2 arrested in Sherman selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

SHERMAN, Tex. ― Before you open your door to someone who knocks, Sherman police warn you to beware. Some people doing door-to-door sales in Grayson County are doing it illegally. Rashi Vats has more.

Sherman police say door-to-door sales are common, but there are certain regulations that must be followed. Several individuals selling magazines in the city did not follow those rules. Now they're in jail.

If you get a knock at your door, Sherman police warn the person on the other side could be part of scam.

“If they don't take ‘no’ for an answer, close your door,” Sgt. Bruce Dawsey of the Sherman Police Department says.

For the past week, a group from Florida has been going door-to-door in several cities selling magazine subscriptions. They have hit Houston, and now police say they're in Sherman.

“We started receiving complaints was that these people wouldn't take no for an answer. They were really aggressive in their demeanor, trying to push the magazine, and in one instance they actually cursed at the person when they refused it,” Dawsey said.

Two people from the same group were arrested Monday in Sherman’s Pebblebrook neighborhood for soliciting without a permit. We talked to several Pebblebrook residents who say they saw these folks and they were very aggressive.

“It’s not so much that they were selling them. What we have a problem with is that their soliciting without a permit. You have to have a permit in Sherman to go door-to-door.”

In order to sell door-to-door in Sherman, you must get a vendor permit from the city clerk. Selling without a permit is a violation of city ordinance and can result in a ticket or jail time.

Members of the group are staying at a hotel in Sherman, but police say they can't arrest anyone in the group unless they are actively soliciting.

In the meantime, they warn you to be wary of opening your door for strangers.

Sellers from the Florida-based group are charging upwards of $60 per subscription. Sherman police say it's much cheaper to purchase a magazine subscription directly from the publisher. You can do that with the mail order form found in the magazine.

Sherman police ask that you alert them if any of these sellers show up on your doorstep.

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  • by Anonymous Location: sherman on Oct 19, 2009 at 07:36 AM
    I posted the comment on 10/18/09. If anyone has information on what I can do at this point please let me know. I have the receipt, crooks cell phone number (which I made hime give to me and watched it ring, probably throw away phone) and info that was located on the red suburban with no plates because followed them. Since the police have known about this situation and didnt take me seriously its really aggravating since I was following them!!!!
  • by Anonymous Location: sherman on Oct 18, 2009 at 06:54 PM
    numbers on it. The police department had no cares in the world to come and help me. I have the guys cell phone number, which Im sure is a throw away cell. It is 281-881-5802. The only reason I have this number is because I demanded the guy give it to me while we were standing in the walmart parking lot. I made sure the cell phone rang as well. Please contact me with anything I can do if anyone knows!!! shanon7219@hotmail.com
  • by Anonymous Location: sherman on Oct 18, 2009 at 06:51 PM
    I fell for this scam saturday 10/17 in the walmart parking lot in sherman. I bought a subscription from the man paying cash and check since I only had certain amount of cash on me. It took me five minutes to get home and I checked the internet and found all the information about this scam. We contacted Wal-Mart who said the only thing they could do was kick him of the property. I went back up to Wal-Mart and found the guy and demanded my money back. He said his "manager" does pick ups for the money every two hours and he had just picked it up. He called someone to come back to get him and made some excuse. In the meantime the sherman police department was called. The Sherman police department did nothing besides ask how we knew it was a scam, well didnt we give them the money, and we havent been scammed yet. The police never came to walmart! The man was picked up in a red suburban with no plates, only a white tag in the upper left hand back window with something about colorado with
  • by bwm Location: sherman on Feb 19, 2009 at 03:23 AM
    it happened on the east side of Sherman,and the police wont come,now its on the west side and they take action.
  • by Aaron Location: Sherman on Feb 18, 2009 at 08:14 PM
    What I love to do is actually start a conversation with them and make them think that we are cool with each other and then I'm like, "No money". They usually, "Oh man, I thought we were good". I'm like "yeah, we good its just that you went to a poor persons house". I find fun in those that like to give a hard time. Like those people who come oup to you at the drive-thru saying they were Katrina victims and crap.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 18, 2009 at 07:41 PM
    Has anyone actually ordered from any of these kids? Did you receive what you were told?
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Feb 18, 2009 at 04:30 PM
    joseph - you lie like a rug dude - go away
  • by joseph Location: corpus christi on Feb 18, 2009 at 03:21 PM
    i was living in sherman a couple of years ago and a magazine person came to my door, he too asked for cash, when i said no, he got angry and cursed me so I punched him in the mouth and ran his tail out of my neighborhood, he was a punk
  • by John Berwington Location: Sherman, TX on Feb 18, 2009 at 03:14 PM
    I had a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban Stolen, and the Police said “well you should just right this one off”. I wish they were magazine sellers, they would have caught them and put them in jail. How petty Sherman Police, selling magazines! Don’t you have some real criminal to catch or how about my suburban. Shame one you!
  • by Don't answer the door on Feb 18, 2009 at 02:22 PM
    Zyklon: After they have stolen a loved one's life savings during the visit, it's very easy for me to understand why the cities require the permits.
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