Door-to-Door Knockers

Is Door Sales Legal and Are They Considered Canvassers?

Too often door sales are often confused with canvassers.  To send the record straight canvassers are usually people that go door-to-door in support of a representative that they are supporting.

Door salespeople are quite the opposite.  PKMS Services often hire a team of door sales employees to drum up a conversation about helping/assisting in finding a great company to work with.

As a company, we totally understand that there are some really good companies out there, but inferentially there are some really bad ones too.  In many cases, companies will pay their way to the top using online services that promise to send leads.  However, just because a company pays for these services doesn't mean they are honest, respectful, or priced right for the consumer.

Listed below is State of Wisconsin statutes that should explain in further detail the rights of individuals that are not canvassers but rather a door sales are in legal standing and "No Solicitation" is in fact directly to canvassers and not door-to-door sales.

 

Wisconsin

Wisconsin no trespassing laws are found in the crimes against property section which is Chapter 943.  They are specifically found in 943.13 – 943.15.  To enter or remain on “enclosed, cultivated or undeveloped land of another…without the express or implied consent of the owner or occupant” is how Wisconsin defines trespassing. In most cases, this is considered some Class of a misdemeanor and may involve forfeiture. Wisconsin gives lots of details on signage in regards to trespassing or “posted” land.

Notice can come through signs if it meets the following:

“1. If a sign at least 11 inches square is placed in at least 2 conspicuous places for every 40 acres to be protected. The sign must provide appropriate notice and the name of the person giving the notice followed by the word “owner” if the person giving the notice is the holder of legal title to the land and by the word “occupant” if the person giving the notice is not the holder of legal title but is a lawful occupant of the land. Proof that appropriate signs as provided in this subdivision were erected or in existence upon the premises to be protected prior to the event complained of shall be prima facie proof that the premises to be protected were posted as provided in this subdivision.

943.13(2)(am)

  1. If markings at least one foot long, including in a contrasting color the phrase “private land” and the name of the owner, are made in at least 2 conspicuous places for every 40 acres to be protected.”

Property owners must also use a sign that is at least 5” x 7” that is “located in a prominent place near all of the entrances to the part of the building to which the restriction applies or near all probable access points to the grounds to which the restriction applies and any individual entering the building or the grounds can be reasonably expected to see the sign in order to prevent firearms from being carried in various situations and settings.

What does it mean to solicit?
Pursuant to s. 202.11(8), Stats., solicit means to request, directly or indirectly, a contribution and to state or imply that the contribution will be used for a charitable purpose or will benefit a charitable purpose.

What is a solicitation?
Pursuant to s. 202.11(9), Stats., a solicitation is an act or practice of soliciting, including any of the following: an oral or written request, an announcement to the news media or on the radio, television, telephone, or telegraph, or the distribution or posting of a handbill or other written publication. It also includes any advertisement, book, card, tag, or other tangible items that request financial support, uses the name of the organization as a reason for making a purchase, or says that a portion or all of the proceeds from the sale will benefit a charitable organization.

 

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