A letter writer warns the public to be informed when door-to-door gas marketers come calling.

Beware of bad gas marketers

They have resurfaced once again to harass, confuse and deceive residents.

On a recent evening after finishing a delightful early dinner, I felt a great discomfort in my lower regions. This discomfort did not come from the meal I had consumed, but rather due to a certain uninvited visitor to my house.

This person came to my door dressed in safety gear and badge and for all intents and purposes, looked rather official.

He seemed to have my interest at heart and wanted to inspect my Fortis BC bill to ensure I was “price protected.”

Sensing that something wasn’t right, I sent this visitor off with a friendly goodbye.

My visitor happened to be an independent gas marketer and almost everything this person said to me was either misleading or dishonest.

In fact, as I subsequently discovered, both his request to see my Fortis account information and his reluctance to disclose the true nature of his visit contravene the “Code of Conduct for Gas Marketers.”

He even adamantly insisted that “he wasn’t selling anything” when I straight up asked him what he was selling.

Normally, I would not be too concerned about this person’s appalling behaviour except that there may be people in our communities who are vulnerable to this type of deceitful sales practice.

I remember encountering these characters a few years ago and it appears that they have resurfaced once again to harass, confuse and deceive residents.

 

Ian Hay, Surrey

 

Surrey North Delta Leader

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

South Surrey boy, 11, hopes to raise $3,000 for Sources – and be Prime Minister

White Rock Coldest Night of the Year event to take place Feb. 22

Recharged Sharks aim for playoffs after ‘well-earned’ break

Bayside rugby club mixes youth with returning veterans in quest for men’s Div. 1 title

Pedestrian fatality in Surrey

Police are investigating at 183 Street and Highway 10

Spring is looming – what are you most looking forward to?

Spring is looming – what are you most looking forward to?… Continue reading

VIDEO: Minister reports ‘modest progress’ after blockade talks with First Nation

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say Coastal GasLink does not have authority to go through their lands

B.C. man released from quarantined cruise ship in Japan

Because Spencer Fehrenbacher has American citzensip, he was evacuated by the U.S.

Henrique scores 2 as Ducks soar past Canucks 5-1

Vancouver tumbles out of top spot in Pacific Division

Trudeau cancels Caribbean trip amid pipeline protests across Canada

Protests against Coastal GasLink have disrupted rail service

B.C. VIEWS: Inaction on pipeline protests not a viable response

Columnist Frank Bucholtz on how the Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute got so bad

PHOTOS: Top 10 memories of the 2010 Olympics

Black Press Media’s Jenna Hauck, shares some of her most memorable images of 2010 Winter Games

#FoxForFiver: Support grows in B.C. to put Terry Fox on new $5 bill

Terry Fox’ Marathon of Hope raised money for cancer research

Registration opens soon for BC 55+ Games in Richmond

2020 55+ Games have been officially scheduled for Sept. 15 to 19

Trudeau confers with cabinet ministers as rail blockades continue

The Trudeau government has been criticized for not doing more to end the blockades

Most Read