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Jan 24, 2013 11:11 PM by Erin Steuber

A 'Suspicious' White Van? It's Not What You May Think

Here is a story, that might clear things up for some. Across Acadiana, police have been receiving reports of a suspicious white van. Arrests have even been made. The vans have no markings and are seen driving slowly in neighborhoods. But it's not what you might be thinking, and one business owner wants to clear his name.

It might make you look twice, an unfamiliar van, tinted windows, driving slowly in your neighborhood. But no cause for concern, unless you don't like door-to-door salesmen.

They work for Kirby Vacuums, 15 employees are on the road in Acadiana, in a white van, trying to sell the $3,000 dollar vacuum system. But recently the job has become a little more complicated.

"Everyday, it doesn't stop. Everyday, probably twice a day, they stop us and check our permits and tell us we're good to go, have a good day and good luck," said Nate Kirby, the Lafayette Area Distributor.

Kirby is a bit frustrated over the complaints, but is trying to go about his business, selling vacuums.

"We give away a free gift and free carpet shampooing just to look at our Kirby. Wether they buy it or not, the guys still get paid so we don't have to pressure them at all," said Kirby.
"How does it work do you have to get permits per parish to be selling?"

"The way it really works here in the state of Louisiana is if you pay taxes to a parish you are almost entitled to knock on doors in any parish that connects to it," said Kirby. "Certain places, Franklin for example, there rules are a little different, but in most parishes you're good to go as long as you have this piece of paper."

A few employees, who sell Kirby's in St. Mary Parish, were arrested (solicitation without a permit) for having an expired permit. Those employees do not work for Nate, but sell Kirby Vacuum Systems. In light of the recent controversy, the company is planning to place decals on the vans.

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