Strangest Item Found in Unit Up for Auction?

storage_guy
storage_guy NARegistered User ✭✭
edited March 2018 in Opinion
After weeks of calling and emailing the customer to catch up on her rent and failing to receive any response, we processed her unit for auction. We were shocked to find that the only item she kept in her unit was a trophy for second place in a line-dancing competition  :D  

What is the strangest item you ever found in a unit up for auction?  

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  • Sue_C
    Sue_C NADaily Operations Certified, Advanced Operations Certified, Administrator Certified ✭✭✭✭✭
    Storage_guy, thanks for sharing that story!
  • StorageGuru
    StorageGuru NARegistered User ✭✭✭
    I keep all my trophies in a storage unit :)
  • StorageGuru
    StorageGuru NARegistered User ✭✭✭
    I know one day they'll be worth something :)
  • lovtotrvl
    lovtotrvl NARegistered User ✭✭✭
    Haha @StorageGuru - you should treasure them more  After all, I'm sure they're worth a TON...
  • lovtotrvl
    lovtotrvl NARegistered User ✭✭✭
    @storage_guy - How big was that unit? I'm imagining a trophy covered in cobwebs sitting in the middle of a 20x20  D
  • pisgahcenter
    pisgahcenter NCRegistered User
    Not auctioned but found left in unit after move out - a very creepy doll and a used straight jacket.
    Right out of a Stephen King movie.
  • NCStorageLady
    NCStorageLady NCRegistered User
    There have been several strange items
    Freezer full of food in a unit with no electric along with Mom's Ashes is the strangest
  • storage_guy
    storage_guy NARegistered User ✭✭
    @lovtotrvl It actually was a 10x30 outside unit!
  • GreatSpaceStorage
    GreatSpaceStorage FLRegistered User ✭✭
    :s   Always past due, but never auctioned...we had to ask a woman to please come remove her rabbit, hamster, tarantula and fish from her unit.
  • AlanKeller
    AlanKeller NJRegistered User ✭✭
    Ashes after an auction. And the former tenant had NO interest in coming to pick them up. Thankfully eventually they did.
  • tex928
    tex928 TXRegistered User
    during my years of storage i have found several strange things. one unit a terrorist had with lots of different uniforms and id's. another one was used to film pornos and left all their toys in it. another was vacant but had a pile of cash on the floor. another one was a sex dungeon. 
  • CarrieLacy
    CarrieLacy TXRegistered User ✭✭

    tex928 said:

    during my years of storage i have found several strange things. one unit a terrorist had with lots of different uniforms and id's. another one was used to film pornos and left all their toys in it. another was vacant but had a pile of cash on the floor. another one was a sex dungeon. 


    Where oh where are YOUR units located?  LOL
  • anotherattic
    anotherattic CARegistered User





    tex928 said:


    during my years of storage i have found several strange things. one unit a terrorist had with lots of different uniforms and id's. another one was used to film pornos and left all their toys in it. another was vacant but had a pile of cash on the floor. another one was a sex dungeon. 




    Where oh where are YOUR units located?  LOL



    That's what I would like to know-LOL-sounds way more interesting than our facility!
  • kkennedy
    kkennedy MDRegistered User

    @ncstorageLady I had a tenant move out that left a mini fridge with food inside. Of course not plugged up. I opened it and have mercy I thought I about died. Sooooo Gross!!!

