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Get Gephardt: Fighting for Your Honey...Bees.
Jacob Jenkins has an unusual hobby. He makes his own honey. And, to do so, Jacob needs hundreds of honey bees.
Currently, Jacob has two hives and the supplies to build two more. Now all he needs is more bees.
Last March, Jacob turned to the internet and found "Long Creek Apiaries" out of Tennessee. Owner David Winters said he could ship him the bees.
So, Jacob sent a check for $266.
"[Winters] said he was supposed to deliver them the end of May," Jacob says. "Here we sit now, it is almost September and we haven't seem them."
And, when Jacob tries to reach Winters, he says he doesn't hear back.
2News called the Tennessee company and left a message with the owner. Where are Jacob's bees? Well apparently this is not the first time he's heard from a tv station.
Long Creek Apiaries did respond to me, sort of.
Via email, David Winters writes, "I have a rule that I never respond to third party requests for information.
"The only way I would even consider responding is if I had complete editorial control" over the story.
"And since no reporter will agree to those terms...i respectfully decline your request for information."
And, it seems Jacob is not alone. On one online bulletin board there is page after page written by people who say they too paid Long Creek Apiaries and never saw their bees.
'I think i'm getting the screw job," Jacob says.
So, what now, jacob? Well you do have a few options.
There is always small claims court. Jacob would surly win, but collecting is another story.
I am told the the Tennessee Division of Consumer Protection is currently investigating. And, 2News also contacted the Utah Division of Consumer Protection. They say they want to try and help.
If you pay for a product that never arrives, that is a clear violation of Utah law. And the Utah Division of Consumer Protection is there to help us get restitution.
If you want to file a complaint, it's easy to do and costs nothing. Go to: http://www.consumerprotection.utah.gov/
If you would like to read the story and read some entertaining comments by David Winters of Long Creek Apairies, here is the link: