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?
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.
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."
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 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. (-:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'."
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 .
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.
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.
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.
Love it! I may use that, some time.
Christopher A. Young
Learn more about Jesus
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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