Door-To-Door Salesman Accused of Shocking Sales Pitch

Jerad Michael magazine subscriptionsStories of violence in door-to-door magazine sales is raising concern. The latest incident involves a salesman in Boone, N.C., who has been arrested and charged for purportedly giving an astoundingly sinister sales pitch.

The man, Jerad Michael (pictured at left), who was peddling magazine subscriptions, allegedly forced his way into a woman's home, and refused to leave unless the woman either "submitted to drug use and sexual activity" or bought what he was selling, reports TV Station WCYB in Bristol, Va.

The woman said that she bought the magazines and promptly called the police. Arnold was charged with common law robbery, and was booked under a $20,000 bond.

Among other recent cases: Last November, one salesman plead guilty to beating and sexually assaulting a 58-year-old woman in American Fork, Utah, after he had made his pitch. In October, a magazine salesman reportedly forced his way into a woman's home in Vancouver, Ore., with a 12-inch blade, and preceded to sexually assault her.

After people posing as door-to-door sellers committed a series of crimes in Idaho Falls, Idaho, last summer, including one rape and one robbery, its city council began to push through an ordinance that would require all door-to-door peddlers to get a criminal background check.

In 2010, a Maryland woman reported letting a magazine door-to-door salesman into her home to use the bathroom and that he sexually assaulted her while inside. The suspect in the case was later charged with second-degree assault, perverted practice, fourth-degree sex offense and sodomy. Also in 2010, a salesman allegedly sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl in Manatee County, Fla., after she let him in her home so that he could check his MySpace page.

In 2009, a salesman was sentence to life in prison for raping and killing a 90-year-old woman in Lafayette, Calif. In 2007, another magazine salesman was arrested for allegedly raping a teenager, this time in Florida, although not while making a house call.

Magazine door-to-door selling is mostly unregulated, and the industry often recruits young and inexperienced people, seduced by "help wanted" ads offering money and travel. While many of the sellers are clearly predators, many others are victims. For a significant number, it's their first job, and crew members end up traveling the country, living out of cheap hotels, paying for all their own expenses, earning around 10 to 25 percent of every subscription they sell, and handing over most of their commission to higher-ups, according to The New York Times.

A bad sales day, or a bout of sickness, can easily send salesmen into debt. The Portland Tribune called the industry a "slimy, violent and mostly invisible underworld -- an underworld that turns homeless, naive and scared young adults from across the country into what often amounts to 21st century indentured servants."

Door-to-door magazine selling took in more than $147 million in 2005, the National Field Selling Association reported. According to some estimates, there are as many as 30,000 magazine sellers knocking on doors every day.

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Ayla Bove

NOt all door to door sales people are like this !!! Many have good intentions , and are hard working young adults that dont mean you know harm! you cant be stupid enough to let some scary 6ft guy manipulate you into your home or even buy anything off them, or however else looks or acts like they may be scheming you.Dont deal with them! you have a phone right inside if , someone wont go away!
but then there is the people who are actually out there working hard just like you and are telling people the truth . Do you know how hard it is to talk to someone ..even about Avon?? Everybody Judges everybody all kinds of workplaces! So why not judge the person your talkin to based on who they are not on others jerks knocking doors, or on people being foolish , n trusting a complete weirdo!!! Not everybody is out to get over on you!!

February 23 2012 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Harry Beaver

I don't open my door to anyone peddling anything, including pesky Jehovah's Witnesses. And, I will drop you with a bullet once one foot crosses my threshold if you try to force your way in.

February 20 2012 at 12:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
opinion of a human

learn how to shoot a gun
I had a man bang on my door one evening and would not go away when I yelled that to him, til he heard me pull the hammer back on a .22 it may not killhim but if I had to shoot I would have but he did leave and I aimed for his head.

February 16 2012 at 12:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Claudia Bernard

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February 14 2012 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"After people posing as door-to-door sellers committed a series of crimes in Idaho Falls, Idaho, last summer, including one rape and one robbery, its city council began to push through an ordinance that would require all door-to-door peddlers to get a criminal background check."

Ummm, what's the connection? Do these goofballs on the city council expect that the "people posing as door-to-door sellers" will also get a background check? What a stupid "solution."

February 12 2012 at 2:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Harry Xing

so truly american, representing everything the usa is. i love this article, i really love it

February 11 2012 at 5:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Door to door magazine sales is a scam. If you have to open the door, notify the person you have a loaded gun and he does not leave immediately, you will place the person under citizen arrest and to get on the ground and not move. That will scare the fukking bezjuuses out of him! :)

February 07 2012 at 3:57 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Harry Xing

a loaded gun to kill people! everyone can have one! no wondering why americans are such warmongers

February 11 2012 at 5:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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you're quite nuts you know

February 14 2012 at 6:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

i sold magazine for 3 years and not once did my crew EVER have agents doing this crap. yea we party 24/7 but we were non violent youngsters that liked to have alot of fun. you are more likely to have a "mag kid" be a little prick and talk crap to you at your door than to have any violent act happen. keep in mind these negative stories do not reflect the industry as a whole. will you stop sending your kids to school just cause a few teachers are pedophiles? i dont think so. alot of mag agents are hard working people that have a gift of gab and really enjoy going door to door talking to 150+ people a day. it is not slave labor like reported. if you dont like it 98% of managers will be more than happy to send a kid back to where he came from. i did it for 3 years and enjoyed every minute of it. i learned alot of useful tools that i use in every day life today.

February 04 2012 at 2:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Harry Beaver

I'd like a "mag kid" to talk crap to me at my door. I'd shove those magazines up his butt sideways.

February 20 2012 at 12:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gail Sanil

Heck. Even the Girl Scouts no longer sell their cookies door-to-door.

February 03 2012 at 8:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Simple solution /// 'don't open the f-ck-ing door' !! I mean look at this prick.....he looks like he'd beat up his own mother!

February 01 2012 at 4:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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