The first customers of the day were a couple. The guy was named Green and the girl with him thought she was Snoop from the HBO show the Wire. Green tried to sell his notebook computer for $150, but Seth only offered $50. Seth did go up to $65, but the lady went nuts and started her gangster routine. They were escorted out where Les talked to them and told them that $65 was way more than he would have offered. The two probably just wanted 3 minutes of fame as they highfived for accomplishing nothing.
A younger guy came in trying to sell a lock of George Harrison’s hair. The 5 or 6 strands was incased in a nice display and had a letter of authenticity. Les tried to look up the item online, but there were no comparable items for sale. Les is a huge Beatles fan, so he offered $50, the guy wanted more and no deal was struck. Les joked that he couldn’t even afford to lose 5 or 6 more hairs.
The big controversy for this episode was bending the store’s policies. Ashley dealt with a lady who needed an extension, but she did not have the full $30 to pay for the extension. The policy was all or nothing to get extensions. The lady them went to talk to Seth and Les and they said she could pay $20 now and get the rest later. Ashley was furious by that because she was following the policy. Lester made a big point to say the owners could bend the policy and they should always take money from people. Later in the show a regular customer came in with a ring he purchased at the store 6 months ago, he did not have a receipt, but Les again bent the policy to allow him to do a trade in. The guy said he bought the ring for $1000 and Les believed him. Les was able to sell him a $3000 ring, but after the sale Ashley found the traded in ring in the computer. The ring only cost $500 and Les lost the store $500 because he ignored the receipt policy. That event made Seth agree with Ashley that policies are good. Les admitted he was wrong, but then said he could still change policies because he is the owner.
Another guy came in with gaudy women’s make-up on trying to sell his fur coat. The guy said he needed the money to continue with beauty school. This had to be an actor plant. The guy also told Rich he liked doing hair, make up, and anal bleaching. The guy was also proud that he painted his nipples regularly. He asked $1200 and although the coat was nice, Seth only offered $100. Seth was firm with his offer and the guy left.
Next, a guy with a 4-foot tall Betty Boop statue came into the shop. He had received the piece of art for cleaning out a house. He wanted $300, but the statue had a lot of dings and scratches on it. Ashley offered $50 and eventually maxed out at $80. The guy took the 80 bucks and asked for a few minutes alone with his former possession. The guy got very affectionate with Betty one last time.
Another crazy lady came in demanding $200 for her diamond earrings. They were only worth $100, but the lady got more and more upset. She told the lady working the pawn window, “I want to talk to your boss, bitch!” This did not go over well in the store and the lady was quickly thrown out. The lady then went absolutely bat shit crazy outside and ripped a plant out of a pot and flipped over signs. She then cursed out a passerby for no reason. The crazy train stopped near American Jewelry and Loan that day.
The last customer was a small guy with a big bodyguard. He said he had his protection with him all the time, but he didn’t have a dangerous job. He was a deli meat salesman. The little fella had some very cool early 1900s baseball cards. The condition was not great on the cards, but they were still very old and special. The guy asked $3000 and the stored sports memorabilia expert counter offered with $100. This may have been the worst lowball offer ever. Unlike Rick Harrison on Pawn stars, the people on Hardcore Pawn never worry about insulting a customer with a low offer. Rick would have simply passed if they were that far apart on a price. The little guy’s bodyguard snatched the cards when he heard the $100 offer and Seth was offended. The odd couple left and I am glad they didn’t let Seth rip them off.