A door-to-door salesman was arrested Tuesday evening after lying to a Kennewick resident that he had permission from the city’s police chief to work in the area.
Winston Griffin, 25, of Cleveland, Ohio, is charged with soliciting without a license, a release said. Others with him at the time of the arrest in west Kennewick were given a verbal warning about the city’s soliciting laws.
Kennewick requires door-to-door salespeople to have a solicitor’s permit when visiting homes in the city. There have been numerous reports of overly aggressive salespeople in the area this summer selling items such as food products, vacuums, cleaning supplies and magazines.
One resident asked to see Griffin’s permit and Griffin said he’d spoken with Police Chief Ken Hohenberg and had his permission to sell in the city. Police officials said the chief never provided that permission and Griffin reportedly changed his story later, saying he thought he was working outside the city limits.
Residents who are contacted by solicitors who don’t have a permit should call 509-628-0333 to report the incident.