JDJ Out-of-Salesmen 3/20/61

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JDJ Out-of-Salesmen 3/20/61 - May License Out-of-Town Salesmen Wil- ) ; Mrs...
May License Out-of-Town Salesmen Wil- ) ; Mrs fund Heisman, drive r d ; A blind widow in A l b i a i e e - n t - ly agreed to pay S'^io lo an o u t - ol-town coal luinace l i n n lo h a v e the hie box in bei J u i n a e e ie- Jilacecl. An agent ol the l i n n bad told the blind w o m a n the l n e box was ciacked. County A t t u i i K ' j Jame.s D. Jen- Kins di-sc'oveied t i n - s i t u a t i o n later. later. He checked v \ u h local heating heating firais and discoven-d the local local price is $50 lo S7o foi the same woik. This w i d o w was one ol at lc-asl five people who weie a p p i o a c l n d by this f u i n a c e firm d u r i n g about a week There may h a v e been other cases. The firm sells a w e l l - k n o w n furnace which J e n k i n s sav-, is of a high q u a l i t y . H o w e v e r , the methods used bj the a g e n t s ol the f n m aie questionable. Jeii- kins leels As a l e s u l l , J e n k i n s p l a n s to ask the Albia City Council to approve approve an o i d m a n c e lo legulalc; salesmen in Albia Under the ordinance ihe d i m whose agents come lo A l b i a would be requited lo posl a pu- formance bond in the n e i g h b u i hood hood of $10 Out). The agent.-, w o u l d be r e q u i t e d to o b t a i n licenses. licenses. The agent w o u l d b.- l e c j u n e d to produce i d e n t i l u - a l ion whx h would show thai he i b a c t u a l l y employed by ihe d i m which has posted the p e i f u i m u n c e bond. The i d e n t i f i c a t i o n w o u l d also he used to i d e n t i t y the i n d i v i d u a l and to provide an addiess F a i l u i e lo o b t a i n a l i f - t u s v v v o u l d be p u n i s h a b l e be a j a i l sentence of 30 days or a f i n e of $100, 01 both. Jenkins says such an ordinance would not e l i m i n a t e the problem of salesmen who opeiate l i a u d - ulently 01 q u e s t i o n a b l v , but he s t a l e s t h a t S h e r i f f William F. Uagle.v agrees v. iih him Dial it m i g h t e l i m i n a t e about 'M per c e n t of i h e d o u b l e . " "These 'gv p artists' are l i k e bugs under a ruck who can I s t a n d the light, u! day," J e n k i n s sa.d "Th'- o i d m a n c e w o u l d place a sp.nhght on then a c t i v i t i e s " A l b i a is p a r d c u h u l y npe loi tin mice salesmen w h u u.se q u e s - t i o n a b l e tactics, Jenkins said, because- because- of the lecent a d d i t i o n of n a l u i a l gas seiv,ce, and because ol the large number ot elderl people. This is not the l u s t vear, however, that f u i n a c e salesmen h a v e invaded t h e city. "The.se salesmen opeiute jusl w i t h i n the law," Jenkins pointed o u t , "and it w o u l d be d i f f i c u l t lo convict them under s t a t e f i a u d l a w s " For one leason, he men- loned, t h e Iowa d a u d l a w s u i e too specific and hmilecl. T h e c o u n t y a t t o i m y said t h e q u c - M i o n a b l e l u i n a c e salesman v.ill u s u a l l y contact an e l d e i l y person, use a disi sales p i t c h , and will coeice the pcison i n t o signing signing a contract immediately for s o m e t h i n g I h e person does not a c t u a l l y need O f t e n Ihe price is m u c h h i g h e r t h a n local prices "\W can't act act u a l l y complain about i h e piicc as such," J e n k i n s p o i n t s out, ' b u t when it is f i v e limes the local pi ice it approaches s o m e t h i n g moie t h a n s a l e s m a n s h i p and is close to bordering on fraud." Ray Gilgei, the A l b i a manatcei lor gas operations for Iowa S o u t h e r n U t i l i t i e s C o . calls t h e salesmen "despicable" J e n k i n s said t h e y may be a b s o l u t e liars. Jenkins said a man came to his office and lepie.scnted himself as an a u d i t o r fiom t h e m a i n of- l i c e of the f u i n a c e m a n u f a c t u r e r whose product is sold by the J i r m ·Ah.eh o p e i a t " d in Albia. He l o u n d o u t lalei t h a t t h e "audi- ini ' was til.