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.