This post on the Sacto 9-1-1 blog warning Sacramento about the dangers of door to door solicitors hit home with me. What to do with solicitors in my neighborhood is a hot topic of discussion.
Except when it comes to U.S. Census workers and maybe cookie-peddling Girl Scouts, legitimate neighborhood salesmen are pretty much a thing of the past, said Sherrie Carhart, a crime prevention specialist for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
Note to self: disguise yourself as a U.S. Census worker the next time you want to solicit door to door.
I kid the person from my community who is hired by the Census Bureau to make sure that my neighborhood gets represented as accurately as possible.
I did find this tidbit interesting…
Carhart said sales people are required to carry a copy of the county permit they must obtain for door-to-door solicitation, as well as a copy of their business license.
So, do I just not answer the door when someone I do not know comes-a-knockin’? Do I look through my peep-hole and give them a once-over to determine if they are cookie-peddlers or there to find out why I didn’t mail it back?
4 thoughts on “Door to door decisions”
To quote Charles Schulz, “Aunt Marion was right… Never marry a musician, and never answer the door. “
Your neighborhood is represented as accurately as possible, under the law, by “an enumeration.” That is, a “count” of people. Not a count of “what kind” of person. Or am I wrong, and congress is doling out more green depending on racial demographics?
Sorry, Turty Squip, not following you here…
Oooh. “May I see your county permit?” just became my new favorite line for dealing with annoying door-to-door types. (We mostly get the “I am a local high school student making money fo ra trip to Disneyland” types. I hate those promotions.)