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Solicitation in Farmington

posted Apr 14, 2011, 12:58 PM by Domain Admin   [ updated Apr 14, 2011, 1:57 PM ] not an enforceable crime in Mecklenburg county, door-to-door solicitation when “No Soliciting” signs are clearly posted at Farmington’s entrance is a violation of our community’s policy.

Our community’s “no solicitation” policy refers to any stranger pitching any kind of product
or service, whether direct sales or indirect, or any other uninvited persons or advocates.

If a stranger approaches you on the sidewalk or in your yard to pitch products or services
instead of knocking on your door, this is a violation of our community’s “no soliciting”

If you feel uncomfortable opening your door to a solicitor for any reason, don’t – but do
acknowledge the knock on the door and politely ask the person to leave.

Never open your door to strangers including door-to-door solicitors. Use the window or
peep hole to see who is at the door and talk through a locked door. Be alert to persons
claiming to work for a utility company (i.e. electric, gas, water or cable) if you did not
call the utility company with a problem. That person should not need to enter your
home. Ask for a telephone number and call to verify that person’s identity. If you think
something is not right or that person refuses to leave - call the police immediately.

Calling 9-1-1 is not only for immediate emergencies. The CMPD encourages residents
to report solicitors – especially those who have been asked to leave the area after being
informed of our neighborhood’s policy but persist in calling on residents.

Should you decide to entertain a solicitor, always ask to see the required business
license before the solicitor even starts their sales pitch, since the average con-artist will
have a thousand reasons why he/she has no license.

Read and understand any contract before you sign it. Always use licensed contractors.
Check references and double-check them through the Better Business Bureau, ( or by phone at 704-927-8611).

Never pay for work before it is completed.

Never pay for anything you did not order or do not want.

Avoid “get-rich-quick” schemes. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Do not enter a contest or accept free gifts or prizes unless you clearly understand your

Never give your social security number or other personal financial information to
someone that knocks on your door.

If you, or an elderly or disabled person that you know are being abused, neglected, or
exploited, report it to the county department of social services (704-432-1111). In an
emergency, you may need to call 9-1-1. The law protects you if you act in good faith with
the desire to help.
Domain Admin,
Apr 14, 2011, 1:56 PM