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Viewpoints: Real pedlars, not pests.

Byline: Mr & Mrs Carter Meadow Close, Yatton Keynell, Chippenham, Wiltshire

IT is with frustration we read the article, New crackdown on City street pests, (Echo, April 29).

There is a distinct difference between the no more than two or three hawkers (pedlars) who sometimes ply their trade from small trolleys and the hordes of canvassers and charity workers who do tend to ambush people as they walk through Queen Street.

My wife and I are pedlars who travel the UK and often work Cardiff's streets and enjoy doing so. We, along with the few other mainly Cardiff-based pedlars do not pester or annoy shoppers in any way, and if people want to inquire regarding what we sell they come to us - we don't go to them.

Unfortunately with the explosion in charities, utility company canvassers and salesmen who swoop for clients regarding any trip or fall, the high streets of every town are now prime fishing grounds.

Please do not label us few genuine pedlars with the pest tag. We do not pester.

Make no mistake, Cardiff council has long been trying to remove us and now seem to be using different tactics.
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 15, 2002
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