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door to door solicitors at dark
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by no trespassing, Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on Mar 23, 2012
Pleasanton provides door to door solicitors with "permits" that allow them to ring your doorbell at 7:45 pm Friday evening to pitch cleaning products. Does anyone else have a problem with that? We had a very loud, abrasive, pushy, non-stop talking woman at our door this Friday. We have a no soliciting sign, but Pleasanton Police (PPD) tell me that is basically meaningless. PPD also informed me that if I let anyone at all come to my door, then solicitors have a "right". Really? So then, what is trespassing? I thought it was when someone came onto your property uninvited. Is my front door a public sales location? I didn't think so, but it seems that Pleasanton has a pretty liberal policy that sides with door to door solicitors.
No problem - I've learned my lesson. Let the dogs be the greeters after dark. Lock my front gate. It just goes against how I was brought up. I like to think a neighbor in need could come up to my front door at any time of the day or night. But I guess in the interest of fairness to everyone who might want to come sell me something, I have to treat everyone exactly the same. Even those trying to coerce me into buying something that I don't want - because I owe it to them.