Police: Austell man chases salesman with kitchen knife
by Marietta Daily Journal Staff
May 30, 2013 09:40 AM | 2352 views | 3 3 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Reports of a door-todoor salesman being chased by a man with a knife drew police to the Austell area May 22.

When they got there, the man allegedly refused to cooperate with police officers during their investigation.

Robert Wiggs, a resident of Ling Drive, reportedly chased the salesman with a kitchen knife before throwing a rock at the salesman. Wiggs then went back into his home and refused to open his front door for police officers during the subsequent investigation.

Wiggs was arrested by the Cobb County Police Department and was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon.

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Death of a Salesman
May 30, 2013
Being a door to door salesman in Austell is like having a death wish.
May 30, 2013
A little humor here--

Today's copy proofers and editors let things go that I do not recall when younger:

"Police: Austell man chases salesman with kitchen knife"

Why did the salesman have a knife. Was he selling knives?

Why would the man chase the salesman who was armed with a knife?

Austell man, armed with knife, chases salesman.
Illegal Salespeople
May 30, 2013
Many don't know that it is illegal for salespeople to go door to door without having an official "Cobb County issued" picture id around their neck. Company ids are not a legal substitute for one. Many companies don't bother to comply and will send out salespeople even in neighborhoods that have signage saying No Soliciting (companies don't have a legal obligation to comply with the No Soliciting sign, but it's a big annoyance for homeowners).

Unfortunately, the process is that you are to call the police to report them and they'll be issued a citation. Most get away with it because homeowners don't call. The Cobb County Business License office apparently is not proactive enough to discourage repeated illegal activity from these companies. Companies illegally canvassing repeatedly should not be issued various permits for work when one is needed and/or have their business license revoked if they even have one.

Call 911, advise them that someone is illegally going door to door (even if they claim they aren't "selling anything"), give a description of the salesperson, where the nearest cross street is, which way they're headed, etc. We can curtail this if more homeowners report illegal sales tactics, and DON'T do business with door to door salespeople.
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