Selling Meat From White Van

Selling Meat From White Van

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WinterJane

Rickman, TN

#1 Jan 2, 2013
People BEWARE!!!! pushy people in a white van going door to door selling beef & chicken from the back of run down white van, BEWARE they are pushy so don't open your house doors to just anyone. They have been in several areas in Clarkrange,Grimsley & Jamestown....they seem to hit during the week and go door to door....Has anyone had them in their neighborhood?
Be Careful!!!!
Just Me

Livingston, TN

#2 Jan 2, 2013
Scammers prob selling stolen meat or bought with food stamps. Prob rotten food but if they come to my house, I will notify the cops. I do not know if it is even legal to sell meat goods (health violation) but they will get they will not get pushy with me.
country boy

Jamestown, TN

#3 Jan 4, 2013
they have been in pallmall
WinterJane

Rickman, TN

#4 Jan 5, 2013
Don't buy....they need a license for food handling to sell....no one should go door to door let alone sell Beef.....if you do answer your door ask to see their food handler lic, DON'T BUY!!!!
TRC

Cosby, TN

#5 Jan 5, 2013
small business has no chance in this hostile invorment free enterprise
Just Me

Livingston, TN

#6 Jan 5, 2013
TRC - ths is not about supporting small business. These people are scammers. Friends that have dealt with them state they refuse to show a business card, are pushy, show up late at night, etc.
A few years ago, there was an ecoli outbreak and I saw first-hand the suffering and pain. There was several deaths - most of was children. The contamiated meat came from a well-known grocery chain. Can you imagine what conditions the meat has been stored in the back of a van? Or what the meat actually is (cat, dog, etc)?
The police dept is aware of these people and if they stop at anyone's house, please notify the police. It is against TN health codes for what they are doing and people that have told them nicely they are not interested have had them act pushy and rude. Not to mention again that they refuse to show a business card - that right there says they are not legit. Too, they maybe scoping out houses to rob.

I'm not against door-to-door sales but this suitation can cost someone's life or permananet health problems. Not to mention, staggering medical costs. Too, if the meat is stolen, the person buying the meat is buying stolen goods.

Please, notify the police if see these people. COuld save a life. And f they are legit (which I doubt), then they ahve nothing to worry about.
Just Me

Livingston, TN

#7 Jan 5, 2013
WinterJane wrote:
Don't buy....they need a license for food handling to sell....no one should go door to door let alone sell Beef.....if you do answer your door ask to see their food handler lic, DON'T BUY!!!!
Excllent point. My friends that have asked to see their business card stated they refused.
Mojo

Livingston, TN

#8 Jan 5, 2013
Just a few days before Christmas, a fairly young girl Ina white van pulled into my driveway and carried a large box to my door. I answered and she told me she was selling beef and chicken and would I like to purchase some, I told her we don't eat beef ( just so that it would be easier to get her going on her way without making her mad or anything. She then asked if I ate chicken and that she was to receive a big shipment in tomorrow and she needed to get rid of the chicken and beef cuts so she would have room for them. I again told her no thanks and she tried to give me a great deal, I told her no thanks again and she took her box of beef and left. She really was not too pushy in her sales pitch, seemed she was just trying to make a little money. The meat looked really fresh frozen and looked pretty good, I just don't buy meat door to door or mail order. I didn't ask if she had a business license or anything. She was very polite and as I said before, she wasn't really pushy in her sales pitch. Use your own judgement in these types of sales.
Just Me

Livingston, TN

#9 Jan 5, 2013
I did some online searches and the BBB (Better Business Bureau) stated that in TN and GA, anyone selling meat door-to-door was required to have a state ID for it. The meat must be frozen, inspected and marked by the USDA, sold by the pound (not piece) and boxed.
Furthermore, both TN and GA prohibit the sales pitch of making a distress sale (the meat is left over from a restautant, etc). Seems the salesgirl Mpjp posted about may have used a distress sale tacitc by staing she had to make room for another order. And wonder what she would have done with the new shipment if she did not have room for it? Doubt she would have throw out the old.
Thos info was on www.bbb.org/food-plans and also www.bbb.org/Article/Door-to-door-Selling for a list of do's & don'ts for buying these products.

So many articles on this shady practice. One was on timesfreepress.com stating that in TN, the BBB was warning of this scam. In many states, the meat is spoiled, overpriced or the buyer did not get the items shipped that they ordered.

