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Santa Rents Self-Storage Unit in North Pole, Alaska


The owners of Forbes Storage of North Pole, Alaska, have offered proof that Santa Claus is a user of self-storage. According to Buzz Otis and Renee Webb Otis, a man by the name of Kris Kringle rented a unit at their facility on Dec. 10. Kringle (aka Santa) appeared at the facility after hours and used its INSOMNIAC self-storage kiosk, provided by OpenTech Alliance Inc., to complete the rental process so his elves could start loading packages into his unit. Kids everywhere will be happy to know he has so many presents to deliver this year that Santa needed some extra storage space.
The Otises operate two facilities in North Pole. The first they purchased in 2002; the second is a 15,000-square-foot annex facility eight miles west of the first. The annex is primarily run via its INSOMNIAC 900 kiosk. Since opening in late October, the facility has rented 20 units.
“You can imagine our excitement when we reviewed our INSOMNIAC reports and saw Santa had rented a unit using our kiosk,” Buzz said. “It feels good to know we were able to help him when he needed it most."
Santa could not be reached for comment, though a copy of his rental agreement can be viewed at
OpenTech offers six kiosk models ranging in price from $9,000 to $18,000. The company also offers a call-center service and a network for online self-storage reservations.

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