Warning - Do Not Do Business with Unlicensed PeddlersAs happens from time to time, We once again received a report of an individual attempting to sell meat from a truck to a Wantage citizen.
Such efforts to sell food items - or other services - door-to-door turn up in Wantage every so often. This type of solicitation is usually presented by the person saying that he has "completed his deliveries for the day" and had some extra inventory, and he wants to know if you want to buy it at a discount.
While the purchase of products through the Internet represents a valid and private business transaction, the act of knocking on some one's door in Wantage Township and offering to sell them something that they did not order represents an act of Peddling.
If any one knocks on your door and offers to sell you something, ask to see their Peddler's Permit. If they do not have a Wantage Township Peddler Permit, these individuals have not paid their fees to Wantage; they may not be registered with the State of New Jersey for Sales Tax compliance; they have not obtained a Food Handling Permit, so there is no protection for you regarding the safety of the food they sell you; and, they are taking commerce away from the legitimate Wantage Township businesses and farmers who pay their taxes in Wantage and rely on us to stay in business.
Please remember that you are not obliged to open your door to an unknown person, and you should act with caution whenever some one offers to sell you food, repave your driveway, clean your gutters, or any other service which you have not requested. If they are a legitimate business person, they will be willing to leave you with their contact information or send it to you in the mail and do business with you another day, if you choose to contact them. Do not accept suggestions of "good deals if you act now." Any such representations should raise a yellow flag of caution. If the offer seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
Suspicious activity involving the offering of such services should be reported to the New Jersey State Police at 973-383-1515.
Peddler Update: 091015
Eight employees of Slomins Inc. have received Peddler Permits from Wantage Township. These individuals have undergone fingerprinting background checks, submitted all necessary fees and proofs of eligibility, and are now in compliance with state and local laws regarding soliciting/peddling.
If you wish to do business with Slomins, when these individuals knock on your door displaying their Wantage Peddler Permit, you may do so with the knowledge that they have complied with all requirements for Peddlers.
If you do not wish to do business with any peddler, you are not obligated to do so, or to open your door to them. The decision is yours.
Wantage Township thanks Slomins for responding to our request for their compliance with our laws, and encourages all persons interested in conducting door to door solicitations to do so as well.