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SW sources: Dave Hester, who claims A&E show is rigged in new lawsuit, has been a pain in the past
New York Daily News ^ | December 13, 2012 | Don Kaplan

Posted on 12/14/2012 7:20:12 AM PST by PJ-Comix

The snarky character axed from the A&E reality show “Storage Wars” — and who now filed a bombshell lawsuit claiming the show is rigged — has always been a trouble maker, production sources claim.

“He was always demanding more this and that and whined that things were rigged when he was outbid,” a show source said of David Hester, who sued the show and A&E Tuesday, alleging the entire series is a fraud.

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KEYWORDS: davidhester; storagewars
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The most interesting part of the show was when that guy who worked for Jarrod and Brandi stormed off in an anger fit while cursing out everybody including the cameraman. We never saw him again. What was up with that? Why did he have that anger fit and is there a link to video of that incident.

That was one thing in the show that I think was NOT staged.

1 posted on 12/14/2012 7:20:18 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

Realty television is NOT reality.


2 posted on 12/14/2012 7:24:59 AM PST by The Louiswu (it's all downhilll from here!!!)
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To: PJ-Comix

I don’t watch that one. A little too much contrived conflict. Same reason I don’t watch American Chopper... ever.

I do watch Pickers, American Restoration and Pawn stars.

Every single one of those shows is staged, and situations are contrived. Does it matter? And anyone who doesn’t realize that the shows are phony is extremely dense.


3 posted on 12/14/2012 7:26:14 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: brownsfan

I only watch it for, um..two reasons...Brandi Passante.


4 posted on 12/14/2012 7:27:55 AM PST by LeftiesBinWhinin (Proud member of the Ranting Santellis!)
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To: PJ-Comix
Transcript of "Hester Vs. Storage Wars":

Attorney: Mr. Hester. Is it your contention that "Storage Wars" is faked?

Dave Hester: YUUUUUUUUP!

5 posted on 12/14/2012 7:29:08 AM PST by apillar
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To: brownsfan; GOPsterinMA; GSP.FAN; SilvieWaldorfMD; Impy; fieldmarshaldj
I going for the Browns this weekend. Has anyone seen “Amish Mafia” yet?

I was at the gym on an elliptical and I was channel surfing and came across one of the Housewives show where all of them were at a mud bath. I swear they were all about to go lesbo any second.

6 posted on 12/14/2012 7:31:54 AM PST by Perdogg (Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA4) for President 2016)
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To: brownsfan
we like the Pawn stars, Pickers, etc....a little tiresome at times though...

of course they're all contrived...imagine driving up on someone's property in the country unannounced and ask to look around....many people would never allow it and might possibly pull a gun ....lol...

7 posted on 12/14/2012 7:32:45 AM PST by cherry
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To: brownsfan
A little too much contrived conflict.

I don't think that helper of Brandi & Jarrod throwing an anger fit was contrived. No explanation was given and the others seemed embarrassed by it. Would love to find a link to that and what happened to that guy? I didn't see him on the show again.

8 posted on 12/14/2012 7:33:14 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: PJ-Comix

Only “reality” show I watch is Duck Dynasty. And I don’t care if it’s staged, it’s still hilarious.


9 posted on 12/14/2012 7:34:05 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: LeftiesBinWhinin
I only watch it for, um..two reasons...Brandi Passante.

According to Dave, they're, I mean, she is fake.

10 posted on 12/14/2012 7:34:33 AM PST by Yashcheritsiy (It's time to Repeal and Replace the Republican Party)
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To: LeftiesBinWhinin
I only watch it for, um..two reasons...Brandi Passante.

She certainly is eye candy, but I almost feel sorry for Jarrod because she seems like she's a pouty, complaining beehutch most of the time. (The type of girl you might have a fling with, but wouldn't want to live with or marry...)

Anymore, the only reason I watch the show is to see what wacky thing Barry is up to that episode. However, recently it seems like the producers are pushing him to be even more wacky and off the wall than he really is and some of his hijink seems a bit staged and unnatural.

11 posted on 12/14/2012 7:36:43 AM PST by apillar
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To: PJ-Comix

I’ve always assumed the show was rigged. I also thought I’d never want to have to get in a bidding contest when this was being taped.

Of course, I also think it hilarious how they show who won, half the time it seems based on what they say they will get for their own stuff, not what things actually sold for when they ended up in their stores.

I used to watch this show, mostly for Dave Hester, because he was hilarious. I didn’t really like the others, although Jarrod and Brandi are a pretty cool couple, working together on their business. I got to where I was always hoping they would do best, because I admired how they were trying to make a life for their family.

The rest were annoying, and I stopped watching when they brought the new guy on who had all the money and the sense of a snail.

I did like the excitement of finding cool stuff in lockers, of course in reality that almost never happens, which again made me think the show might have been rigged somehow.

