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The Conversations With Distinguished Gentlemen Issue

Hock Talk

This is how the glorified pawnshop works, according to José Luis Arregín, the broker: Money-strapped clients hock their stuff for half its value in cash.
02 Ιούνιος 2009, 12:00am

Vice: Hi. Any strange stories for us?

José Luis Arregín:

Have you ever been cheated?

Anyone ever try to pawn a living creature?

Did he come in with the lion on a leash or did he just bring a photo?

Poor thing. The man was probably sure that you would be able to help him.

Vice: Hi. Can you tell me the rules of this pawnshop?

Jenny:

What happens with these valuables?

Have the world’s financial woes affected your business?

Upon ejection, we found an interesting cross section of patrons: rich, poor, white, black, old, young, male, and female. They all had two things in common: They reeked of embarrassment and they didn’t want to chat. (Our favorite excuse: “I don’t speak Dutch, French, or English.”) Finally, Nikira agreed to answer a couple questions as long as we didn’t snap her picture.

Vice: What’s a nice lady like you doing in a place like this?

Nikira:

Did you pawn anything you really cared about today?

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