Get license plate, start dialing police, letting them know you are doing
it. They would most likely finish it without the extra money to keep the
police out of the area. When they leave, call the police anyway and
report the scam and license so the guy a block down doesn't get taken.
Rule #1. Always get it in writing.
You can\'t \'idiot proof\' anything....every time you try, they just make
Yeah, like local authorities don't have anything better to do than
waste their time on this crap? They're gonna tell you it's a
contract dispute, it's a civil matter, and take it to court if you
like. Good luck there.
I guess you didn't read my post very well. I see that you even snipped it.
I shall repost it. This time, if you don't read it all, JUST READ THE FIRST
HTH, but I doubt it.
<repeat of my post>
It depends on the jurisdiction. In some places, they might consider it
grounds for fraud. In others, they would refer you to the proper civil
channel to connect to. And then lots of time, these guys are just "casing"
and return later to pick up loose items at houses where they know what kind
of car is parked in the driveway when someone is home, whether or not you
have a dog, etc. It really all depends on the local authorities, and you'd
have a better chance in a small town where the police are less busy than in
a big city.
Now go take a blood pressure pill and a nap.
On May 12, 3:15 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Maybe, but here I suspect they would locate them and determine if they
had a city business license.
If not they would be happy to make sure they paid the city a nice fine
for not having a license. You might not get your money back, but they
might not be able to keep the money.
In the small towns I have lived in, yeah, the local law does roust drive-by
scammers like this pretty hard, mainly because their preferred victims
usually have gray hair. Young homeowners usually don't care how driveway
looks, or are strong enough to go to Home Despot, and get a mop and couple
5-gallon buckets of glop and do it themselves.
In a small town the police would probably respond. In a big city,
they would refer you to whoever enforces city licensing requirements.
In both places there is someone who wants to make sure the city gets
money for licenses. Getting someone to respond because you lost money
is harder than getting someone to respond because the city probably
True. I have noticed, though, in small towns, the police take note of
"traveling tradesmen" and others that are not familiar. And they have the
time to do so. They know a lot of the local people, and those from outside
the area are very noticeable.
Correct. Many years ago I lived in a rural town and had a sales job
that sent me on the road. Once I was going door to door to businesses
and a cop asked me who I represented. He explained that I needed to come
to the station to register.He was polite and had m get in the front seat.
At the station the chief explained what is called a Green River
Ordinance which requires itinerant sales people to register (there was
He then had the dispatcher radio the officer who drove me back to my car.
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Thank you for the calm lucid rational answer from someone who's been there,
done that. I, also, have had experiences all over this land. I just get
aggravated when I try to bring them here, and some want to attack even the
It's like, if they've never seen the Statue of Liberty, they swear it cannot
Wikipedia on Green River Ordinance:
The name Green River Ordinance is given to a common American city ordinance
prohibiting door-to-door solicitation. Under such an ordinance, it is
illegal for any business to sell their items door-to-door without express
permission from the household beforehand. Some versions prohibit all
organizations, including non-profit charitable, political, and religious
groups, from soliciting or canvassing any household that makes it clear, in
writing, that it does not want such solicitations (generally with a "No
Trespassing" or "No Solicitations" sign posted.)
The ordinance is named for the city of Green River, Wyoming, the first city
to enact it.
The ordinance has been brought before the Supreme Court for challenge in
several times. While the court has upheld these ordinances when they
prohibit intrastate commerce (seeing the issue as a state's rights issue),
more recent decisions suggest that a total ban on door to door soliciting
would be found unconstitutional and unenforceable on the grounds of
religious free speech and commercial free speech when the ordinances ban
religious or interstate solicitations.
<end of Wikipedia>
So, therefore, if the person who was solicited for the driveway work lived
in a town where the Green River Ordinance was in effect, all they had to do
was call the police, and they would have taken care of the whole (eventual)
mess. Or, the town may have had their OWN ordinance. Like a fellow said,
all the town is interested in is getting their cut. For some small towns,
their radar guns and enforcement of local laws on tourists, outsiders and
the uninformed brings in revenues.
Your friend is lucky if what his driveway was sprayed with was not
simply drained crankcase oil.
That's what the "Gypsy Travelers" usually use in their scams.
Tell your friend that he is now a "sucker of the first order"!!!!!!
Hell, most of us learned about this scam well before we were old
enough to have sex!
Well friend, if you waited until 60 to get laid, you are a very
exceptional person or maybe Irish. In most regions of the US, normal
kids have sex before the age of 15. I wanted to have sex since I was
12, but the girls I knew hadn't yet reached puberty. Actually, the
first real sex that I ever had was at the age of 19, and I married the
girl. We'll celebrate our 49th on July 11th.
Also, by the age of 12, unless retarded and riding the short bus, most
kids know about the Gypsy Travelers, who are usually of Irish origin,
and derived from the "Tinkers", not Gypsy's at all. Most are the scum
of Ireland. If you don't know who the Tinkers are, consult an
irishman or Google.
Damn, what is it with you young people, are you mentally regarded or
simply stupid. I cannot imagine anyone today not being familiar with
the 'Irish Traveler' scam. What has been described in this thread is
precisely what they do for a living. Damn, how dumb can you get!
On 12 May 2007 16:29:16 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
Good movie called Traveller with Bill Paxton and Mark Wahlberg.
Pretty funny scene when they collected their cash and ran like hell
because it started to rain. The "blacktop sealer" they had just
applied was running into the gutter just as fast.
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