The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on February 26, 1936 · Page 16
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February 26, 1936

The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 16

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Mason City, Iowa
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Wednesday, February 26, 1936
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SIXTEEN MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 26 H 1936 CHIEF HAROLD WOLFE A WARN ING From the Chief of Police to the Housewives and Other Citizens of This Community: THIS IS A WARNING to Beware of STRANGERS posing as solicitors, salesmen or inspectors calling at your homes. THEY SHOULD NOT BE ADMITTED UNTIL THEIR CREDENTIALS HAVE BEEN CHECKED UP AND VERIFIED and that you are SURE that they are REPRESENTATIVES OF LOCAL BUSINESS FIRMS. IN MANY CASES Strangers without RELIABLE CREDENTIALS are "spotters" or locaters for professional criminals--and, according to police record, lack of caution on the part of the householders has often resulted in costly property losses and bitter experiences. DO NOT PAY CASH IN ADVANCE to STRANGERS on an order for merchandise as IN MANY CASES THE CUSTOMER NEVER RECEIVED ANYTHING FOR THE CASH ADVANCED. DO NOT CASH CHECKS FOR STRANGERS or issue a check to a stranger on an order--often times these checks have been ''altered" and later cashed by an innocent party. IT'S BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY--be SURE you KNOW WITH WHOM YOU ARE DEALING before granting admittance to your home. IN CASE YOU ARE SUSPICIOUS --phone the POLICE at once-Phone 2140--DO NOT DELAY IN THIS as the police department is anxious to co-operate with our citizens at all times. ONE NEED NOT BE AFRAID OF OFFENDING THE honest salesperson. KNOWN TO. YOU--living here or representing a LOCAL FIRM--they will have their credentials with them and welcome investigation. PROTECT YOURSELF--ASK FOR CREDENTIALS. SHOWING IDENTITY. Harold Wolfe Chief of Police, Mason City What the American Demands for His Dollar is SERVICE Mrs. Housewife - - · Yes, Mr. Business and Professional Man, Too---Lees Look at the FACTS AS THEY REALLY ARE What Service Does the Itinerant Peddler Render You for Your Dollar as Compared to the Service Offered by the Mason City Businessman? V JUST CONSIDER WHAT THE PEDDLER OR DOOR-BELL RINGER OFFERS: In almost every instance--you buy from small size sample swatches or pictures--and trust to luck, after waiting days--sometimes weeks--that your purchase IF RECEIVED* will prove satisfactory. Sometimes thru high-pressure methods you are induced to pay a CASH DEPOSIT, on an order of this bootleg-merchandise, later finding financial conditions do not permit you to complete the contract--Who Loses? Do You Get Back Your Cash Deposit??? You are induced to buy in excess of your needs--thru a cleverly prepared sales talk, on a SAVING OF SMALL CONSEQUENCE to be made thru ordering in quantity lots. The amount of the immediate cash deposit seems small and you are tricked into a larger purchase. Many times "SOMETHING FREE" is offered you as BAIT to secure your larger order. The itinerant Peddlers, with their unknown merchandise--questionable bargains and unethical methods of selling can well be classed AS BOOTLEGGERS OF MERCHANDISE. Every time you turn over a dollar to a door-to-door canvasser you are speculating on the return you will get for your money. Have you ever stopped to THINK of the possibility of these Itinerant Peddlers as carriers of DIRT or DISEASE? Yes Even In The Busy Office Will Be Found The PERSISTENT PEST who infringes on the employer's time. Haven't you had one of those breezy salesmen breeze into your office--and ask for a few minutes of your employer's time (only not always in such a polite manner)--and then he proceeds to high pressure you into an order--and in many cases you place an order to rid yourself of the PEST. This class of Professional Peddler is a slicker and can talk himself into a sale by making indefinite promises as to deliveries on orders, as well as to exaggerate, without any effort, the quality of the article he is selling. You see him ONLY today. THE MASON CITY MERCHANT OFFERS YOU merchandise--which you can examine at the time of purchase--yes, you can TAKE IT WITH YOU NOW--Why WAIT?--There is no room for uncertainty. And after you get home and should you find your purchase not exactly what you expected, you can exchange it with your merchant, and you are NOT required to wait ten days or two weeks. He has HIS STOCK of goods here for IMMEDIATE SERVICE. The Mason City Merchant can not afford to oversell you thru high pressure methods--because he is d-epending upon you for your future patronage. He expects to stay. The itinerant peddler may never see you again--in fact in many cases HE HOPES HE WON'T. The Mason City Merchant offers his Personal Friendship and Acquaintance--which are factors in your business relation that can not be contracted with any LONG DISTANCE MANUFACTURER. i · ' I Special Authorized Representative is line who is allowed to COLLECT Bo Not Confuse Legitimate Representatives of Mason City Businesses With the Itinerant Peddlers! COPYRIGHT--THE CITY LOYALTY ASSOCIATION

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