When the Beach Boys sang, “Don’t Worry Baby, Everything Will Be
Alright”, they didn’t realize just how applicable those lyrics would be to the
buyer of a storage unit in Florida decades down the road. A Beach Boys fans’ dream storage unit went up
for auction after its renter defaulted on the storage payments. A couple of
local music promoters gambled away a few hundred dollars on the unit, the
contents of which may net upwards of ten million dollars. “This archive is like
the Bible of the Beach Boys career,” said Ted Owen of the auction house ‘Fame
Bureau’, and due to its sheer volume it’s safe to say that’s an accurate
comparison. The collection of sheet music, photographs and handwritten lyrics
is purely overwhelming, encompassing some 150 songs and represents a
significant moment in music history.
Photos of the band on their travels offer a rare glimpse into the lives
of these future icons of Pop music and seem impossible to be valued, but
$10,000,000 ought to do the band and their works justice. The archive will be on display in New York
City on April 15, followed by a display at the Hard Rock Café in London in the
Storage units serve so many purposes. Some function as offices in this tough economic climate, others as rec rooms for men who need an escape from their wives & kids, and every now and then the quiet darkness of a storage unit is transformed into a tomb. In this case, a storage unit in Portland, Oregon was used for its namesake purpose: storage. However in this instance the items being stored were $20’s, $50’s and $100 dollar bills amounting to over $1,000,000. The unit was being used as a vault for money procured by one Bobby Thompson, a Navy Veteran and alleged con artist. Authorities claim Thompson procured the million-plus dollars as part of a faux charity operation entitled “U.S. Navy Veterans Association” in Tampa, FL. Not content to merely be a philanderer, Thompson also maintained several stolen identities and their assorted paperwork (including birth certificates). Much evidence of which was located in the same storage unit. Thompson was apprehended in a Boston Bar after a six-month long search by authorities, including the U.S. Marshals Service and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. One of Thompson’s three wallets held a license for one “Alan Lacy”, which quickly led authorities to the storage unit bearing the incriminating evidence as well as the exorbitant amount of cash. The scariest element of the whole story? Bobby Thompson isn’t this criminals real name, and his true identity remains unknown!
Manhattan Mini Storage has for years utilized a unique ad campaign to tap into the psyche of the average New Yorker, trading smirks for business with clever phrases on their enormous billboards around the city. One tongue-in-cheek advertisement razzed the city with, “NYC: Tolerant of your beliefs, judgmental of your shoes.” This month, in an attempt to grab attention, the company’s advertisers turned towards politics, not for the first time as a 2011 billboard read, “Rick Perry: The Voice In Your Head Is Not God.” Zinger. A new advertisement some five stories tall features two individuals obscuring their faces with a sign that reads, “If Mitt had storage he’d be able to find his tax returns.” Advertising campaigns pouncing on political gaffes are nothing new, recently an advertisement for laundry detergent featured a dress with a stain very reminiscent of the sapphire blue number made infamous by Monica Lewinsky and former POTUS Bill Clinton. Perhaps not very surprising is the Democratic tone of the ad, as previously mentioned, Manhattan Mini Storage has a history of speaking to New Yorkers on “their level” and New York State did just pass Gay Marriage into law. This ad may not be as scandalous as it would have been in previous elections, as the general consensus of Americans seems to be that Romney’s millionaire status detaches him from the majority of citizens and voters thus making Obama’s second term seem inevitable. While many people are responding positively to Manhattan Mini Storage’s Mitt Romney ad, the Paul Ryan iteration lacks the potent punchline of the former. Manhattan Mini Storage, while utilizing a different approach than most self-storage facilities, knows how to grab attention- and headlines.
Today’s Self Storage news story is one that could be the basis for a moderately successful (read: one season max) sitcom on CBS. In fact it actually may already exist… Three football-mad buddies from Foxboro, Massachusetts exhibit their pride & love of the New England patriots by tailgating at their local Guardian Self Storage facility. For the better part of a decade, this trio of friends has rented four consecutive, climate-controlled units which they’ve stuffed with everything they need for their tailgating purposes. Adorning the walls of their man caves are big screen television sets that are watched from the comfort of cushy furniture. In case you were wondering what the three Massachusites do when nature calls, they’ve purchased a golf cart to drive themselves to- and from- the facility’s bathrooms. While the premise of partying in a storage unit sounds fun and comical, one wouldn’t expect the facility manager to be okay with hosting a tailgating party weekend after weekend. On the contrary, the Guardian Self Storage in Foxboro is only one mile from Gilette Stadium and they frequently charge $40 for a parking space to game attendees. With films like 2012’s “Project X”, young people have been looking for unconventional places to host enormous parties, perhaps the next such location will be a self storage facility where every unit has been rented out and themed with different music, furniture and lighting. In any event, the three Bay State men have found themselves the ultimate man caves with a formula that’s tried and true… storage facilities are the ultimate have for a group of sports nuts with enough disposable income to rent several storage units.
