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Pawnbroker comes from a long line of survivors
Chicago Tribune (column)
First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a communist. Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak out for me." — Martin Niemoller
There are variations of Niemoller's poignant poem. Maybe he altered it, depending on his audience when presenting the piece at different speaking engagements. Two things for certain: First, Niemoller, a Lutheran pastor, spent eight years in concentration camps and he was none too pleased with the educated class of German citizens who stood back while innocent people were being annihilated. Second, "they" also came for an Illinois pawnbroker's grandparents and his father.
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Thieves using cash for gold stores to get cash
Thieves are now skipping the electronics and cash to steal jewelry. "Three pieces were diamond jewelry, one was my mother's diamond ring" said one woman who asked not to be identified, "it would appear they knew what the good stuff was." Police say rising gold prices are now making jewelry a top priority for crooks, who don't keep the bling long, usually selling it on the streets or going to a "cash for gold business" or similar retailer, to get money on the spot for the stolen rings and bracelets. "Jewelry is a challenge to track down," said Columbus Police Lt. Gregory Bodker. "Jewelry does not have a serial number that allows us to track the jewelry."
Pawnshop princess has seen it all
Pawnshops offer both short-term loans and unusual merchandise for sale. People who need a small, short-term loan go to a pawnshop and and put up something for collateral. Tennessee allows the pawnshop to charge 22 percent a month in fees and interest. The pawn shop holds the item for 30 to 90 days — and if the owner doesn't repay the loan — then the merchandise goes on the floor for sale.
Pawn shop owners seem to have seen it all.
EZCORP announces realignment of executive management
CNN Money (press release)
EZCORP, Inc., a leading provider of easy cash solutions for consumers, announced the realignment of its executive management team. This realignment is designed to streamline the company's governance structure by positioning Stuart I. Grimshaw, CEO, closer to the company's core U.S. pawn and financial services operations.
What small businesses can learn from the Super Bowl commercials
For some, watching the Super Bowl is less about the football and more about the commercials. Fortunately, viewers had a lot to discuss after seeing the commercial line up that took place this past Sunday – Super Bowl 49 Sunday, to be exact – and yet, among the entire assortment of commercials, very few specifically spoke to small businesses.
Polished diamond prices decline in January
Polished diamond demand improved in January but prices remained under pressure. Jewelers are resisting buying large quantities of diamonds as inventory levels remain higher than usual for this time of year. Expectations are relatively low for jewelry sales during the Chinese New Year after a disappointing Christmas shopping season. Dealers are waiting to see if the upcoming Chinese New Year Golden Week will help spur demand and prices after a slow start to the year.
3 charged in Gloucester County, Virginia, pawnshop burglary
Three men have been charged in a burglary last month at the Gloucester Pawn Shop in Virginia. Twenty guns were taken during the break-in Jan. 15, according to the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office. Guns were recovered during the investigation, but the sheriff's office is not releasing the number.
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Shipments of iPads fell for a fourth quarter in a row as the overall tablet market shrank, but Apple Inc. remained an industry leader with a 31.9 percent market share on the strength of its ecosystem, according to data from Canalys. Apple's iPad shipments slid 18 percent to 21.5 million units in the fourth quarter as global tablet shipments contracted 12 percent to 67 million units.
The unwritten rules of writing emails
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North Carolina teacher, principal charged with stealing, pawning school property
Deputies in Caswell County have charged two school employees with stealing and pawning school property. Capt. Frank Rose, with the Caswell County Sheriff's Office said the investigation that led to the arrests started after the superintendent filed a report concerning missing school items. Detectives were assisted by the State Bureau of Investigation (S.B.I.) on the investigation in North Carolina.
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