If there really were that many great things in that many lockers, the locker owners would just hire a professional to come through the lockers and make the money for themselves, instead of the blind auction. Blind auction tells me that a vast majority are crap, so you are gambling on the occasional “win” and the house holds all the cards.


12 posted on 12/14/2012 7:37:51 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: apillar

Thread is over, you won.


13 posted on 12/14/2012 7:38:20 AM PST by thescourged1
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To: Perdogg; brownsfan; GSP.FAN; SilvieWaldorfMD; Impy

“Has anyone seen “Amish Mafia” yet?”

No. Without Googling, is is for real?

“I swear they were all about to go lesbo any second.”

The “Housewives” shows are brain-numbingly bad. I’ve watched ~1.5 total episodes (and that was when I was at my g/f’s). That Atlanta one gave me thoughts of turning fag rather than EVER touch any of those scags.


14 posted on 12/14/2012 7:38:39 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (Time to musk up.)
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To: cherry
of course they're all contrived...imagine driving up on someone's property ...
Ah-ha, contrived - so that's how they do it. I often wondered how the cameraman was always on scene first.
15 posted on 12/14/2012 7:39:22 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: brownsfan

I actually did do some bidding on storage lockers when I lived in La-La Land. When I look back on it, I was amazingly spoiled. The bids were fairly low compared to now. It was rare for the bids to hit a hundred bucks. One time only two of us showed up at a storage auction and we agreed to keep the bids low. Like one unit I got for just $10. It had a directors chair and a bunch of jewelry in it. I sold the director’s chair right away for the cost of the unit and the jewelry I took to a club and told the personnel they could pay me for the pieces what ever THEY considered to be fair. I ended up getting about $200 but looking back on it, I know I could have gotten a cool thousand. Oh, and I was upset because I had to go to the “trouble” of cleaning out and removing the worthless junk in the unit. Like I said, it was easy back then so I got spoiled.


16 posted on 12/14/2012 7:39:42 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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“Has anyone seen “Amish Mafia” yet?”

I don't get it. Amish folks HATE to be photographed. I took a pic of an Amish guy in Shipshewana, IN and he glared angrily at me. Then a local told me that photographing them was a no-no.

17 posted on 12/14/2012 7:41:31 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: PJ-Comix
I took a pic of an Amish guy in Shipshewana, IN and he glared angrily at me.

So yes, you've seen Amish Mafia then.

18 posted on 12/14/2012 7:43:54 AM PST by Yashcheritsiy (It's time to Repeal and Replace the Republican Party)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
Of course, I also think it hilarious how they show who won, half the time it seems based on what they say they will get for their own stuff, not what things actually sold for when they ended up in their stores.

Like Dave Hester gloating over all the money he was going to make from a bunch of outdated computer equipment. Actually all computer equipment over about a year old is outdated and almost worthless.

19 posted on 12/14/2012 7:44:39 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: apillar
Here is a picture of Jarrod, Brandi, and their two kids. They seem like a nice family. I think Brandi is told to be bitchy, and also they edit things both to only show when she is most bitchy, and to make it look like she is directly confronting him when she is not.

Jarrod had some run-ins with the law when he was younger, and he seems to have cleaned up his act pretty well.

BTW, Barry is like a multimillionaire. It's nice that he doesn't just outbid everybody whenever he wants. But that's why he never sells anything.

20 posted on 12/14/2012 7:47:29 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: PJ-Comix
Fake? What a dissapointment.

Oh well I still have pro wrasslin’

21 posted on 12/14/2012 7:49:47 AM PST by freedomlover
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To: cherry
.imagine driving up on someone's property in the country unannounced and ask to look around

Ask yourself how the camera got there--the drive up is all staged. The homeowner had already been contacted, and permission was granted to be on TV.

22 posted on 12/14/2012 7:50:30 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
The one reality show I did NOT like was "Extreme Couponing." After that show aired, they made it tougher to get good coupon deals. Also a lot of that stuff they did was easy. It isn't tough to find freebie deals for stuff like mustard but then the folks buy like a 20 year supply of the stuff. Also the most important part of couponing is RESEARCH. Somehow I don't think the viewers would get too excited about watching someone staring at a computer screen for hours.

BTW, I get asked by a lot of cashiers why I don't participate on that show and I always answer, "Because I'm too good and I don't want to reveal all my secrets."

That's true. Like what would you rather have: A 20 year supply of mustard or a brand new laptop computer? Well, guess what? I got the latter via coupons. Also FREE gasoline. However, I don't want to reveal all my secrets because to do so would ruin it.

Oh, and I do a bit of the Barter Kings routine. My favorite maneuver is to pick up a couple dozen bottles of FREE body wash via coupons and then trade them for a bottle of Grey Goose vodka.

