Measure would regulate door-to-door salesmen
Does your door bell ever unexpectedly ring in the middle of dinner? And then it turns out to be someone selling something you don't even want?Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Does your door bell ever unexpectedly ring in the middle of dinner? And then it turns out to be someone selling something you don't even want?
As Contact 13's Darcy Spears reports, state lawmakers are proposing changes to better regulate who's knocking at your door.
"I was probably standing at the door for about half an hour," says Paul Kasperek.
He says he's dealt with his fair share of pushy door-to-door salesman.
"Speaking with someone who was trying to sell me something, and really I was dealing with the dog at the time," says Paul.
He says he sees 1 to 2 salesman coming through his northwest neighborhood every week.
"I thought the no solicitation and especially the gates, I thought that would do a better job of keeping people away," says Paul.
Nevada lawmakers are considering steps to track exactly who's coming to your door. It's all part of Senate Bill 261.
Katie Robison with the Better Business Bureau says, the measure calls on all door-to-door solicitors to register with the state.
"This would require them to pay $350 and provide a finger print to receive an ID badge," says Katie.
The bill also prevents salesmen from knocking on any door where a "no soliciting" or "no trespassing" sign is posted. Salesman would only be allowed to come knocking between 9:00 am and sunset.
Anyone looking to prohibit solicitations, could also register their address with the state, just like adding your phone number to the National Do Not Call Registry. Anyone breaking those guidelines would face disciplinary action, up to and including losing their license.
The BBB says, that's great protection for valley residents who complain it's hard to know if these guys are legit.
"It's going to eliminate a few of these scammers that come to your door, use these high pressure sales tactics and are completely bogus," says Katie.
Paul supports the measure and says, he's tired of hiding from salespeople in his own home.
"I just don't answer the door half the time. I don't know if it's going to help a lot or not, but I would definitely be supportive of it," says Paul.
So here's the Contact 13 bottom line. Even if this measure isn't passed, there are still ways to protect yourself. All door-to-door salesman are required to have a Clark County Solicitor's License. So don't be afraid to ask for a license number.
Also, don't feel pressured to say yes right away. Take time to go online and do some research, a legitimate salesman will be happy to come back for your business. And under federal law, you do have 3 days to legally cancel a door-to-door order.