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Posted on: July 26, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Police Issue Door-to-Door Sales Rules Reminder


On July 25th at 1:15 P.M. two Bismarck female residents, ages 88 and 90, report two men came to their door at the 200 block of West Owens Avenue, selling magazines on behalf of BSC for a trip to Europe. The women wrote a check for $50 for Readers Digest and wanted the magazines sent to the troops overseas. The men are described as 20 years old, wearing dark clothing and one had a cast on his right hand. The receipt shows the name of the business as United Circulation, LLC of Cedar Falls, IA. This business is not licensed for door to door sales in Bismarck nor do they have a North Dakota Transient Merchant License.

Today the Bismarck Police Department issued this reminder on the rules governing door to door sales. According to Bismarck City Ordinance:

• All employees of the company must be approved to conduct sales and must have been issued an individual identification badge by the city prior to engaging in any sales.
• The individual identification badge must be worn and clearly displayed at all times by the employee when conducting sales.
• In addition, the salesperson must have a Transient Merchant License, with their name on it, in their possession.
• Door-to-door sales are permitted only between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
• Sales may not be attempted at any private residence, business, or establishment where there is posted a sign stating “No Trespassing”, “No Soliciting”, or similar notice; and,
• Employees may not engage in fraud or make any misrepresentations or false statements in the course of carrying on business or engage in any disorderly conduct or commit any crimes.

Door to Door Solicitation Permit Holders
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