British Gas considers doorstep selling ban
Such is the collective loathing for doorstep sellers, that it actively gives people energy. So much energy in fact that you could probably power a town on the undiluted seething that occurs when one of these swine disturb you in your own home trying to flog you something you've got absolutely zero interest in.
With that, British Gas are considering banning cold calling at your door because rogue rivals are giving the job a bad name... not that the job ever had a good name.
British Gas chap Phil Bentley, said that he may well pull off (fnarr) 300 agents away from the street unless regulator Ofgem sorts the market out. Ban 'em all we say.
This comes on the back of news that Scottish & Southern Energy were found to be guilty of mis-selling on people's doorsteps (a case, it is worth pointing out, that SSE are appealing against).
Bentley said: “We like to think we set the standard. We have lost sales because when someone cannot save money by switching to us, we don’t go through with it.
Richard Lloyd, executive director at Which! added: “As suppliers consider their policies on doorstep selling, it’s important that they do not overlook other forms of cold calling.”
That's right Richard. There's no point preventing your sales staff from trudging around the streets if you're just going to ramp up your efforts on the phones because, if you hadn't guessed, most people don't answer the telephone unless they recognise the number. It's a shame there's no easy way of marking things as 'spam' in the real world.