Derby woman confronted by two strangers trying to sell products

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A Derby woman was confronted by two strangers trying to sell her goods outside a Walgreens parking lot.

Lindsay said, "I was more concerned about being harmed by them, either kidnapping me. You know I couldn't see what they had in their vehicle."

She says it was a scary ordeal. She agreed to interview but did not want her face shown on camera. She says two strangers parked behind her truck trying to sell her perfume. "I was struck for a moment and I didn't really respond and they said ' come here, come to my window I have some perfume you can buy.'"

The situation smelled fishy so she immediately said no, but the salesmen were persistent. "They never showed anything out of the window, they kept saying come here, come to my car you have to see it."

The Better Business Bureau says all businesses need a license, even if it's to sell products out of your car. Denise Groene, BBB State Director, said "assuming this was a legitimate business and Walgreens allowed them to sell out of their parking lot they would need a merchant transient license."

They can apply for the license through the city. Groene said, "most business are wanting them to know your name. so if it's a hidden secret as to who they are and what they're selling that would be a red flag."

Lindsay says her husband drove back to the area and spotted the two men making the same sales pitch to another woman at a convenience store,. That's when he called the Derby police. She said, "they claimed that they worked for a company. although they weren't in any type of uniform. There was no business attached to their vehicle."

The BBB says if people are selling outside of other stores, that's always a concern. Lindsay says it's important if this happens to you to try to get a description of the person, their vehicle and their license plate number. "I feel very lucky that nothing happened that no weapons were's still very scary to have someone approach you."

Wichita Assistant City Attorney, Elizabeth Harlenske said, "selling items from the parking lot of another business (as opposed to a public owned parking lot) usually requires an Itinerant Merchant’s license, as required by Chapter 3.95 of the City Code. The two men trying to sell items in the parking lot of Walgreens should have been so licensed. They also should have had the permission of the Walgreen’s store manager (or whoever owns the parking lot, or the shopping center) to use his/her parking lot in such a manner. Sales without the necessary license is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to $1,000 in fines."

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