I am currently staying in a Bed and Breakfast hosted by a family. The doorbell has been ringing intermittently for the past five minutes. The owners are currently attending other business and are unable to answer the door.

Should I answer the door?


  1. The owners mobile phone number is printed on a sign just outside the building
  2. The time is 5:33pm


  1. Could be another guest whose magnetic stripe card was lost or wiped
  2. Could be a genuine person looking for a room
  3. Could be opportunistic thieves
  • Answer the door. What if it's a child trying to escape an abductor? If have have any doubts about it after answering the door, take their photo with your mobile. – Gayot Fow Aug 22 '17 at 16:40
  • @GayotFow Would a child ring the doorbell or scream "Help I'm being abducted"? – xvk3 Aug 22 '17 at 16:56
  • That might alert the abductor to his whereabouts. So did you answer the door or not? – Gayot Fow Aug 22 '17 at 17:01
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    Look out the window, take a picture of the people outside and let a vote on StackExchange decide. – JonathanReez Aug 22 '17 at 19:21
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    How come you are travelling if you are so afraid of answering the door ? And staying in a B&B ? – DumbCoder Aug 23 '17 at 10:27

I answered the door. It was a genuine person looking for a room, they did not have a phone and were unable to call the owners. I proceeded to contact the B&B owners who arrived five minutes later.

  • +1, all's well that ends well. But if they are in the B&B overnight, then sleep with one eye open :) – Gayot Fow Aug 22 '17 at 17:31

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