23 posted on 12/14/2012 7:57:13 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: Perdogg

“Has anyone seen “Amish Mafia” yet?”

I watched both episodes with my wife the other night, in the middle of the 2nd episode we both looked at each other and at the same time said “FAKE”.

That show probably won’t be on long. Just my 2cent


24 posted on 12/14/2012 7:57:51 AM PST by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
I sometimes wonder if Jarrod's involvement in the show serves mostly as a advertising vehicle for this "Outlaw Apparel." Jarrod never wears anything else on camera. I guess his son wants to grow up in the family business.

And, of course it rigged, faked and set up. I don't care. I like the show, and it won't be the same without Dave.
25 posted on 12/14/2012 7:58:25 AM PST by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: apillar

HA, good one.


26 posted on 12/14/2012 7:59:35 AM PST by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: ShadowAce

All reality shows are fake.

The viewers’ willingness to put their brains aside when watching is the amazing thing!


27 posted on 12/14/2012 7:59:57 AM PST by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: cherry
...imagine driving up on someone's property in the country unannounced and ask to look around""""...

No I would not do that, but it is all staged anyway.lol

What gets me about that show, them driving all over the country, the price of gas, hotels, food, etc. THEN: They buy something for $25 or so, going to POP IT for $75, well MAYBE they will.

So for a $10, 20, 50 profit (maybe), they spend all that time & money to go out scavaging. There is no way they can make a profit, UNLESS the Cable Channels are subsidizing them.

But hey, they are having fun. Worst part of Pickers for me,is that gal with all those tatoos and ill fitted clothes. Looks like a biker gal tramp. Those guys think she's cute? uggggg, I turn the channel when she's on.

28 posted on 12/14/2012 8:04:18 AM PST by annieokie
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To: brownsfan
Every single one of those shows is staged, and situations are contrived. Does it matter? And anyone who doesn’t realize that the shows are phony is extremely dense.

I have only seen a few such programs. One was Mystery Diners. The fakeness was apparent from the get-go. I suppose at best, they are re-enactments of something that may have happened; but the footage is definitely staged/faked.

29 posted on 12/14/2012 8:04:25 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: hoosierham

You buy a locker and expect to find a vintage Russian Motorcycle, antique firearms, or anything else like this? Not hardly. Also, there’s no way a locker is going to set there for years without being opened and be full of vintage jewelry, etc. These things turn over very quickly.

I’ve done some locker buys as well. Got some good things, got some junk. They did Texas Storage Wars here earlier this year, completely staged.

For that matter, if you go out to the storage forums you will find that the producers will actually rent stuff (cannon, motorcycles, etc) to put in the storage lockers that are being “bid” on.


30 posted on 12/14/2012 8:05:53 AM PST by rstrahan
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To: V_TWIN

It looked like in the previews that one of the guys had a MR223.


31 posted on 12/14/2012 8:10:40 AM PST by Perdogg (Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA4) for President 2016)
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To: Perdogg

Yeah, the one guy has several weapons, asault rifle and what looks like a Mossberg model 500 or model 88 pistol grip pump.


32 posted on 12/14/2012 8:14:49 AM PST by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: brownsfan
I watch occasionally, when nothing else is on. ReRun after ReRun on those shows, same show over and over. I'm off of them now.

On the Hoarders show, sometimes I feel some of those are STAGED as well.

Pickers drive all over the country to find JUNK, why don't they hook up with the Hoarders show and scavage some of that junk? I've seen things thrown out on Hoarders, that the PICKERs drive all over the country to buy. ROFL.

33 posted on 12/14/2012 8:17:30 AM PST by annieokie
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To: LeftiesBinWhinin

Just remember that her two friends are simply modified sweat glands.


34 posted on 12/14/2012 8:17:35 AM PST by Dick Bachert
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To: PJ-Comix

I think Dave’s ego took a big bruise, when Barry took him for $5000 on that sofa. Fake or not, I enjoyed it.


35 posted on 12/14/2012 8:21:44 AM PST by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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To: PJ-Comix; All

Always be leery when, in the beginnings of a lawsuit....the defendant starts “name calling” and makes “accusations”. They cannot refute any of the plaintiffs claims with facts.


36 posted on 12/14/2012 8:23:16 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Seems that the ones who understand little about the economy are economists)
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To: PJ-Comix

Wow, so this “show” is real then.

Right - Amish folks HATE to be photographed. My friend took a couple pics of them as well and they didn’t look very happy in the pics.

Anything for a buck I guess...


37 posted on 12/14/2012 8:25:46 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (Time to musk up.)
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To: PJ-Comix

A show source? Really? Hester had been asked from the beginning to salt the lockers with valuable stuff from his stores. He started asking about his, and others, legal liabilities. There were meetings between cast and management. Hester wanted to be indemnified against any legal actions. That’s when he got the boot.