Bizarre stories seldom stop flooding out of Florida and this one is no exception. When one thinks of the Florida Keys images of sun, sand, and an emerald archipelago come to mind… which is why this tale of a truck driver-looking individual (who rocks a seriously creepy grin in his mugshot) stealing a bag of sex toys from his employer’s storage unit is so jarring. We don’t know what it is about storage units that attract the most bone-headed robbers, but they seem to do everything from locking themselves in the units they’ve broken into to storing their stolen goods at the SAME facility they were taken from. Truly, it may be said that storage facilities bring out the worst in America’s absent-minded crooks. The sex toy thief, Mitchell Tice, was sold out by his own girlfriend.. one Ms. Pshantel Scott. Ms. Scott recalls that before Tice was apprehended by police he had come home and “had place a bag of dildos under their bed.” According to Scott, Tice blatantly admitted to her that the bag of sex toys had come from his employer, and more specifically from his locked trailer. The robber, who perhaps could have earned the name ‘Robin Wood’, also stole two laptops and a wig from his employers storage locker. Tice was inevitably arrested, charged with two misdemeanor counts and one count of felony burglary and is being held at county jail until his $4,000 bond can be paid. The most awkward element of this story is the fact that Tice’s employer and his wife, restaurant owners, were just sitting on a treasure trove of sex toys. Where would they sell these toys? Pleasure Parties? Or were they hoarding them in case of a nuclear fallout? We at RentAStorageLocker only hope that the stolen toys that Tice got away with were brand new and not second-hand. This brings up an interesting question about purchasing storage units or anything second hand… at what point does one man’s trash stay one man’s trash? Or will people find value in any old or used object regardless of how intimately said object was employed previously. Maybe we should just chalk this one up to Florida.
Everyone Hurricane Katrina, the aftermath was devastating, the region affected is still not back to its previous state and thousands were displaced as a result of the terrifying hurricane. When Hurricane Isaac made itself known this year, many people disregarded the severity of the situation and found themselves up on top of their rooves flagging down help from those who were fortunate enough to own and load themselves and others onto their boats. The people who were displaced by Isaac are certainly lamenting their lost or ruined belongings, some people lost their entire lives at the hands of this tumultuous hurricane. In an attempt to ease some of the stress and pain no doubt brought about by Hurricane Isaac, HWY 190 Mini Storage is offering one month’s free storage to victims of Isaac- that’s any space whether it’s a small personal unit, one large enough to fit a three-bedroom home, or even an RV space for parking… especially handy since most people are using their boats right about now. ““Our heart goes out to those who have suffered from the flooding in our community… offering some modest help is the least we can do.” said site owner Michael Haugh. Our hearts go out to those suffering as well, we hope a speedy recovery is in order for both the individuals and the areas affected.
We don’t know what it is about fire and self storage facilities, but while the two clearly shouldn’t mix, they have a tendency to meet an cause a huge problem both for the local fire departments as well as the storage unit renters. In a bizarre case of arson that is as perplexing as it is devastating, a man in Auburn, WA intentionally set ablaze between 70 and 80 storage units, destroying vast amounts of belongs while tearing through the facility. The damage is estimated at nearly one million dollars. In a peculiar turn of events the arsonist was discovered on the island of Oahu, in Honolulu the state’s capital. With the help of local Honolulu police enforcement as well as the aid of six other agencies including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In a profile of 83 serial arsonists, it was discovered that only fifteen percent of them had turned themselves in, so the clutch police work of all agencies involved, is most certainly responsible for the apprehension of the subject, one Michael Aguilar. While most arsonist state that they watch the blaze from nearby and seldom think about being caught, one must assume Aguilar feared detection as he was approximately 4,764 miles away from the scene of his crime. We at rentastoragelocker.com will do our best to post updates as this case goes forward, we sincerely empathize with those who lost all of their belongings in the conflagration.
Storage facilities have been making news for giving back to their respective communities this summer. One such trailblazer in the realm of community payback is StorageMart, the North American super-provider of storage. StorageMart has facilities all over the United States, from Miami to Seattle, as well as in Canada from British Columbia to Toronto. StorageMart’s broad reach isn’t limited to to where they’ve placed locations, but the people behind the company actively extend their reach into the community by donating $5,000 in scholarships. Recently, the Fall 2012 recipients of this scholarship were announced. We at rentastoragelocker.com would like to commend StorageMart for doing their part to affect the next generation. We’d also like to congratulate the five scholarship recipients, Gloria Cardona of University of Texas-Pan American, Mike Wilson of the University of Victoria, Ashley Deutsch of the University of Texas-Arlington, Val Andrew Fajardo of the University of Waterloo, and Chandler Smith of the New York Film Academy. Certainly a lot of thought and effort helped these five collegiate students appropriately articulate their answers to the questions, “What link is there between a clutter-free workspace and increased productivity?” and “How has self storage improved your lifestyle?” Hats off the all involved! Perhaps StorageMart, who has been running their “ScholarSmarts” program for some time will inspire other storage companies to give back to their communities in some way, as well.