Fair Warning

On a doorway on a street in Schumacher Place, a resident has given vent to his evident frustrations while at the same time staying true to the great American tradition of giving fair warning to potential transgressors.

IMG_6875For this homeowner, a simply “no soliciting” sign is simply not good enough.  Instead, the sign states, in all caps and with admirable specificity:

PLEASE, DO NOT KNOCK ON THIS DOOR REGARDING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

  • SIGNING PETITIONS
  • CONSULTATIONS REGARDING RELIGION, POLITICS, ANY OTHER SUBJECT
  • SOLICITATIONS
  • SNOW REMOVAL

It’s not hard to imagine the back story.  On a busy winter day, and in rapid-fire fashion, the homeowner was repeatedly interrupted by knocks from a solicitor for a ballot petition drive, neatly dressed Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons hoping to save a soul, a fervent Ron Paul advocate, a band booster seeking contributions for much-needed new uniforms, a spunky Girl Scout selling cookies, and a series of enterprising kids looking to make a few bucks shoveling the steps and sidewalk.  Finally, when the last snow removal offer was greeted with a muttered epithet, a curt “No!” and a slammed door, the owner had had enough — and this sign resulted.

Do you think the sign works?