With warmer temperatures in Acadiana, more and more people are out and about in our communities.
Better Business Bureau of Acadiana is cautioning that this also includes door-to-door salesmen, who are also taking advantage of spring weather to sell goods to residents at their homes.
BBB is issuing an alert to warn residents to be on the lookout for a local door-to-door meat salesman soliciting his product for prescription drugs.
Concerned residents in the Lafayette area have reported an independent salesman for a local independent door-to-door meat salesman approached their residences and peddled his product for more than just money.
One resident said after the salesman tried to sell her meat at a local apartment, he first asked if she worked for a law enforcement agency then offered her the product of her choice as a trade for prescription drugs she might have in her home.
It is illegal for anyone to obtain prescription medication not prescribed to them by a physician.
To make matters worse, the salesman stopped at an apartment for the disabled and elderly and possibly was looking to take advantage of a situation where prescription medications would be readily available.
The consumer, who helps manage the apartments, immediately told the salesman to leave then called the company to report the incident.
She also called law enforcement, who said they would be on the lookout for the vehicle.
“There are residents here with pain medications,” the manager said. “It is a shame that he did what he did because he would have had good business here.”
BBB offers the following tips to avoid issues with door-to-door sales:
- Start with Trust®. Check with the BBB before doing business.
- If you decide to open the door, be prepared to verify all information provided by a door-to-door salesperson.
- Get everything in writing! Get all terms, prices and conditions in writing. Tell the salesperson you will check it out and get back to him or her then ask for a business card and contact information.
- Before buying anything, ask to see a copy of their permit, often called a peddler’s license. Many municipalities require a special soliciting permit for companies selling door-to-door.
- Don’t fall for high pressure sales tactics. Unscrupulous door-to-door sellers will pressure you into making an immediate purchase. If you find yourself in an uncomfortable position, end the conversation quickly.
- Know your rights. The Federal Trade Commission’s Three-Day Cooling-Off Rule generally gives the customer three days to cancel purchases over $25 that are made in the home. In addition to a receipt, salespeople should also include a cancellation form that customers can send to the company to cancel the agreement. Visit FTC.gov for more information on the Cooling-Off Rule.
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The BBB of Acadiana services the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Landry and Vermilion.