The only impression I ever got of witnesses...PRIOR to hearing from the JWs themselves what everyone's "supposed" impression of them was...was that they were weirdos. As kids, my parents would have broken our fingers off if we had so much as reached for the doorknob when the witnesses came-a-knocking. As a family, we never really talked about the witnesses much. I went to school with two. They were brother and sister. The only impression we had of them at school was pitiful and sad...everyone felt sorry for them because they couldn't do a thing.
But no...NOT EVER....did I EVER hear anyone say, "Oh, what about those Jehovah's witnesses? They are such fine and upstanding citizens. And they dress so nice! Oh, and aren't they so loving and caring?" ...yeah...we'd get that impression because of??: -a- all the blood drives they attend -b- all the volunteer work they do at the soup kitchen -c- their multitudes of generous contributions to various charities