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Things you should know before signing a contract with a Kentucky Auctioneer:

The Kentucky Board of Auctioneers claims their primary mandate is to license and watch over the Kentucky auctioneer in the name of protecting the public trust. I'm here to tell you that, after receiving my five page sworn complaint concerning James J. Bates II (aka Jamie Bates) and Julie Smith of Thompson & Riley, Ltd., Auctioneers Appraisers Realtors in Lexington, Kentucky, the Kentucky Board of auctioneers dismissed my complaint. No hearing, no witness testimony... they turned a blind eye to each and every portion of my complaint. Any one of the basic points about which I complained required action by the Board. The more complicated points that, with thorough investigation and witness testimony, would have proven fraud and a systematic approach of wrongdoing by Thompson & Riley, Ltd., Auctioneers... were also ignored. Given my experience, I'd advise that you not, even for a second, believe there is any protection of the public by the Kentucky Board of Auctioneers. Oops... I stand corrected by their annual report: Between June of 2006 and May of 2007, there were at least 1,149 complaints filed (presumably... as mine was numbered 07-1149) yet only one... ONE auctioneer lost his license!! Did I mention that the Kentucky Board of Auctioneers is made up of five practicing auctioneers and one citizen who, at least at one point in time, was politically active? Need I say more?

Ok... one more tidbit... Did you know that, according to the Kentucky Revised Statutes, an auctioneer involved with shill bidding can be fined $10 ???. You read that right... ten dollars. An auctioneer getting caught shill bidding (which goes to the very core on the question of honesty within the auction industry) can be fined ten dollars. Do YOU see a reason to trust a Kentucky auctioneer?

Bryan Langeneckert

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