Witnessing Just After Sunrise

by Iamallcool 11 Replies latest jw friends

  • Iamallcool

    About everytime I go to the Grocery Store just after sunrise, I can see the witnesses sitting and waiting inside their cars to distribute literature. It is not against the law for them to do that. I was wondering do they allow parking lot witnessing in your area?

  • EverApostate

    17 years ago when I was in, the congregation in Dallas - USA used to gather for field service at 5 AM and then we would go to bus stops, parking lots and Dunkin Donuts to do the witnessing.

  • sir82

    It is not against the law for them to do that.

    Is the parking lot public or private property?

    If private, and the owners don't want them there, they can call the police and have them removed.

    If public, not much anyone can do about it.

  • Iamallcool

    Good Question

  • John Davis
    John Davis

    Most parking lots are private property. in fact, seemingly public property, such as a public library, public park or public building owned by the government is still technically private property. Those types of properties have more limits on the restrictions that can be imposed but limits can still be imposed because it is owned and operated for a specific purpose.

    The few examples of truly public property is actual streets and sidewalks where there is extremely few restrictions that can be placed except for the purpose of public safety and crowd management.

  • OnTheWayOut
    The one that gets me in a big city is seeing them inside the buildings and tunnels of commuter train systems. Of course they don't belong there.

    As for parked car witnessing. I remember a JW motioning me over to the car as I was walking on the sidewalk. It was a public street, so no private/public parking issue. When she asked me if I would like to read the Watchtower and Awake, I lit into her a little bit.
    "You wave me over for that? Maybe you should get out of the car and try to engage people where they walk instead of just sitting there." ....and I walked away.
  • ShirleyW

    Sunrise witnessing in NYC is nothing new, but then it's been a while since I've been around the ones that do that, but they used to meet at 6 or 7 and head straight to the subway stations are on the streets where the stations are located. Everybody in a rush to catch the train and they know that, so I'm sure if they actually spoke to one person in a month that would be something.

  • scratchme1010
    I was wondering do they allow parking lot witnessing in your area?

    Some property owners allow them, some don't. Some think that having JWs nearby adds some kind of layer of security.

  • Phizzy

    In the U.K it is illegal to block the sidewalk, so they have to be careful where they place their carts, but they have obviously been schooled in this.

    I think it would be funny to see them run off places if they are in fact private, but of course the JW's would just lap it up as "persecution" showing that they have the right religion. Hey Ho.

  • Crazyguy

    One should go to the managers of these places and tell them what the witness do concerning their blood doctrine, child sexual abuse and shunning. Get these managers to stop allowing these cult freaks from setting up on their properties.

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