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Home to home solicitation

Original post made by Single woman on Nov 18, 2010

Yet another knock on my door after dark last night. I live alone and didn't open my door but have to open a curtain to see who is at the door. It was a young kid with a folder selling something who I told I wasn't interested through the glass. Isn't there something that can be done about the groups that load the kids in a van and bring them to our community. It was late and dark and he shouldn't have been out by himself. Plus what does it do for his self-esteem to be turned down or, as in my case, not even given the opportunity to explain what he was doing. I try to donate when I can and when I know the money will actually go to the particular cause but I don't ever contribute to this type of solicitation, unless, of course, it's a child from the neighborhood. What can we do when this happens? It's actually a little scary for someone like myself.

Comments (15)

Posted by solution, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 18, 2010 at 9:53 am

Put a "NO SOLICITORS" on your front door


Posted by PTown regs, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Nov 18, 2010 at 10:50 am

I know the solicitors are suppose to have a license from the city to go door to door.
What are the specifics? I would support a NO AFTER DARK code for any door to door stuff...including the cute kiddos. It's dangerous for everyone involved.


Posted by Mr Cranky, a resident of Downtown
on Nov 18, 2010 at 11:02 am

I've seen these kids several times for various enterprises. I'm really curious why the kids do it. Is this the only job they can find? Did someone convince them this type of job is "easy money"? Most of them seem to have a well-rehearsed pitch they attempt to go through, so I don't think they are newbies. Someone must make money off the whole production or it would have stopped years ago.

Or could it be more nefarious - this would be an excellent way to case a neighborhood.


Posted by Jane, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 18, 2010 at 11:35 am

At least 50 percent, if not more, of solicitors ignore a No Solicitors sign. I have one. Perhaps some can't read. I think soliciting at private homes should be illegal. A woman in Lafayette was murdered by a solicitor not long ago.


Posted by Lisa, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Nov 18, 2010 at 12:44 pm

We had one come at 8:00PM last night! Why are they going door to door so late in the dark? The young woman ignored the "no solictor" sign (no surprise there) and she didn't want to take no for an answer from my husband. She actually said, if you give me money, I'll go away. I think she was joking, but my husband wasn't amused. A few minutes later our neighbor (who lives alone) called to say someone was at her door and wouldn't say who they were. She was frightened. My husband walked over to make sure the young woman had moved on. How DO we stop these?


Posted by Resident of Pleasanton, a resident of Birdland
on Nov 18, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I think since we moved here in 98 there are more of these types of solicitors coming to our doors. First off it is really annoying when they come by and you are either cooking dinner, eating dinner or just darn trying to relax after a long day at the office. We don't open our door but they definitely will ring the bell more than twice if they know someone is home.

I think we residence should see if there is a way to make this illegal to go door to door in our neighborhoods.


Posted by mellow fellow, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 18, 2010 at 9:37 pm

For some reason we live on a street where we get at least 1-2 a week. I've had a lot of annoying instances, and a few where the solicitors became angry when I said NO! If I remember correctly, there is an ordinance that says solicitors should have a license. This is an annoying problem.


Posted by Don Juan, a resident of Avignon
on Nov 19, 2010 at 12:46 am

Come on, people. It's a bad economy and people need to work to feed the family. Give the solicitors a break and buy something. Sheesh!


Posted by Lee, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 19, 2010 at 9:42 am

We live on a busy street and get a lot of solicitors from 5 pm on. I just don't answer the doorbell if I don't know who it is. It probably is impossible to stop all of them. If you want the police to know a group is in your neighborhood, call them. They can ask if the group has a license, and if not, kick them out of Pleasanton!


Posted by laura, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 19, 2010 at 11:36 am

Everyone needs to stop giving these people money, eventually they would give up. To the bleeding hearts, when you give money to these people, you are encouraging them to continue and frighten single women residents who have children and are afraid when strangers ring their doorbell at night.
Some of these people are gypsies who drive in from Sacramento in groups. I have been approached by these women (often with a child) more than once in the Safeway shopping center. They have approached me in my car in the parking lot. They bring the money back to a 'john'.


Posted by Styler, a resident of Livermore
on Nov 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm

They have to have a valid business license and a solicitors permit issued by the city that they are soliciting in. If they can't provide that, call the police. The solicitors permit is issued by the police department and the business license by the business license department. If they do furnish these, look closely at the expiration date, they may be from a long time ago.


Posted by Go away, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 19, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Several months ago, a woman came to my door... blah-blah... I have 6 children ..... I snapped "how disgusting, so you need money for condoms " and closed the door. I'm tired of being "bothered" so often. I live in a townhouse neighborhood that is 'posted'
NO SOLICITING ! ! And my car is expossed in driveway in front of my door ! I shouldn't have to feel intimidated in my own home.


Posted by call the police, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Nov 19, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Simply call the non-emergency number of the pleasanton police. It's not a bother and they WILL check it out. I've done it before and it netted a parole violation for the toothless dirtbag who was casing the neighborhood.


Posted by Beth, a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Nov 21, 2010 at 6:17 pm

A nice young man from Amador was selling coupons for an Amador team yesterday. He was legitimate and I bought the coupon to support the team.

The ones that are not local and legitimate I do not open the door for.

I am upset to see the gypsy beggars in our community. While having lunch a woman came table to table begging with her young daughter in tow for sympathy.


Posted by Knock Knock, Whose There?, a resident of Mohr Park
on Nov 23, 2010 at 6:00 am

Go down Orchard Supply Hardware with a $1.97 in hand and buy a sign that says 'NO SOLICITERS'. Did you turn off your lights? It worked for you on Halloween? Park your car in the garage, besides its more safe there. Don't come out to take your garbage out or retrieve your mail until late at night. Dig a moat around your house. Don't say 'Hi' or wave at your neighbors...... And whatever you do, don't feed the Door to Door Pigeons, they'll soon invite all their friends and bilk you for hard earned money......

(LOL), You're becoming that unfriendly, old crotchety person (like in the movie, 'Monster House') that some of us use to play 'Door Bell Ditch' on (yeah, you know who you are!).

Haven't you noticed how unfriendly our neighborhoods have become? Do you need to look back to your childhood for examples of what it 'used to be like'? We didn't have Neighborhood Watch Groups back then, we were it! If someone was lost, we gave them directions. If someone was selling or soliciting something of interest, we'd tell them "have you gone over to Mr. Smith's house yet, he might be interested in what you're offering?" If someone was on our street seemed shady or looked like they were up to no good, we could spot them a mile away. It was all because we knew each other!

Here's something.....Try going out this week and meeting a neighbor, strike up a conversation, play some touch football on your street this Thanksgiving Day! Don't wait for the next electrical blackout, 'did you feel it' earthquake, or local public safety or fire engine stopping on your street, to force you out of your house, congregate on the sidewalk, and be compelled to speak to one or more of your neighbors.

By the way, our town is called Pleasant-Town. Let's aim for that as a goal!


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