Kid let strangers/cons in the house :(

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ditch witch, Feb 14, 2013.


  1. ditch witch

    ditch witch resident bacon hoarder Site Supporter+

    This afternoon the doorbell rings, rent-a-kid runs to get it. I was in the office. Bit of layout... my office opens to the dining room on one wall, and to the hallway on the other, and you cannot see me in there unless you're in the room with me. Between the dining room and hallway is the living room and front door.

    I heard her go outside and close the door so I figured it was a friend of her's. Few minutes later I hear her come back in, and hear a female voice ask if she should take her shoes off (we don't wear outside shoes inside, there's a pile by the door). I go back to my reading, but as they talk I realize this is no friend of her's. This girl is going on about sending care packages to soldiers overseas. I stop reading, and just listen. Finally the kid understands that she's selling stuff, and tells her so sorry, I misunderstood you, I am not interested in this.

    No problem, how about the people you live with, maybe they'd be interested.
    She tells them she's the only one home.
    Oh, so is that your truck outside? Wow nice truck!
    Um, no that's just the extra truck it always sits there.
    Wow cool! So hey what's your country like?
    blah blah blah blah
    Hey well if your family isn't home maybe you could go call them and see if they might be intersted?

    At this point I can hear two things. One, the female voice is closer to the office than it was when she first came in, guessing she's made it halfway across the living room now. The other is that there's another person with her, and he's moving towards the hallway. Old wood floor... I know every inch of it and even I have to work to sneak through the house. There've been a few instances in town where "salespeople" have gotten into the house, then kept the homeowner (usually an elderly woman) talking while the other "salesperson" steals her purse off the table or sofa or wherever it was, so while I'm hearing this I'm pulling my Glock out of my desk drawer. This whole time, the female constantly talks, always asking questions, always working to keep the kid's attention on her. If the kid distracts... can hear it in her voice, kinda trails off like she's watching the other one, she gets louder and asks personal questions... what's your country like, do you have pets, how do you like school here.

    Just as I'm coming out of my seat as quietly as I'm still able to do these days and hoping my stinking knee doesn't go to popping like a 12 gauge, the kid finally asks person two where he is going. He says he was just looking at the photos on the wall.... where his voice was, no photos, he was between the rear office door and the bathroom door halfway down the hall.

    Then the female asks if she can write something down for "the family", asks if she can sit down at the dining room table. If you're in the dining room, you can't see the hall at all. I was just about to come out of the office and kick the pair out when the kid finally told them they needed to leave at once, that she wasn't supposed to have people in the house when she was home alone. Thankfully, they did an abrupt about face and headed out.

    The condensed version of the conversation that followed betwixt the kid and I is "WTF WTF WTF" and "NEVER LET SOMEONE YOU DON'T KNOW IN THE HOUSE!!!!" She told me she didn't realize that sort of thing happened in the US... it's quite common back home. I asked why she told them she was alone, she said she first thought if they realized it was only her and she had no money they'd go away.

    One thing I asked her, why didn't you holler for me to come? She said she knew I could hear what was going on, and figured that if something bad began to happen it would be better for me to surprise them than for them to be ready for me. (which was my thinking as well) "And you have all the guns in the world so I wasn't worried!" :D

    I'm gonna be pretty twitchy for a while though. Far as those two clowns know, if my truck is the only thing in the drive, the house is empty. Hoping they were just looking to snatch and split and not scoping for future B&E.
     
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  2. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    One word:
    Rottweiler

    Two words:
    Two Rottweilers

    Three Words:
    Two Hungry Rottweilers.


    You'd be surprise how well they work. ;)
     
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  3. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Yeah, not good. Dogs = good.
     
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  4. ditch witch

    ditch witch resident bacon hoarder Site Supporter+

    I have three dogs, they're just of the Mexican jumping bean persuasion.
    As soon as the oldest one passes I'm getting a Dobie.
     
  5. whynot

    whynot Monkey++

    On the bright side she had half a plan and some situational awareness once she realized she F'd up.

    Think the light bulb is on now and she learned anything?


    Did you ever teach her how to shoot or at least operate a gun? Might be review time.

    Whynot
     
  6. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    not a miniature. Go Big or Go Home!
     
