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Pushy sales people asking questions about your kids

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Captain Sparks said door-to-door selling is illegal in Hartselle. Captain Sparks said door-to-door selling is illegal in Hartselle.
HARTSELLE, AL (WAFF) -

Neighbors in Hartselle and other parts of North Alabama said pushy sales people are making them feel uncomfortable and unsafe. Several people have said that some men and women walking around rural communities are trying to sell children's books and are asking personal questions.

Kori Steele has two daughters and felt uneasy when she was approached by a woman with a thick accent.

"She said, ‘well will you listen to me? Can I come in?'" said Steele. "She just kept on and I kept saying ‘It's not a good time,' and she just kept on."

Steele said she started asking about her kids and all the other children in the neighborhood.

"Where do all the children live through here?" she said. "Even if her intentions were not to kidnap someone, it's just inappropriate to ask that."

Steele said the strange woman did show her an ID and had badge. But, according to Hartselle Police Captain Tom Sparks, it makes no difference.

"In Hartselle they would be violating city ordinance," said Capt. Sparks.

Captain Sparks said door-to-door selling is illegal in Hartselle. But even if it wasn't, he said anything that makes you feel threatened or uncomfortable is reason to call police.

Steele said neighbors and friends had similar run-ins with this woman and other sales people with similar tactics.

No arrests have been made in Hartselle. Hartselle Police said the only law broken is the act of selling door-to-door.

Similar reports have been made all across the country, many said the sales people have a Russian accent.

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