Two Three door-to-door alerts to share this morning (2 involving what appears to be the same team) – read on:
A resident on Genesee Hill reports:
(Tuesday) afternoon a young man came to my door and asked if I would like some free steaks after…as the stories goes….he had to make a “big delivery” in the neighborhood, and had these “left over”. It seemed very, very suspicious…and as it turn out he returned with a big box with his friend who I can only describe as “the Closer” (think Glenn garry, Glenn ross). The two of them then showed me some excellent cuts of frozen meats….all of which I could purchase. Suddenly my free meat had just disappeared! All that was left was meat that I could buy.
I let them know I was not interested in paying for meat, but if they wanted to leave some for free I would be happy, but no $ for them. This angered “the closer”. He basically politely insulted me and walked off with the meat. Even those I had a less than cordial exchange with his partner, this guy who had originally promised me the free beef told me “he didn’t like to see unhappy customers” or some such…and offered me an even sweeter deal. I asked for a business card which he did not have, and said it was “pacwest foods”..
There is a company online by that name in the meat-delivery business. The writer says he’s going to contact the state Attorney General’s Office; we have a note out to the e-mail address listed for the company by that name to ask about this.
ADDED 10:34 AM: Marianne sent this a few minutes before we actually published this item, and we just saw her note now:
They come to the door claiming that someone in the neighborhood didn’t take their full order and they have extra meat to sell. At first the guy said they were stranded or stuck. Then tried to explain he meant, stuck with meat. Right. This isn’t the first time this has happened. Unfortunately, yesterday was hot and I had all the doors open with fans blowing.
The guy was clearly peering into my house. Fortunately, I have a little yappy dog who was barking like crazy, otherwise I think I would have lost my purse (which could easily be seen from the front door) as I was elsewhere in the house doing chores & I couldn’t see the front or side doors. I came to see what Baxter was barking about and I see a man standing in my front door. When I started asking what he was doing, what he wanted, etc. he started to stutter – I got the stuck with meat story, I told him no & he left.
They were driving an old truck with a camper like thing in the back that had the PacWestFood advertising. They weren’t wearing any type of uniform & didn’t offer to show any ID.
I live on a dead end road. You don’t know my house is back there unless you already know it’s there or unless someone is snooping.
(back to original 10:08 am story) Meantime, this note came in from Briggs on Monday – it’s been mentioned in comment discussions on an earlier thread but we hadn’t yet published the whole note – others had mentioned similar experiences:
So, ironically, I was signing papers to get my alarm system installed with Washington Alarm–awesome company by the way, and local–when a young Filipino looking guy walks up to my open front door (which is in a very enclosed front yard) saying that he is coming around today to “meet new people.” Saying, “Woah, it looks like you’re doing something serious.” When I asked what he wanted, he held up some kind of laminated paper object in his hand. I was sitting on our couch and he was standing on our deck at our front door. I said we weren’t interested, but he insisted that it would just take a minute. Keep in mind all of this was in front of the alarm rep. And keep in mind that this guy walked through my large front yard that is completely fenced in. He commented, “You have such a nice big yard.” Finally he left after I refused several times from the sitting position. I was thoroughly creeped out and signed my contract with extra enthusiasm. Just wanted to let people know. This guy was wearing khaki pants and a yellow polo type shirt. Shaved head. Very clean cut. Maybe late teens or early twenties. I’m at 34th and Henderson (map) and I’m creeped out. Just waned to let people know.
As usual, a reminder that you can read the city rules and regulations regarding door-to-door solicitors here. They include the fact that if you put up a “no soliciting” sign, solicitors can be penalized if they approach you anyway.