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City Addressing Complaints of Door-to-Door Salespeople

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Complaints about aggressive and annoying door-to-door sales people have prompted the City of Corpus Christi to take a hard look at the current ordinances regulating solicitors.

Over the past several weeks, complaints were being called in to police about peddlers both in the South Shore Estates neighborhood and on Padre Island. Police said the callers have been complaining about two men working from a van and going door to door.

The complaints were mainly that the aggressive salesmen would not take no for an answer.

Councilwoman Colleen McIntyre said several residents called her this weekend about the men, adding that their biggest complaint was how late at night the men were knocking on doors.

"Their coming at 8:30, 9:00 at night, when it's dark, and that's kind of scary for our residents," McIntyre said. "Especially some of our older residents who are having to face that. The other is more aggressive. Not willingly walking away from the door when someone says no or waves them off."

McIntyre said the City's legal staff has already drafted some amendments to the City's peddler ordinance, which will address most of the complaints.

"The main thing would be a fingerprint background check, followed by setting it so that they can only peddle from 9 a.m. to sunset, as opposed to all the way to 9 p.m., and also a 'do not knock' list, similar to a 'do not call' list where a resident can put their name on a list that peddlers cannot approach their homes," McIntyre said.

Police did investigate the complaints and discovered the men did have the proper permits and did not violate the law.

McIntyre said the amendments to the ordinance could be ready for a council vote in the next few weeks.

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