'Storage Wars' show is rigged!

King_MeKing_Me Posts: 5,171 Admiral
I knew it!!!!

Lawsuit claims A&E's 'Storage Wars' show is rigged

A&E's 'Storage Wars' reality series is rigged, fired cast member claims in lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Some of the valuables found hidden in abandoned lockers on A&E's "Storage Wars" have been added by producers to deceive viewers, a former cast member of the show claims in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

David Hester's suit claims producers have added a BMW Mini and newspapers chronicling Elvis Presley's death to lockers in order to build drama for the show and that his complaints about the practices led to his firing.

Hester is seeking more than $750,000 in his wrongful termination, breach of contract and unfair business practices lawsuit. A&E Television Network declined comment, citing the pending lawsuit. A&E Television Networks is a joint venture of The Walt Disney Co. and Hearst Communications Inc.

"Storage Wars" follows buyers who bid for abandoned storage lockers hoping to find valuables tucked inside.

"A&E regularly plants valuable items or memorabilia," the lawsuit states. Hester's suit claims he was fired from participating in the series' fourth season after expressing concerns that manipulating the storage lockers for the sake of the show was illegal.

He claims that producers stopped adding items to his units after his initial complaints but continued the practice for other series participants. The lawsuit alleges entire units have been staged and the practice may violate a federal law intended to prevent viewers from being deceived when watching a show involving intellectual skills.

"Storage Wars" depicts buyers having only a few moments to look into an abandoned unit before deciding on whether to bid on it at auction. The lawsuit claims some of the auction footage on the show is staged.

Hester, known as "The Mogul" on the show, has been buying abandoned storage units and re-selling their contents for 26 years, according to the suit.

Nielsen Co. has ranked "Storage Wars" among cable television's top-ranked shows several times since its 2010 debut.
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  • Mister-JrMister-Jr Posts: 26,136 AG
    What a surprise...

    It's hard to believe what passes for entertainment today.
    Vote for the other candidate
  • tankardtankard Posts: 6,272 Admiral
    No. Really?


    You don't say...
  • mikevmikev Posts: 10,822 Officer
    Never bite the hand that feeds you.......
    "The only people that tell you it can't be done are the people who haven't done it themselves."
  • ontheedge5658ontheedge5658 Posts: 2,659 Captain
    Yeeeeeeep it is rigged
  • treemanjohntreemanjohn Posts: 2,515 Captain
    Of course it's fake! Real storage wars would be units filled with dirty underwear, crack pipes, and heroin needles
  • CaptTaterCaptTater Posts: 20,096 AG
    Last night on the Texas version they had tape over the brands. Of course it staged. I like to see the history of the items, same reason I watch pawn starts sometimes.
    Now the mini.. they say that cars cannot legally be auctioned with the unit in CA when they find them so I don't understand that part.
    I did not read the story but if you take tax payers money maybe you should be held to some standards.-Cyclist
    when we say the same thing about welfare recipients, you cry like a wounded buffalo Sopchoppy
    It's their money, they spend it how they like. Truth and honesty have nothing to do with it. - Mr Jr
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  • Buford CletusBuford Cletus Posts: 1,705 Captain
    Next thing you know they are gonna tell us that the repo show with the muscle bound bald guy is fake too.
  • Fish HaidFish Haid Posts: 7,831 Admiral
    It's not real like Moohshiners or Swamp People?
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  • wizfisherwizfisher Posts: 2,387 Officer
    What's sad is that the show was one of the top rated shows.
  • erockerock Posts: 1,867 Officer
    King_Me wrote: »
    some of the auction footage on the show is staged. .

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  • Ol MuckyOl Mucky Posts: 5,471 Admiral
    I would wager there is an element of producer involvement in all of them type shows.
    Some more than others.

    The moonshine one(now that it is mentioned)..............seems unreal fake to me
    I have a much bigger and more powerful button
  • HiHHiH Posts: 407 Deckhand
    Ol Mucky wrote: »

    The moonshine one(now that it is mentioned)..............seems unreal fake to me
    Been around it some when I was younger. The real Moonshiner's I knew, kept their mouth shut at all times.
    I figured it was staged or reenactments the first time I watched it.
    :fishing The longer I'm Single, The more I get to fish!! :fishing
  • rrbgttrrbgtt Posts: 6,753 Admiral
    Say it ain't so. You mean reality shows are not real.

