Salem Community Patriot July 15, 2011 - 11
Don’t Fall Victim to High-Pressure Magazine Sellers at Your Door this Summer
submitted by Better Business Bureau Better Business Bureau (BBB) receives thousands of complaints each year from consumers who have unknowingly purchased multi-year magazine subscriptions. Unscrupulous telemarketers sometimes trick consumers into paying hundreds of dollars for multi-year subscriptions to magazines they don’t want or can’t afford. BBB warns that deceptive door-to-door magazine sales crews are hitting the pavement and looking to earn a quick buck this summer. Oftentimes, the door knocking presentations are so slick that consumers aren’t even aware that they have bought several magazine subscriptions until they receive the bill. In 2011, BBB has already received 662 complaints about door- to-door magazine sellers and dealers, a number that’s well on its way to topping last year’s nearly 1,200 complaints. These high-pressure sellers use tactics that can have anyone falling victim. “With the summer months fast approaching, the warm weather is sure to bring an eager group of door knockers from all trades to your door,” said Paula Fleming, BBB Spokesperson. “Most complaints against door knockers selling
magazine subscriptions allege that sales representatives took their check and the magazines never arrived, while some complainants also allege being subjected to high-pressure and misleading sales tactics.” This summer, BBB recommends the
following on how to handle door-to-door magazine sellers:
Listen carefully and be aware of high pressure sales tactics. Some unscrupulous door-to-door sellers will put pressure on you to close the deal at that moment, and even make special offers to entice you. Listen to their tone. Are they increasing in volume as they speak to you? Are they ignoring you despite saying you are not interested? Find a way to end the conversation quickly to avoid long, drawn- out pressure sales pitches. Stand strong. Do not invite unsolicited salespeople into your home. If you do allow a salesperson inside and decide during the presentation that you are not interested in making a purchase, simply ask him or her to leave. If the salesperson refuses to leave, threaten to call the police, and follow through if they don’t leave immediately. Verify the individual and the company.
If you are interested in buying from a door-to-door seller, get everything in writing including price, warranty and all conditions. Tell the salesperson you will check it out and get back to him or her. Ask for a business card and contact information. Look the company up yourself and check to verify this person is an employee. Also, take the time to check out the company’s BBB Business Review at www.bbb.org
. Know your rights. The Federal Trade Commission’s Three-Day Cooling-Off Rule gives the customer three days to cancel purchases over $25 that are made in their home or at a location that is not the seller’s permanent place of business. Along with a receipt, salespeople should also include a completed cancellation form that customers can send to the company to cancel the agreement. By law, the company must give customers a refund within 10 days of receiving the cancellation notice. Victims of fraudulent magazine sales can file a complaint with their Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org
, local law enforcement, and state Attorney General offices.
LoJack Proves Successful, Police Recover Stolen Vehicles at Salem Home
by Andrea Ganley-Dannewitz Police officers in Salem who were receiving a LoJack signal scoured the area of Shannon Road on Tuesday, July 5, in an attempt to locate where the signal was being emitted. Officers Bob Holland and Mike White searched the area of Shannon Road and the Transfer Station before realizing the signal was coming from the residence at 186 Shannon Road. The officers found the signal to be the strongest in that area and pulled into the driveway there to investigate. The officers encountered three young men in the driveway there
who appeared cooperative and allowed the officers to look around the property. While taking a look around, Officer White found two license plates folded in half and left in the back of a pick-up truck. One of the license plates belonged to the motorcycle that was giving the LoJack signal and the second plate belonged to a motorcycle that had just been reported stolen from the Mall at Rockingham Park.
While the officers were speaking with the young men at the home, it was learned that one of them had an active arrest warrant
for contempt of court—failure to pay marital support. He was identified at Jordan Bourlos, 23, of Salem and taken into custody and brought to Salem Police Department for processing. He was also charged with two felony counts of receiving stolen property and held on $6,041 cash bail. Officers White and Holland both secured the scene and a
search warrant was applied for and obtained. While the search warrant was executed, both stolen motorcycles were found—one in a garage and the other inside a trailer that was in the driveway. Police had both motorcycles towed from the scene to the Salem Police Department and the two remaining men at the scene were arrested and charged with felony counts of receiving stolen property. None of the three men were able to post bail and were taken to Rockingham County Jail to await arraignment. The remaining two men were identified as Eric Walsh, 23, of Salem, held on $2,500 cash bail and charged with two counts of receiving stolen property. The second man is Nicholas Atkinson, 19, of Salem, held on $2,500 cash bail and charged with two counts of receiving stolen property.
Gov. Lynch’s Veto Message Regarding HB 329
submitted by Colin Manning By the authority vested in me, pursuant to part II, Article 44 of the New Hampshire Constitution, on June 15, 2011, I vetoed HB 329. I support parental notification and parental involvement in a
minor’s decision to seek an abortion. The decision whether to complete a pregnancy or seek an abortion is a serious and life- changing one for any pregnant woman. Minors need and benefit from the support and guidance of their parents. However, any law must make reasonable allowances for cases
where that is not possible. I am particularly troubled by the lack of an exception for the victims of rape, incest and abuse. If the legislature works with me on this change and the other limited, common-sense changes outlined in this message, I would sign parental notification legislation. First, a young woman should not be forced to involve the person that abused her in the first place in this decision. That is why of the 36 states that require some form of parental involvement, 16 include exceptions from notification for rape or incest or abuse. There must be an exception for rape, incest and abuse in any parental notification law in New Hampshire. Second, some of the provisions of this legislation are unclear and too narrow. The health exception does not allow a physician to sufficiently exercise his or her best medical judgment and proceed with an abortion when a delay will create a grave and immediate risk to the minor’s health. For example, when a physician sees a minor patient who is hemorrhaging, the physician may not be able to definitively determine whether a delay in performing an abortion would result in the irreversible impairment of a major bodily function, even if the physician has determined that there is surely a grave and immediate risk to the minor’s health. The bill’s medical emergency provision requires a physician to determine in a very short time frame that a delay will create a serious risk of a substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function. That standard is narrow, complex and unworkable. It is difficult
for a physician - at any point in time - to be certain that a delay will present a “serious risk” that there will be both a “substantial and irreversible” impairment of a major bodily function. If the physician chooses not go forward with the abortion because of uncertainty of the risk, the minor’s health could be affected. If the physician performs the abortion and is wrong in that determination, then he or she is subject to criminal liability. The medical emergency standard now in HB 329 needs to allow physicians to exercise their full professional judgment based on all the potential serious health impacts to their patients. Lastly, this bill subjects medical professionals to potential imprisonment and civil lawsuits without giving medical providers sufficient guidance on how to comply with the law. The law should include clear standards on what information must be collected from the minor and what records should be kept.
Because this legislation lacks an exception for
rape and incest, and for the other reasons I have articulated, I am vetoing HB 329. If the legislature passes a bill that addresses these concerns, then I am prepared to sign a parental notification law.
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