Aggressive salesmen try selling cleaning product

Posted at 6:12 PM, Mar 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-30 12:01:15-04

On Tuesday 2 Works For You talked with people from Collinsville, down through Tulsa and in Broken Arrow. They all reported the same group of door to door salesmen coming to their neghborhoods and going door-to-door to sell bottles of a $40 cleaning solution.

The product is labeled as Advanage 20X and distributed by T&B Sales of Jonesboro, Georgia.

On Facebook one public post about the door to door salesmen shows nearly 5,000 shares, with hundreds of comments and several photos of the salemen.

A spokesman with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office said he has seen the post and deputies responded to reports of aggressive soliciting in the Sperry area. 

TCSO is patrolling the Sperry area, but hadn't found anything illegal. In Collinsville, similar reports have been filed. An officer there talked with several of the men and found nothing illegal. 

"It checked out," Captain Daniel Boggs with Collinsville Police said. "They were just going door-to-door trying to sell their product. We had to talk to them about their tactics. That is about as far as we can go with it. Until those tactics turn criminal there is not a lot we can do about it."

On Monday, Haley Burton said one of the salesman knocked on her door and rang her door bell. She said she watched from inside her home while watching her security camera. 

"He rang the door bell twice, he banged on it pretty hard a couple times," she said. "He knew people were home but I didn't answer it."

Burton is a stay-at-home mom and said the man waved at one of her children through the front door. After several minutes he moved on to the next house. After reading comments of the men acting aggressive at other homes and people claiming the salesmen tried pressuring them into buying the cleaning products, she is relieved she stayed inside. 

"Comforting a little bit to see it on Facebook, just to know that the word is getting out to people to keep an eye on things," Burton said.

Another woman wanted to remain anonymous, but told 2 Works For You she followed a man outside after he knocked on her door and he started demonstrating the cleaning products.

"He started to show me the cleaner," the woman said. "He showed it on the door, my car window, my car tire, the tile out front."

Then the woman said he asked her how much she wanted to buy. She showed 2 Works For You the bottle she bought and said there were several different types.

"He gave a sob story and I said okay I'll at least buy one from you," she said.

After buying one bottle she said he tried to get her to buy two more. After saying no several times, he finally left according to the woman. 

Collinsville police have recevieved several calls about the men. The department recommends calling police if you feel unsafe, or if the solicitors refuse to leave. 

"Once you've asked them, or told them you don't want it and ask them to leave your property, if you feel like you've been a victim of a crime, feel like you're uncomfortable with them on your property, then you can call the police department."

The City of Tulsa reports soliciting is illegal past 7 p.m. Also in Tulsa, if you post a sign reading no tresspassing or no soliciting, it is illegal for someone to try and sell you something on your propoerty.

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