    Next thing you'll be tellin' me is Bo Bo is making up all this bigfoot stuff......:willynilly
    From hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee. Ye damned bobcat!
  • MRichardsonMRichardson Posts: 5,955 Admiral
    As long as Hardcore Pawn and Jungle Gold are not staged/scripted, I'll be ok.
    Please tell me they're all real.

    Remember when Discovery, A&E, Nat'l Geographic Channel had some degree of pride?
  • pupraiserpupraiser Posts: 10,261 Officer
    wizfisher wrote: »
    What's sad is that the show was one of the top rated shows.


    More like...pathetic.
  • johnDjohnD Posts: 6,378 Admiral
    As long as Hardcore Pawn and Jungle Gold are not staged/scripted, I'll be ok.
    Please tell me they're all real.

    Remember when Discovery, A&E, Nat'l Geographic Channel had some degree of pride?

    lmao ,those dudes couldn't find gold in a jewelry store :rotflmao
  • rrbgttrrbgtt Posts: 6,753 Admiral
    As long as Hardcore Pawn and Jungle Gold are not staged/scripted, I'll be ok.
    Please tell me they're all real.

    Remember when Discovery, A&E, Nat'l Geographic Channel had some degree of pride?

    Rhonda and I were talking about that last night. It's scary how easily people can be swayed into believing anything.
    From hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee. Ye damned bobcat!
  • JboatJboat Posts: 1,337 Officer
    So what is the verdict on American Pickers? Is it staged also? I like it better than most of the other shows mentioned anyways.


    Jason
  • mikevmikev Posts: 10,822 Officer
    Jboat wrote: »
    So what is the verdict on American Pickers? Is it staged also? I like it better than most of the other shows mentioned anyways.


    Jason

    Yep. Read an article on it when they did a show up in Daytona beach a while back.
    "The only people that tell you it can't be done are the people who haven't done it themselves."
  • nuclearfishnnuclearfishn Posts: 8,353 Admiral
    Never watched it. Can't beleive anyone would.
  • MRichardsonMRichardson Posts: 5,955 Admiral
    If it's on TV, it's staged.

    Remember, real life is kinda boring.
  • pupraiserpupraiser Posts: 10,261 Officer
    Jboat wrote: »
    So what is the verdict on American Pickers? Is it staged also? I like it better than most of the other shows mentioned anyways.


    Jason

    We are doomed.
  • JeepDiverJeepDiver Posts: 704 Officer
    Jboat wrote: »
    So what is the verdict on American Pickers? Is it staged also? I like it better than most of the other shows mentioned anyways.


    Jason

    No way it is. The camera man just happens to be sitting up in the drive way of someone he has never seen before, while the guys are talking about how dangerous it can be going up to a house on a cold call.

    Next thing people are going to try and say Duck Dynasty is staged. I know those 4-5 goof offs manage to produce all of the duck calls a multi million dollar company sales all by theirselves, in that warehouse while goofing off for the camera all the time.
  • MadScientistMadScientist Posts: 3,402 Officer
    I like Brandi, she's the only reason I watch it

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  • mikevmikev Posts: 10,822 Officer
    JeepDiver wrote: »
    Duck Dynasty

    One of the best shows on TV. If I was a mod, and anyone even hinted that this show is not real, I'd ban'em, real quick like.
    "The only people that tell you it can't be done are the people who haven't done it themselves."
  • MadScientistMadScientist Posts: 3,402 Officer
    I hope Hoarders is real. Could you imagine staging that crap?
  • mikevmikev Posts: 10,822 Officer
    I hope Hoarders is real. Could you imagine staging that crap?

    I still feel like hurling when I think of that episode where the lady was hoarding food and eating it. That meat in the liquid in the crisper was disgusting.
    "The only people that tell you it can't be done are the people who haven't done it themselves."
  • MadScientistMadScientist Posts: 3,402 Officer
    I saw a few minutes of one the other day.

    The woman's house was full of cat crap, and her water had been off for over a year, she had human dook piled up in the toilet 18" over the seat.
  • johnnybegladjohnnybeglad Posts: 61 Deckhand
    I don't like "reality" shows anyway. Thats why I like The Walking Dead! At least I KNOW that show is fiction (although very intense!)
  • silvergsilverg Posts: 1,449 Officer
    I wonder what all those people on Intervention are really drink, smoking and snorting to make it look so real?
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