West Seattle door-to-door alert: Candy seller doesn’t check out

December 23, 2009 at 9:32 pm | In Door-to-door alert, West Seattle news | 11 Comments

Out of the WSB inbox, a door-to-door alert from Rich, who did followup research (as did we) – read on:

I had a visitor at my door who said he was from “Providing Youth of Seattle”. His pitch was he was selling candy that would go to benefit the homeless. (5xxx block of 49th SW)

The State of Washington does have a business by that name registered in Auburn, they are in the “retail trade” under a Russian name. There is a website that is just a single home page. I called the number I found for the company and it was a wrong number. They are not registered in Seattle. I suspect it’s just a phony way to sell candy for $7 per pack.

I called the police non-emergency line. I think their answer was interesting — aside from this particular case, just in general how the police handle suspected phony door to door salespeople. They get a lot of these calls. He said that they put a description and enter the case into their computer. As a single call, it may or may not get checked out. If other neighbors call, then it has a good chance of getting checked out. Be sure to note a description of the individual and his/her clothing.

Since Rich got a name – which isn’t always the case with door-to-door reports that come in – we also checked it with the State of Washington registered-charities database. Nothing by that name – or even containing “Providing Youth” — is registered, but the state says you’re supposed to be if you’re soliciting for charity. Meantime, previous door-to-door alerts published on WSB are archived here, newest to oldest.

11 Comments

  1. And by 5xxx block of 49th, which do you mean exactly? (We live on the 54xx block of 49th)

    Comment by ws — 9:54 pm December 23, 2009 #

  2. This group was going door-to-door in Covington (East of Kent) also. I took the info…the license looked ligit, but I didn’t give any money. The kid had a Russian or Ukranian accent, so that might be a connection with the Russian business. We also had a group from either the Magnolia or Madrona Community Centy, which ever it was I looked that up and it did not exist. I just don’t give to door-to-door solicitors, I tell them I only give on-line after researching the info they give me.

    Comment by Susan Gillespie — 10:11 pm December 23, 2009 #

  3. Here’s another heads up…I mentioned that I had donated to King County Search & Rescue after a phone solicitation. But I just learned from a volunteer that this group does not make phone calls!

    Comment by Susan Gillespie — 10:13 pm December 23, 2009 #

  4. tis the season…sadly I bet a lot of phoney charities do their best this time of year.

    Comment by Rhonda Porter — 11:39 pm December 23, 2009 #

  5. The guy selling stuff for homeless was on our block 4700 block of 47th last night about 6:30-7ish. My husband was pissed that I made him say no without listening to the pitch, but my answer is always no to solicitors…

    Comment by yumpears — 8:49 am December 24, 2009 #

  6. we had one of these kids come to our house in westwood this last summer. seemed like a pretty far fetched concept to me. wanted something like $12 for a big bag of M&Ms. was really vague about what the donations were to be used for. we said no.

    Comment by rob — 8:55 am December 24, 2009 #

  7. Must have been the same one that was at our house on 50th & Alaska. Our dog was barking so much and when the kid started to tell us what it was my husband said we were not interested. It was about 7:30 they were on our block.

    Comment by Lola — 10:15 am December 24, 2009 #

  8. we just had someone knock on our door too. had a plastic box of candy.

    Comment by k — 2:55 pm December 24, 2009 #

  9. Young kid just came by the 50th and Charleston block. I rarely give to solicitors but thinking, heck, it’s the holidays, I figured I would give a couple bucks. He had a business license to show me, but no receipt or anything.

    Did a quick look online for the group and as everyone has mentioned here, nothing came up. Bummer.

    Comment by Mackie Images — 3:48 pm December 24, 2009 #

  10. Here’s the link to the site he claims to be working for http://providingyouthofseattle.com/home.html. It’s a one-page site that probably took 5 minutes to make. No contact info whatsoever.

    Comment by Mackie Images — 4:07 pm December 24, 2009 #

  11. Happy Holidays to all!! I wish I had time to read the blog last night. I was working late and a kid came to my door (on 45th between Raymond and Juneau) with the plastic box of candy. He gave me his pitch and I viewed the license and other information he handed to me about his organization. Same pitch….$7.00-$10.00 for candy/tea to benefit the homeless. Unfortunately I was suckered in since I was busy trying to work and wanted him to leave (it was around 6:00 p.m.) and I felt bad for him since it was so cold last night. I’ve lived here two years now and have never had so many solicitors come to my residence before. I think it’s time to get a “No Solicitation” sign.

    Comment by CW — 12:06 am December 25, 2009 #

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