Snoqualmie Ridge homeowners on alert after suspicious salespeople come to their doors

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A Snoqualmie Ridge homeowner took this photo of what she said was an aggressive salesman. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. — Homeowners in one Snoqualmie neighborhood are concerned that some aggressive salespeople who have been coming to their doors to try to sell vacuums and cleaning services may have been casing their homes.

Some say they`re suspicious because they`ve heard about sales tactics like this in other cities where burglaries have become an issue.

Natalie Ritchie`s neighbor took photos because she thought it was strange when a man showed up in their Snoqualmie neighborhood Monday trying to sell vacuums and carpet cleaning services.

“It’s pretty rare to have solicitors up here on the (Snoqualmie) Ridge,” Ritchie said. “You actually have to get a permit from City Hall to solicit here.”

But it wasn`t just the fact that the man and the people he was with didn’t have permits that sent up red flags — it was their persistence trying to get into people`s homes.

“They wanted to survey our rooms and give us an estimate on carpet cleaning, and they wouldn’t take no for an answer,” Ritchie said.

Earlier this month, Veronica Marler had a similar experience with a woman selling vacuums in Everett.

Everett police don`t know if that salesperson had anything to do with a series of break-ins near Marler`s neighborhood. But they say homeowners should be cautious about letting strangers inside.

Homeowners in Snoqualmie have already alerted police about the sales calls Monday. Now they`re sharing information with each other, and reminding everyone to lock their doors and set their alarms.

While the Q13 FOX News crew was doing this story, a van pulled over. The driver said he is a legitimate salesman just trying to do his job. But when asked who he worked for and if he could show employment identification, he refused.

 

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5 comments

  • Kenneth Briggs

    say , this is what you can do, if they will not leave, tell them that so and so is sleeping and you do not want to wake that so and so up , so if they still then leave the door open and walk away and then if they come in call 911 and tell them you are being rob say anything to get the cops over fast hell say you think they have a gun have the cops move them out of town or show permits and license . or tell them you better half is doing the same thing over at ———— or ask them if they know so and so over at what ever company that comes to your head .

  • John blifford

    Kenneth I’m going to steal a movie line from the movie Billy Madison…

    Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  • sissybinny

    Kirby Vacuums
    923 industry drive
    tukwila, wa 98188

    They do not perform background checks and are not required to do so because homeowners grant them permission to enter. DO NOT LET THESE PEOPLE IN YOUR HOME. We have first hand experience with the entire office. Management is physically aggressive. Head manager forced entry to neighboring office and was verbally abusive to them. Cars also broken in to since their office moved in.