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Be careful with day labor

Brad Lindberg Staff Writer
February 04, 2016
CITY OF GROSSE POINTE — Unwanted declarations of unrequited friendship drove a woman to file a stalking complaint with police about a man she barely knows and wishes she never met.

She hired him “years ago” to shovel snow from her driveway, she reportedly told City of Grosse Pointe police Tuesday, Jan. 12, and he hasn’t left her alone since.

Her trouble spotlights the risk of hiring day labor.

“In this day and age, I advise people to be very careful who they hire to work at their homes,” said Stephen Poloni, chief of public safety.

Someone with a snow shovel over their shoulder ringing doorbells in the City may be breaking the law.

“We do not allow soliciting without a permit,” Poloni said. “People going door-to-door selling services or wares need a permit.”

Hiring a neighborhood youngster is a safer bet than retaining an unknown adult, he said.

The alleged stalker’s latest pledge arrived in a letter to the woman’s workplace in the City.

“(She) finds the note very disturbing,” said a public safety officer.

The woman, of Grosse Pointe Farms, knows the man only by his first name. She doesn’t know his city of residence.

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