Pawn Shop Employees Reveal The Weirdest Item Someone's Tried To Sell Them
You paid how much?
Selling for a living is a hustle. Sales and customer service is quite the issue these days. Who is spending what on what? YOU WOULD BE SHOCKED! The things people are willing to sell will leave you stunned.
Ashes to Ashes...
Definitely ashes of a loved one. Oh, and they wanted to keep the damn urn.
It would only be improper disposal if they left it somewhere you weren't allowed to dump ashes. Cremains aren't super regulated. You can dump them almost anywhere the landowner gives you permission. Some environmental regulations may apply. BigDamnHead
There's an antique store nearby with a cat skeleton under the glass at the counter for $250. Not too creepy but if you look close there's bits of dried flesh stuck to it here and there. Seems very much like someone did a half-assed job scraping the flesh off of a dead cat and managed to get the store to buy it from them. Razzamanazz
Someone donated a box of used sex toys. I was told to put on gloves and save the batteries but chuck the rest. I chucked it all. CasperTFG_808
I'll take it for $10
My dad owns a pawn shop, had a woman come in with a bag full of shoe laces. My dad bought it for 20 bucks because of the novelty. pockyhockeysticks
Weirdest was the man who brought a duffle bag full of loose paper and used spiral notebooks. I offered him a quarter. He lost his head. That image will forever be ingrained into my mind. madowlie
Just the nose?
Went to a pawn store in Tennessee that was selling animal faces. Yeah, you read that right. They were skinning their faces off and selling them separately. My daughter bought one on clearance because it had a rip near the nose. erfilmvictim
No thank you Murder Mystery....
I spent the better part of a decade managing a pawn shop.
Creepy is always people that would come in and have porn in their vcr/dvd when they tried to pawn it creepiest was the guy that left the tape in of him getting it.
Probably the most messed up are people that try and come in and sell their dead relatives. It was pretty common for people to try and sell urns and necklaces with ashes in them. In Louisiana it's illegal to deal in human remains of any kind. AirVengeance
Not creepy but I borrowed someone money on a movie script they written once. The money was small but wasn't insignificant. Had story boards and designs for the characters and which actors he wanted to play them. Some A list celebs for sure. We would have discussions on what we would do with this is item if we owned it. Could we sell it? Is there IP rights we would have to deal with. Would we just toss it and sell the case that it came in and just laugh about it for years to come?
Fortunately the guy came back 3 weeks later and paid for it back. I was so hoping that it would be in theaters one day but it never happened.
Been working the business for 10 years now and after the first year or so everything starts to blend together. I've read some responses about people not taking in some of the creepy stuff but I hope everyday something interesting/creepy comes in and of course I'm buying it for the story and too feel like my job isn't pawning on cell phones, laptops, tablets and tvs all day long which it is now.
Send me your ashes, sex toys, anything goofy and ill make an offer for sure! goldgerm
Save the kids!
Definitely the worst for me is when junkies bring in their children's tablets and gaming systems. Sometimes the kid will even scratch in something along the lines of "please don't pawn" on the device. capsulegumby
Keep your limbs!
I'm a manager of a pawn shop & I'd say the weirdest thing we've taken in on pawn is a prosthetic leg. It was a safe bet though cause the guy legitimately needed it. tish221
"It wasn't me!"
There's not much you can do when the righteous fist of the law comes down on you. Call it a mix-up, or call it a mistake, if someone's pegged you at the scene of a crime there's not much you can do but trust the justice system to prove you innocent. However, that's a gamble, and just because you've been given a "not guilty" doesn't mean the effects won't follow you for the rest of your life.
Reddit user, u/danbrownskin, wanted to hear about the times when it wasn't you, seriously, it was someone else, when they asked: