Storage Wars, a hit reality show on Discovery channel, follows a group of people who buy unclaimed storage containers. Recently, a man purchased a container off Storage Wars star Dan Dotson for just $500. Turns out – the container had millions of dollars in cash stored inside. This will undoubtedly be one of the craziest stories you’ll hear today.
$7.5 Million For $500
It all started about a month ago. In November, a woman approached Dan Dotson, an auction house owner and frequent star on Storage Wars on A&E. She told Dotson that a family friend of hers recently bought a container from Dotson’s auction house. Inside the container, there was a safe that couldn’t be opened – either because a professional really wasn’t able to open it or didn’t want to be a part of it. That family friend is a man (who remains unnamed for the sake of his privacy) that purchased the container from Dotson’s auction house for $500.
After speaking with the woman, Dotson recommended a specialist who could open the safe. Upon opening it, they found an immense amount of money inside it: $7.5 million in cash. Sounds simple enough – he bought it for $500, he owns the money inside. But it got far more complicated than that…
Who Keeps The Money?
Due to privacy concerns, those involved have not disclosed all the details. But somehow the original owner of the container found out about the millions in cash inside the container, contacted their attorney, and was ready to face off with the new owner of the container. It’s assumed the original owner did not know of the amount of money stacked in the safe. Perhaps they, too, bought the container off an auction and never looked into it. However, some also think the money could have come from nefarious means.
The original owner wanted their container money back, and in return, they’d pay the new owners $600,000 of the $7.5 million. The sum was later raised to $1.2 million, and the deal was made. The new owner got $1.2 million, while original owners got their remaining $6.3 million back.
A Storage Wars First
Even on reality television, stories like this do not crop up very often. Luckily, this case was put to rest quite quickly, with both sides receiving quite the sum. However, until now, it’s still unknown as to where the money came from or who initially put it in the safe.
Dotson and his wife, Laura, uploaded a video to Facebook discussing the story, and what would they have done if they came across the same situation. Laura said she doesn’t think she’d keep the entire amount; she doesn’t “feel like it’d be clean money.” Dotson said he would’ve settled for the final $1.2 million, as that’s a lot of money, as well, and also because he “wouldn’t want to find out how far the former owners would go to get their money back.”
Storage Wars star Rene Nezhoda, who owns Bargain Hunters Thrift Store went a step further and speculated the money isn’t “clean” money; it might be mafia or cartel related. She said, “If you find money like that, there’s probably a reason it isn’t in the bank.”