CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Bill Smeedy didn't think too much about it when a camera crew approached him in April about using his restaurant, The Cold Spot.
"They said they were doing a documentary for the university," the 61-year-old explained. "It was about struggling college kids and the challenges that face them -- an educational documentary to help, they said."
The crew just needed a space to shoot some video.
"It looked like a good cause to me," Smeedy said. And the kids seemed sort of familiar; he'd seen some of them around for a while.
So he agreed. They could shoot their documentary.
But the television crews weren't shooting a documentary. They were shooting scenes for MTV's "Buckwild."
Smeedy said, "Right away, I started getting reports that what they were doing didn't look like educational stuff."
Dawn Miller, the Cold Spot's long-time bartender, told Smeedy there'd been some kind of altercation. A couple of kids were yelling at each other, and she'd stepped in to see what was going on.
Someone from the crew had told her not to worry. They weren't really fighting. "They're just acting."
They were also talking to some of the other patrons, getting them on camera.
Smeedy brought all this up with his girlfriend, Krista Given.
"He told me he'd given the OK to a film crew making a documentary about college students trying to get educated and their struggles," Given said.
He told her what Miller told him.
"Something didn't sound right," Given said.
She asked Smeedy if it would be OK if she tried to find out a little more about who these people were. Her boyfriend agreed.
"She's much more educated than me. She knows things I don't."
Given went online and did a quick search based on the little Smeedy had told her.
"Right away, it pulled up a story on Yahoo about 'Buckwild.'"
The article, which included excerpts from a TV Guide article, quoted MTV program head David Janollari, who said, "[The show] is so wholeheartedly not making fun of these kids... they have a great sense of humor, and you're drawn to them and this world."
However, the writer for Yahoo didn't believe that, and neither did Given.
"I thought, 'This is MTV. That's not what they do,'" she said.