Stapleton MCA to Require Permits for Door to Door Salesman, Campaigners, and Activists

door to door salesmanThis summer has seen an influx in people asking for Stapletonians’ money in some regard. Of course there are the roofers, but Stapleton also has an increasing number of activists going door to door asking for money or loitering outside of local businesses looking to get residents to commit money to their cause or sign petitions. “It can actually be kind of annoying,” said resident Todd Wilson. “I just want to go the bar and have a few drinks, but I am accosted by people trying to get me to donate money, sign a petition, etc. Why can’t I just get that stuff in the mail like the old days? It was way easier to ignore.” Other residents agree that the foot traffic of salesman in their neighborhood has increased. “I certainly support activism,” said resident Jess Kornfeld. “I love that people are willing to get involved in things that I am too lazy to. But, it seems like they are ringing your doorbell when either your kids are sleeping, or they are coming by right at dinner time. Just leave some literature on the door.” Resident Josh Andreasen doesn’t mind giving, but would prefer a little gratitude. “Usually, for causes I do believe in, I’ll give them $20. Then, they ask me to make a recurring payment in perpetuity. Hey, most people are slamming the door and I’m giving you money and you’re just asking for more?” The abundance of outsiders coming in and asking for money in some respect has caused the community to take action. The MCA has received hundreds of complaints from residents asking if there is anything that can be done. “So many people are complaining,” said MCA President Liza Kampstra. “We had to do something. I’m not sure other neighborhoods are dealing with the number of solicitors we are.” The MCA has passed a neighborhood resolution decreeing that anyone who wishes to solicit in any form in Stapleton, must have a permit or be subject to fines by the city and county of Denver. “We are working with SUN, and essentially, they will help us decide which solicitors are allowed and which ones are not,” said Kampstra. “Once they get approval, they must purchase a permit. Permit prices range from $20 to $200 depending on the type of organization, non-profit, private, etc.” Kampstra is hoping the permit cost will be a deterrent to solicitors. “We’re hoping we just don’t get a lot of people requesting permits. Maybe the process itself will discourage them.” Funds collected from the permitting process will go to funding SUN and the MCA and the community will have input as to where that money will be spent. ]]>

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