According to the ordinance, if the purported magazine subscription seller on Habersham had obtained a permit and had been soliciting between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., it might have been legal to enter the neighbor's property and knock on her door. But he would have had to follow a strict protocol of proactively identifying himself and showing his credentials (and he did not do so).
I think it is fair to assume that most people knocking on our doors and purporting to be selling something have no permit and might well be checking to see if the house would be a good target for illegal activities. For this reason the person might be deterred by the presence of a person speaking through a locked door.
Another possibility is that an innocent, unaware person thinks that going door-to-door is a good marketing or communications strategy. It is impossible to know the difference, so please don't give in to a sense of curiosity or friendliness, thereby taking a chance.
IN ANY EVENT THE POLICE HAVE ADVISED THAT WE NOT OPEN THE DOOR TO ANYONE NOT KNOWN TO US, AND FOLLOW UP BY CALLING 911.
There is an exemption in the ordinance for individuals representing not for profit organizations, but even they must have registered with the City and must display proactively credentials.
Katherine D'Amaro, President of Peachtree Heights West