  7. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    "One thing I asked her, why didn't you holler for me to come? She said she knew I could hear what was going on, and figured that if something bad began to happen it would be better for me to surprise them than for them to be ready for me. (which was my thinking as well) "And you have all the guns in the world so I wasn't worried!" :D" This part was smart, but the rest....:(. Never trust a dog to be enough, on it's own. drugged meat, poison, bullets, they will all take out a dog quickly. And effective dogs require a lot of training. Just having dogs under foot does nothing useful, but a dog that protects family members, that is worth having, at least long enough to get to your guns.
     
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  8. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    If someone is willing to drug, poison or shoot your dog, You've got bigger problems.
    A Dog is like a lock. It keeps most of the people honest.

    And you are right. A dog is yet another tool to help you buy time. I think @ditch witch has more than a few useful tools in her magic bag of tricks.
     
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  9. ditch witch

    ditch witch resident bacon hoarder Site Supporter+

    Did she learn anything? Yeah, she learned that you don't let strangers in your freakin house. Geez I can't believe she did that. She really did not think we had that sort of problem here. Told her, gypsies are everywhere, not just eastern Europe.

    She had some lessons, but she's no shooter. She was doing pretty good but hates the noise, the smell. She can say she's done it, that's enough for her. To be honest, the victim mentality runs deep in this one. She's no fighter. I'm just glad she realized they were splitting up and kicked them out... I was about to pop out into the hall next to #2 when she finally told them to leave.

    Maybe I shoulda popped around the instant I figured out they weren't her friends, I dunno. I was waiting to see what happened, didn't want to be an a$$ and overreact I guess, and really the whole thing didn't last more than a few minutes at most. In hindsight, I probably should have just gone around and said GTFU folks.

    I'm saving up for one from these guys. ;)
    uragan%20best%20of%20island%20protection%20(53).
    uragan%20best%20of%20island%20protection%20(53).
     
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  10. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    A knife is enough to take out a dog or the rent-a-kid. No way to know what they were carrying. I have no doubts about DW's response, I'm saying you can't expect any dog to be enough, alone.
     
  11. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    oooo, that one looks especially hungry.

    NOM NOM NOM.
    uragan%20best%20of%20island%20protection%20(53).
     
  12. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey..... Moderator Site Supporter++

    I have two Great Danes and when the door bell rings they raise a hell of a racket. It would have to be a brave person to come thru our front door. They say that a loud dog is the best detterent to burglars and such. Just too much risk and most will move to a softer target once they realize the threat!! A Dobie would be a good investment. In the short term keep an eye out for them in the neighborhood for sure!! We had carpet cleaners working our area, casing houses during their "sales calls" and they hit three houses before everyone got the word and clamped down on them.
     
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  13. UGRev

    UGRev Get on with it!

    I have a Dane too.. barks like a giant wookie. Scares the bejeezus out of anyone who doesn't know him :) just the way I like it.
     
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  14. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey..... Moderator Site Supporter++

    The pizza guy's alway's have big eyes when I come out the door and close it. The usual comment is "how big are those dogs". My response is about 350 lbs of teeth.
     
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  15. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Mastiffs are fun too...
     
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  16. UGRev

    UGRev Get on with it!

    Oh the pizza guys.. yeah. My Dane is 2 years old at 150lbs. Small for a Dane but they still get half dollar eyes when they see him at the door.. "Nice pony" is usually what I hear.. :D
     
  17. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey..... Moderator Site Supporter++

    My boy is 203 and the girl is about 150. :D The girl is the one you have to watch for- she is the Alpha and moves awfully fast!!!
     
  18. UGRev

    UGRev Get on with it!

    was the boy that large at 2? I'm hoping my boy hits at least 180, but I doubt it. He still has a shark fin on his head and still has a puppy look. Not sure if he's completely done growing.
     
  19. Yard Dart

    Yard Dart Vigilant Monkey..... Moderator Site Supporter++

    I think he was around the same weight up to about 170. Three years he should be full grown. We have a half European and half American male Dane. Ends up a little shorter in height but more muscular and blocky build. some folks think he is a mix with a Mastif but he is Champion blood lines Dane.
    Ranger 3.
     
  20. UGRev

    UGRev Get on with it!

    Why am I not surprised to see a pic where your Dane is on the couch... freaking couch dogs.. the lot of them..lol.

    Here's my boy at just before 2 years old.
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