Laying Out the Unwelcome Mat
April 12, 2012 11:38 AM Subscribe
Are there good reasons to answer the door to strangers?
posted by Edogy to Human Relations (76 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I am uncomfortable interacting with strangers. I do not, in general, "like people." Much of my life I have ignored knocks & doorbell rings from strangers. Usually I can see if the person at the door is someone I know or not, and if I don't know them I assume they want something from me (usually my soul and/or my money) and don't answer the door. Obviously I don't apply this to the UPS delivery person or people I know or if I was somehow expecting a visit from a stranger (although I can't think of an example of the later). I don't bother entering sweepstakes so I'm pretty sure I'm not going to miss the Prize Patrol.
Are there any good reasons to ever open your door to strangers? I personally doubt that they are compelling enough to overcome the potential downsides, but I'd be interested to hear what you folks think about the matter.