Thursday, October 23, 2008

Door to Door Salespersons!

Today my husband was at home after a Dr. appointment, and a young man came to the door to sell Kirby Vaccum cleaners. Helena has a law about selling things door to door, you have to purchase a license so that everything is on the up and up. Its for the protection for the people of the neighborhood or the city . So Steve ask the young man for his permit and he said he didn't need one, and he was very rude. Steve went on to talk to him about how salespeople tried to sell things to the elderly people when they didn't need them or could not afford it. All of this brought memories back of when Mother was disabled and had to live on her disability check (which was very little). The young salesgirl made my Mother believe that she needed this machine, when she had no breath to even walk accross the room, much less able to vaccum. She thought she was helping them get a sale and a commission and if there was anything my Mother loved to do, was to help someone. It was only $10. a month for I forget for how many years. My Mother couldn't afford $10 a month, so I paid for her cleaner with the shampoo attachment. My Mother had to take so much expensive medication, that since there was no more medicaid that helped with the meds she had to pay for all she needed herself, breathing was important so she needed all of it. We paid the difference and I didn't mind one bit, My Mother was so proud that it really bothered her that someone had to help her. She moved in with us the last 2 years of her life, I wouldn't take anything for one minute of the time I had with her. I miss her so, it is awful when you don't have a living parent.

I am getting totally getting off the subject. I called the city hall and could get no one, lunch time!
So I called the Police, they are in the same building, to check it out. Needless to say they had to move on to another town! Yeah Helena's Finest!


Mrs. C said...

Oh, I hate seeing salespeople at my door. They scare me because I don't know if they're really selling something or just casing the house to rob it later. I have six kids and a husband so someone's always home and usually someone's in almost every room all the time.

But still.

One guy really creeped me out. He came over to the door and asked who on the block had children and I told him to go away. Then he wrote in his notebook that *I* had small children (little trikes outside) and when I objected, he said he could write anything in his notebook he wanted and there wasn't anything I could do about it.

Maybe in retrospect I should have called the cops on him. I don't know if it would have done any good though.

Polly & Steve said...

with all the preditors...I just don't trust them. also, casing the place is something I think they do too! I would have called the polices on the guy.
Thanks for the comment!

Mississippi Songbird said...

Back in 1971 when My Momma and Dad got a divorce, I remember my Momma had to sell Kirby Vacuum cleaners door to door. They were super expensive, even back then, and when it came time for them to pay her, They talked her into taking her demo vacuum for a couple of her paycheck's. Momma was a divorced Mom, trying to support 4 children.. Needless to say, I would never ever buy anything from Kirby Vacuum cleaner company..Just their business practices are seedy!..Good for you, for telling on them..
and thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm so glad to meet you.. I miss my Momma so much too.. I lost her on 01/23/07. It's still seems like yesterday..
Have a good weekend.. Bunches of hugs!

The Wonderful Whatley Clan! said...

You go Polly! I'll remember that for next time we have a Kirby rep. come by. However, I was smart and let them come in and clean the carpets after C became potty trained. Best free carpet cleaning ever! I guess I got them that time!