This National Night Out, help spread the word about new rules for door-to-door sales

National Night Out is Tuesday, Aug. 7, and thousands of folks in Minneapolis will be out at block events, getting to know their neighbors and building a stronger community. The City of Minneapolis would like National Night Out block leaders to help spread the word on new rules for door-to-door sales that will protect consumers and make it more difficult for out-of-state companies to exploit youth workers.

The City of Minneapolis has created a flyer that block leaders can print and provide to their neighbors at National Night Out gatherings. The flyer is being sent to each block leader, and anyone can download and print the flyer from the City’s website.

The new rules not only make it easier to know who you’re dealing with when a traveling salesperson comes to your door, but they also protect youth who are sometimes exploited by sales companies. Under the new rules, door-to-door salespeople and transient merchants will be required to wear a City-issued photo identification card. To make things easier for schools and youth groups doing fundraising, the City will approve group identification cards at no cost.

Some companies create dangerous situations for young people by taking youth across state lines to sell magazines door to door. This can often be unsafe. In fact, travelling magazine crews are one of the top five most dangerous jobs for teens. If a youth comes to your door to sell magazines and does not have a City ID card, offer them the 24-hour phone number for Parent Watch at 917-579-4641 or the National Runaway Switchboard at 1-800-786-2929.

The photo identification rule does not apply to canvassers, including people who advocate for religious, social, or political causes.

The City has regulated traveling vendors since 1960 as a way to provide consumer protection. These ordinance revisions are intended to create reasonable rules that protect youth and consumers while supporting the rights to freedom of speech, religion, and interstate commerce.

Published Aug 3, 2012

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