How To Play Election Dodgeball

We all know there’s another election just around the corner. Oh, how glad we will be once it’s over. Every day we are bombarded with ads, promises, debates and more promises. Then there’s the leaflets which end up in your letterbox or get shoved in your face at the train station each morning. This one is particularly annoying me as I’m a target audience. Let’s face it, I have to catch the train to get to work. They know this, so it’s become hard to escape the leaflet shoving political people.

Damn Election

Damn Election

I’ve become fed up and decided to devise some simple strategies to help you dodge the leaflet shoving political people and stay sane through this election. These simple strategies build on each other to create an almighty powerful dodgeball! Try these:-

  1. Don’t make eye contact

This one is simple but so effective. Don’t look them in the eye. Keep your eyes down. Focus on something else and you’ll be okay. I find the phone to be your best distracter. Keep looking at it, tweeting, texting or facebooking as it all helps to keep you focused on something other than the leaflet shovers.

Don't Look

Don’t Look

2. Keep your hands full

You may think this is silly but it works. Trust me, Labor and Liberal alternate each day at the station, so I’ve had plenty of practice. I find a coffee in one hand and bag in the other does the trick. I can’t take their leaflet and if you combine this one with number 1, then presto, avoidance is easy.

3. Fake a phone call

Love this one. Stick headphones in, phone in hand, coffee in other hand and talk away. Add a bit of anger and frustration through your voice in the fake phone call. They won’t come near an angry woman who’s having a bit of drama in her life. It’s like they sense the bitchenator lights and save their leaflet for another suspect.

4. Do the sidestep

This one can be a bit tricky and you need to be careful. A few little sidesteps, coffee in one hand, phone in the other, a few choice words to the fake phone call and you know, they’ve completely missed you.

5. Announce you’re voting for the other team

It’s obvious. A little crazy but very powerful. We like crazy and powerful. As the leaflet shovers approach and just as they are about to hand you a leaflet, proudly announce you vote for the other party. Bingo. Off they go to someone else. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

We Know Its Coming

We Know Its Coming

Okay, so there’s plenty of other things you can be doing to avoid the crazy leaflet shovers during this election but I hope I’ve helped you out with a few simply tricks.

Don’t forget, combine a few as a layering approach always works best.

So tell me, how will you avoid the leaflet shovers this election?

Jen xoxo

14 thoughts on “How To Play Election Dodgeball

  1. Tegan

    I said to Paul that I wish there was some way to get Dyllan to tantrum on cue..most of them won’t go near a demon child.
    I went to the movies on Friday night and there was even an election campaign ad in the ads before the movie. I couldn’t believe it!

    1. Jen Post author

      Oh yes…..a demon child throwing a tantrum is perfect. We’re bombarded with these ads, at least the end is not far away.

  2. Kirsty @ My Home Truths

    Great tips. I think these would also be very useful for the charity workers who also congregate in public places like train stations and pedestrian malls. Only two weeks to go now Jen, hoping these tips protect you until then!

  3. Rhonda

    Too true. I’ve done a pretend sneeze once outside the polling station, when they tried to hand me some posters. Why would I want posters on my way out? For my bedroom? They are no Johnny Depp!

    1. Jen Post author

      You mean you don’t have any labor or liberal posters in your room? No passion or commitment. Just joking. Love a fake sneeze to put them off.

    1. Jen Post author

      Ha…..that’s great Emily! Now i know your secrets. Yeah commute sucks but gives me time on twitter and responding to comments from blog. I try to make the best of it.


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