Sedigitus

Sedigitus

Posted on 01/26/2014


Photo taken on July 16, 2013



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Entering Arbirlot, Scotland, 16 July 2013.

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Drumstick
Drumstick
I get that it's a neighbourhood watch, but what is "cold calling"?
(Sorry for asking, I'm a foreigner.)
3 years ago.
Sedigitus
Sedigitus
Please don't apologize! I'm a foreigner, too. Actually we're all foreigners somewhere. Most places, really. To me, as an American, cold-calling is the practice of telephoning people, usually to try to sell them something, without their having previously requested a sales call. To the British (or at least the Scots), however, the expression appears to apply to the even more annoying practice of salesmen showing up uninvited at the door. It was because of this apparent difference in usage that I found the sign interesting.

The Angus County website for "Doorstoppers" describes a "No Cold Calling Area" as one "where the residents have chosen to restrict access to their streets by traders who 'Cold Call' or visit without an invitation."
3 years ago.
Drumstick has replied to Sedigitus
Thanks so much for that explanation!
I guess a lot of thieves do pose as salesmen, so they can maybe sneak inside the house and scan the goods. I think it's a great idea to also look out for your neighbour's place when they're away.
I saw an episode of "James May's Man Lab" (BBC production) where they attach tiny cameras to cats collars, and let them just run freely around the neighbourhood, as 'watchers'. It worked very well - and at a tiny cost...Of course the cat has to accept the camera, but it was so tiny they hardly noticed.
They were fast and got around to places hard to reach for any human :-) James May posed as a thief and tried to sneak around unnoticed, but was spotted several times by the 'cctv cats'...!
3 years ago.
Sedigitus has replied to Drumstick
Wow! The British do seem to go in for video surveillance, don't they?
3 years ago.
Drumstick has replied to Sedigitus
Yeah London has more CCTV cameras than citizens... go figure!
3 years ago.