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New Nashville ordinance to reduce door-to-door sales

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Whether it's a hailstorm or drive-by landscapers, most have had that knock on the door by someone who wants to be hired.

How do you feel about getting a knock on the door from a stranger?

Many don't like it no matter what that person wants.

"I don't like it all myself," said Michael Chubluski. "You can't blame a guy for trying to earn a buck."

But you can make it more legitimate.

In Nashville, you need a blue badge to go door-to-door. It means you're registered, but it doesn't mean you're a good guy.

"Somebody who comes to the door now could be from another state or another county in Tennessee. They could actually be a felon," said Metro Councilman Phil Claiborne. "There is no way to identify that with the present process."

Claiborne's new ordinance is one council meeting away from going into effect. Not only will it ask more of registered solicitors, it will also help with the random door knockers.

Signing up on a "Do Not Solicit" list puts your home off-limits for all door-to-door salesmen.

"The police will have immediate access to the 'no solicitation' list," said Claiborne. "If you were to call or you wife were to call about somebody in your neighborhood that's harassing people with aggressive techniques, then she calls and the police come out. They can pull up on the computer and see everyone on that street, every house on the no-call list."

The Better Business Bureau has always said door-to-door is a bad idea. After all, would you hire a door-to-door plumber?

The Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts have no worries. We won't see cookie girls handcuffed in the back of squad cars. The ordinance does not apply to service organizations or churches.

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