Refusal provokes bizarre reaction from door-to-door salesman

An aggressive cold caller was not happy to be turned down at John Hippisley's door.

A door-to-door salesman who called at a Harbledown home launched into foul-mouthed tirade after he was refused sale.

The man swore repeatedly and stuck his finger up after knocking at the Summer Hill home of John Hippisley.

John, an administrator for the Canterbury Residents Group on Facebook and the Canterbury’s Journal’s resident food critic, found the man at his door at 6.30pm last night.

He said: “After he started off saying that he wasn’t a young offender or something, I said we didn’t buy anything at the door and then he just started shouting and swearing and sticking his finger up.

“I couldn’t believe it. If you’re knocking on people’s doors, then you should be able to take a knock back without exploding.”

Journal food critic John Hippisley

John, who operates the Canterbury Ghost Tour, says he thinks the man may have been trying to sell packages of cleaning products.

He tried to report the incident to police via their 101 line, but took an hour to get through to the operator.

“That was a nightmare,” John said.

“I was concerned that while I would be all right telling this man that I didn’t want his products it might make some of the elderly people here worried or fearful.

“So I posted it on social media and that looks like it has helped get the message out to people.”

Police have said they will look into the incident and advise anyone else suffering aggressive cold callers to call 101.

Kent Police also warn the county’s residents to be on the look out for rogue traders and bogus salesman.

The force says some of them may want to get into your house to steal items or do work that is unnecessary or shoddy.

Anyone concerned can also call the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 040506.



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