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Claim: Photographs show rooms of a townhouse filled with beer cans and boxes.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
Origins: Yow! Most of us would probably be hard-pressed to find the time to collect (or buy) as many beer cans as are pictured here, transport them to our residence, and distribute them in various
According to KSL-TV in Salt Lake City, the above-displayed images are real pictures of an Ogden, Utah, residence taken in 2005.
The 8-year resident of the building was apparently exceedingly fond of Coors Light beer, drinking a couple of dozen cans a day, every day, for the length of his residence, saving all the empties as well as the cartons they came in. (The townhouse was found to contain an estimated 70,000 empty beer cans which reportedly fetched a total of $800 when they were delivered to a recycler.) Despite his unusual behavior, the occupant of the townhouse was described as a reliable tenant who paid his rent on time, never complained, and maintained such a low profile that the local mail carrier thought the residence was vacant. (Although, for reasons not explained by news reports, the tenant had evidently deliberately shut off the water and heat to the townhouse.)
According to KSL-TV, the townhouse has since been cleaned up, and the former resident has stopped drinking and has resumed his former job.
Last updated: 28 May 2006
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