Sounds like Spring time has brought the usual spate of door-to-door scammers. Two visited our door over on 4th Ave NE across from the school. On Monday, a young man, probably in his mid to late teens, short, black and wearing rumpled clothes showed up at our door with a notebook he flipped open, explaining how we ought to “vote” for him to help him build his business of…getting people to donate to him or somesuch. We sent him on his way.
The next day, though, things got a bit uglier. Another man, similar description to the above except a bit older with a white polo shirt showed up with the same notebook and shpiel about voting for him, but when we laughingly told him he was too late, someone had already been here, he exploded in fury, angrily demanding if we thought this was a joke, screaming at us that this was serious as he walked to our neighbors house, whom he proceeded to excoriate for having a beard, and then on to the next neighbor’s house, where he told them they were rude because they were rich.
Apparently, we’re not alone in being afflicted with this visitor. On Twitter, we saw @fourchickens report:
Wow, guy just came to my door to do a pitch. I told him I don’t do business on my porch. He said, “That’s what snotty rich ppl say
He also asked me where my Jaguar is. And said, “my boss said folks who say no are rich and selfish.” I told him that’s not way to do this.
Indeed, it is not. Feel free to call the police if you see him around. Rounding out our story was this report from Gina:
Early this evening around 6pm a gentleman introducing himself as Shareef (Sharif?) (I forget his last name) told me he worked for a company selling magazine subscriptions, aiming to get his life back on track as a single dad and father of a teenage mother. There was no website or contact info that he could share with me, and didn’t have any sort of business card. But he was very complimentary, personable and well-spoken, and dressed dapper. Great pitch, actually, I wish I was looking to hire someone in sales. He showed me some documents with some addresses in Arizona and in Illinois, and when I asked just said “that’s where they are based. He had a long petition attesting to his good name, and suggested that many contributors decide to donate the full amount without getting another magazine. He said it’s up to “his boss” whether this neighborhood was one that he would be able to come to again.
I do not know if this is legitimate or not, but I have my suspicions. I didn’t really remember the name of the company that he said, so I couldn’t find anything online except this:
Please, for the sake of your neighbors, don’t “buy” from these people.