Kathy's post about Phamplet Pushers
reminded me of a fairly regular occurance in my neighborhood...
Some of you may have encountered this group of door to door salespeople before. It's the group of what I assume are college age kids who are in some kind of "contest" to get points. Exactly what the nature of this contest is and what these mysterious points are for is beyond me since usually once I heard the phrase "I'm not selling anything" and "it's a contest" I start to zone out of the conversation and am usually offering the "Thank you, but I'm not interested" portion of my part of the script. (Interrupt me during nap time and you're far less likely to get the "thank you" portion of things.)
While commenting on Kathy's post, a thought struck me. Usually, part of this whole song and dance (which it always the same) is that it's some kind of contest against another team, who apparently should have been by before now, but thankfully for this person hasn't darkened my door. (Is it wrong at this point that I wish I had a dog if only for the intimidating barking factor?) And more often than not, it's a guy or a couple of guys who say it's some kind of battle of the sexes and they just want to beat out the team of girls, who are also canvassing the neighborhood.
So, here's what I realized. In all the times I've run across the "points" sellers, I have yet to a)hear from more than one team in a day and b)find a team or group out that has any female representation.
Kind of makes you wonder, doesn't it. Are there other teams out there, bothering other neighbors? And if there are, are there any female "points" sellers? Or are they just a mythical creation like Bigfoot?
I wonder if "Mythbusters" would do an episode about it?
posted by Michael Hickerson at 8/27/2008 03:41:00 PM