I received the following email in response from Bryan Langeneckert to my post on Professional Whining. The email has been edited and only presents one side of the issue. I don’t know Bryan Langeneckert and I cannot attest to the accuracy of the statements below other than to say this is one person’s view of how as single board works or in this case doesn’t work.
Dear Mr. Long,
I'd like to weigh in on your comment entitled "Professional Whining". Below is what I have begun publishing on the net trying to achieve some reform. As of yet, my attempts seem to be falling on deaf ears. Please add this to your post as an additional comment. Thanks so much.
Do you believe the KY Board of Auctioneers protects the public? Guess again! One would think so... and they claim that's their primary mandate on their site (http://auctioneers.ky.gov/ ) but that's not the case here. I filed five pages of wrongdoing concerning numerous illegalities perpetrated by Thompson & Riley, Ltd. Auctioneers / Realtors. The Kentucky Board of Auctioneers "investigated" and then 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 of my complaint that, with thorough investigation and witness testimony, would have proven fraud and a systematic approach of wrongdoing by Thompson & Riley, Ltd., Auctioneers and Realtors... were also ignored. The Kentucky Board of Auctioneers wouldn't even let it get to the next step of a hearing.
Do not, even for a second, believe there is any protection of the public by the Kentucky Board of Auctioneers. Oops... I stand corrected by the annual report of the Kentucky Board of Auctioneers:
Between June of 2006 and May of 2007, there were (presumably) at least 1,149 complaints filed (mine was numbered 07-1149) yet only one... ONE auctioneer lost his license!!! Need I say more?
…… In short, watch out if you are dealing with a Kentucky auctioneer.
Want another 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?
More information about the complaint can be found at ThompsonandRileysucks.com.