Frankly this is the only ‘advice’ that I give to senior citizens. What does it mean?
Well thanks to aggressive selling of mutual funds, life insurance, and of many other products – financial and non financial – senior citizens are also being harassed by salesmen with their vares.
What exactly should senior citizens do?
Well it is a matter of great distress if you tell them to slam the door in the face – my parents can never do it. One delivery boy from a nearby shop – played the old trick of asking for water – and stole a mobile phone. This was still an inexpensive learning.
My advice comes from the fact that it is not necessary to buy ANYTHING from a door to door salesman. So just say No. If you want a mobile phone, go to a Tata Teleservices outlet and get it. If you want to give a charitable donation, GO TO THEIR OFFICE. Too many charitable institutions are also using volunteers – and senior citizens (frankly most citizens) have no way of knowing whether the person who has come is genuine or not.
It is not to say that Senior Citizens are not capable of handling frauds – they have the experience. However, the risk of dealing with a person who comes knocking is too high – and that person could be ARMED. Saying no is a difficult art for many people – but worth learning.
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