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Energy Audit Employee Quits Job Over Harrassing Calls

Energy Audit Employee Quits Job Over Harrassing Calls

ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Vincent Beneduce says he worked for energy audit companies for eight days before he quit.

He did not like their sales techniques, he said, calling them relentless and misleading. "They way they're harassing people to get these appointments is unethical and it is dishonest."

In fact, there have been viewer complaints to First Coast News of incessant calls from companies offering free energy audits, and ultimately sales of energy saving products.

Beneduce still has his appointment book of glossy graphics and lists of reasons a homeowner should buy energy saving devices at a high price.

"If they were honest they wouldn't have to call people 30 times and that is the dishonest part that I am talking about," he said.

When asked about his employer, Beneduce gave the names of several companies. It's not a quick answer.

Mailing your taxes? Observe Posted Retail Service Hours and Collection Times

Mailing your taxes? Observe Posted Retail Service Hours and Collection Times

This year most taxpayers will file electronically. In years past the taxday crowds and traffic jams that formed around many Post Offices prompted the Postal Service to extend collection times to ensure all taxpayers could get the postmark needed to prove the returns were mailed before the deadline. However, the increasing popularity of the internet has largely replaced hardcopy returns with electronic alternatives, making these additional (and costly) extra services unnecessary.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Cracks Down on Telemarketing Scams

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam continued his crackdown against unlicensed telemarketers last week, shutting down firms in several southwest Florida counties.

Investigators from the Department’s Division of Consumer Services, in partnership with the Department’s Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement, conducted inspections in Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties.

Bath Salts Containing MDPV

Bath Salts Containing MDPV

Attorney General Pam Bondi passed an emergency measure on January 25, 2011, banning the sale or use of “bath salts” in the State of Florida. The new ruling labels MDPV a Schedule I controlled substance. This allows law enforcement to arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate individuals who manufacture, distribute, sell or possess this dangerous drug. The emergency ruling is set to last for 90 days, during which Florida legislators will be working to pass a bill making the ban permanent.