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Insane clerk at pawn shop

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by GRAYRID3R, Jun 29, 2010.

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  1. GRAYRID3R

    GRAYRID3R Member

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    I own a low voltage contracting company, and am sometimes cash poor when I need to rent equipment. When this happens I reluctantly go to my safe and sacrifice a seldom used weapon to a pawn shop. I've only had to resort to this twice before and I've never lost anything except the unbelievable interest. Anyway I chose a Ruger RedHawk Stainless .44 Mag for this particular transaction. I keep everything, including lock, fired round, manual, and original receipt in the gun case. I double checked the weapon to make sure it was not loaded and put it in the original plastic case. I walked into the pawn shop toward the owner whom I have done business with before, but I'm stopped at the counter by a clerk who takes the case out of my hands and puts it on the counter, "what do we have here" he asks, so I explained I was there to get a loan on the handgun, and am describing it,when he opens the box, takes the gun out, sweeps me with it and looks down the barrel!!! I knew the gun was empty, but instinctively moved to the side as he sweeps me a second time. Then he takes a ballpoint pen and sticks it down the barrel and looks right into the barrel of the gun! He STILL has not opened the cylinder to see if the gun is loaded!! He asks me how much I want and I said I only needed $350.00 to rent a lift for a job I'm doing. He laughs and says "you mean $250.00?" Well now I'm getting a little angry :fire: and said something like, if you would open the cylinder and give the gun a real inspection, and look at the receipt. I would say $350.00 is LOW. So he asks the mgr. what he should do as he turns to talk to him he sweeps him too. He said "This guy wants $350.00 for this Red Hawk, and he has a receipt here from ******** for $799.00. The mgr says "give him the $350.00!" I was happy to get out of that place and the only time I plan on going back is to redeem my handgun! BTW before somebody says I should have openned the case myself, took the weapon out, openned the cylinder, and placed the gun on the counter, that was my intention until the clerk actually reached across the counter and took it out of my hands.
     
  2. highorder

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    Well then you shouldn't have let him snatch it from your hands! ;)

    Idiots are everywhere, but they cluster around pawn shops.
     
  3. Bula

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    No different from 99% of the dealers at our big gunshows here in Phoenix. Everything that isn't there's, is junk (in their eyes). It's comical to see them making offers on identical items that they have displayed. Example, I saw one guy offering some kid $50 for a like new stainless 10-22. Said "you can't get hardly get $100 for'em", meanwhile, he's selling POS blued beaters 10-22 for $175???

    These guys prey on desperation.
     
  4. General Geoff

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    Agreed. I'd have held on, tight, and told him to take his hands off my property.
     
  5. bikerdoc

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    Get imaginative revenge.
     
  6. ichiban

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    After you retrieve your firearm let the owner know that that is the last time you will be doing business with him and explain why that is. He may care, he may not.
     
  7. Cosmoline

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    When I've been in a pinch before I won't hesitate to sell off iron. It's MUCH better in the long run than dealing with the pawn sharks. The best way these days is on line, not at a pawn shop and certainly not at a gun show! Put your item up for a reasonable price and deal direct with the buyer on a cash basis ftf or money order to an out of state FFL. It's a lot less nuisance than dealing with the crooked middle men.
     
  8. wriggly

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    Sounds like Chumly got transferred from Vegas....
     
  9. nitetrane98

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    Pawn shops are really insane. The only time I've ever used one was last year around Christmas. I needed 500 bucks and offered a SS Colt Delta Gold Cup and a LNIB Browning BDA .380. They said they couldn't do it. I said "Cool, I know what they are worth." and walked out. The manager actually chased me down in the parking lot and said, "Is that all you want on them?"
     
  10. AK103K

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    Whats scarier is, think about who's probably playing with YOUR gun, right now. How many times do you think they did the movie "snap" with the cylinder by now? :eek:
     
  11. buck460XVR

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    .................kinda what I was thinkin'.:uhoh:
     
  12. lions

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    Gun show motto: Did you just buy that beautiful firearm, or are you trying to sell that piece of junk?
     
  13. jeepguy

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    when you go to get your redhawk back i would courteously go over how to safely handle a firearm. always check to see if it is loaded, how to open the cylinder, eject the magazine & visually check the chamber, keep your finger off the trigger, and not to cover any one with the muzzle. remember people judge all of us from the actions of a few of us. share with that you are sharing this information with him, out of concern for him, his costomers, and his employees. we dont need to make any more "anti's" and helping someone understand gun safty is alwys a good thing anyway. whether or not you do business with them agin is up to you but i would keep that to yourself. good luck.
     
  14. Yo Mama

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    Sorry, but I don't see a problem. Yeah clerk was lowballing you, but anyone can do that. They run a business, and if they can get an idiot to take the lower number of dollars than they win out.

    As to safety, the only folks I trust anymore are my direct family. It's sad, but I've seen to many mistakes out in public, and get a bit tired of being a target.

    Good thing you knew the value of the gun, and sorry you had to go through this...hoping better times are ahead for you.
     
  15. Zack

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    He pointed a gun at the customer, it could have been loaded............
     
  16. Corporal K

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    I worked at a nice pawn shop for a year back in the day. One time a lady came in with a .25 Lorcin or Raven or other POS. She had taken the mag out, but still had one in the pipe. She handed it to an incompetent employee (actually the owner's father who liked to hang out there) and when he went to clear it, he pulled the trigger and sent a .25 round through the thigh of another employee.
    He was ok in the long run, but it never should have happened.
     
  17. Zack

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    Thanks for sharing this Corporal K. This is a good lesson.
     
  18. Texsun

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    What kind of scholars did you expect to deal with getting a loan at a pawn shop?....Save up some working capitol or get a second job till you can.
     
  19. Zoidberg523

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    Not good enough when you need cash right away. Pretty sure that, had these options been available/sufficient, the OP would not have chosen to place his pistol up for pawn. :)
     
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    Gotta be ready for BS in pawn shops. I feel ya though. Gotta do what you gotta do; I would have wrestled him a little more for the case though lol.
     
  21. Gouranga

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    lol. Guy sounds like a bright one. You can tell he will end up shot or shooting someone at work. I mean how long do you figure he has till someone brings in their "unloaded" gun with a full clip and one in the chamber? I have been sadly surprised at the lack of a safety mentality in some folks with firearms. Especially thinking it is partially a safety mindset that has us carrying to begin with.
     
  22. heeler

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    I dunno...I have cruised about in many a pawn shop looking for firearm deals and have come across some real wingnuts that have brought their firearms inside the place to pawn.
    One guy came in with an old Savage 110 in a soft case and when he open the bolt for the pawn clerk a live .270 round came flying out to the floor.
    That clerk was really pissed about that.
    So I dont really approve of the clerk snatching the case out of your hand I could see where he might be coming from.
    That is MOST reasonable people, but this clerk was an obvious clod of high dimensions.
    Glad you at least got your $350.00.
     
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  23. Yo Mama

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    Which would have only been due to OP bringing in a loaded gun for inspection.
     
  24. GRAYRID3R

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    The money wasn't as big a deal as the way he handled the gun. I guess I put too much emphasis on the $ part of the post. Primarily it was to emphasize the stupidity of someone working with little or no knowledge of proper gun handling. Being swept with your own.44 mag is a weird feeling. If there was another customer next to me and it was HIS gun I was looking down the barrel of, I would not have stayed in that shop any longer than it took my brain to issue the "get outta here" command.
     
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    Not all humans are created....equally!
     
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