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Old 12-12-2012, 08:21 PM
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Storage Wars Is "Rigged"

LOS ANGELES - The popular TV show “Storage Wars” - in which treasure hunters bid to buy unseen items in abandoned units - is rigged, with producers sometimes planting valuable items among the junk, a former contestant said in a lawsuit on Tuesday.

David Hester, one of the reality TV show’s longest-serving cast members, said producers buried a BMW Mini under trash in one unit featured in the A&E cable series, and a pile of newspapers announcing the death of Elvis Presley in another.

“A&E regularly plants valuable items or memorabilia,” Hester charged in his lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday against the cable channel and the show’s producers.

When he complained, Hester was fired from the show. He is claiming fraud, wrongful dismissal, breach of contract and unfair business practices, and asking for at least $750,000 in damages.

The show follows a group of modern treasure-hunters who compete at public auctions of abandoned storage lockers in the hope of finding valuable items which they can re-sell for a profit.

Hester said that “nearly every aspect of the show is faked.” He said producers regularly place in the lockers “valuable or unusual effects to add dramatic effect” and sometimes stage entire units, according to the lawsuit.

Hester, who lives in Orange County, California, has been featured on the show since 2010. He was fired in October 2012 shortly after a meeting in which he complained about rigging in a meeting with producers, the lawsuit says.

I for one am shocked and refuse to believe it. A reality tv show that's staged and fake? No way.
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:56 PM
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I wouldn't exactly take his word, but it wouldn't suprise me either. I still watch it though mainly because of how addicting it is.

The main question should be why wouldn't it be rigged?
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Old 12-12-2012, 09:58 PM
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Haha! All those so called reality shows are just for entertainment purposes only!
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:35 PM
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Yuuuuuuuup, it's rigged.
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