Since Friday afternoon, TLS reporters have been busy with Shaimos found abandoned at a storage facility in Lakewood.
TLS was made aware by Dave of Ari’z Car Rental that a storage garage has been found with abandoned Shaimos inside, and was up for auction.
Apparently, a non-legitimate Shaimos collector had taken money from people to bury their Shaimos, but then dumped it into a storage facility instead.
As soon as we were made aware of what was happening, TLS reporter Ben M. on behalf of TLS immediately placed a bid on the storage unit, and kept it under wraps to ensure others don’t just bid on it for the kicks of it or out of curiosity of what the bags may contain.
Today, TLS reporter Szmidty was made aware by Schulgasser Bros. Moving about a second unit containing Shaimos. Ben M immediately placed a bid on that one as well.
Moments ago, we won both bids, and have taken possession of the abandoned items.
Committeeman and Askan Menashe Miller, who was notified about the situation, immediately worked with police to track down the person who allegedly dumped the Shaimos in those lockers.
The person responsible for the fiasco agreed to pay for the expenses involved in burying the Shaimos, as well as any other expenses involved.
TLS and Menashe Miller then got in touch with a large Shaimos company, run by Aaron Taplin of Capital Seforim, and were able to secure a wholesale price tag on proper burial for the Shaimos.
Efforts are now also underway to ensure all Shaimos collectors are qualified and are under property Rabbinical supervision.
UPDATE: As a result of this fiasco, TLS will no longer be accepting any Shaimos ads which are not under Rabbinical supervision.