Resurrecting this thread to post this:
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
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It's funny because Hester was actually the beneficiary of at least of one the planted items mentioned (the newspapers). I can't remember if he got the BMW or not, but I think it may have been Barry.