so, an alarm salesperson came to my door yesterday a little after 5pm. i told him no thank you, that we were just renting and moving soon. he proceeded to tell me that they have a wireless solution that we could take with us when we move. i told him that we weren't interested. he asked if he could leave some information with me and follow up later. i again told him no thank you, we really aren't interested.
he seemed offended at that point and said something as he turned and walked off.
i thought i was polite, and that i didn't let my irritation at his persistence surface. but perhaps i did and didn't realize it and my tone reflected the irritation i felt - i did cut him off and didn't let him finish all he had to say. i was busy at the time, trying to get ready for something and didn't want the distraction. and i didn't want to take the literature because i didn't want to waste his sales materials when i knew we weren't going to buy his alarm system. taking the literature and tossing it in the recycle bin is also not the most environmentally responsible thing to do.
perhaps he reacted the way he did because a lot of people had been telling him that they weren't interested in getting an alarm system?
anyway, i was feeling bad this morning that i may have been rude.
i'm curious how you communicate that you aren't interested tactfully and kindly when someone approaches you with something you aren't interested in?