A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from March 24, 2019
“I hate people who bang on your door and tell you to be ‘saved’ or you’ll ‘burn.’ Stupid firemen”

"Don’t you just hate those interfering people who bang on your door and tell you how you need to be ‘saved’ or you’ll ‘burn’? Bloody firemen” was posted on Twitter by Ben Davis on May 5, 2010. “I can’t stand those interfering people who bang on your door and tell you how you need to be ‘saved’ or you’ll ‘burn’? Fucking firemen” was posted on Twitter by sickipediabot on July 2, 2010. The joke is that people first think that the speaker is referring to missionaries knocking on doors, telling people of “saved” souls or they’ll “burn” in hell.

‘Stupid firemen” is usually the punchline. “I hate those people who knock at the door telling you you need to be saved or you’ll burn.  Stupid Firemen” was posted on Twitter by Babb on October 22, 2010.


Twitter
Ben Davis
@bendavis_86
Don’t you just hate those interfering people who bang on your door and tell you how you need to be “saved” or you’ll “burn”? Bloody firemen.
11:54 AM - 5 May 2010

Twitter
sickipediabot
@sickipediabot
I can’t stand those interfering people who bang on your door and tell you how you need to be “saved” or you’ll “burn”?
Fucking firemen.
9:51 AM - 2 Jul 2010

Twitter
Babb
@BabbPhoto
I hate those people who knock at the door telling you you need to be saved or you’ll burn.  Stupid Firemen.
11:35 AM - 22 Oct 2010

Twitter
Grace Angel Hwang
@guhracey
“I can’t stand those interfering people who bang on your door and tell you how you need to be “saved” or you’ll “burn”?
Stupid firemen”
3:53 PM - 21 Jan 2011

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of One-Liners
By Geoff Tibballs
London, UK: Constable & Robinson Ltd
2012
Pg. ?:
I can’t stand people who bang on your door, saying you need to be “saved” or you’ll “burn”. But I suppose the firemen were only doing their job.

Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/brandontyler September 24, 2015
I hate those people who knock on your door and tell you how you need to be “saved” or you’ll “burn.”
Stupid firemen
I originally saw this joke on a friend’s facebook picture he shared but others have pointed me to: OP OP2

23 July 2017, New York (NY) Times, “Inside the List” by Gregory Cowles, Book Review sec., pg. 28, col. 1:
HACK ATTACK: The romance novelist Julie Garwood is emphatically not a member of the digital generation. A grandmother born in 1944, who made her name writing steamy tales of medieval Scotland and other historical domains, Garwood uses her social media accounts mostly for publicity and the occasional tweet cheering on her hometown Kansas City Chiefs or Royals. (She also demonstrates a fondness for silly jokes: “I hate those people who knock on your door and tell you how you need to be ‘saved’ or you’ll ‘burn,’” she posted a couple of years ago. “Stupid firemen.”)

Twitter
Dad Jokes
@Dadsaysjokes
I hate those people that knock on your door and tell you you need to get “saved” or you’ll “burn” ...
Stupid firemen
5:55 AM - 20 May 2018

Twitter
🤣 The Dad Joke Man 😉
@DadJokeMan
Don’t you just hate those people who knock on your door on a Sunday morning and tell you that you need to be “saved” or you’ll “burn”? .....
Flipping firemen… 🙄.  #sidesplittingsunday
5:21 AM - 24 Jun 2018

Twitter
Zev Burton
@ZevTheWolf
both firemen and missionaries bang on your door and tell you how you need to be saved or you’ll burn
2:30 PM - 23 Mar 2019

Reddit—Oneliners
Posted by u/wtfover March 24, 2019
I hate those people who bang on your door and tell you how you need to be “saved” or you’ll “burn”. Stupid firemen

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