Solicitors Are Welcome

Jared Spool

July 16th, 2007

At UIE, we do few things like everyone else.

Everyone else puts up a sign saying how they don’t want solicitors to randomly walk into their offices and sell them stuff.

But not us.

We like solicitors. In fact, we tell them so in a sign we’ve put outside our offices:

Our office door

Here’s what the sign says:

The sign saying solicitors are welcome (conditionally).

So far, a few solicitors have wandered in, fairly confused. A couple have brought gifts. Not an iPod or a Prius, mind you. A can of cashews and a baguette. Not what we were expecting, but a good start.

Today, one came in asking for a copy of the sign. They didn’t actually solicit anything, except the sign. I printed it off and they left.

I guess that’s progress.

9 Responses to “Solicitors Are Welcome”

  1. Pavel Trebukov Says:

    I like politeness of this sign……
    Also, is iPod a little bit outdated? iPhone probably?

  2. Robin Says:

    I had a very confused idea of what was going on here – but then I realised you were using a different meaning of “solictor” than the usual UK one. From Merriam-Webster:

    Solicitor (noun): (2) a British lawyer who advises clients, represents them in the lower courts, and prepares cases for barristers to try in higher courts

    I had this vision that in the US, bands of lawyers roamed the streets, randomly knocking on doors and trying to sell stuff!

  3. Steve Fisher Says:

    Heck, I could use this for my house for all of the salespeople/religious groups that come by!

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  5. Tamlyn Rhodes Says:

    “I had this vision that in the US, bands of lawyers roamed the streets, randomly knocking on doors and trying to sell stuff!”

    Ha ha! Me too, thanks for the clarification.

    That sign reminds me of Robin Miller’s email terms of use.

  6. Laurie Says:

    I had to laugh at the image of Robin’s comment – lawyers randomly roaming the streets! Ha ha ha!

  7. Joshua Allen Says:

    OMG that’s hilarious! The guy who took the sign is probably making a career change, you should charge for the sign.

  8. Benjamin Ho Says:

    Maybe to some solicitors, a baguette or some toast is expensive. ;)

  9. David Farbey Says:

    Love the sign. Except that on this side of the pond, and everywhere that British English is spoken, a solicitor is a kind of attorney. And I’m not the first person to point that out, am I?

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