Yukon couple warns about door to door meat salesman

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YUKON, Okla. - Dick and Marilyn Carlson own about 14 pounds of steaks and hamburger patties they said they didn’t even really want.

“I bet we said no maybe six times; no, we’re not interested. But, he kept pushing and pressuring us,” said Marilyn Carlson.

The Carlsons had just walked into their garage to go to the store when an unmarked white van pulled into their driveway, blocking them in.

“We felt trapped. He wasn’t about to give up,” Marilyn said.

After about 30 minutes, they agreed to pay the man $160 for the box of meat plus an $8 credit card processing fee.

But, as they were putting the meat away, they realized how many pounds they’d purchased and that it averaged to more than $11 per pound.

“I got on my phone, and I started adding up the poundage and I’m saying, oh, we paid way too much for this,” Marilyn said.

They did not get the man’s name or license plate number.

He told them he was from Kansas.

“I’m 74 years old, and I should’ve known better. There’s a million things I should’ve done,” Dick said.

Kitt Letcher, president of the Central Oklahoma Better Business Bureau, said always ask lots of questions when a door to door salesman comes knocking.

“I would ask to see his solicitation license and make sure that he is registered to actually sell door to door,” Letcher said. “You want to tell people that you don’t make impulse decisions from door to door salesmen, that you like to verify the company before you do business with them and that you need time to do your homework.”

The meat is from American Gold Label.

A representative with the company tells NewsChannel 4 they are just the distributor and are not responsible for the actions of companies that sell their product.

But, he said they stand behind the quality of the meat and it was actually not a bad price the Carlsons paid for it.

The Carlsons also failed to get a receipt from the man, and they’re hoping others can learn from their lesson.

“I want everybody else to know these guys are doing this,” Dick said.

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