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Would You Open Your Door to a Stranger?

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:56 pm
by 2dogs+someCats
Friends, Sunday evening I was sitting in my living room in the dark, enjoying a Christmas movie. There were footsteps on my front porch and then a knock at the door. The dogs went CRAZY barking and I quietly got up and moved to the back part of the house (thanks to curtains, nobody can see into living room).

The way my house is laid out, I could wait in the kitchen window to see who exited the front porch. Finally after SEVERAL MINUTES, as strange man, very tall and thin and wearing jeans and a hoodie left my porch (there was no car) and walked up the street, out of sight.

Now I have never seen this man before (not anyone I recognize from the neighborhood, etc.) and anyone who knows me and belongs here knows to use the back door, and I can't think of a single person in my circle of family, friends, co-workers who wouldn't call or text before dropping by at 7-ish on a Sunday evening.

This FELT weird...and I have learned (sometimes the hard way) over the years to FOLLOW THAT FEELING AND ACT ACCORDINGLY - SO I DID.

So - either someone had the wrong house or it was someone who knows the ex but doesn't know he has moved (UNlikely) or someone was up to no good. So...if you were home alone - would you open the door to a stranger in that situation? I did not and I WILL NOT - and I feel under no obligation what-so-ever to do so.

What are your thoughts?

Re: Would You Open Your Door to a Stranger?

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:59 pm
by RedRobin
My thought, call the police...

Re: Would You Open Your Door to a Stranger?

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:02 pm
by 2dogs+someCats
That is what my nephew suggested when I talked with him - and I am sure I would have if the guy had returned. I waited up until 10:00 to see if he would come back - and he didn't - another reason to make me believe he had no good reason for being here in the first place.

Re: Would You Open Your Door to a Stranger?

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:36 pm
by clemencia2us
Nope. I would not.

What I do sometimes is go out the back door and talk to them from behind the fence with my big dog next to me.

Re: Would You Open Your Door to a Stranger?

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:50 pm
by floridacatlover
No way would I open the door. Good idea to call the police, at least in your case.

The few times it has happened, I yell through the door, “Who is it?” Generally it is pizza delivery for a neighbor or visitors for the neighbor. Their door is on the side and people often think my door is their door.

Re: Would You Open Your Door to a Stranger?

Posted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:59 pm
by ChristmasTrees
You did the right thing. It was good that the person heard big dogs barking too.