Police Crack Down On Unlicensed Peddlers


It's been happening across the Heartland for years. Pushy peddlers going door to door trying to sell a variety of items. Steve Kalhorn said recently it's been magazines.

"This house has been approached four times in the last three weeks," said Kalhorn, Dundee homeowner.

Many times the peddlers wouldn't take no for an answer.

"The problem is when they declined, the seller would become rude, accusatory, even cursing at the home owner," said Kalhorn.

Because of the aggression police started making arrests. Kalhorn remembers an encounter with the seller Jamal Barnes.

"He just kept pushing, and finally I just said I don't want your magazines so why are you talking, what do you want from me? He said 360 dollars, so I said why don't you just keep walking," said Kalhorn.

Barnes continued door to door -- racking up several more complaints. When police came out they asked if he had a peddlers license. Barnes admited he didn't have one, so police arrested him.

This arrest wasn't Barnes' only complaint, he was arrested a week earlier for aggressive behavior too. A police report said he would even go as far as banging on people's windows.

Police tell homeowners, if an unwanted peddler is knocking, don't open the door, let them know that you are home, and then call 911 if they persist.

Omaha police agree, saying they are ready to take action against anyone breaking the law.

Police conacted the company these door to door sellers work for and after the conversation, police aren't sure much will change.

The company told police they knew their sellers didn't have the permits. Police said the company didn't seem phased by the arrests.


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