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Metro To Consider County-Wide 'No Solicitation List'

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by Adam Ghassemi

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ramona Pasimio was busy in the kitchen Friday with her sister cooking dishes from the Philippines. It's what little free time she has in between her two jobs. That's why quiet time around her home is so important.

"If somebody comes knocking at your door, you just want to ignore them," she said.

Pasimio's neighborhood got targeted by hard sell door-to-door salespeople over the summer. After complaints, Metro Councilmember Phil Claiborne decided the current soliciting permit system doesn't go far enough.

That's why Metro could allow people to put their homes on a No Solicitation List that sales people would have to reference.

Claiborne says they got the idea from Fort Collins, Colorado and tweaked it for Music City. He says the point is to allow legitimate businesses to conduct door-to-door sales where they're wanted, but to stop what he calls fly-by-night "storm chasers."

"They were very aggressive," Claiborne said. "When they go down the street they know which houses are off limits to them and which houses are fair game."

The change doesn't stop there.

Companies would have to go through a more stringent permitting process, make every salesperson pass national background checks and wear photo ID badges.

"So if somebody shows up at your door now and they have an ID badge with that permit number on it you can be assured that they're not a felon from out of state or somewhere else in Tennessee. That they've got a clean record at least," Claiborne went on to say.

That gives people like Pasimio comfort in knowing there could be fewer knocks at the door and peace of mind of who will be there when she answers.

"Nowadays you never know who is coming and knocking at your door. It's so scary," she said.

Some groups are immune, like religious, political or charitable organizations.

Metro Council votes on the third and final reading January 8th.

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