|However, we were able to send one of our number into the auction to bid on behalf of The American Public. Since she had a sealed envelope, the freddies had to let her in. She was in there quite a while and told us what happened. |
Inside the auction were representatives from DR Johnson, Freres, and Thomas Creek Lumber. When she first came in, the freddies wouldn't let her talk. They said it was "against the rules" for bidders to talk before the auction began. Other people were talking, however, and when she pointed this out to one of a freddy, he told her that none of them were bidders. This was a lie. When the auction began, that person was indeed one of the bidders. She was not allowed to participate as she had arrived too late.
She described the auction itself as "boring" and said she almost fell asleep. Bidding went up by 5 cent intervals. When it was over, Thomas Creek Lumber had won at $69.20 per hundred cubic feet.
Our valiant representative of The American Public then went up to the Thomas Creek guy and asked him, "Do you really feel that the air we breathe and water we drink is worth so little?"
At this point, the freddies "grabbed" her and removed her from the building.
Afterwards, when she was sitting on the ground telling me this story, one of the freddies came up and asked that she come inside so they could "document" her identity since she was one of the bidders. She told him she didn't have to do that because they hadn't let her bid so she wasn't one of the bidders. He then said they wanted to know who she represented because it was for the public record. She said, "I'm representing The American Public". He didn't buy this and kept pressing for her to come in. I pulled out my camera, and someone else came over with a video camera, and then he got nervous-looking and left.
Ya gotta watch these guys. They'll try to get you to do things you don't have to do. They'll totally trick you if they can. Don't let 'em. Know your rights. Just say no.