Door-to-door solicitors need permits

If someone knocks on your door and asks for money, you might want to make sure they have a permit to solicit. Regina Sjoberg, director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore, said someone had been going door to door in Grand Haven this week claiming to be raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wisconsin. "We never go door to door and we certainly wouldn't go collecting in another state,' Sjoberg told the Tribune. "I don't want anyone to be scammed by anyone at any time.'
Len Painter
Jul 30, 2011

Sjoberg said she reported the incident to the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.

Lt. Joe Boyle of the GHDPS said door-to-door solicitors are required to carry permits and are restricted to soliciting from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“We would urge residents to call the police or City Hall if they suspect someone is trying to scam money from them,” he said. “They also could be casing the neighborhood.”

Boyle said residents also should check with the Better Business Bureau before making any purchases or giving donations to door-to-door solicitors.

“You hate to say that every solicitor is trying to scam residents, but you do have to be careful,” he said.

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