It's ok to admit it. We feel the same. Watching Storage Wars is addictive, and we can just never stop watching. There's something that's so exciting about unlocking a door and getting a big reveal as to the possible treasures that lay within an abandoned unit.
Fans have so many questions and they just can't be answered until we see what's inside these storage units! Who used to own this stuff? Why did they not come back for their stuff? What are we going to find in there, and how much is it all worth?
The adrenaline is enough to keep us watching, even when we know the show isn't quite as believable as we wish it was. There's quite a lot that doesn't make sense about Storage Wars, yet we keep tuning in!
15. Why Did Dave Hester Make Such A Fuss About "Yuuup?"
If you've ever been slightly annoyed by Dave Hester, you're certainly not alone. His over-use of the word "Yuuup" gets under everyone's skin, but for some reason he remains very dedicated to it. So much so, that he tried to sue Trey Songz for using that word in his songs. He wanted to trademark it so that nobody else could reference it but him.
14. Where Did Barry Weiss Get All His Money From?
This is so weird, and we'll never quite understand it. Barry Weiss was never very serious about this show. He used to collect antiques on the side and he considered Storage Wars a hobby project. That's quite a lot of time and money to invest on a hobby! It turns out that Weiss made his loads of money by selling wholesale food products to restaurants, hotels, and cruise ships.
13. Why Is Laura Dotson So Mesmerized By Auctioneering?
Via LA Times
Apparently, auctioneering is a really sexy thing. Maybe not to most of us, but it seems to do the trick for Laura Dotson. We're confused as to what the appeal is here, but she seems steadfast in her infatuation. Shared reports her as saying; "When I saw him auctioneering all over the place, I thought, 'I'm going to marry that man!' That was it!" That's a bizarre love story!
12. How Did Dave Hester Turn His $25,000 Salary Into $829,500?
Whoa, how much does Dave Hester make? You'll be surprised to learn that beyond his actual income from the contents of the units, he also received a substantial amount of money from the network directly. We're talking big bucks here! He was guaranteed the wage of $25,000 per episode for a minimum of 26 episodes per person. He was also paid a $2,500 travel allowance, had access to a $124,000 expense account, and was given a $25,000 signing bonus. He wound up with a salary of $829,500, and more!
11. Why Did Darrell Sheets Only Make $60,000?
How is it possible for Dave Hester to make such a massive income from this show, while Darrell Sheets was reduced to a salary of just $60,000? The Grunge reports that he was originally earning $780,000 per season, so that's a huge pay cut. How did the producers ever think they'd be able to justify this move? Hester threatened to quit in 2015 and was somehow enticed to stay.
10. Was There Anything Brandi Passante Wouldn't Do For The Show?
Brandi Passante seemed very willing to do whatever it took just to stay on the show. Dave Hester's lawsuit states that the producers paid her to accentuate and enhance her figure by going under the knife, allegedly in order to boost the sex appeal of the show. That seems unethical and immoral in so many ways.
9. How Did A $2.5 Million Lawsuit Filed By Passante End Up Settled For $750?
It didn't take long for Passante to see major fame from her role on Storage Wars. With this fame, came some very unpleasant and unwelcome situations. She was the target of some online adult-content that was posted with resemblance to her "likeness." One Hunter Moore was behind this incident, and she later filed a $2.5 million law suit against him. How on earth did such a huge lawsuit get settled by awarding her just $750? There must be so much they're not telling us about what really happened here...
8. Do The Weaker Cast Members Have Their Bids Financed By The Producers?
We don't want to think about this as being a possibility, but rumor has it that the weaker cast members have their bids financed by the producers of the show. This keeps them in the game and encourages them to take more risks, resulting in better TV. Just one question... if this is true, what's the point of the show?
7. Did Dave Hester Get Fired Because He Sued The Show?
When Dave Hester filed a lawsuit against the show, it was evident that he was at odds with the producers - but could they have fired him over this? The really troubling part of this is that the lawsuit was about the uncovering of the fact that the show was "salting" or "stocking" the lockers, meaning the show was all staged. That changes the game - did they fire him for being a whistleblower?
6. Why Did A&E Not Dispute Hester's Heavy Accusations That The Show Was Rigged?
If the producers of the show were innocent, why did they not vehemently dispute Hester's accusations of the show being rigged? They seemed to have a very laid back reaction to these heavy allegations, stating "Hester has captured the public's interest by combining elements of competition and business strategy with the mystery of discovering what surprises may be found in an abandoned storage unit."
5. Show Creator Thom Beers Admits To Faking Many Elements
When the creator of the show declares that certain elements of the show are indeed faked & staged, and the audience still tunes in, you know you're watching Storage Wars! Thom Beers declared the "fake" elements publically and yet this "reality TV" show continues to thrive somehow.
4. How Is Anyone Winning Or Gaining If "Finds" Are Props That Need To Be Returned?
Props are being planted and lockers are being "salted". It has already been admitted by the insiders on the show and behind the scenes that things are faked for the sake of creating dramatic television. However, if that is the case, is anyone actually winning or gaining here? Is there an actual premise to the show, or has that been thrown to the curb?
3. Brandi Passante And Mary Padian Are Actually Close Friends...
To touch on just how incredibly fake this show actually is, you need not look any further than the relationship between Brandi Passante and Mary Padian. They clash and argue nonstop on the show and can't seem to find any common ground. One quick glance at their social media channels quickly reveals that these ladies are actually very close friends.
2. How Is Anyone Still Watching If They Know The Show Is Scripted?
Creator Thom Beers spoke to the fact that nearly 50% of this show is actually scripted, and not based on "reality TV" at all. This means the cast is essentially getting puppeteered and reading scripts without any sort of actual "reality" elements appearing in the show. Beers didn't attempt at keeping this information low-key. Somehow fans just continue to watch this series.
1. How Does The Show Get Away With Using Fake Appraisers?
We draw the line here. It has long been reported that the producers of Storage Wars have been casting fake appraisers. If that is the case, then nobody's treasure find really has any actual accurate value attached to it. We never know who the clear winner is, or how much anything is worth. Yet people keep watching!