So as Mojo stated, use caution and if anyone decides to buy, ask for their sales state id and the other requirements reccommended by the BBB.
What the he

Ashburn, VA

#10 Jan 6, 2013
Well I sale my meat from a white truck. And the women love the tbone and the foot long.
TRC

Cosby, TN

#11 Jan 7, 2013
the persons trying to establish business here have deceided this would not be location that is in their best interest due to all negative freeloading people on welfare and possibly others, last seen leaving this burg not sure how many cases of pepsis thank's
WinterJane

Rickman, TN

#12 Jan 7, 2013
If they are selling from a un marked white van it's not legit...beware you get what you buy...where's their lic and show it....when you order meat from a company like Omaha Steaks it's legit and comes packed to your house in air tight containers that keep the food frozen.....don't buy from a door to door seller and don't make excuses as to why you won't buy....first of all they should be careful going door to door selling and people answering door now a days need to be careful answering doors you never know whos at the other side...be careful.....go to the store and buy.....if all business people went door to door could you imagine....this should not be allowed...use good judgement!!!
Just Me

Livingston, TN

#13 Jan 7, 2013
TRC wrote:
the persons trying to establish business here have deceided this would not be location that is in their best interest due to all negative freeloading people on welfare and possibly others, last seen leaving this burg not sure how many cases of pepsis thank's
Do you really think an unmarked van that has refused to show any type of identification when asked is a legit business? There is nothing negative about protecting yourself or fellow citizens from a possible scam. I am not on welfare - I buy my groceries at a regular store.
Many people are uncomfortable with strangers going soor-to-door - esp a woman home alone. Several years ago in Knoxville, a traveling magazine salesman robbed & murdered an elderly woman. Tuens out, he had a history of violent crimes and the company did not check his background.

No matter what the area, small businesses have a tough time. There is scams everywhere you go. If anyone decides to do business with this van or any other traveling salesman, do not gve out any bank information (like a credit card, checks) if they take payments like that.

Now, if someone comes to my house selling products, I will kindly tell them no thank you but if they get pushy & refuse to go, I will call the cops on them. If someone asks them to leave and they do not, that is tresspassing. I listed resources in earlier post about issues reported and what criteria door-to-door meat sales have to follow for those interested.
gross

Crossville, TN

#14 Jan 7, 2013
bet it's gross
WinterJane

Rickman, TN

#15 Jan 7, 2013
They are not legit....they need a food handlers lic...and yes it's scary to open your door and you feel so uncomfortable being afraid to answer your door to a stranger....you just never know so I say ignore them especially ladies home alone....we lock our doors at night it's not like it use to be where you felt safe and left even your doors unlocked it's a shame we have to live this way but better safe.....always ask for ID and never give them any personal info if you are going to answer the door....meat in a van there is something wrong with this picture....where did it come from....they could be scoping out your house, property....trust only your friends and family...not a complete stranger trying to make a buck and also parents that send children out to sell things for school....go with your children....you never know....life is so untrusting now....Buy Your Beef/Chicken at the store not a Van that is going door to door...BUYER BEWARE!!!!!
Steak dinner

Rickman, TN

#16 Jan 7, 2013
They came to our house. We bought a box of the steaks. Showed me his business card and all. Ive had them for supper the past couple of weeks and they are really good esp the peppered steaks. I would buy from them again.
Steak dinner

Rickman, TN

#17 Jan 7, 2013
Btw, t and t deliveries is the name if the company. They are based out of knoxville. You can google them.
Wheres the beef

Oneida, TN

#18 Jan 7, 2013
I have a friend that works for a small meat processing facility. He occasionally makes a little money on the side from what is slipped out the back door, its all good. BON APPETIT!
Just Me

Livingston, TN

#19 Jan 7, 2013
Steak dinner wrote:
They came to our house. We bought a box of the steaks. Showed me his business card and all. Ive had them for supper the past couple of weeks and they are really good esp the peppered steaks. I would buy from them again.
Thanks for sharing the info. However, there maybe more than one van doing this because my friends stated they refusd to show any type of id/business card and issues. No company name was given. Great that you had a good experience but research links I have shared in earlier post warn against scammers but you followed what is suggested - get the name, id, etc..
As with anything, be cautious and use your own judgment. Thanks again for shairng the info.
jack

Cosby, TN

#20 Jan 8, 2013
several different groups working this area some of the white vans are no doubt copy cats giving the real business bad rep the business card seems to say it all scammers are scaming scamers and honest meat vendors alike no holds barred

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