On last night's premiere episode of "Hardcore Pawn: Chicago" fans got to meet the two brothers who own the "Royal Pawn Shop." Randy Cohen is the younger of the two brothers who worked in their father's pawn shop since they were toddlers. Randy had a stint as a bouncer, that gave him the wherewithal to spot a confrontation before it becomes a brawl.
Wayne Cohen, the older brother with a heart who many feel is a sucker for a sob story. Together the two brothers, along with Randy's daughter Elyse, and Wayne's son Nate run the best pawn shop in Chicago.
The first customer has an antique wicker doll carriage, but what he wanted and what they were willing to pay, did not match, so he left. Next, a woman with a wedding gown and five bridesmaids gowns, that were never used, came in order to sell them all. The guys deal in jewelry and electronics, not fashions. Wayne feels that they can sell them, after all, they sell fur coats. He offers her $750 for the entire collection. Nate sees what his father bought and knows that he gets in trouble for spending $10 too much for something and now his father spent $750 for these dresses.
An ex-con that was away for a while in prison tries to sell Randy a watch claiming it is real gold, but it was not. Mind you, the prison is across the street from the pawn shop, and is frequented by many unsavory characters. The Chicago business district is also close by and many times businessmen drop by making the clientele an eclectic mix.
A woman comes into the shop in tears and has jewelry that belonged to her grandmother. Her husband was mugged and in the hospital, Randy listens and is touched and gives her $500 for the jewelry and wishes her luck.
When Randy sees the rest of the closeout wedding dresses Wayne bought, hoping to make a killing; he goes ballistic. He demands that Wayne get rid of the dresses. Of course, Wayne refuses and plans to have a big dress sale.
A woman comes in with a stripper pole that she wants to sell. Nate offers her $40 and Elyse gives it a try until the pole falls and nearly breaks something.
Wayne is on hand for the wedding dress sale, but the brides want to match accessories and a place to try the dresses on. The shop does not offer any of these, and soon it starts to get ugly and Randy is ready with the I told you so routine; however, he tells the women that each dress is $40, with no returns or alterations. Wayne is not happy, but the women were getting out of control, and this was the only way to bring this chaos to an end and clear the inventory on "Hardcore Pawn: Chicago."