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Door to door scare in Edgerton


Posted, Thursday, June 26, 2014 --- 4:05p.m.

With the internet, cell phones, and instant communication the art of selling door to door is definitely one of the past, but one business still doing it is raising some red flags.

This week in Edgerton, Emily Breidenbach opened her front door to a man selling meat door to door-something she thought was very out of the ordinary.

Tuesday morning Emily was in her quiet Edgerton neighborhood all alone.

"He asked if i did the grocery shopping, he asked if I lived alone," says Breidenbach.

Immediately Emily says she felt that there was something fishy about this man.

"Never did he ask to come inside but it was almost implied that we were going to go in and talk about it," Breidenbach adds.

Feeling more and more uncomfortable as the conversation went on, Emily started asking the questions.

"I asked for any kind of credentials, for anything to show that it's OK to be doing what he's doing. That's when he got really scared off and started backing away."

She says that's when the man left but not before she could snap a picture, she went to city hall to check if the company had a permit to be selling in Edgerton.

"None have been issued," says Ramona Flanigan.

Ramona Flanigan is the City Administrator and says they require permits specifically for situations like Emily's, detailing a description of the salesman along with phone numbers for the company.

"Anytime we have anyone going door to door there's always a possibility that someone will be uncomfortable," Flanigan adds.

Emily let the police know about the man and spread the word through facebook. She says bad intentions or not, she's glad she knew how to handle the situation.

"Don't be afraid to ask questions, if you're uncomfortable don't be pressured into anything and never let them in your house."

We did speak with the company today they are a real business out of Illinois. The owner says their delivery driver was making a delivery in Wisconsin and didn't know they needed a permit.

He says the delivery man is a good guy with full credentials and doesn't know why Emily might have been scared.


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