38 posted on 12/14/2012 8:37:23 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: JRios1968

DD totally cracks me up ... all of ‘em: Jace’s straight-faced talks with the camera, Phil-osophy, Si-ence Fiction, even the kids (Sadie learning to drive was a hoot). Best show in a long, long time - one you can actually laugh at and the people have values/morals on a (much) higher level than alley cats.


39 posted on 12/14/2012 8:38:27 AM PST by MissMagnolia ("It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains" - Patrick Henry)
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To: razorback-bert
I think Dave’s ego took a big bruise, when Barry took him for $5000 on that sofa. Fake or not, I enjoyed it.

Yeah, I remember that episode. Maybe that was the start of Dave's anger.

40 posted on 12/14/2012 8:43:15 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: SeminoleCounty

I’m predicting this lawsuit will serve only to drain Hester of his finances.


41 posted on 12/14/2012 8:46:11 AM PST by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: PJ-Comix

All reality shows are staged and filmed for drama and effect to get the audience coming back. Otherwise, “real life” reality is BORING! Who would watch? Not I. I am interested in antiques and old, interesting stuff, so I gravitate towards American Pickers, Pawn Stars, American Restoration, etc. I know they are staged but what isn’t? Some shows I watch for the interaction of the characters; others for the subject matter.

I also like Holmes Inspections, a home remodel reality show. I saw a program where they showed the behind scenes of how they made the program. There was three times the work to set-up and film the work being being done than on the remodel itself. It took an enormous effort and was very time-consuming to film the demolition, and rebuild of the houses they were remodeling. It was very enlightening as to how much these reality shows have to be staged to bring the audience the final product. So only the most naive could think these reality shows are “real”.

Another show I watch is Duck Dynasty. Living in the south, I like to watch the funny antics of the Robertson family and the Duck Commander crew each episode. It’s good clean fun and they even include religion and church in some episodes. There’s always a prayer at the end by the family patriarch, Phil, as the family sits around a big table to enjoy dinner together. Willie always voice overs a moral to the episode and life. Is is staged? Absolutely. Does that make it fake. Not necessarily. Some of you that watch it may not know that the father, Phil, was a talented first string quarterback ahead of the famed second string Terry Bradshaw in college at Louisiana Tech. But he dropped out after three years and didn’t pursue a promising career in the NFL because he liked duck hunting too much. True story. Now that’s some “reality”!


42 posted on 12/14/2012 8:46:40 AM PST by HotHunt
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To: cherry
You'd be surprised at what people that live in the city will do.

“No Trespassing” doesn't mean them, it's only for other people.

If there isn't a gate or the gate is open they will drive right in past the sign.

I've had people from Houston drive into our property and act like they own the place.

43 posted on 12/14/2012 8:51:49 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: brownsfan

The next thing you know, you’re going to tell me that the TV wrestling shows are staged, too. I am depressed.


44 posted on 12/14/2012 9:00:12 AM PST by Noumenon (As long as you have a rifle, you STILL have a vote.)
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To: PJ-Comix

They don’t like being photographed like they’re a tourist destination, which if you think about it nobody really would. When it’s a closer to normal situation they’re OK with it. And at this juncture in American history being part of a basic cable reality show is pretty normal.


45 posted on 12/14/2012 9:00:48 AM PST by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: PJ-Comix

I despise all reality shows with the power of a 1,000 suns.


46 posted on 12/14/2012 9:08:23 AM PST by TheRhinelander
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To: IMR 4350
You'd be surprised at what people that live in the city will do. “No Trespassing” doesn't mean them, it's only for other people. If there isn't a gate or the gate is open they will drive right in past the sign. I've had people from Houston drive into our property and act like they own the place.

They will treat a farm or ranch like a zoo or tourist attraction. Clueless.

47 posted on 12/14/2012 9:41:24 AM PST by eartrumpet
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To: CharlesWayneCT
> “If there really were that many great things in that many lockers...” <<

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Do you really think that the locker owners don't go through the stuff?

I want to assure you that they do! In most states they are required by law to assure that hazardous or unlawful material is not stored.

48 posted on 12/14/2012 9:59:11 AM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: apillar
Anymore, the only reason I watch the show is to see what wacky thing Barry is up to that episode.

I do the same but I have come to the conclusion that Berry is probably one of the producers or some such. There is no way he is a regular storage guy. He always pays too much, has no shop to sell anything (takes 98 percent of the stuff to the dump)and appears quite rich. I suspect he is just having fun.

49 posted on 12/14/2012 10:02:12 AM PST by usurper (Liberals GET OFF MY LAWN)
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To: eartrumpet

Northern Tractor Supply stores now sell 2’ x 3’ signs that say “NOTHING FOR SALE KEEP OUT”


50 posted on 12/14/2012 10:02:12 AM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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