Sheriff Webre Reminds Citizens to be Cautious When Approached by Door-to-door Salespeople

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre is asking the public to be cautious when approached by door-to-door salespeople, especially during this holiday season. “We have handled dozens of complaints in past years from citizens who reported being pressured and intimidated by door-to-door salespeople,” said Sheriff Webre. “While we aren’t receiving widespread reports yet, we wanted to simply remind our residents how they can protect themselves. Our advice is simple: ask to see any travelling salesman’s parish permit and if they can’t produce it, shut the door.”

In an incident this week, a Chackbay resident heard a knock at the door and opened it to find a W/M and a B/M subject standing there, and they asked if she wanted to buy a large bottle of dish washing liquid. The subjects were holding a large bottle of what appeared to be dish washing liquid that had been “watered down”. The resident told the subjects that she was not interested, and they left the residence in a minivan that was either silver or gray in color. The resident noted that she had never seen the men in the area before.

“While this instance may seem uneventful, not only is it illegal for persons to be peddling products without a permit, but characters such as these could also be scouting out your property for another planned crime later on. Either way, we want citizens to report any door-to-door salespeople who seem suspicious and cannot produce a permit.”

Parish Ordinance 15:11 makes it illegal to sell products door to door in Lafourche Parish without a permit. Parish Ordinance 15:7 also prohibits such sales between 8:00 P.M. and 8:00 A.M.

Sheriff Webre also noted that door-to-door salespeople are always welcome in Lafourche Parish, as long as they have the proper permitting and documentation. “We don’t want to give the impression that salespeople are not welcome in Lafourche Parish,” said Sheriff Webre. “Any legitimate company will be able to provide documentation to its salespeople, and those individuals should respect that our citizens are simply trying to protect themselves when they are asked to produce that documentation.”

Sheriff Webre Reminds Citizens to be Cautious When Approached by Door-to-door Salespeople