Solicitors are the worst. Really. They take time away from serving the customers, and won't take NO for an answer. I'm sure any business gets their share of these parasites, and if you don't know how to deal with them, you're screwed. I'm not talking about someone holding a game tournament wanting to post a flyer in the window, or a kid with a lost dog sign, the real sharks are the ones who have some kind of business deal they want to work out with you....such as including gift cards in a raffle, or selling candy in your store for "charity". I had one of those guys stop in during a shift, and opened up a can of pwnage on him right quick:
"Hi, I'd like to sell these Peppermint Patties at your store and donate the money to (insert charity here)."
"I'm sorry man, we just don't do that here, I can't help you out with that." Which is the truth, it's something we avoid.
"Oh, well I know the owner, I was talking to him the other day, and he said it would be ok."
Slow down pardner. First, you know the owner, and don't refer to him by name? That doesn't pan out.
"So you talked to him just the other day, eh?"
"Yeah, I was in just the other day, and he said I could do it....."
This is great, because the owner was on vacation in Florida for that week. I had this guy by the analogues and knew it. I told him this key fact, and he just turned around and left.
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