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‘Hardcore Pawn’ discovers the ‘Scent of Deception’ on Tru-TV

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Last night's episode of "Hardcore Pawn," at Detroit's famous American Jewelry and Loan, the pawn shop that is never without conflict, crazies and sibling rivalry was titled, “Scent of Deception.”

As the episode begins, a woman comes in to see Les. She has diamonds her fiance gave her that he paid $1,000 for, and she wants $300 for them. When Les checks them out, they are fake. She insists that they sound like diamonds, and her beau would never lie to her. She starts getting loud when Byron shows up and waves good-bye to her. She leaves on her own volition, without the usual escort, but is swearing all the way.

Ashley goes into the warehouse and smells weed. She calls her father and brother into the office and tells them of her finding. Seth wants to test everyone, but both disagree with his usual enforcement policies. Les tells them to meet him in the warehouse in 15 minutes, and he will get to the bottom of it.

When a woman, familiar to Les comes in with a 1989 custom trike, it is a beauty. She is needing home improvements and will part with it. She takes Les for a spin as Seth watches. She wants $9,000 for it, and will settle for $7,000. When Seth asks for the absolute rock-bottom price, she can go no lower than $6,500. Sorry, no deal.

A man with a bicycle comes in and starts yelling for the manager. He bought this bike there, so he claims, but the usual situation of having no receipt is the case. The louder he gets, the more he receives Byron’s special escort out the door, as Les walks the bike out. As he attempts to ride away, the bike continues to give him trouble, but he is still cursing and calling out accusations. Eh!

As the three family members go into the warehouse, Randy is coming down the stairs, and they confront him and ask him who is smoking weed? He declares that he does not know, and has smelled it himself. As Les continues to raise the ante and offer both Randy and Robbie up to $500, nobody will tell him who is smoking weed.

Seth will check the security cameras and whoever is back there, will be drug tested. They have a zero-tolerance policy about drugs in the shop.

A woman comes in with a lithograph she claims was done by Pablo Picasso, called “The Parade.” She hates to part with it, but will take $1,600. When Les checked it out, he told her it was only a reproduction, not the genuine item. She paid $750 to frame it, and the frame was lovely. Les offered her $100 for the frame, but for that money, she will keep it.

Two guys come in wheeling an arcade game. It is a chicken coop concept where a colored egg is dropped, and everyone wins a prize. Bobby J tells Ashley that he loved this when he was a kid. He had to try it, and put a quarter in; the hen turned around, clucked and an egg came down the chute. After going back and forth several times, Ashley offers him $150, and he accepts. He admitted to the camera that he paid $20 for it, so he made $130. Good job!

As Seth is checking the security tapes, Randy was the only one back there, but he was not spotted smoking. Seth will drug test both warehouse men. Neither proved to have drugs in their system. So Les ordered more cameras installed in the warehouse on this episode of "Hardcore Pawn."

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