On tonight's episode of "Hardcore Pawn," where at Detroit's famous American Jewelry and Loan, the shop is never without conflict, and sibling rivalry. One only needs to watch one episode to experience what weird things happen next. As belligerent people and strange items come to the pawn shop, there are surprises every minute, lots of gasps and a even some belly laughs.
As the episode begins, a woman and her man come to the shop with a small television set. She approaches Seth and tells him that her man pawned her much larger TV set, and bought this one instead. She wants her television set back. When Seth asked if she had the money to get it out of pawn, she said no. Since Seth could not give it to her, she left as she put a beating on her guy all the way to the parking lot. Seth putting a new twist to a line from “Apocalypse Now” said, “I love the smell of crazy in the morning.”
As Les was checking his laptop, he was alarmed and called in Ashley and Seth. The price of gold had dropped 5%, causing them to lose a sizable amount of money from their jewelry inventory. Les said that they had to move quickly to sell in case it will drop again tomorrow. He sent them out to the floor to advise everyone in sales, that they had to start selling; anything!
He called his team together to give them the news that selling was the only thing they should key in on today. Seth had a man who was interested in sports memorabilia. He was interested in a Michigan football signed by the late Bo Schembechler, the legendary player and coach with an awesome winning record.
When a woman came into pawn her gold bracelet, she was told she could get $250. She had received $300 in the past for it and demanded the same. When she was told that the price of gold had dropped, she told the woman at the window that it was not her problem and wanted to see a manager. When Ashley came to confront her, she called her out to the parking lot, without Byron. Ashley handed her back her bracelet and told her to have a good day.
A man came in with Indian artifacts that were found in Indiana and Michigan, arrowheads and other items that he stated were easily worth about $250,000. Les knows the value of the collection, and if he can get them for the right price, they can make up for the gold drop. Les offered $90,000, but he declined. No deal.
As a very loud man came walking through the shop, he wanted to see the owner. He had a video game with him that he claims to have purchased from the shop, but would not stop yelling. As Byron stood by, Les told him to stop yelling. Les calmly told him that if he wanted to be treated like a gentleman, he should act like one. When Les asked for his receipt, he did not have one. (There must be a black hole outside the shop where all receipts go, as everyone with a problem, never seems to have the receipt.) As Les and Byron walked him to the door, he needed an extra dose of help from Byron to shoo him through the door.
A man brought in a booth from Bill Knapp’s restaurant chain that was an icon in Michigan until 2002. This was salvaged by him personally as they were tearing down the last restaurant. He also had signs and other memorabilia from the place. He wants $1,000, but with Les and his negotiating skills, the man was glad to take $200. When both Seth and Ashley gave Les a hard time for buying it, he promised to show them that he would not only sell it, but make a good profit. Les went around asking everyone in the place if they heard of Bill Knapp’s. Finally, a woman and her son told Les that her daughter used to work there and lost her job when they closed up. She now owns an antique shop, and they got on the phone and called her. At first, she was not all that interested for $500, but Les gave her a once-in-a-lifetime deal of $325 delivered, and she accepted.
In the end, the shop made a profit over the 5% loss, and although both Seth and Ashley are always skeptical about their father’s ability, he keeps swinging for the fences, just like he did again on this episode of "Hardcore Pawn."
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