What do you do when religious doorknockers come?

ARE you a leap to the door with a coffee in your hand kinda person, or more of a duck under the kitchen table and wait it out type?

Visits from religious doorknockers are nothing new, and have been going on for a long time, with many people complaining incessantly about the unsolicited visits. 

But a question on the NewsMail's Facebook page regarding religious doorknockers drew an interesting response, with many saying they tried to be polite to their visitors even if they didn't share their beliefs. 

What do you do when religious doorknockers come?

This poll ended on 30 September 2015.

Current Results

Welcome them in, it's nice to have a chat


Politely decline


Hide and wait it out until they're gone


Tell them to leave, you're not interested


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"I always offer them a drink and listen to what they have to say. It's only courteous and they are only human beings trying to do something they believe to be good," Mandy Stevenson said.

"I don't see the need to be rude. They've never been rude to me."

"Some of them are really friendly nice people and can be interesting to get to know."

Patrick Watson was passionate about being kind to religious visitors. 

"These same volunteers that came to clean out your hovels after the floods and gave you food and money, aren't even worth five minutes of your time now?", he said.

"That's disgusting, Bundaberg."

There have been reports of religious doorknockers in the region asking locals if they are in need of financial help. Have you experienced this?

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Kerrie Murphy said even though she didn't welcome doorknockers, she tried to be polite. 

"I always say 'no thanks, I have my own beliefs, have a great day'," she said. 

Steffi Carswell said there was a need for compassion. 

"I let them in when I am home," she said.

"I offer them something to eat and a drink.

"I always tell them I have my own faith. But I take their booklets anyways. It doesn't bother me, they are human beings just doing their job or completing their mission."

But some Facebookers were not so keen. 

"I don't believe in fairytales or selling religion door-to-door," Kim Wightman said.

"And they're always lugging some poor kid around with them with no sunscreen or hat on and no water bottle in sight."

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