Residents complain about ‘aggressive’ door-to-door salesman

Posted at 12:02 AM, Aug 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-05 00:02:03-04

York County, Va. - The York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office describes a door-to-door salesman as "creepy" and "pushy" in a Facebook post and says deputies have gotten several complaints about him.

Dozens of people on Tuesday commented on the post about Dillon Buck. The sheriff's office wrote several people complained about him "aggressively" trying to sell books and posted a picture of him and his car.

He's not doing anything illegal, but the post says his "pushy and creepy demeanor has made people uncomfortable."

One of those people is Christine Simonsen. The mother says she was home alone in the late afternoon when Buck knocked on her door and tried to sell her educational books.

"It was a little scary," she told NewsChannel 3. "He started asking personal questions and they had to do with my children and children in the neighborhood."

The questions included asking how old her kids are and wondering how many kids live in the neighborhood. Buck told NewsChannel 3 his products are geared towards kids and says he tries not to waste time selling to people who don't have kids.

"I could see how a complete stranger being really, really nice at the door could be perceived as creepy," Buck said in a phone interview. "It could almost come off as fake, but my job is to be genuine."

"It was really pushy," said Simonsen.

The Sheriff's Office says the original goal of the Facebook post was to make sure Buck had a permit to solicit, which he does. Someone asked why they would keep it up.

"Just because a person is legit does not negate people's legitimate concerns," replied the Sheriff's Office.

Buck says he's not sure if he'll change any of his sales techniques, but one of the people he tried selling to thinks he should.

"No is no, and if it's not a good time, the answer is: 'No and have a good day and on to the next door,'" said Simonsen.