- same man who had sold the 5,^(1-) u-paii job to the b l i n d w i d o w Gilgei s-aid t h i s same .nan rep- iesei;ied h i m s e l f in the 1SU olfice as a d l s t i . c - t supeu isoi. Tl-e i i t t a i i v \ i t h the b l i n d wo- m a n w a s p i o b a b l v t h e worst."the c ' j u n l v a l l o i n e v sa.vs These are Mi.- o i h e ; I MII cases, all i n v o l v i n g th. sani" d i m and all occurring in t h e sa.ii. pi-nod ot aoout a v.e. k A A g e n t s c a m e lo ihe home of a n e ' d e i l v w o m a n a n d said t h e y v v a n t c d to c l e a n hoi stove She a l l o w ( d them m t h e house a n d signed a eon d a r t to h a v e the s i o v e leaned lor $15. Thev t i n e d o w n uie -.love and t o l d liei u was in it-ruble condi- t i o n . Thev said stir was lucky lo s l i i l b e a l i v e . Thev ia!k"d hei i n t o m s l a l l i n g a gas f u i n a c t - The- t o t a l price \ v a s n i o i e t i i a i i 81,.',00. It w a s del del i v e r . - d m k ss t h a n 21 hours and plai.-d on U K - dint poich. WJnlr. it v.a- on the d o n t porch, the d u c k ol a local h e a t i n g firm d i o v e DV Tin- m e m b e i s of the d i m l.jiovv t h e w o m a n personal- I v The.v e x p l . l i n e d to tlie w o m a n t h a t t n o v t e l l t h e particular firm w .is a "gv [) artist " 'J'h( v i n - t a l l ' - d tlieir own l u r - nace and duel w o t I., and e v e n p i o v i d c d i n s u l a t i o n , which t h e o t h e i fn m had not agreed to, and t h e t o t a l cost v. as $81)0 Foi i n n a t e l y , it was Thursday a f t e r n o o n w h e n t h e salesmen dom out-of-town had contacted the woman, and the banks were closed. She shipped payment on the cheek she had given for a down p a v n v - n t The salesmen had said the woman's woman's home w o u l d i c q u i i e a f u r - nace w i t h a capacity of 130,000 Hridsh T h f i m o U n i t s (BTL'si. The one delivered had a capacity of 100.000 CTU's. The one instzllled locally had a capacity of 115,000 or 150,000 BTU'S. Wliile t h e f u r n a c e might h a v e been su! fit-lent for the rest of t h i s winter, it would have been i n a d e q u a t e on an exceptionally cold day next winter, and the woman would p r o b a b l y h a v e been sold another, larger f u r - nace, Jenkins says. The misrepresentation of the capacity of the furnace is close to f r a u d , Jenkins sa.v s Tne company company could say t h a t an error had been mado, he pointed out The furnace is being stored at the jail. The company has made no attempt to recover it The same Thursday afternoon the wife of an Albia m m i s t e i was contacted by agents who said they were checking foi gas leaks. The parsonage where they called dof^s nut have n a t u r a l gas They said they were from the "gas company." implying t h e y represented ISU. The ministers' w i f e would not let them in the house. She c o n - tacted her husband They made an a p p o i n t m e n t to meet with t h e agents l a t e r The "finance c o m m i t t e e " was at the parsonage w h e n the agents returned. Two members of the "cammitlee" were Sheriff Ragley and Deputy Sherift Clair Bates'. The agents recogm/."ri Bates and kept their sales pitch down In another case an elderly woman woman was contacted hy a g e n t s ol the firm who w a n t e d ,$15 to clean the nozzle on her oil b u r n e r J e n k i n s said he has f o u n d out that the job t a k e s about l i v e minutes. The local piice for the w o i k is $2 50 to §3 50. In the d f l h case, an agent l a n a lingei along a hot air legis- !