Storage Stories

K&L Storage Story: Man Uses Mango Picker to Rob Storage Unit


It’s been said that “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” And never was that more evident than with this storage story coming all the way from Hawaii. 

A few years ago, 2017 to be exact, a Maui resident attempted to steal an array of firearms out of a storage unit. 

Nothing too strange, there. People attempt to rob storage units all the time (but not at K&L Storage – we have 24-hour security and digital surveillance). What’s interesting about this story is that the burglar used a mango picker to do it. 

Yes, a mango picker. As in the fruit. 

Hawaii News Now reported that Sancho Agtaguem rented a storage locker at Extra Space Storage, in Kahului, Maui. According to a federal affidavit, Agtaguem attempted to reach into an adjoining storage unit using a mango picker. 

Crazy or genius? You be the judge. 

Regardless, it worked. Agtaguem was able to reach into the unit and steal four handguns and two rifles. 

You may be wondering what a Mango Picker actually is. Basically, it’s a long pole with a basket attached to it. How this mechanism was able to procure six guns, we don’t know. But we’re impressed. 

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Celebrity Storage Units – Paris Hilton


Celebrities are very clearly better than us. They’re richer, more famous, and typically more beautiful. But sometimes, just sometimes, they’re not so different. 

This is especially true when it comes to, well, storage units. 

Now, we know what you’re thinking: “Why on earth would celebrities have storage units? Can’t they just store things in one of their many houses?” 

And that’s not such a bad idea except for the fact that sometimes celebrities don’t have many houses. Sometimes they don’t even have a house. Maybe they’ve fallen on hard times, or maybe they just need a space to store their things in between wives or husbands. Whatever the case, celebrities utilize storage units just as much as the rest of us do. 

And sometimes, they store really, really weird items. 

Take, for instance, Paris Hilton. 

Hilton is the heiress to the famed Hilton Hotel namesake and even though she’ll never hurt for money, she did end up owing money on a storage unit, back in 2006. This is ironic because it was around this time that Hilton was one of the biggest stars in the world, due to her reality show and, erm, other home video releases. 

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Storage Stories: Whisky A Go Go, Storage a No No


You can never tell what you might be able to find in a storage unit. People have found cash. They’ve found presents. Some have even found dead bodies. But one of the most unique things that has been found inside of a storage unit is the marquee sign from the famed LA nightclub, Whisky A Go Go. 

 

Whiskey A Go Go is a historic music venue in Los Angeles. The very first Whisky A Go Go opened in Chicago in 1958. The term ‘A Gogo’ is French, and it means ‘In abundance’ or ‘galore.’ 

 

On January 16, 1964, the LA version of Whisky A Go Go opened on LA’s Sunset Strip. Throughout its history, the club would play host to a variety of legendary musical acts, such as Van Halen, Steppenwolf, Oasis, KISS, Fleetwood Mac, Guns ‘N Roses, The Doors, and many, many more. 

 

To say The Whisky (to which it is sometimes lovingly referred) is historical would be a vast understatement. 

This is why anything from the club’s original building would be a high dollar in this day and age. 

 

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Storage Stories: Haunted Theater


Sheffield, England has been voted as one of the most haunted cities in the world. It’s easy to see why, as even the storage unit facilities in that town seem to host ghostly apparitions.

 

The Armadillo Self Storage facility, in particular, has been the feature of a variety of spooky stories throughout its tenure. The property, located at 79 West Bar Street, used to be a movie theater.

 

Staff of the facility would routinely hear the sounds of an old projector running. They would even feel the vibrations and see the lights. Some have even claimed to see an actual apparition, whom they have affectionately referred to as Mr. Porter.

 

Allegedly, Mr. Porter was a former attendee of the old theater; a regular cinephile who, even in death, still loved to go to the movies. The problem for Mr. Porter, however, was the fact that his beloved theater was turned into a storage facility. It’s been said that during the building renovations, two separate electricians saw a man walk past their work site, and head upstairs to a restroom. One of the electricians followed the man to tell him that the building was closed to the public, … Read the rest

Storage Stories: Home Sweet Storage Unit


If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times; you cannot, we repeat – you cannot live in your storage unit.
Unfortunately, some people just don’t get the message and, in one extremely sad case, an entire family seemed to miss the memo.

 

A CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh reported that a family of five was found living in a pair of storage units in Verona. This, despite the fact that the units had no electricity, no toilet, and no running water.

 

A reporter for KDKA, Marty Griffin, acted on a tip that he received and, in doing so, discovered the Ashbaugh family living in two neighboring storage units.

 

Jacquelyn Ashbaugh, the matriarch of the family, said that the family had been living in the units for a couple of months.

 

“In the storage unit, you can see the mattress where the five members of the Ashbaugh family, including three children, sleep every night with the steel doors closed,” the report stated. “No electricity and no plumbing. It’s illegal and it’s dangerous. The only light is from a cell phone.”

