Auburn leaders to look at curtailing door to door sales

Auburn leaders to look at curtailing door to door sales

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Auburn city leaders are looking to amend its solicitation ordinance after a large number of homeowners complain they are being harassed by door to door sales people.

Several residents have called police and contacted their city councilors asking for protection from intrusive door to door sales people.

Auburn homeowner Allyson Baker says two salesmen who knew her name approached her as she came home from work.

"I told them countless times I was not interested, I just wanted to go inside and they were still blocking my way," Baker said. "It was threatening some because I was at home by myself and my husband wasn't yet. We have had three solicitors in our neighborhood in the past month, one has been books, one has been cleaning supplies and one last Friday was security systems, they wanted to come into our home and check the phone lines. It was very suspicious."

Auburn finance director Penny Smith says after numerous complaints, city council members asked her to look at amending the solicitation code and provide legal ramifications against solicitors who don't follow the rules.

"There may be limit to the hours may be limit to the types of solicitors products they can sell, I hesitate to say specifically because it is still being researched," said Smith.

Auburn city leaders say an immediate fix to the problem is to buy a no solicitor sign at a hardware store and tape it to your door or your mailbox. Under city ordinance laws a solicitor can not bother you at your home if they see a sign.

Auburn city council members hope to review suggestions on how to alter the current code before the end of the year. We will keep you updated.

In the meantime,  if you ask a salesperson to leave, most laws require them to do so, immediately. You can also ask your homeowners association to put a no soliciting sign at the entrance of your neighborhood.

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