A day following door-to-door sales people blanketing the Crestview area of Snoqualmie Ridge selling vacuum cleaners and asking to enter homes, and a TV news report about the solicitors described as “odd and extremely pushy,” the City of Snoqualmie is reminding residents to check solicitors’ credentials.
According to a city press release, “All door-to-door solicitation companies within city limits must have an active City of Snoqualmie temporary, door-to-door business license. Solicitors must wear a badge issued by the City of Snoqualmie, which provides the name of the solicitor, the business license number, and the license expiration date.”
The city, though, stated that some legitimate solicitors “unintentionally neglect to obtain licenses and badges” and they should be directed to contact the City of Snoqualmie at 425.888.1555.
The city also asks residents to call 911 to report and/or request immediate response from police if they answer the door to a solicitor who is unwilling to present a copy of their business license and badge – or for anyone who causes concern.
Residents can also call City Hall at 425.888.1555 to find out if someone has a legitimate license. However, the solicitor should be wearing a city-issued badge.
Joan Pliego, Snoqualmie Public Information Officer, encourages citizens to contact the City of Snoqualmie directly about city business or public safety matters.
Living Snoqualmie was contacted by multiple readers regarding the salespeople in the area on Monday, November 17, 2014.
Snoqualmie Police Captain Nick Almquist explained that officers responded and spoke with each solicitor on Monday, none of whom had city business licenses.
After the initial contact, Almquist said via email, “The driver picked them up in a van and they were followed onto I90 towards Seattle.”
Some homeowners in the Crestview area were still on edge, saying that the sales people were outlet late at night and back in the area on Tuesday.
City Public Information Officer Pliego stated, “We [city] would put out a notice via email and social media if we knew of any imminent danger.”