. May 18, 2009 #14
    Okay, that made me laugh out loud.

    The only time I've been accosted by people handing out fliers is in Las Vegas. (Doesn't seem to be a "done thing" here in Canada. Or not in my part of it, anyway.) My response was, "No, thank you. I'm pretty sure I don't want to go see Busty McChesty live and in person."
  16. May 18, 2009 #15
    I think my daughters are afraid to walk through the mall with me. My wife says I turn purple and my veins pop out everytime those guys flirt with my girls.o:) I don't think I over react...THAT much.:rolleyes:

    I just ignore the people handing things out...they quickly realize it's a waste of their time and we're both on to the next excitement of our respective day.
  17. May 18, 2009 #16
    Some girl asked me if I had time to save the enivornment. I said no and kept on walking to get my lunch. I hate people trying to hassle me on the sidewalk for flyers and handouts and junk. When my friend and I were walking and they asked him to donate blood for the red cross he said "No, I don't feel like it" and we kept walking. The poor girl was stunned he said no so bluntly to her. That guys a character. It's hard to imagine he has a wife and kids.
  18. May 18, 2009 #17
    Lately at a grocery store I go to they have been asking, when ever you pay at the check out, whether or not you want to donate money to some charity or other. Its definitely a bit embarassing to have to look some cute young girl in the face and say that you do not want to donate money to breast cancer research.
  19. May 18, 2009 #18
    I just look them dead in the eye and say, no. I'm strongly against donating money for anything. Donate time if you want to make change. Dont be a sucker and give away your money so someone can use it to pay for their new BMW. 99.9% of the girls working at the grocery stores around here are either fat, ugly or both.
  20. May 18, 2009 #19
    Too bad for you. We've got some hotties around here. Oh wait... I almost forgot about your preferences in women. Yeah you would probably consider them all fat and/or ugly.
  21. May 18, 2009 #20
    I've been to cali. You do have some nice women there. Much prettier than the girls around here.
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