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Robert Green wrote:

http://www.huliq.com/12092/ohio-craigslist-killers-third-possible-victim-identified
So, arrange to meet the other party in the parking lot of a police station. Or carry a gun.
Why do I have to think of everything?
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Heard on radio yesterday that they found body parts at a beach they were searching after a homicide. They also found body parts from ten OTHER corpses. There's a lot of people buried out there.
Steve
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I lived in Las Vegas for a very long time. There are places in the desert out there, way out there, where no one ever goes for any reason. "Dumping the trash" would be easy.
When I watch "Hardcore

Hardcore Pawn is like screeching fingernails on a chalkboard. The old man is crazier than a shit house rat, and the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree for the rest of them And all that stupid clientele that comes in ...... it would be funny if it weren't so sad.
Steve
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I believe it was "Casino" - based on the life of real mobsters - that revealed that mobsters would travel far out into the desert and pre-dig holes so they could just "drive and dump" the inevitable murder victim. The rule was you could kill them in Las Vegas but you had to dump the body elsewhere, beyond at least the Clark county line - the state line even better. (-: I remembered how impressed my then-to-be future wife was with the line in "Clueless" where the father says to his young daughter's date: "Remember, I have a shovel and a .45."

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It's hard to tell how much of it is real. I am sure that people try to cheat pawnshop owners as much as pawnshop owners try to lowball sellers. What surprises me is how many people think by making a loud scene, they can get their way. Their security "team" needs some serious training about teamwork. If the anger levels they show are anywhere near real, I see a stabbing or shooting in the Gold's future very soon because, as you point out, both father and son (and perhaps daughter, too) are long in haggling skills but were both born with faces that make men want to fight. Someone's going to dry gulch one of them. People get really pissed at pawnbrokers who sell sentimental stuff, even though the contract says they can for non-payment.
Non PC content follows: Makes me glad I don't live in downtown Detroit. There must me wealthy enclaves left around the city but the clientle of the pawn shops is strictly low class. Except for the insane ones. I actually froze the frame to count black v. white and the ratio was roughly 20 to 1 with the white people looking definitely "wrong" - dressed oddly, odd hair dos, something was wrong with them.
I thought it odd they didn't appear to take serial numbers of game systems down and mark them on the receipt. I watch it only because I've always had a fascination for train wrecks, car crashes and ship sinkings. HCP is like having all three in one. (-:
-- Bobby G.
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The old man is just a compilation of people I have not liked in my life. As with any big mouth, he'll run into his match one day. Same thing for smart alecky son. The shop has clientele that would just as soon rip your arm off as look at you.
Steve
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Yep. I agree. Either or both of them better have armed escorts everywhere they go, even though that's no guarantee - just ask Ronald Reagan if you could. (-: Eventually we'll read in the paper that the series has been cancelled due to a crazed customer killing or maiming one or all of them. I guess the old police reporter in me watches it to see that precise moment when a normally pleasant exchange suddenly goes very, very bad.
With the Golds, it comes as soon as they lowball the offer at less than 1/10 what the customer thinks is right (which is mostly way off base). I watch it to see the psychos getting ejected from the store (which should be done by one guard on each side holding the guy's arms instead of two guys watching their buddy try to handle it alone). Gold violates one of my guiding principles: "Friends come and go, but enemies accumulate." He's been really banking those enemies!
Watching Gold tonight reminded me of Steve the Croc Hunter Irwin. He often took basically stupid chances very similar to the kind the Gold men take and look where it got him.
-- Bobby G.
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Where there's smoke, there's fire. And there's a lot of smoke around there. I think that the series may be cancelled just on the fact that a lot of people don't watch. Pawn Stars is a little more staged, but they get more interesting goods, are somewhat historical, and there's a chummy atmosphere, instead of an undercurrent of people who missed a LOT of therapy sessions.
Steve
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I've learned a lot about the value of old stuff (and what some of it is!) from many of these shows but I take issue with the valuations they put on some of the items like old game systems, etc. My wife, who's from New England and retired from the Army as a colonel has never, and I mean NEVER lost her cool in front of me or anyone I know.
When I watch the people who try to shout their way to success I am just amazed because they couldn't be that old and throw those kind of tantrums without SOMEONE giving in to them at some point in their lives. It kind of explains why so many businesses have switched to automated phone systems and why the gas company has installed bank-type plexiglas dividers at their bill-pay center. I can't imagine how grim some customer service jobs are based on the number of scams people pull at HC's Pawnshop.
My wife's comment about the screamers: "When we get people with attitudes like that we use company punishment and the problem disappears very quickly." People like that flaunt authority to get admiration from their peers. When instead of admiration they get beatings, cold shouldered and worse they realize it's no longer cool to be a flamer.
I was surprised to learn at the annual Christmas party that there are still surly soldiers in the Army. Quite a few are "waivers" and people who've been gived the "jail or army" choice by a judge.
-- Bobby G.
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Steve B wrote:

Several years ago, Houston PD opened a "sting" pawnshop. It was hilarious to see a member of the Houston School Board bragging to the clerks (cops) that: "I is very discriminatin'. I only steals stuff beginning with the letter 'A'. Like 'a boat' or 'a car'."
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I have been buying some stuff for others. Lots of stuff on craigs list these days. Got a one year old fridge for $125 excellent buy. Not the biggest, but close to normal size. Air conditioner, dryer, stove, bedroom set, all for under $500 .
Greg
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A $25 19" TV for my basement A $10 13" TV for my workshop Two $20 13" TV/DVD combos for my kid's dorm rooms A $10 microwave that I take on vacation if the hotel doesn't supply/ charges for them. A $40 leaf blower A $45 hydraulic floor jack
I could go on...Craigslist has been good to me.
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No good. He sent all his money to me, King Nambu Nambu sent it all to me last week. To help him get it out of the country, and asked me to save ten percent for myself, and wire the rest to this other adress in Nigeria. I may now call him Uncle Nambu, in his gratitude.
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On 12/15/2011 9:40 AM, Stormin Mormon wrote:

Please fix your newsreader configuration. It's still incorrect.
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What's wrong with stormin's news client?
On 12/15/2011 10:41 AM, Doug Miller wrote: > Please fix your newsreader configuration. It's still incorrect.

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On 12/15/2011 11:28 AM, Cheikh Ekenesenarhienrhien wrote:

It's configured to top-post *and* put his sig directly below his response -- which puts it between his response and the post he's quoting. So whenever anyone replies to one of his posts, the quoted post is trimmed off, along with the sig.
He's been told many times how to fix it, but for some reason won't do so.

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He doesn't want to fix it. His message, no matter how few words, is right at the top. And then don't forget that ootsie cutesie ad for the lds church.
Steve
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Love it! I may use that, some time.
Christopher A. Young Learn more about Jesus www.lds.org .
Heh! One person wanted to ship me a grand piano (from El Paso to Houston) for a $400 shipping charge. I wrote them back, telling them that wasn't necessary. Just give me an address and I'll have my son, who was a Border Patrol agent stationed in El Paso, and a couple of his beefy buddies from the force, pick up the piano locally.
Never heard back. Wonder whatever happened to that $200 Yamaha Grand Piano?
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