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This blog entry is PART #2 of the following news article - Mike Bronzell Exposes "Mobster" Meni Agababayev of Run Local Locksmith In ABC Nightline Sting - The LOOKOUT
Bill Weir, ABC News investigative reporter - The LOOKOUT.....are you licensed?!
When you watch the ABC NEWS locksmith sting operation, you see Bill Weir asking one person who is posing as a locksmith if he is licensed. This subliminal inference innocent or not - that locksmiths "should or could" be licensed is interesting since it has been repeated in many prior news broadcasts. It is also something that has been hotly debated within the locksmith industry, particularly since the majority of hard working honest locksmiths oppose it. Given the fact that this is a national news program, rather then regional, local or hyper local, it can give the viewer the misleading idea that every locksmith must need to be licensed - which is false.
Proponents of regulating the locksmith industry also have been shown to be engaging in the systematic attempt at eliminating the mobile service providers which make up 80% of the trade. Their argument is that "they are not legitimate" simply by nature of them not having a "walk in" location and that licensing or regulating someone is the ultimate symbol of legitimacy.
I don't know about you, but I don't recall seeing a plumber or electrician with a walk in retail location, so why pick on the locksmith about a walk in location? When you watch the entire episode of ABC's The LOOKOUT, I didn't see the TV Repairman being asked if they were licensed after they repeatedly scammed the elderly women? So at the end of the day you have to sit back and ask why? The Society of Professional Locksmiths has provided that answer and we have even presented articulate and thoughtful points to ponder, and we have come to the conclusion that Locksmith Licensing is in itself a great big con job.
For a long time now, proponents of forcing unwanted licensing upon the locksmith industry have been found scatter shooting all over the place with a variety of nonsensical excuses as to why the locksmith must be regulated. They claim that the only way to protect the consumers is to make sure these people are subjected to all kinds of screening, vetting, rules and regulations by consumer protection agencies, state licensing boards, state attorney generals, the Federal Trade Commission, and they pander these misconceptions to these people as well as the naive consumer.
SOPL Managing Director Barry Campbell sums up The LOOKOUT report and the situation as a whole as follows -
ABC's “The Lookout” erred in identifying Run Local Locksmith as anything but a legitimate locksmith company. They must be legitimate – they are LICENSED! Being licensed makes you a professional according to the proponents advocating for it, doesn't it? In state after state that requires locksmith licensing, Run Local is listed as having been issued a license, including New Jersey, Virginia, Texas, California, Oregon, and Tenneessee. So, to all the licensing proponents who make the claim that licensing locksmiths will protect customers and eliminate industry competition from scammers, thanks for legitimizing companies like Run Local!
Barry touched on something very, very important. It is the larger companies in comparison to the smaller Mom & Pop operations that can play in this con game. The financial burden, red tape and often un-achievable barriers placed upon a small entrepreneur or new entrant ultimately leads to restriction of trade and the elimination of consumer choices which in turn creates monopolies, increased costs to the consumer, and lower quality service.
Locksmith licensing is a Con Job, scam, flimflam,or whatever you wish to label it. At the end of the day it is no better then what we have all witnessed with this Run Local news report....but they are a legitimate locksmith service.....according to the advocates of licensing, and the government regulatory agencies shown below.
After seeing all this, one has to question the motivations and agenda of those advocating licensing and also question whether these are really Locksmiths You Can Trust.
It looks like someone didn't do their homework! Be careful what you ask for, it might come back to bite you, and it looks like it has.
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Mike Bronzell Exposes "Mobster" Meni Agababayev of Run Local Locksmith In ABC Nightline Sting - The LOOKOUT
Don't forget to read Part #2 - The link is at the bottom of this article!
SOPL Locksmith Mike Bronzell with the help of New York locksmith Ira Cheek of CID Locksmith in Jamaica Queens were shown on ABC Nightline consumer report news series known as "The LOOKOUT", with investigative news reporter Bill Weir.
Finally, someone provided a news report focused on a key figure named Meni Agababayev (aka Meni Aga) a self proclaimed Israeli Russian "Mobster" actor, who is behind a roving enterprise of websites identified as Run Local. According to Agababayev, these are successful businesses which he is involved in and which financed his personal movie called MOBSTER!
Special shout out to ABC News program called "The Lookout". they did a bang up job that was well developed and well delivered. The giant Google map pins were a priceless subliminal message about Google Places. Overall it was refreshing to witness.
One person who disagrees with Agababayev is an inside informant identified as "Ben", who makes it clear that he is afraid of the scary side of notorious locksmith syndicates who consist of recent immigrants recruited from Israel. These folks identify Americans as stupid and from this belief they conduct their enterprise.
The SOPL has for many years made it very clear to everyone that these individuals are not locksmiths at all, but many news reports and other locksmith associations have continued to identify them as locksmiths. This was being done intentionally to try to link an agenda of forcing licensing upon the hardworking locksmiths, and to demonize home based or mobile locksmiths who have done nothing wrong and are not engaging in such deceptive events.
The fact is, this news report clearly demonstrates how licensing DOES NOT work since the scammers continue to operate in the states which do have require a license such as New Jersey where it was filmed. If it turns out one of these individuals has a license, then it is an even better example! But this is another story so stay tuned for PART 2 of this story!
Licensing has nothing to do with stopping a mobster or anyone from impersonating any trade or consumer service group and locksmiths are not the only ones being misrepresented. Carpet cleaning, towing, garage door services and more are also being targets. Basically any service industry!
In 2006 the SOPL LockRadio program interviewed 2 Israeli locksmiths who shared their experience with this syndicate. Mike Bronzell who stayed the course suffered terrible insults and accusations from many individuals in the locksmith industry and forum discussion groups as he was trying to get people to hear his concerns. I wonder how these individuals feel now?
Both Mike and Ira did a great job! Probably because they are both down to earth, gritty locksmiths who have no regulatory agenda and who simply wish to help the consumers and the hardworking locksmiths who have been victimized by all the false association to these events. Oh yeah, Bill Weir was pretty good as well.
So Meni Agababayev with all his chutzpha feels you have to be a "biter", but it appears he has been bitten himself. Judging from the distortion of his face when confronted by Bill Weir, it seems to be a hard and uncomfortable chomp! For a guy who views himself as being comfortable portraying a mobster, he looked more like a dumb schmuck.
If you Google the name Meni Agababayev you will find an overwhelming amount of blog stories, comments, and more about how wonderful, amazing, and visionary this maven is. A man of big stature! But when you look at him standing next to the news reporter who caught up to him in a parking lot in Detroit, and while standing next to the Chevy Express van mirror, it appears he is a pipsqueak, a peewee - a lightweight!
Lucky for Meni that the guy in his movie was sitting in the chair while Meni was screaming and trying to make himself look like a tough guy. Otherwise, Mini Meni or Meni-me would only be tall enough to punch the guy in his knees if he was standing! So it looks like Bill Weir "altered the deal" with one clean shot and it lit Meni on fire when he found his ego and vanity ultimately was his downfall. Now that's a script to remember!
As an Israeli you may think Mike Bronzell and Ira Cheek are stupid. You may refer to all of the apple pie eating, flag waving, baseball playing American citizens whatever you wish, but in the end it was Meni Agababayev who was exposed to be nothing more than a "B" rate bit actor, a wannabe mobster..... but not a qualified professional locksmith.
It takes more skill and integrity to be a locksmith!
The worlds a stage....OYE VEY!
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