Once again, you are what you are … and they know it.

We got pulled up again today.

This time, on foot, delivering leaflets to households.

That is all.

No calling, just slogging, posting leaflets through the doors.

The Policeman wanted to know, having spotted our lorry, parked, whether our Waste Carriers Licence was in order.

He’d already checked our tax and insurance, no doubt.

Then he needed to discuss why we were delivering leaflets.

Did we know about the seven day cooling off period?

Yes.

He was unsure, though, of the exact specification and asked us to stop delivering leaflets while he called the Trading Standards Office for clarification.

We stopped.

When he returned, a while later, I explained the seven day rule as I understood it.

He got the point.

We were not cold calling, but delivering leaflets.

Leaflets are a tool of advertising your business and an invitation for discussion.

A contract comes later.

That is when the seven day rule applies.

But it is a shame.

When you’re slogging up the hills and down, to post leaflets through the doors that may keep the wolf away from yours….

You get checked, just because of what you are.

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