Yellow Cards stir up Decatur, Ga. residents

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 7, 2013
During the Nov. 4 Decatur, Ga. City Commission meeting, Commissioner Patti Garrett holds up one of the cards left on homes in Decatur by

During the Nov. 4 Decatur, Ga. City Commission meeting, Commissioner Patti Garrett holds up one of the cards left on homes in Decatur by

A company called is leaving yellow notes on the doors of houses in Decatur and it’s bothering some residents.

The notes say that the company wants to buy four homes in the neighborhood in the next 90 days and asks the home owners if they’d like to sell.

City Commissioner Patti Garrett said during the Nov. 4 City Commission meeting that residents think the notes make them targets for burglars.

“People were concerned. It’s kind of like having a bright yellow sticker saying, ‘Nobody’s home all day today, nobody’s taken this off,'” Garrett said.

John Barbee, a Decatur resident and owner of the website, said the company has been leaving notes on people’s doors throughout DeKalb County for years. This is the first time he’s received complaints, he said. He said the reason the notices say the company wants to purchase four houses is because that’s the amount of money he has in his budget to purchase them.

One of the cards left on homes in the City of Decatur.

One of the cards left on homes in the City of Decatur.

“We’ve been trying to figure out why the last round of notices has got people so upset,” Barbee told Decaturish. “It could be because people  don’t know who is putting them out.”

He said, “I’m a business person. I’m a Decatur resident. I’m a neighbor.”

The notices have been left at homes along Brower Street, Pharr Road and McClean Street in Decatur. Barbee said his company is legally allowed to put the stickers on people’s doors.

Garrett asked City Manager Peggy Merriss to look into the city’s laws to see if there’s anything prohibiting the company from doing it. Merriss said she wasn’t sure.

“Technically if someone’s going door-to-door soliciting, they would need a permit,” Merriss said. But soliciting and putting a sticker on someone’s door are two different things, Merriss said. “But if we saw somebody walking up to people’s property and slapping something on the door, we’d at least talk to them.”

Merriss said, “We’ll look into it.”

Garrett said home buyers have also placed stickers on her door.

“I always think I must have a package, but it’s never a package,” Garrett said. “It’s always somebody wanting to buy my house.”

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  • Randy B.

    Gotta love these “Decatur world” problems 😉

  • J_T

    First world problems indeed. If the people complaining about this really want to see someone get pissed off, they should tell their neighbors in Kirkwood and East Atlanta about this nuisance. Or maybe those people realize that their own inability to sell their homes for an obscene profit because of the crime and school problems is a piddling trifle compared to SOMEONE PUTTING STICKERS ON THEIR DOORS!!!!!

  • Uma T.

    maybe if he taped lollipops to the yellow cards?

  • Decatur Neighbor

    Of course this is an issue that pales in comparison to famine and global warming, or even an ingrown nail. However, private homes do not usually welcome business or solicitation, as any door-to-door salesman or Jehovah’s Witness will testify.

    If Mr. Barbee wants to solicit business, let him put a stamp on a letter so it can end up with all the other junk mail from pushy real estate agents and developers. Let him put up a sign so all can see and take advantage of this fabulous business deal. If he’s so community minded, why is he inviting his neighbors to leave? It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood and I think your crappy teardown needs to go. Hey, saw you at the PTA meeting, “your house has been identified as a good candidate.” Can you hit the road so I can make some money and score wealthier neighbors to boot? “You don’t have to be desperate to sell.”

    Of course people are irritated that their homes have stickers on the front door. It’s creepy and he knows it. It draws the eye of burglars. But neither Mr. Barbee nor any of the other developers is evil. They’re just out to make a buck and don’t care what you think of their annoying solicitations. And what is this but another round of real estate triage? First the $100K houses were cleared out, then the $300K houses, and who knows? Now that houses in the $900K range are going up, the $500K people need to make way for another round of musical chairs.

    Maybe even Mr. Barbee will be bought out by a bigger fish. I’m sure he’ll be happy to uproot and move.

  • Randy B.

    Well I got a yellow sticker on my door and I didn’t think it was “creepy” at all. i just threw it away. Heck, I wasn’t even irritated. I certainly didn’t see it as in invitation to “leave the neighborhood” or to “hit the road.”

    And I’m not buying the whole “draws the eye of burglars” thing. Perhaps Dan as part of his transparency project could look to see what the burglary stats are on days when people have had a sticker on their door. I’d bet you a stiff drink from Steinbecks that you’d find no correlation to justify the concern.

  • Rick Baggenstoss

    I wish I could eliminate all misdirected marketing. The 100s of coupons/ads in the Sunday paper outweigh the articles worth reading. TV timeouts during a show or game are real torture. The youtube videos posted after each article on this blog aren’t so bad because they’re misplaced and out of context so they can be easily overlooked, but the pop-up and the camouflaged ads are just wrong.

    The most annoying ads to me are for lawyers on TV, reverse mortgages, fast food, and local car dealers. Years of my life have been lost. That’s real pain and suffering. A yellow sticker once or twice a year, I can handle.

  • JGalt

    Do we really need another annoying sticker / card / letter ?????

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