How Often Do People Ring Your Doorbell On Arrival?

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None. The door is left open so anyone can steal thing.
22% (5 votes)
Once. They are normal people.
57% (13 votes)
Twice. They think this is a way to get your attention... but really, it's just a way to annoy you.
22% (5 votes)
More than Twice. They think it's supposed to sound like a telephone, so they keep on pushing it over and over again.
0% (0 votes)
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Most of the time I'm out on the porch flagging them down!   LOL  We are country you know!

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Sometimes I forget and leave the door wide open (screen in place) around check in time. It always startles me to hear strange voices in my entryway... Normally I throw the deadbolt the minute I close the door.

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I thought I was the only one with this problem!  The one's that really get me steamed are the ones that are elderly and do a song and dance on the bell....I'd like to know if they can whip open their front door at home the minute someone presses it the very first time!!!

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I do not have one, I arrange my day that when the Restaurant is not open I am working in the front during check in.

I do get your dog has gone outside comments, twice now, I look, you mean you let my dog out?

 

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When guests check-in we give them just two rules:  Keep the outside doors locked at all times and don't answer the door for anyone.  If they're supposed to be in the house, they will have a key.  

Last weekend we finally broke down and put a sign on the door saying "Check-in starts at 3pm.  Our housekeepers are working hard preparing the Inn for your stay.  Please come back at 3pm."  At 4:15pm, we were shocked that all 7 rooms had checked in already (new record).  It wasn't until later that we realize it must have been due to our sign.  Not one knock or doorbell between 11a-3p, so we were able to completely flip the house without distraction.  It was a beautiful thing!!  

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Our door is closed (but not locked) and I'm infuriated by large proportion of people that do not ring the bell but walk right in. There is a sign right next to the door handle that says "Please ring door bell for attention", they ignore it. Then there is a desk in the hall with a hand bell and another sign saying "please ring bell for attention", they ignore that also and then wander around  from room to room trying to find someone. This is my home people, it's so rude. Even people coming off the street looking for a room do it.

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We are the only B&B in town with an always locked door. Guests are out there cranking on the doorknob trying to open the door. Before the door was always locked I would come into the inn to find random people drinking coffee and eating snacks. No thank you.

The keypad thing really does help.

Heck, I've watched the same UPS guy crank the doorknob and he should know better by now.

Then there has been the rash of guests walking around the cars to come in my door. I hear the spring on the screen door and wonder what fresh hell is this. Can you not see the sign pointing in the opposite direction to the inn door?

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Just for you, Maddie... http://youtu.be/-oOmDDG6o-k

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Keep the door locked and save the aggravation. 

We had this issue before we went to the auto lock system on the door.  People do not read.  They feel that it is a business and you are open so walk right in.  They are not thinking that this is also home. 

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What we found was when all the windows were closed guests could not hear the doorbell ring. We installed a repeater with a speaker near the bell. Now they can hear it no matter. That has really stopped the multiple ringers. Now if we could just stop the early-arriving groups from all taking turns ringing the bell within 2 minutes of each other.

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we had this yesterday with 2 very nice malasian men - door bell went (we were out but chamber maid was on her way) it was the UPS man with a parcel, as they were sat in the lounge next to the door with full view of the drive they beat her to it, she is a bit blunter than me and said virtually as they were trying to sign for it " what are you doing?" answer "its a parcel" she said "yes but it isn't your parcel! and what were you going to do with it after you had signed for it?" that had them stumped! - we have a very large sign on the inside of the door in RED that says please let hotel staff answer the door and check people in as at one point has a rash of people letting other random non guests in - ie looking for rooms to stay - guest answers door "do you have rooms for tonight" Oh I don't work here and then wanders off!

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One time but then they walk away and I catch them in the driveway area.?? I don't think I'am that slow to respond, but my B&B rambles around. Not the traditional set up.

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But the ones who play a tattoo on the bell are the ones I slow down for.

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We have our bell on a speaker ie so we can carry it round the building with us and always hear it , but no one is disturbed by it at night if some idiot decides to ring it at 2am - trouble is when they ring it they can't hear it so just keep pressing - we do have a sign next to it that says -"please only ring the bell once as this is a big property and it does take a minute to answer it" - and yet they still ring

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I'm thinking of putting a sign... ring once for the nice innkeeper, twice for the ogre, repeat if you the Honey Badger or Atilla the Hun (random choice).

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None - they cannot find it!

My doorbell is the 101 year old turn-key that rings a bell like the one you had on your tricycle. BUT it is located on the DOOR so they have to open the storm door to see it. They just knock. Usually I see them pull up when I am at my desk or we just have the door wide open. Yes, we can do that in my City. Safely.

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gillumhouse wrote:

None - they cannot find it!

My doorbell is the 101 year old turn-key that rings a bell like the one you had on your tricycle. BUT it is located on the DOOR so they have to open the storm door to see it. They just knock. Usually I see them pull up when I am at my desk or we just have the door wide open. Yes, we can do that in my City. Safely.

I have the same door bell in the middle of my door but it rings multiple times not once when it is turned. And it is LOUD! I took a picture of it, wrote on the picture "this  is the doorbell"with arrows pointing down to the real bell, and put it on my door with a note that say please ring bell upon arrival. They still can't find the bell! LOL!! Seriously! 

 

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Sunshine wrote:

gillumhouse wrote:

None - they cannot find it!

My doorbell is the 101 year old turn-key that rings a bell like the one you had on your tricycle. BUT it is located on the DOOR so they have to open the storm door to see it. They just knock. Usually I see them pull up when I am at my desk or we just have the door wide open. Yes, we can do that in my City. Safely.

I have the same door bell in the middle of my door but it rings multiple times not once when it is turned. And it is LOUD! I took a picture of it, wrote on the picture "this  is the doorbell"with arrows pointing down to the real bell, and put it on my door with a note that say please ring bell upon arrival. They still can't find the bell! LOL!! Seriously! 

 

When grandchildren #4 & 5 were about 6 and 4 years old respectively, they found the doorbell while we were playing Granny & Grandpa so their parents could go off for private time. They loved that bell and rang the heck out of it. Guests arrived and they did not touch it again. Guests left and they were back to the bell. I did not say a word to them (I understood their fascination with it because I used to ring it too) about not doing it when guests were here. I was amazed at them knowing not to ring when guests were in house.

DANG that thing is loud! Wish people WOULD ring it because we cannot hear a knock.

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gillumhouse wrote:

None - they cannot find it!

My doorbell is the 101 year old turn-key that rings a bell like the one you had on your tricycle. BUT it is located on the DOOR so they have to open the storm door to see it. They just knock. Usually I see them pull up when I am at my desk or we just have the door wide open. Yes, we can do that in my City. Safely.

I have the same door bell in the middle of my door but it rings multiple times not once when it is turned. And it is LOUD! I took a picture of it, wrote on the picture "this  is the doorbell"with arrows pointing down to the real bell, and put it on my door with a note that say please ring bell upon arrival. They still can't find the bell! LOL!! Seriously! 

Oh, and when they say, we couldn't find the bell, I show them and they say "oh, just like the one in the picture!" 

 

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LOL

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