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.
Below are other very important links with additional revealing information you NEED TO KNOW!
What do you think? Please post your comments.
Mike Bronzell Exposes "Mobster" Meni Agababayev of Run Local Locksmith In ABC Nightline Sting - The LOOKOUT
ALOA Proposes to Criminalize Acts of Locksmithing
NY Locksmith License Sponsor Senator Shirley Huntley Faces Arrest
Purple Heart Recipient Victimized by Locksmith Licensing Law - U.S. Army Iraq War Veteran Locked Out Of Profession For Rescuing Stray Dog
Arizona Law Review references the Society of Professional Locksmiths - Fighting Deceptive Marketing in the Twenty-First Century
Texas Auditors Afraid of Licensed Locksmiths - by T.F. Stern
Texas Showdown – Locksmith License Reform Opportunity
Are You A Professional Locksmith?
Everyone Wins a Fish? - Locksmith Marketing & Survival
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Tom Lynch, CRL