Storage Wars “faked”

A&E’s hit show Storage Wars, which pits buyers against one another for contents of abandoned storage lockersis faked according to ex-star Dave Hester.

Deadline reports Hester is seeking more than $750,000 from producers for wrongful termination, breach of contract, breach of good faith and fair dealing, unfair business practices and declaratory relief.

The complaint claims, “Nearly every aspect of the series is faked, even down to the plastic surgery that one of the female cast members underwent in order to create more “sex appeal” for the show, the cost of which was paid for by Original Productions.

“Original regularly ‘salts’ the storage lockers that are the subject of the auctions portrayed on the series with valuable or unusual items to add dramatic effect, even going so far as to stage entire storage units. Original also manipulates the outcome of certain auctions by paying for storage units on behalf of the weaker cast members who lack the both the skill and financial wherewithal to place winning bids.”

Manipulation in US Reality? Who’da thunk?

Hester claims when he complained to producers that staging the storage lockers was possibly illegal, he was fired from the series.

Storage Wars airs in Australia on A&E.


  1. Tony Bee, surley you did not think that Pawn Stars, Pawn Wars, American Pickers was actually how it happens, they are all staged managed and the “experts” are experts but not theirs just paid for by the producers to make the Pawn Shop look human

  2. Bit like “Picker Sisters”, where two girls travel the countryside looking for junk they can recycle into amazing furniture to sell in their LA showroom. Except the shop was only set up for the purposes of the show and is no longer there.

  3. Secret Squirrel

    David, you spoilsport! Next you’ll be telling us that Santa Claus is just mum and dad, and that anything brown deposited by a bunny probably won’t be made of chocolate.

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