Hardcore Pawn on truTV shows some of the realities of the pawn world, such as last night’s episode: When you pawn something, if you want it back, go make payments and get it back out of pawn, or the pawn shop will take it out for you.
The thing is, as you watch, you want to feel badly for some of these people who go to American Jewelry and Loan—like the woman last night who had pawned her grandmother’s ring four months previous, but never came and picked it up, and lost it to pawn—but they are so nasty, all you can do is shrug and say, “Got what you deserved, mean, nasty customer.”
“People need to take responsibility when it’s their mistake,” Les said as the woman was dragged out of the shop, kicking, screaming and threatening.
Just a Bag of Glass?
Sometimes, though, good things happen in the pawn shop, like for Crystal, who was trying to get enough money for her grandmother’s funeral, and wanted $50-$100 for a bag of stones/crystals.
“It’s obvious they’re not gems,” Ashley said. “It’s a waste of time,” she told her dad when he decided to let their gemologist look at the stones.
“You’ll see, you’ll see,” Les said, walking away from his know-it-all daughter.
Not surprisingly, as often happens when Les faces off with either of his children, Ashley was wrong, wrong, wrong.
They weren’t all gems—some were just glass crystals—but there was a real one in there, too.
“This is the find of a lifetime,” Les said, “We’re gonna change this woman’s life.”
And, change it they did, to the tune of $10,000 for a Burmese ruby in the bag of glass.
“This is exactly why I take time to look at merchandise,” Les said, obviously happy for the woman.
See, good things can happen when you go to the pawn shop.
Stay tuned after checking out this clip from last night's episode, of a female weightlifter proving her strength to Les before talking numbers:
Hardcore Pawn airs on truTV on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m.
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