Columbus, Georgia – March 14, 2014. The BBB has been notified that several businesses have been approached with a sales pitch that may have included some implied threats and pressure tactics. Businesses are told that they must have functioning fire extinguishers on premises that are regularly maintained, and that the lack can be punishable by a fine of $10,000. They are then asked to purchase the extinguishers and the maintenance service. While it is true that businesses must have fire extinguishers on premises and must regularly maintain them (and yes there is a fine), this particular sales pitch employs techniques that are at the very least ethically questionable and can even be perceived as extortion.
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