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Phinney neighbor warns of strange solicitor Saturday night

February 25th, 2013 · Comments

A Phinney Ridge man sent us a note about a strange solicitor who came to his door Saturday night.

At about 6:15 last night, we had a knock at the door. By the time I walked up to the front of the house, I could see through the window that the person was standing in the yard, waving at me through the window. I didn’t have my porch light on, but it looked like my neighbor, so I switched on the light and opened the front door. A young man was standing in the yard, about 10 feet away from the door. He said, “Excuse me, sir, are you afraid of black people?” I shook my head and told him now wasn’t a good time for whatever he was selling. Before I closed the door, he said something about not being a Mormon and started to approach as if to shake my hand. Very odd, and somewhat aggressive, too.

I’ve read on Phinneywood about the solicitors who claim to be selling magazine subscriptions to help teenagers go to college or some such, and have a feeling this guy was part of that group. Our ‘No Solicitors’ sign usually keeps them away, but without the porch light on I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt in assuming he didn’t see the sign. Regardless, the kind of person who opens with an awkward jab at racial guilt (I guess? Seriously, what was that supposed to mean?) isn’t going to keep my attention long, but I thought I’d share with Phinneywood just to keep people aware, as he was a bit aggressive in his approach.

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