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Art Ritchie

Lost our storage unit...just venting

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Sorry, I've been holding this in and keeping it off my local family and friends, but I really need to vent this one out.

We had a large 10x20 storage rental with 15' ceilings that we kept all our holiday decor in. I retired from 20 years in the Air Force about a yr and half ago and moved out of the base housing. In an effort to repair our finances and build our financial foundation, we have been staying with family since then. As a result, we moved nearly everything else we owned into that same storage unit. Being a frequent traveler with the military, my packing skills are MAD. Most people would have required 2, possibly 3 storage units to contain what I packed into this single one! :)

I had been in during the beginning of September to see about getting a 2nd unit, so that we could begin moving things from one to the other and filter out the things we no longer needed. At the same time, I gave her our newest address. We also discussed what rent was owed. She remembered my wife coming in about 2 weeks prior to pay August and the upcoming Sept rent, but she couldn't find record of it in her notebook. She was supposed to get back with my regarding the rent, as well as the new unit. A couple weeks later, my wife gave birth almost 8 weeks early and our life was thrown into chaos. I forgot all about the second unit.

Last week, we get a letter that had been sent to our OLD address stating that they didn't show payment on the unit from July through October, and that our unit was to be sold on Nov 11th!!!  It was 9pm when we got home and saw the letter, so I went to the unit and sure enough, the lock was different. The next morning, my wife called and talked to her. She again remember my wife in there to make payment. Digging through her records, she finally found the receipt. She called the guy who bought the unit, and he made mention that he had sold some of it and that the storage lady woudl have to pay $350 if she wanted to look in on the contents. She then gave the guys information to my wife, along with a $200 check to cover the return of our rent.

About two days later, I called the guy and he informed me that everything had been cleared from the locker in less than 3 days. He apologized several times, but it doesn't help bring my stuff back.

The locker contained several SEVERAL thousand Christmas lights, approx 18-20 inflatables, a full nativity blow-mold set, 6 LOR controllers, tons of DIY decor (a dozen large faux lollipops, 15-20 tomato cage trees, 20-25 jumping arches, etc). My stocking from when I was a baby. My baby's first Christmas ornaments. In all, probably 30-40 Tupperware tubs and cardboard boxes of Christmas decor, and about half as many tubs and boxes of Halloween decor. Most of the material possessions don't bother me "AS MUCH" as do the items that had meaning, that can't be replaced. Inside was a bunch of military mementos from my travel to foreign countries, the dining room table from my grandmothers home, several large boxes of GI Joe's, Star Wars and HeMan toys from when I was a kid, about 6-8 large boxes of cow collectibles and nick nacks that I had been collecting for over 25 years, and SOOOOO much more!!

I could sit here for hours listing things that were in there, and I would still be thinking of new things the next day.

I'm at a loss for actions on this and torn about how to feel. I'm doing my best and trying to remember that it was just 'things' and thats not what is important.

 

Thanks for listening and letting me rant!

Art

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Bummer.  It's sad when people's mistakes impact you and there is nothing you can do about it.  

 

My neighbor had the same thing happen to him.  He moved and didn't get his annual bill even though he had given the owner a forwarding address.  By the time he thought about it, his stuff was sold too.  He had lots of cut outs he lost.

 

 

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First of all, thank you for your service.  I am also former Air Force.  Secondly, that is what lawyers are for.  I hate to go that route, but you were damaged through no fault of your own. 

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On 12/4/2015 at 11:55 PM, Art Ritchie said:

Last week, we get a letter that had been sent to our OLD address stating that they didn't show payment on the unit from July through October, and that our unit was to be sold on Nov 11th!!!  It was 9pm when we got home and saw the letter, so I went to the unit and sure enough, the lock was different. The next morning, my wife called and talked to her. She again remember my wife in there to make payment. Digging through her records, she finally found the receipt. She called the guy who bought the unit, and he made mention that he had sold some of it and that the storage lady woudl have to pay $350 if she wanted to look in on the contents. She then gave the guys information to my wife, along with a $200 check to cover the return of our rent.

About two days later, I called the guy and he informed me that everything had been cleared from the locker in less than 3 days. He apologized several times, but it doesn't help bring my stuff back.

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I'm at a loss for actions on this and torn about how to feel. I'm doing my best and trying to remember that it was just 'things' and thats not what is important.


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Man that is awful!  Did the guy say what he did with your stuff?

On 12/5/2015 at 10:42 AM, Takoda said:

First of all, thank you for your service.  I am also former Air Force.  Secondly, that is what lawyers are for.  I hate to go that route, but you were damaged through no fault of your own. 

I agree on both points.  The damage was substantial--way beyond what $200 would cover!

TED

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