The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to or effect the following persons:
   (A)   Persons acting pursuant to an order or process of a court of competent jurisdiction;
   (B)   Persons acting in accordance with their powers and duties as public officials;
   (C)   Duly licensed auctioneers, selling at auction;
   (D)   Any operator of a newspaper, news or advertising medium, who publishes, in good faith, any advertisement, without knowledge of its false, deceptive or misleading character or with knowledge that the provisions of this chapter have not been complied with; and
   (E)   Persons who are regularly engaged, in whole or in part, in the business of purchasing damaged or unclaimed merchandise from railroad and transportation companies and of selling the same at retail and whose advertising clearly indicates the regular, and continuance rather than the periodic and intermittent, operation of the business; provided, however, that this exception shall extend only to the sale of the merchandise.
(1967 Code, § 3-20)