Candy salesman exposed himself to grandmother

October 21, 2008 4:09:44 PM PDT
An elderly woman says doing a small act of kindness left her a victim. She says a teenager selling candy door-to-door took advantage of her when she let him inside for just a moment. Only able to walk with a cane, this Houston grandmother needs help everywhere she goes. But she was alone at home last Saturday when she survived an unforgettable ordeal.

"This was the worst scare that I have ever had," the victim said.

The woman who wants to be known only as Maria says the trouble started a young man selling candy knocked on her front door.

"I said, 'No, I don't have no money and I don't want to buy any candy,'" she recalled. "Then he said, 'Can I use your restroom?'"

Thinking the teen reminded her of her own grandson, the 78-year-old woman let him inside. But when he came out of the bathroom, Maria says the teen was exposing himself.

"He said, 'Look, touch, touch me.' And I said, 'I ain't gonna touch you,'" Maria explained.

From there, Maria says the teen followed her into her bedroom, touched and kissed her.

She said, "I was kind of scared and nervous."

All in all, Maria thinks the teen spent about half an hour inside her home. She told the boy her husband was on his way home, and after making a phone call, he left.

Maria's granddaughter redialed the number the teen called. She says she found out the teen worked for a group that sells candy to give job to teens with trouble pasts.

Dan Parsons from the Better Business Bureau says most door-to-door candy sales groups are not reputable.

"Don't give to those people, no matter how enticing the pitch is, and no matter what they're claiming," he advised. "Don't let them in your home."

The Better Business Bureau suggests checking with the office if you have questions about a business with salesmen going door to door.

The woman reported the incident to police on Saturday. Houston police have now assigned an investigator to the case.

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