Saturday, January 31, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Some of you may have noticed three police cars out in front of our house today (Saturday, Jan 24). At approximately 11:30 A.M. a young Hispanic teen came to our door. Like an idiot, I opened the door without first finding out who was there (got a real talking to later by Rob, speaking as both my boyfriend and attorney!) The kid was dressed in gang type attire; long plaid shorts, LA baseball cap, oversized clothes, etc and told me that he was selling subscriptions to the Pasadena Star Telegram. He also said he was a student at
The young man gave me his name and offered to leave his phone number with me, and said that he would have his manager come back and show me all of the documentation. (However, when I asked him, he did not know his manager’s last name, but still insisted that this was an approved activity of the
I explained the situation to the dispatcher, while amazingly enough, the two men waited on my front porch. Before I was even off of the phone, three squad cars had pulled up and were in the process of interviewing the solicitors. At this point, I called Rob for back up and he came right home.
Sergeant Coleman from MPD explained to the men that they were absolutely REQUIRED to have a business license from their company and additionally, they each were REQUIRED to have an individual personal license with a photo ID that they were REQUIRED to wear around their necks in order to solicit in the town of
Sargeant Coleman stayed a few extra minutes with us and explained that there are a number of companies out there who are dropping off carloads of these people, and that they do not tell the individual solicitors of the permit requirements, nor do they stand behind them when they are detained. These companies do not want to pay the licensing fees, and therefore they just abandon the perps when they are busted.
BOTTOM LINE: DO NOT open your door to strangers, and DO NOT do business with solicitors who do not have a
Julie - thanks for sharing and giving us the detailed information. The interesting part is that we have them claiming to be an MHS student which follows with some other scams, including one we were alerted on via an MUSD robo-dial message. Scammers are out there. Be alert and call MPD when you have a question about their legitimacy. fraz
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I did talk with Watch Commander Cpt Lee at MPD. He will pass the information on to the next watch commander. He reminded me that I should have just called MPD right away instead of trying to talk with Rob and Julie first. My fault. I should have called even without a plate as the could have been watching for him right then. He's gone and no harm done this time.