Monday, September 22, 2003

Hive Gone

So what ever happened to The Hive? I realized today that I never wrote the story of The Hives' disappearance. (FYI, The Hive was a PC Gaming center in Provo, UT that three friends and I opened up. People would essentially come and pay to use our computers and play our games. It was located inside Laser Assault in Provo.)

On the night of Thursday, 10 July 2003, we decided that enough was enough (or rather, not enough money was not enough to stay in business). Rich, Dave, and Adam all thought that we should wait until Monday to close - but I felt like we should do it the very next day to avoid problems with the landlord. We were on a month to month contract and we didn't want him to try and get us to pay for an extra month or anything. That selfsame night I took home four computers that were my personal assets. I was going to come back for the rest (3) the next day.

The next day Adam went in to The Hive for the afternoon shift and called me up all panicked. "Please tell me you came last night and got two more computers," he said. "Nope," I replied, "just the four that I took last night. Why, what's wrong?" As it turns out, the owner of Laser Assault, Jim DeGroot, had stolen two of our computers when he came into work and saw that four of them were gone. He was scared that we were going to move out and he was going to lose his lease money for the next month (which was an error on his part, because we were on a tenancy-at-will agreement with him, so he had no right to expect rent for the next month). So he was holding two of our PCs, valued at $1800 for ransom until we paid up. Needless to say, we were all pissed and we all left work immediately to come down and resolve the issue.

Luckily, Adam was able to convince Jim to return the computers before we got there. (There would have been some serious trouble had he not). Adam simply told Jim that the IRS would be getting a call about tax fraud if he didn't return the PCs right away. Somehow the computers magically appeared within five minutes. Rich went and got his brother's truck and we loaded all of the monitors and boxes into it and took my portion to my house and the rest to Adam's house.

It was unfortunate that we had to leave Laser Assault with such bad blood. Jim tried to cover for himself and blame the fact that he stole the PCs on us somehow. We were going to close down anyway that weekend, so it wasn't too much of an inconvenience, but we still can't believe he did that.

The Hive was fun, there's no doubting that. But PC Gaming Centers just don't make enough money to make it a profitable venture. As a side note - I still wear my Hive shirt at least once a week. I'm actually wearing it right now.

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