ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- A controversial reality show filmed in St. Louis leads to angry messages for the mayor and an investigation by police.
We`re not sure you can call it a smash hit, but “Salvage City” was popular enough that the Discovery Channel is about to run it again.
"Salvage City" is a new reality show which follows Sam Coffee and his brawny buddies as they break into vacant historic St. Louis buildings, swiping fixtures, and then re-purposing them into things like a headboard, made from an electrical panel or this what not made out of who knows what.
But all that broadcast breaking and entering has police asking what`s what.
The mayor`s office also got angry calls, though a spokesperson says it was not the mayor who dispatched the police.
The lawyer for St. Louis based Coolfire Originals, which produces the show, says police also dropped by its offices.
The apparent smashing and grabbing is not illegal because it is not real.
However, Sam Coffee admits when he and his friends are trolling on their own, often they do not have permission.
But he says police did not ask him about that, though you get the feeling he thinks someday they might.
And Sam Coffee, who also owns the fortune teller bar, predicts some viewers will be angry again.
That three-episode encore runs Saturday morning on the Discovery Channel from 9 a.m. until noon.