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My husband, Walter L. Wesley

Update by user May 18, 2016

the KY board of auctioneers has not contacted us yet.the compliance officers had him to come to a Wendy restaurant on Mt Vernon Ky, I felt this was unprofessional, and unethical of officers representing the board.

Original review posted by user May 18, 2016
Walter L Wesley, my husband of 55 years has held a auctioneer license since 1973, has never been in default with the board, always paid his consignees for all they sold. he was auctioning for a guy that was in the process of getting his auction house license, and the guy did get them, however the board is fining my husband 500.00, because the guy did not have house license,at the time he did the auctioning, my husband is disabled , he has copd. and very little education. I feel the Ky board of auctioneers discriminated against my husband due to his age and disability we have always been law abiding citizens, raised 3 children , always taught them to respect the law. please reconsider this act, toward a elderly, disabled man. thanks Joella Wesley
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Problems with payment
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$500
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Full refund
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Things you should know before signing a contract with a Kentucky Auctioneer...

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 bryan@***.com More info about my complaint: http://ThompsonAndRileySucks.com and http://KentuckyBoardOfAuctioneersSucks.com Let them know what you think of thompsonandriley at http://thompsonandriley.com Let the Kentucky Board of Auctioneers know what you think at http://auctioneers.ky.gov
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Gatlinburg, Tennessee

BEWARE of Kentucky Auctioneers as the Board of Auctioneers failed to act!

BEWARE of Kentucky Auctioneers as the Board of Auctioneers failed to act! Do you believe the KY Board of Auctioneers protects the public? 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? James J. Bates II (aka Jamie Bates) and Julie Smith of Thompson & Riley, Ltd., Auctioneers / Realtors ( http://www.thompsonandriley.com/ )misled me repeatedly and extensively to get my signature on their auction contract. In the name of free speech, I'm here to tell you these people were less than honest from the start. My original complaint was five pages but, for the sake of space and time, let’s begin here with these: 1. Jamie promised to "inventory and catalogue" the contents of the house and provide me with said inventory. No such inventory was received. The only list of contents ever received was at settlement time MONTHS after the auctions and the list received was quite small compared to the actual contents of the house. To my understanding, not providing receipts for contents and providing settlement results and disbursement months after the auctions occurred are violations. These things, taken individually, could be considered oversights (although still inexcusable) but, viewed collectively, each of the points contained in my complaint show a pattern of deception. 2. Jamie promised to utilize Ebay for the dolls, accessories and finer collectibles to get a wider market. We talked at length prior to the signing of the contract. It appears that NOT ONE item made it to Ebay. In his response to my Board of Auctioneers complaint, Jamie stated he's used Ebay for years. First, responding to that claim as he did, it shows there was merit to my raising the point and, secondly, he offered no factual defense (showing what items went to Ebay and the supporting paperwork that would have been created). Numerous promises made but not carried out. 3. Over the course of months after the auctions, numerous attempts to contact Jamie Bates and Julie Smith by phone, fax and email were met with silence. Even the published fax numbers were either disconnected or simply not answered. I wanted to know what was going on with the auctions. They had the money and simply were not disbursing. Not until I sent a registered letter demanding response and disbursement did I receive a response. Within about four days, Julie Smith called my friend Julie and opened with "You really must hate me" to which Julie responded that she "was very disappointed in their failure to follow through on what they had promised". Julie Smith said she had asked Jamie, repeatedly, to make that phone call and when she decided that he obviously wasn't going to make the call, she said she "decided to bite the bullet and make the call". Bottom line: $14 was owed to me. She said they were scaling down the cost of work performed (at contract signing, original quote from Jamie for my costs were $300-$400) and that made my net just under $1,400. Twenty-seven hundred square feet of “treasures” (Jamie’s word) for $1,400. What a bargain! 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? Bryan Langeneckert bryan@***.com More info about my complaint: http://ThompsonAndRileySucks.com Yes, I also own the domain http://KentuckyBoardOfAuctioneersSucks.com and will begin using it in the near future. I also own the domain of http://KentuckyRealEstateCommissionSucks.com but let's slay just one dragon at a time, shall we? Let them know what you think of thompsonandriley at http://thompsonandriley.com Let the Kentucky Board of Auctioneers know what you think at http://auctioneers.ky.gov/
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Beware of Kentucky Auctioneers as the Board of Auctioneers Failed to Act!

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? Bryan Langeneckert bryan@***.com More info about my complaint: http://ThompsonAndRileySucks.com Yes, I also own the domain http://KentuckyBoardOfAuctioneersSucks.com and will begin using it in the near future. I also own the domain of http://KentuckyRealEstateCommissionSucks.com but let's slay just one dragon at a time, shall we? Let them know what you think of thompsonandriley at http://thompsonandriley.com Let the Kentucky Board of Auctioneers know what you think at http://auctioneers.ky.gov/
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