· r and a l i t t l e .soot c a m e o i l . HI- held t h e l i n g e r u n d e r t h e nose ot the e l d e r l y w o m a n and sud. "Smell that. That's carbon monoxide. That s t u t f w i l l k i l l v o u . " Soot in no w av usembles carbon monoxide Anoth. r area in w i n c h people in A l b i a have been s w i n d l e d is in the sale of m a g a / i n e subs'op- tions' Some students sell l e g i t i - m a t e subscriptions d u i i n g t h e summer The f i a u d u l e n t salesmen salesmen U s u a l l y in gin a b o u t the same time- One maga/.me s a l e s m a n t o l d people he was C e l l i n g j-uos-Tip- t i o n s to b u i l d a r e i ' i a t i o n c entei for the cit.v Bagley said m a n v mag i/.me "artists" aie also cheel: l a i s ' - i - , lie said people should f - . t h e r ;av m cash or w r i t e a c hci k in siiell a manner t h a t it can't be ruis d "Gyp artists" can use p i a c d c a l )v )v an\ product Bagi"v said p o- ple should beware of a salesnun if they don't know h i m and should c-neck on h i m Th"v s h o u l d n-poii high p i e s s u i e t a c l i c t t o the s!n r- l i f ' s o t f i c e . One "saleswoman" he slopp. d had been acdng as a m u t e girl. W h e n he took her to j a i l she began began t a l k i n g He s t o p p e d one car neai I l i t e - m a n and found crutches, canes, colored glasses, "deaf and d u m b f i n d s " G i l g e i said ISU w i l l also re- q u e s t an o r d i n a n c e at the A p n l 1 mec'ting af tho citv c o u n c i l to r e g u l a t e i n s t a l l a t i o n of furnaces W r i t i n g in "Th" A m e r i c a n Home" in February, a lormei f u r - nace "gyp oi list" l i s t s four wav., to protect v o u i s e l f f i o m f u r n a c e l a c k c ' e c i s '1. Say no to door-to-door or telephone' solicitors who wiuit to clean your furnaci-. If ^ o u have been salisiied w i t h the service piovided b;. the c-Dinpany that i n s t a l l e d o u r f u i them about inspection n repairs. In m a n v instances, furnaces "condemnc'd" b unelhie;t! com- ])ames need o n l y inexpensive p a i t s stocked by t h e clealei "2. (Jet c o m p e t i t i v e bids you're i n s t a l l i n g , remodeling repainng v o u r h e a d n g Shajpies w o n t hotel s t i l l That s why t h e y tear d o naces W i t h o u t h e a t in Ihe homeuv, n e r c a n t w o t h e r bids T h a t .-, wh.v r to admit it mei ant f i . i n a C e i s is the rno.t i n i p o i l a all. ""!. Dont sign a n l h i n g \ o u k n o w w h a t v o u ' The f u i n a e - f - rack. le"is p i a e t H ' e ol i n e l u d i i p l e d o n pap-Ta among o t h a v e vietmis sign 'ju-,L as a form form a h i v l o expedite t h e because t h i s is an emerg.-ncy job. 1 Wh(-n c u s t o n i e i s c o m i n s t a l l a t i o n s w e r e un. the f u i n a c e eompan / iMinvr-d, t n i - m tiie signed c o i n p l pei s "K Don't I." f r i g h t e n e hurried, or h i g h - p i i ' s s u p t h a n you'd t a k e .sc-aic- t a f i o m art a u t o m o b i l e ciealerl. vou a r e being pushed, o reason to suspect tho co.npany or Uic salesman One v i c t i reMjuc'sled tune to check v i t B t ' t t o i Business Bureau was t i m i d a l e d bj the t h r e c o n d i t i o n o f t h e f be repoited to the city h " a i inspectoi if he did so. Had he called the salesman's b l u f f he w o u l d have saved himself trouble trouble and expense "

Clipped from The Monroe County News20 Mar 1961, MonPage 1

The Monroe County News (Albia, Iowa)20 Mar 1961, MonPage 1
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