TAKEN TO THE CLEANERS: Kirby vacuum salesman Richard Giannetti has been forced to defend his occupation after police, following up on complaints, issued a warning about a door-to-door salesman in the Marian area.
TAKEN TO THE CLEANERS: Kirby vacuum salesman Richard Giannetti has been forced to defend his occupation after police, following up on complaints, issued a warning about a door-to-door salesman in the Marian area. Tony Martin

‘Parts of this job can suck ... but I’m legit!’

MEET hard-working Kirby vacuum door-to-door salesman Richard Giannetti.

He's not dodgy and not trying to take homeowners to the cleaners.

Mr Giannetti came forward to clear his name yesterday after police had issued a warning about a "vacuum salesman'' in Marian.

Police were concerned the man was not wearing a uniform and collating information about when homes were occupied or not.

"I have been dealing with rumours for years but I have never had a situation like this. I can't believe it has gone this far," Mr Giannetti said.

"The first I saw was on Facebook, but a few weeks ago people were saying that I was a dog snatcher for a dog fighting ring.

"I'm none of those things. I am a Kirby vacuum salesman and have been for the past 21 years."

Mr Giannetti lived in Mackay from 2009 to 2011 before moving to Perth for a couple of years. He has been back in Mackay for a couple of weeks.

"I like small towns. My home is Boston. I just enjoy the lifestyle here," he said.

"This last rumour has gone a bit too far, but that's just how the job is. I have got thick skin and I know the negative is always going to be there.

"I know people aren't fond of door-to-door salesmen.

"Kirby don't supply uniforms because of the high turnover of staff they have and I don't wear button-down shirts because then people don't answer their door because they think I am from a church.

"I usually wear jeans or cargo pants and a short sleeve t-shirt and, to be honest, only a few people have complained.

"And for people to not think I work for Kirby… I have brochures, I have the vacuums, I have a new company ID coming because a lady asked to see it and then closed the door on me, and I can only do so much to make people believe me."

Would you buy a vacuum from a door-to-door salesman?

This poll ended on 01 June 2014.

Current Results

Yes

18%

No

81%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


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