It's well documented that they go from street-to-street trying to get people signed up for their service. Based on the complaints, some would even say that they use deceptive sale tactics on unsuspecting residents. Here's a listing of sites filled with complaints and a youtube video. Not only that, I've also included an update by the Brookhaven Police Department that revoked this company's permit as recently as last month for the same thing they're about to do in Media, THIS MONTH!
News coverage on complaints against Commerce Energy Door-to-Door Solicitations:
- Pushy electricity salespeople anger another neighbor
- Warning: Alert Issued on Company of Recent Door to Door Salespeople
- Commerce Energy using deceptive door-to-door sales practices, BBB says
- Consumer Complaints on Commerce Energy
So, I contacted Media Borough yesterday via borough manager Jeff Smith to request the permit be revoked based on the findings and recent history of this company.
To my surprise, Media borough has no intention of addressing this issue or even finding out more about it. I suppose that's too bad for the Media residents whose best interests should come first. Where's the oversight or just general concern that people may be taken advantage of?
In fact, when Commerce Energy comes to your door and tries sell you something, don't blame them, blame Mayor McMahon and Media Borough council who know fully well what this group does but has chosen not to stand up for residents.
Here's yesterday's email conversation with Borough Manager, Jeff Smith:
On behalf of the community who's contacted me directly, online complaints lodged, and a revocation last month by the Brookhaven Police Dept; I request the solicitation permit for Commerce Energy be revoked immediately.
BrookhavenPolice/posts/ 945718985525385?hc_location= ufi
I would also request the process and criteria in which these approvals are made.
10:15 am 5/4/16Dear Tedman, Thank you for your e-mail. I forwarded your correspondence to Mayor McMahon, Borough Council, Solicitor Scott and Chief Wusinich for their review and consideration. Attached, please see the Peddling & Soliciting ordinance. Generally, the administration and police departments receive applications and the administration department processes permits for those that fall under the ordinance. Please feel free to contact me if you have any other questions. Sincerely, Jeff Smith
11:12 am 5/4/16Jeff,
As always, thanks for the comprehensive and timely reply.
2:48 pm 5/4/16
Thanks, Tedman. I have asked Chief Wusinich if the police department has received any complaints. In the mean time, please feel free to relay the nature of any of the concerns you received if you deem appropriate. I would be happy to pass them along to Chief Wusinich and Council. Jeff
3:39 pm 5/4/16
I thought I did. I'll assume the request was denied.