Clinton Township officials revoke sales permits of pushy door-to-door sales

Posted at 7:16 PM, May 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-22 19:16:08-04

"We don't mind people trying to make an honest living, but if you're going out and terrorizing our seniors and vulnerable people in our community, we don't like it and we're not going to put up with it," says Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon after the township's board recently revoked the door-to-door sales permits of people selling Kirby vacuums.

The company that began distributing Kirby vacuums and products in Clinton Township last month is called Prime Systems, Inc.

After concerns were raised, the owner of Prime Systems, Josh Bogdan tells 7 Action News that he "terminated four independent sales representatives."

"Aggressive and pushy sales tactics are not tolerated by my business, and when such allegations are raised, we take them seriously and discipline or terminate those involved when necessary," said Bogdan in a statement. "We at Prime Systems are proud to be members of the Clinton Township business community, and we plan to continue to be a part of it for quite some time. We embrace our community’s diverse culture, and we hope that diversity is respected by all of those around us."

But, according to Clinton Township Police, one salesman went too far when he allegedly put his foot in someone's door to block them from closing it even after he was told that they were not interested in purchasing a vacuum cleaner.

"We had to have a special board meeting because we were getting a lot of complaints from residents that Kirby Vacuum salespeople were sticking their foot in the door, coming in and terrorizing their parents and their in-laws and we did not want that to occur," said Cannon.

It is possible that the door-to-door permits will be issued again to Prime's workers, but city officials say they will need to convince the township's clerk that they will conduct themselves properly and that they have cleared a criminal background check.

Click on the video above to hear one woman talk about her encounter with two of the company's salesmen that refused to leave until they saw her dog.