Everyone is frequently annoyed by a door-to-door salesman. Whether it's children's books or steaks, magazine subscriptions or Kirby vacuums, the salesman come around and annoy you, trying to get you to buy whatever they are peddling. Floridian Kenneth Roop has found a way out of the sale: he just kills the salesman.
Nicolas Rainey, 30, is the victim in this situation. According to one of his co-workers, he had walked up to Roop's door and knocked, receiving no answer. Rainey worked for a door-to-door company, selling steak and seafood. On his way back down the driveway, Roop pulled up and asked what Rainey was doing. As Rainey explained, Roop raised a black handgun and shot the attractive, young salesman. And once wasn't enough. As Nicolas Rainey lay on the ground, Roop felt the need to fire another bullet into his head, "for effect."
Referred to as the neighborhood crazy, Roop told police he had no trespassing signs posted and would kill anyone who came onto his property. "I'm not going to give him the chance to do something to me. I was in fear," he told police.
Is this a reasonable situation? Technically, Rainey did trespass, against posted signs. Does that give Roop the right to kill? Everyone is annoyed by a door-to-door salesman, probably weekly, but most people have also worked in some form of door-to-door sales and are glad to have survived it. Roop does make a good point. More and more frequently, the salesman are the dangerous parties, coming into homes and robbing the unsuspecting homeowners.
Maybe society isn't currently safe enough for door-to-door sales. They could be a threat, or their potential customers could be dangerous predators. You know, the economy is bad. Maybe they should just stop. Kirby's are too expensive; magazines are a stupid waste of money (have they heard of the internet?); and the rest you can buy at the store. You really don't need someone to come to your home to sell it to you at 3 times the price.