Exchange student's sales approach causes concern in Andrews

  • Thursday, June 21, 2012

Carina Paju is a 20 year old foreign exchange student from Estonia who has been trying to make money while staying in Georgetown County by selling children’s books and other educational material.
However, her approach concerned many in the Andrews area who used Facebook and other forms of communications to share their worries.
It began when Paju approached their homes carrying a map of the neighborhoods with x’s over some of the houses.
Plus, she would ask questions about the children in the neighborhoods and if their parents were home.
After receiving complaints, Andrews police found Paju and discovered she has been doing nothing illegal and did not mean to cause any problems.
Andrews Police Chief Jennifer Flowers said what Paju s doing “is legit.” She said Paju has obtained a $100 business license from the town and is carrying her passport as well as credentials from the company for which she is working.
Paju spoke with the Georgetown Times, saying she asked questions about children because she does not know anyone in Andrews and only wanted to visit the homes where children live. She said the x's on the map are the houses she had already visited.
She said she was very surprised Wednesday when she learned the concern about her visits had spread across Facebook like wildfire.

Read more about this story in Friday’s Georgetown Times.

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