New City Ordinance Would make it Tougher for Door-to-Door Salespeople

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Updated: 4/30/2013 6:56 pm

Door-to-door salespeople, some love it when they come around but most probably find it to be a bit of a nuisance. A local city is a magnet for this kind of activity and the Pocatello Police Department is trying to slow it down.

Page…after page…Diane Brush reads off the complaints filed to the Pocatello Police Department in 2012.

“A lot of these door-to-door salesmen are very aggressive and very rude and people will ask them to leave and then they don’t leave. Sometimes they’ll stick their foot in the door or they’ll push the door open, or they’ll just stand out there and yell at people. And that’s when people should call the police department, the non-emergency number because they are trespassing.”

The way things are now, just about anyone can pay the $25 fee, hire as many people as they want and then saturate the town.

“It’s so inexpensive it’s why we see a glut of companies coming to Pocatello that probably wouldn’t normally come,” said Brush. “It’s because they can hire 50-100 door-to-door salesmen and just bring them into town for three or four days and blanket the town and then they are gone.”

Dianne says these businesses often fabricate the truth by exaggerating the statistics but that’s not the worst thing you should be worried about.

“It’s important that the public knows that currently none of the door-to-door salesman have nay background checks,” said Brush. “That is not required by the city of Pocatello. That is what we are asking to do in this new ordinance.”

Also included in the proposed ordinance are restrictions for peddlers and panhandlers within the city. The City Council will discuss this at their meeting Thursday evening.

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Concerned - 4/30/2013 8:00 PM
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I was assaulted by the Pocatello Police Dept. for trying to keep these Door to door salespeople from my property and neighborhood. They were told by my GirlFriend to leave and would not!!!! I came out to tell the Law Breakers to leave and they would not!!!! I called 911 and was told by the Pocatello Police that If I left my property and that If "I" got "BEAT UP" by the Law Breakers that I followed, it would be my own fault!!!!! What A bunch of Lies from our own Police Dept. They are here to Serve and Protect us from these Law Breakers and in return we as citizens get man handled by the Pocatello Police Dept. If one is to research these laws about Door to door sales there are already City Ordinances in place to keep them at bay and the Police Dept is to to have on hand a copy of each persons SS# local address and phone #. Please attend the City Council meeting this Thursday to voice your opinion about these solicitors and our do nothing Police Dept. that in my case did nothing but show the Door to door people that they could continue to do as they please. By the way, My Property was and is "POSTED NO SOLICITION" and the Pocatello Police Dept. did Nothing to stop these people from coming to my door. So I have proof that the Pocatello Police Dept is doing nothing to "Slow" Down Any Door to Door Sales. Please attend the city council meeting to learn more of my story and just what laws were already in place prior to my case with the Police Dept. I broke "NO LAWS" in this occurance with the Pocatello Police Dept. But there was up to 17 Different City Ordinances that the Pocatello Police did Not Uphold to protect me and my family from these Trespassers.I in fact was man handled by the Pocatello Police and was Injured by the police officer for Using and Upholding my 2nd Amendment Rights. This is not the first time I have called the Police on such tresspassers and I'm more than sure it will not be the last. Citizen Of The United States Of Amercia and Pocatello Idaho
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