Say what you want about Councilor Sam Merulla; he knows how to grab a headline.
The verbose East End Councilor has asked staff to explore the ramifications of banning some door to door solicitation in our neighbourhoods.
I assume the motivation for this idea was the recent spate of scam artists that are preying upon unsuspecting residents right across the city.
If that’s the case, well played Councilor !
But what about the implications of such a ban ?
Does it mean that those intrusive knocks on the door trying to sell us driveway paving or cheaper energy bills or lawn care or the omnipresent ‘have you heard the good word’ guys will also cease ?
If so, I’m starting to like the idea.
But how far is Council willing to go with this concept ?
Will the prohibition include vote-seeking politicians who knock on our doors and wake up the babies and infuriate the dogs or interrupt us from our binge watching of our favourite Netflix shows ?
Besides, unless you have a bylaw officer sitting on your front porch, it’s virtually impossible to enforce such a bylaw.
The more practical strategy to deal with these intrusive pains in the butt …. just don’t answer the door.