Unfortunately my reason for contacting you today is not as positive as usual. All day we've been dealing with an apparently unscrupulous vendor. They have been going door-to-door selling merchandise. I won't go into a lot of detail, but only say that if you are approached by a vendor at your door, please think carefully and act cautiously.
I've attached a copy of the license that was issued to them, which has now since been revoked. We have other detailed information on these individuals, which I am not able to share publicly.
I ask three things of you.
1. Please contact City Hall if you have purchased merchandise. We will do our best to give you instructions on how to get yourself out of the situation as best as possible.
2. If you are approached by a vendor at the door that appears to be part of this company, please be sure to contact City Hall.
3. Please be sure to pass this word along...particularly to your elderly or vulnerable friends and neighbors.
Just last night the City dramatically stepped up its ability to better manage these vendors and better react when problems occur. In the next edition of the newsletter we will feature a detailed explanation of what all residents can do to protect themselves, and we will tell you how can empower yourselves. In the meantime, I will share with you how to protect yourselves.
Firstly, I would demand that the salesperson show me a valid, current solicitors license issued by the City. If they can not, I would demand that they leave my property. If they produce a license, but I am suspicious, I would call City Hall immediately to verify that the license is valid. If I decide to purchase from that salesperson and encounter any sort of problem, I would immediately report the matter to City Hall.
As always we welcome your comments.