  • tex928
    tex928 TXRegistered User
    these strange units i had were in the houston tx area. also found people living in them too
  • i43storage
    i43storage WIRegistered User, Daily Operations Certified, Advanced Operations Certified, Administrator Certified, myHub Certified ✭✭✭✭✭
    I found the remains of a tenant's wife.  No lie!
    Jean Marie
    I-43 Storage
  • Orkocean
    Orkocean CARegistered User, Daily Operations Certified, Advanced Operations Certified, Administrator Certified, myHub Certified ✭✭✭✭✭
    Ah Houston... 9/10 units we had in Pasadena had "Adult" material in them it seemed. Numerous urns were found there as well with family who would never want to pick them up typically. Never came across people living in them there though. Once when covering a site in Missouri City I did find a lady in a 5x5 that said she'd been there a week and the manager hadn't noticed. Moving to Florida was another story, nonstop people trying to live in units.
  • Sue_C
    Sue_C NADaily Operations Certified, Advanced Operations Certified, Administrator Certified ✭✭✭✭✭
  • OutboxChar
    OutboxChar NCRegistered User, Daily Operations Certified ✭✭
    Hoffa.  Oh wait.  We're not supposed to talk about that....
  • AlanKeller
    AlanKeller NJRegistered User ✭✭
    Well the most interesting thing we've found in a hallway (not a unit) was just left for us 2 days ago. Someone took a "poop" in the hallway. And yes, we're 99% sure it's from a human. Now they could have come to use the restroom in the office - but instead they just dropped their drawers and left us a gift. This is how New Jersey gets our reputation haha
  • Orkocean
    Orkocean CARegistered User, Daily Operations Certified, Advanced Operations Certified, Administrator Certified, myHub Certified ✭✭✭✭✭
    LOL Alan.. have had that quite a few times, the worst was one lady who decided to do it in the middle of the main drive aisle right on camera.. Home office visit that day, guess who had the pleasure of cleaning that up :neutral:
  • Sue_C
    Sue_C NADaily Operations Certified, Advanced Operations Certified, Administrator Certified ✭✭✭✭✭
    That's one thing that's never mentioned on the job description I bet, yikes!
  • ThriftyStorage
    ThriftyStorage NARegistered User ✭✭✭
    I walked up on a tenant at 6:00 a.m. in his unit. He said , "that he was reading a book." So, I went and checked the log for the front gate, and found that the tenant had been there since 12:15 a.m. in the morning. I like to read but, I'd rather be in the local library than a storage unit. He knew that I knew that he was full of it!
  • storagestation603
    storagestation603 NHRegistered User ✭✭✭
    edited June 2017
    This happened at our facility years and years before I started....a Gentleman rented a storage unit and unfortunately a few days later he was found inside deceased. He had hung himself. 
  • Orkocean
    Orkocean CARegistered User, Daily Operations Certified, Advanced Operations Certified, Administrator Certified, myHub Certified ✭✭✭✭✭
    Speaking of people in storage units, did you all happen to see this video from around January?

    -  That long and to not get caught, i'd say it's time for new management.

  • PhilR
    PhilR New ZealandRegistered User ✭✭
    @Orkocean
    Wow how did he not get caught? Someone's not keeping an eye on their facility lol.
  • ChasityD
    ChasityD GARegistered User
    Oh wow...where do I begin?? years ago a tenant was parked in another tenant's parking spot..I went to his unit to advised him he needed to move his car...I opened the door, the tenant and a lady was having sex in the unit..scared me for life! :wink: Needless to say the next day when I was doing a lock check...the unit was empty! I was soooooo embrassed! At the time I live on site..i went into my apt and hid for about 20 mins! lol..Did not want to see either of them! 
    CDuron
  • MrFugate
    MrFugate TXRegistered User ✭✭✭
    People sleeping in units, Public urination and defecation ,The porn Room with cameras , customers having sex, Money hidden in books, Guns (A Lot of guns, unit was set up like a store) Seen when doing a walk thru. Vacant when I got back , 15 min later , Stolen cars & motorcycles, Motorola black bag phone circa 1980s, Meth lab, 2 “half bales “ of pot. Remains on a man’s wife that had been missing for 15 years, ceramic molds of " body parts" ..
  • Sue_C
    Sue_C NADaily Operations Certified, Advanced Operations Certified, Administrator Certified ✭✭✭✭✭
    It gets even better (or worse)...check out these finds, some are really creepy:
    http://listverse.com/2017/07/10/top-10-crazy-storage-unit-finds/
  • Chuck_Vion
    Chuck_Vion VASiteLink Employee, Daily Operations Certified, Advanced Operations Certified, Administrator Certified, myHub Certified marketplace moderator
    Here's another video compilation of Mysterious Things Found in Self Storage Units...

    Chuck Vion
    FineView Marketing
      |  Chief Marketing Officer
  • karen700
    karen700 TXRegistered User, Daily Operations Certified, Advanced Operations Certified ✭✭✭✭
    Um.....No,Thank You!!!  :#:o
  • akangas
    akangas GARegistered User ✭✭
    After weeks of calling and emailing the customer to catch up on her rent and failing to receive any response, we processed her unit for auction. We were shocked to find that the only item she kept in her unit was a trophy for second place in a line-dancing competition  :D  

    What is the strangest item you ever found in a unit up for auction?  
    My trophy wouldn't like the heat, she also likes windows.


    Adam Kangas
  • helenatim
    helenatim MTRegistered User
    I had a guy hang the deer he just shot.  There was a blood trail running out under the storage unit door.
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