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Beer Can Filled Townhouse Photographs

by Brett M. Christensen

This story was first published on December 18, 2006

Outline

Circulating message claims that attached photographs show a Utah townhouse filled with 8 years worth of beer cans.

Brief Analysis

The photographs are genuine. Century 21 property manager Ryan Froerer took the snapshots back in 2005 after being called to check a townhouse in Ogden Utah.

Example

Got beer???? A landlord’s nightmare

A SINGLE GUY LIVED IN THIS TOWNHOUSE FOR 8 YEARS IN OGDEN UTAH

THE LANDLORD THOUGHT HE WAS THE BEST RENTER BECAUSE HE NEVER CALLED OR COMPLAINED AND WAS NEVER LATE ON A PAYMENT.

Beer Can Filled Townhouse 1

Beer Can Filled Townhouse 2

Beer Can Filled Townhouse 3

Beer Can Filled Townhouse 4

Beer Can Filled Townhouse 5

Beer Can Filled Townhouse 6

THESE PICTURES DON’T EVEN COME CLOSE TO WHAT IT REALLY LOOKED LIKE.

” CENTURY 21REALTY HAD ALREADY MOVED SOME OF THE CANS OUT, AND THEY HAD CAVED IN THE TUNNELS THAT THE RENTER HAD MADE TO GET TO THE BEDROOM, BATHROOM, AND KITCHEN .

All this, yet you still do not see any dust, scattered clothing, or dirty dishes anywhere .

Other than having a minor drinking problem, he was basically a very clean, organized person. Add to this, the fact that he was concerned about his health, proven by the fact that he drank “Light” beer.

 

Detailed Analysis

This long circulated message includes several photographs of a townhouse overflowing with empty beer cans and beer boxes. Although it seems almost unbelievable, the photographs are genuine.

Century 21 property manager Ryan Froerer took the snapshots after being called to check a townhouse in Ogden, Utah. According to a news article on KSL.com, the realtor who asked Froerer to check the townhouse could not even go in due to the terrible smell. When Froerer entered, he was confronted with an amazing sight:

Beer cans by the tens of thousands. Mountains of cans burying the furniture. The water and heat were shut off, apparently on purpose by the tenant, who evidently drank Coors Light beer exclusively for the eight years he lived there.

There were an estimated 70,000 beer cans in the townhouse. To accumulate that amount of cans, the resident must have consumed an average of 24 beers a day for the 8 years of his tenancy.
Ironically, the beer drinker was a good tenant in other ways. He always paid his rent on time and never complained. KSL.com notes that the former tenant claims to have stopped drinking and has his old job back.

Ryan Froerer emailed the photographs to a few of his friends, who apparently sent the message to their friends and so on. The email and photographs have now been sent around the world and, well over a decade on,  still continue to circulate.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer