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Police: Beware of people selling meat door-to-door

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The sheriff’s office is warning residents to be wary of pushy door-to-door salespeople.

A woman told police that a man selling meat walked into the Whiteland home where she was baby-sitting last week after she opened the door slightly.

The man set some packaged meat on the floor, sat on the couch and repeatedly asked her to buy meat from him, she said. He reportedly became agitated when she refused and left.

Another meat salesman approached the rural Franklin home of John Bonsett, director of the Johnson County Health Department, without a permit last month.

When Bonsett identified himself and told the man he needed a permit, the salesman said he had a Marion County permit but said he would go to Bonsett’s office the next week. He never arrived, Bonsett said.

Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox urged residents to be cautious about opening doors to strangers and equally cautious of people selling food without a permit.

“We want to stress that these companies need permits from the county auditor and health department in order to do business door-to-door in Johnson County,” he said.

Cox asked homeowners to call his office if they witness overly aggressive salesmen or those selling food without a permit.

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