MEET hard-working Kirby vacuum door-to-door salesman Richard Giannetti.
He's not dodgy and not trying to take homeowners to the cleaners.
Mr Giannetti came forward to clear his name yesterday after police had issued a warning about a "vacuum salesman'' in Marian.
Police were concerned the man was not wearing a uniform and collating information about when homes were occupied or not.
"I have been dealing with rumours for years but I have never had a situation like this. I can't believe it has gone this far," Mr Giannetti said.
"The first I saw was on Facebook, but a few weeks ago people were saying that I was a dog snatcher for a dog fighting ring.
"I'm none of those things. I am a Kirby vacuum salesman and have been for the past 21 years."
Mr Giannetti lived in Mackay from 2009 to 2011 before moving to Perth for a couple of years. He has been back in Mackay for a couple of weeks.
"I like small towns. My home is Boston. I just enjoy the lifestyle here," he said.
"This last rumour has gone a bit too far, but that's just how the job is. I have got thick skin and I know the negative is always going to be there.
"I know people aren't fond of door-to-door salesmen.
"Kirby don't supply uniforms because of the high turnover of staff they have and I don't wear button-down shirts because then people don't answer their door because they think I am from a church.
"I usually wear jeans or cargo pants and a short sleeve t-shirt and, to be honest, only a few people have complained.
"And for people to not think I work for Kirby… I have brochures, I have the vacuums, I have a new company ID coming because a lady asked to see it and then closed the door on me, and I can only do so much to make people believe me."
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