So how many of you hate or love when people come knocking on your door only to try to sell you magazine subscriptions, carpet cleaning solutions or anything else that you may or may not care for?
The Huntsville City Council would like to have commercial sales people and professional fundraisers to apply to the city for solicitation permits. They would have to provide current background reports including criminal history and ex-convicts and parolees would be automatically disqualified for the permit.
Once the background check passed and an application fee paid, the solicitors would be given permits and photo identification tags. The solicitors need to wear to tags in clear view while going on door-to-door sales calls. Other stipulations of the new rule would not allow sales people to knock on doors before 8:00 am or after sunset. Homes with "No Solicitation" signs in the yard would be off limits (which I have on my own door).
This new ordinance would not affect Girl Scouts, religious groups, political candidates, student fundraisers and charitable groups (what is left?). This is just a proposal and will be discussed in a special work session later this month.
I believe they are proposing this due to a recent increase in home burglarlies~some of which, neighbors or homeowners had stated that a sales person had recently been to their home soliciting. I am not sure how this will play out. But in the meantime, my "No Soliciting" sign on our door will stay put.
How would you feel if this was happening in your neighborhood?