For 32 years it prompted little more than a wry smile. But now a pensioner who has a sign on her garden gate warning Jehovah's Witnesses that their presence could result in them being eaten by dogs has been ordered to take it down.
Hampshire police received a complaint that the notice outside Jean Grove's cottage, which reads "Our dogs are fed on Jehovah's Witnesses", was "distressing, offensive and inappropriate".
Apparently, it's not seen as offensive and inappropriate to turn up uninvited at someone's door and preach total bollocks at them. The last time it happened to us, Jen dealt with the Witnesses magnificently: she strung them along for several minutes, until they started talking about how lovely God had made the world, with all the animals and flowers and stuff:
"Why do you lot always go on about animals?" asked Jen. "What about all the people living in poverty in Africa? Why doesn't God help them? Have they done something wrong?"
The Jehovah's Witnesses said something along the lines of the Lord moves in mysterious ways, but added, yes, basically, the Africans must have done something wrong.
"The poor are always with us," said Jen.
"Jesus said that!" chirped one of the Witnesses.
"I know he did, and he was bloody wrong!" said Jen, closing the door.
We never saw them again.