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"Pawn Stars" in Wisconsin

March 15, 2010 - Jim Anderson
I rarely watch TV "situation comedies," unless you count the History's Channel's "Pawn Stars."

As millions of viewers have discovered, "Pawn Stars" is as an educational reality show — with a generous light touch.

In one show, pawn shop owner Rick Harrison haggles out the purchase of an authentic work crew "ball and chain."

Later, while bringing the heavy item out for display, employee "Chumlee" drops it onto a glass case — with predictable but hilarious results.

Harrison, whose infectious laugh was missing from that segment, got started in the business world by selling fake Gucci bags.

Now, his family-owned pawn shop in Las Vegas is a cable hit with a third season in the works. USA Today noted recently that, since the show was launched in 2009, shop visits have climbed from an average of 70 per day to 1,000. A $400,000 expansion is planned.

Three of the Pawn Stars — Rick, his son "Big Hoss," and Chumlee — are visiting the Lake of the Torches Casino & Resort in Lac du Flambeau, Wis., (northwest of Woodruff-Minoqua) on Saturday (March 20). ("The Old Man" must be staying home to run the shop — hasn't had a sick day since 1994 we've been told).

There's a free meet and greet from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., along with some casino-related contests such as guessing the prices of items.

I doubt they're bringing the ball and chain. But I would be interested to know if Chumlee dropped it "by accident," or if he staged it for the ratings ... something about Rick’s Gucci bag history would suggest the latter ...


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