 

Obviously, the biggest question is where they went to the bathroom. Luckily, the storage
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Storage Stories – Ashes to Ashes


When digging through storage units, you never know what you might find. Ideally, you find riches or, at the very least, just something that’s really cool. Comic books, or vintage toys, or out of print records; those are the things we all hope to find when we look through storage units.

 

What we absolutely do not want to find are body parts. Or ashes. As in, human ashes.

 

Unfortunately for some unlucky souls, that’s exactly what they did find. List Verse shares a few stories of bizarre finds that the majority of us hope to avoid at all costs.

 

Take Bill Smith, for instance. As a veteran of storage unit auctions, Smith was used to seeing weird things. Human beings are weird, after all. So not much surprised Smith. That is, until he bought a unit in Nevada that contained 27 different urns, filled with human ashes.

 

Now, to be fair, the previous owner wasn’t a murderer or a creep. She was just…lazy. As a court-appointed guardian for senior citizens, one of her duties was to figure out what to do with her clients’ ashes when they passed away. Most people in that situation would return … Read the rest

Storage Stories – One Man’s Trash


It’s been said that “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and if that phrase is true in any realm, it’s true in the world of storage units.

 

For years, storage units have provided opportunities to find countless treasure troves. From priceless paintings, to rare books and magazines, even the old standby – cold hard cash; there’s no telling what fortunes lie in wait in the darkness of a storage unit. We’re going to highlight some of the craziest, coolest, most expensive things that have ever been found in a storage unit.

 

This is Storage Stories: One Man’s Trash.

 

Obviously, when people participate in storage auctions, they’re hoping to find items that are valuable or, at the very least, kinda cool. What they may not expect is to find hundreds of thousands of dollars. But that’s exactly what happened to one couple in Arizona. According to the National Purchasing Partners, this couple was actually homeless and they were looking for a used couch for their desert camp. They found one at a storage auction and bid the minimum $10. Nobody else bid.  The couch even came with an adorable stuff teddy bear.

 

“As they
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Haunted Storage Stories


It was a dark and dreary night. While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping. As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. Only this and nothing more.

So I rose from the boxes of memories I was currently sifting through and raised the door of my K&L Storage unit (which was just one of 800 units in 4 different locations). There, on the other side of the (incredibly durable) storage gate, was a man. He was dressed in black, with a trench coat and a hat. There was a raven on his shoulder and, if I didn’t know any better, I could swear the raven was whispering.

The man told me to sit down, as he had some tales to tell.

“Do you like scary stories, boy?” he asked me.

“Scary like ghosts and goblins, or scary like being overcharged for storage units (which never happens at K&L Storage)?” I responded sarcastically.

The man stared at me for what felt like an eternity (especially since I’ve gotten so used to saving time because I can manage my account and make payments at kandlstorage.com/pay-online).

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Storage War Stories – Frozen


The world of storage units is a surprisingly intricate one, full of scandal, murder, theft, and sordid affairs (though none of those things happen at K&L Storage – we’re as pure as the driven snow).

There is a reason countless television shows have focused on storage units and the secrets buried within them (though, K&L Storage has no secrets…what you see is what you get, especially in terms of information and pricing).

What people keep in their units is fascinating to others. Sometimes there are priceless artifacts. Other times, there are love letters from forbidden lovers. Once in a while, there’s a dead body or two.

But it’s not always just what’s in the storage unit that is the story. Sometimes, it’s what happens around the storage unit.

There are Storage Stories, and there are Storage War Stories. This is a Storage War Story.

We’ve heard of “Like mother, like son,” but this is ridiculous.

The manager of a storage facility in Ventura said that one of his clients, Michael Bresnak, was a loyal tenant who visited the facility every single day.

But there was a reason for that, and it wasn’t a good one.

When Jeffery Korber went missing, … Read the rest

Storage War Stories – The Improvisational Mortician


The world of storage units is a surprisingly intricate one, full of scandal, murder, theft, and sordid affairs (though, none of those things happen at K&L Storage – we’re as pure as the driven snow).

There is a reason countless television shows have focused on storage units and the secrets buried within them (though, K&L Storage has no secrets…what you see is what you get, especially in terms of information and pricing).

What people keep in their units is fascinating to others. Sometimes there are priceless artifacts. Other times, there are love letters from forbidden lovers. Once in a while, there’s a dead body or two.

But it’s not always just what’s in the storage unit that is the story. Sometimes, it’s what happens around the storage unit.

There are Storage Stories, and there are Storage War Stories. This is a Storage War Story.

At K&L Storage, we have a place for you. It’s just, that, we kind of hope “you” are actually, ya know, alive.

That’s not something we thought we would have to ever make note of, but after hearing about a story from Ventura, California, we just want to cover our bases. Much like the man in … Read the rest