What a great example of this program working. We
gave you information regarding a possible scam
involving persons representing Verizon and you did
the two things that we encourage all residents to
do; communicate and call the police to let them
know who is in the neighborhood.
The HB Police Officers were able to get to the
"bottom line" on what Verizon representatives are
doing walking the streets of Hermosa Beach asking
for "upgrades" to the Internet.
We feel that we finally have the answer.
A resident, informed by the e-mails sent out by her
Block Captain, approached a representative claiming
to be from Verizon.
Here is the e-mail sent to us:
I had a guy knock on my door 2 nites ago trying to
upgrade my service at 7:15 at night. I called the
police immediately afterward. I called the police
again tonight cuz the same guy came back. When I
confronted him, he said he "welcomed the police" so
I called them. They called me back and said it's
legit but they need to get a Hermosa business
license. (They have a MB one).
Now that you have read the information on the
HB Municipal Code regarding the requirement of a
business permit and the limitations on manner of
soliciting in our community and you have seen
a sample copy of the permit given to the business to
solicit, YOU are now able to confirm
immediately if a person has a genuine solicitor
permit issued by the City of Hermosa Beach. This
information is now the tool that you have on whether
or not you choose to purchase their product or
donate to their cause. "Buyer Beware" as they say.
Residents have sent a strong message that we are
paying attention and looking out for ourselves and
our neighbors! This Verizon representative will now
need to tell their boss to get a
Beach business permit. Once they
fill out that application, they will see that it is
not OK to solicit after 7:00p.m.!
Thank you HBNW members for your diligence!