Sales tactics could lead to charges for 2

Lt. Craig Mast of Oceana Co. Sheriff's Department (May 16, 2014).

NEWAYGO, Mich. (WOOD) — Two people making high pressure, door-to-door sales pitches for vacuum cleaners could be facing charges for their tactics.

It’s a situation that has happened to several residents, including Newaygo County’s Joyce Reames. On May 6th, a white van pulled up in her drive. A black male and a white female approached her and the female said she needed help with a project.

“She had this cardboard box and it said Kirby on it and I thought ‘Oh No! I am not up to this’,” Joyce Reames said.

For over 90 minutes, the demonstration continued. Joyce Reames kind of made the best of it; laughing it off now, but police say they have forwarded charges for trespassing in Joyce’s case.

Police say it may eventually lead to more serious felony charges

“It could be looked at as vulnerable adult abuse and so there are some other avenues to investigate with this situation,” Lt. Craig Mast of the Oceana County Sheriff’s Department said.

The Oceana Sheriff’s Department says it has a number of complaints and is now considering criminal charges.

Joyce Reames’ neighbor Dave Cole had been alerted by her son to check on her. Dave was able to convince the two salespeople to leave. They left a card behind saying they worked for a company called CEZO Inc. 24 Hour News 8 tried to call the number Friday, but no one answered.

Joyce Reames says if she had it to do all over again…she wouldn’t. “I never would have let them in the house if I knew what was going on and believe you me today, I am older and I am wiser and no one is ever going to do that to me again. NEVER!”

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