Complaints could force door-to-door ordinance changes

Tupelo resident Bob Wadley said he narrowly avoided being scammed by someone claiming to sell magazine subscriptions Monday outside his home. (C.J. LeMaster, WTVA)
Tupelo resident Bob Wadley said he narrowly avoided being scammed by someone claiming to sell magazine subscriptions Monday outside his home. (C.J. LeMaster, WTVA)
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Updated: 9/03/2013 9:53 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- City officials may end up revising the guidelines for door-to-door sales permits after at least one resident came forward Tuesday night with concerns.

Resident Jackie Newell addressed the council at its monthly meeting, talking about incidents where people showed up at her front door late at night trying to sell her various products.

Newell said those salesmen had permits issued from the city of Tupelo, but the ordinance which regulates them doesn't specify which hours the salespeople can do business, meaning they're allowed to do so any time, day or night.

Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton says he plans to bring something before the council in the coming weeks to address that issue.

In addition, one councilman says he's also been harassed by the salesperson.

"It is widespread citywide, and I don't think it'll take much to change the ordinance to back up the time," Ward 6 Councilman Mike Bryan said. "We never had this issue before that I'm aware of, except a year ago and that was with the same company."

Bryan says stricter guidelines will hopefully solve the problem for many residents.
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