Two alerts (and two quick mentions) to share this morning – not necessarily sellers, though (ADDED 3:13 PM – a solicitor report) – read on:
First, this note:
We are in Seaview, Raymond and 45th area [map]. We just had a male knock on our door asking to use one of our cell phones because his broke and he needed to contact someone. It was hard to hear with my dog barking and I could not see out the door. I told him I can’t open the door with the dog and sorry. He asked a couple times, but my dog made it pretty hard to hear. Could have been an honest attempt, but there are plenty of open businesses nearby he could have gone to.
Also from 45th SW, but further north:
A black man ~ 5’9″ tall, blue shirt with dark blue pants, black belt with silver “stud” decoration on it- going door to door- saw that I was home and kept going- went to my neighbour’s house up the driveway- quickly left when he saw the garage door open and voices in the backyard. I find this very suspicious because he was NOT soliciting – he avoided my house as soon as I opened the door unexpectedly (to let the dog in) and as soon as he realized my neighbors were home. Just called the nonemergent police line- initially the operator blew me off (mam, it’s not suspicious to have a man walk down the street- she insisted he may be a solicitor) Then i called back, spoke with a different operator who is sending a car out to patrol. There has been a LOT of midday activity in this neighborhood- Alaska/45th [map] – look out!
The subject of dispatchers came up again while we were talking with police yesterday – the dispatchers are NOT part of SPD, they are managed by the county, but local police leadership continues to talk with 911 management to make sure they’re on the same page regarding when to send police and when not to.
Last but not least, the two quick notes: One mention from North Admiral about a call to police requesting extra patrols after “a night and day of aggressive soliciting.” And we had a solicitor here in Upper Fauntleroy – forceful knocks on the door, which we don’t open if we aren’t sure who’s there; after asking through a nearby window what the person wanted, a male voice assured us up front he wasn’t selling magazines but was “from Gig Harbor.” We closed the window. Sorry, no description. As usual, here’s the link to door-to-door soliciting rules from the City of Seattle.
ADDED 3:13 PM: John just e-mailed this, so we’re adding to today’s roundup:
Approximately 2:45 , “LaFamilia” Organization representative, asking what a definition of success was. I told him I read about his organization in the newspaper and we were not interested. He then used several profanities and left, talking as he walked down the street.
Area, 44th Ave. SW and SW Myrtle
Time: 2;40 to 2: 45
Headed west on Myrtle, potentially south on Woodside
Black, approximately 5’8″, gold tie with biblical quotes, solid button down shirt, worn leather binder, forms.
Said his group was based in Gig Harbor.
No website found
3:42 PM: John wrote back to add:
This is the same type of thing we saw a few months ago. My daughter answered the door and I heard the conversation before I even saw the guy. I read an article the other day about this type of scam. I flat out told him that I didn’t believe what he was telling me. I was not interested in hearing his story, I just wanted him off my porch. Anyway, I did call 911 and requested someone to drive around the area. He would be the only door to door salesman in the area and should not be hard to spot. Again, if he was real there would be no need for the profanities that he used in front of my daughter.
Once again, this incident occurred at SW Myrtle and 44th Avenue SW. This is an exact repeat of a visit from last May, different young man. Also he claimed a website, but could not find anything.