Pushy door-to-door sales continue illegally in Clackamas Co.

Pushy door-to-door sales continue illegally in Clackamas Co.

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by Scott Burton

kgw.com

Posted on May 21, 2010 at 7:48 AM

Updated Friday, May 21 at 9:43 AM

HAPPY VALLEY, Ore. -- Aggressive salespeople going door-to-door selling a cleaner called Advantage have continued the practice without a permit, authorities said.

The Clackamas County sheriff's office received two complaints Wednesday, the same day there a burglary was reported in their neighborhood.

A Happy Valley couple who asked for anonymity said they recognized the sales pitch and product from prior KGW reports about pushy T&B sales reps using abusive language from Vancouver to Aloha to Sweet Home.

"It definitely clicked and I thought, oh I saw a story about this," the woman said."Again yelling and saying some inappropriate stuff."

"Don't even engage them in conversation," said Gil Millett of the Clackamas County sheriff's community policing office. "Just explain to them that you're not interested and close the door."

Millett noted the burglary had taken place in the same neighborhood as the sales people.

T&B sales has a troubled history in Oregon. In 2008, the attorney general's office issued a consumer alert after sales reps were charge with fraud, theft and illegal drug activity.

Company president Timothy Burgess said the abusive language certainly is not a part of their training process. But he offered no recourse for people subjected to such behavior. He did offer an apology.

The AG has this web page for fraud complaints. You can also call (877)-877-9392 toll free or email consumer.hotline@doj.state.or.us.

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