Saturday, a salesperson for a security company came to our door. I cut him off after about 2 sentences — but felt guilty doing so. The guy was a bit worn‐around‐the‐edges, and he looked like he could have used the sale. But we cannot afford to pay the monthly fees for such a system. And thankfully, our neighborhood has low enough crime that we really don’t need it. (Nor do we have that much a thief could fence easily — except the computer I am typing this on.)
Should I have felt guilty? Or should I have felt good about not wasting his time in presenting a pitch that would have fallen on deaf ears?
One way to kill the guilt has been this… When it’s hot outside, we offer door‐to‐door salespeople a cold drink. But I didn’t think to offer him a hot cup of tea.