Homeowners in Wheeling say a group of door-to-door salesmen are behaving badly and causing concerns.
They say one person bangs on the door and does the talking while a carload of others, parked outside, joins in the heckling.
They say these so-called salesmen have a style that seems to include verbally abusing the customer.
Robert Slyder of Wheeling said it was 7:30 p.m. Saturday and completely dark outside when they came to his house.
He said the man who repeatedly rapped on the door had what appeared to be a bottle in his hands.
He said the man claimed he wasn’t actually selling anything.
Slyder said he made it clear he had no intention of buying.
But the so-called salesman and his friends ramped up the talk and the anger.
“I told him it was time for him to leave, and he got real defiant,” said Slyder. “I got firm with him. And then his other colleagues in the vehicle in front of my house started heckling me too, and they invited me to come out on the street. And then they started videotaping me.”
Slyder said some neighbors came along, and the carload of “salesmen” left.
Wheeling Police Deputy Chief Marty Kimball said if you don’t recognize the person knocking at your door, don’t feel compelled to answer it.
And if you do answer it and the conversation takes an unpleasant turn, you can tell them to leave.
“If you think things are not going right or you’re not happy, simply thank them for their time and close the door,” said Kimball. “And lock it. Should they become aggressive, please call the police and we’ll be happy to come out and talk to those particular individuals. Maybe they’re scammers, maybe they’re legitimate businessmen. We don’t know unless we talk to them.”
Slyder said they had the logo of a well-known vacuum sweeper company on their vehicle.
But he believes they were scammers, not real salesmen.