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New ordinance could limit door-to-door sales in Florence

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - New rules may be ahead for non-profits and sales workers selling door-to-door.

“All of this was brought on by individuals going through the neighborhoods knocking on doors after they had been asked not do that,” said Buddy Brand, Florence City councilman.

It's for that reason that Florence City Council voted on Monday to limit when sales workers can come to your home.

According to city leaders, recently groups of sales people have been knocking on doors during inappropriate hours.

“It was getting a lot of the neighborhoods upset there was a lot of issues and just general problems with it and it was time for is to update that,” Brand said.

If voted on for a second time in July, door-to-door sales and solicitation, including non-profits will only be allowed to visit homes in the City of Florence between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Already, anyone who solicits door-to-door sales must have a permit through the City of Florence.

The county does not regulate hours for door-to-door sales, but Captain Michael Nunn with Florence County Sheriff's Office said people who live in the county have also complained about over aggressive salesmen. In some of those cases there have been arrests.

“Under South Carolina law it is illegal to go door-to-door and sell certain items without a permit issues by the county,” Nunn said.

Nunn said the permit is meant to keep homeowners safe.

“This is a very old statute, but it still applies its good law and it provides protection for folks if they feel threatened or intimidated,” Nunn said.

If door-to-door peddlers are caught without a permit they're asked to leave, it's when they refuse to pack up shop that they're taken to jail.

Back in the City of Florence Councilman Buddy Brand said this proposal is about your protection.

“It gives the police opportunity put some restrictions on people, before there was no teeth in these things and now there is,” Brand said.

If that law passes next month, violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and have to pay up to a $500 fine.

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