Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Pawn Shop Files

As many of you recall, I took a job last year at a Pawn Shop, which has turned out to be the funnest job I've ever had (and yes, I know funnest isn't a proper word). We see a lot of interesting people - characters in the truest sense of the word - and even more interesting stuff. Some of it is pawn, which goes down into the special 'pawn' room to stay until the people come back and pay for the item. The rest of it is stuff people bring in to sell outright. Like the Frankenstein Machine. That's what its owner called it but it's really a shock treatment machine and as soon as we get the plug and cord back from being rewired, we'll see if it works.



























Pretty cool, eh?

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  1. Scary what they used in medicine back in the day.
    Who will be the victim to test it out?

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  2. That would be the funniest job! I'd love that. And, although this contraption is uber creey it's also way cool. What a find. But I'm good with it not working. LOL

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    1. Yeah, I hear you. It's okay with me if it doesn't work but I know my boss will be bummed.

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  3. Fun jobs can sometimes be the best. Glad you're enjoying it.

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    1. Never had one before and I'm definitely enjoying.

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  4. That is cool but also scary and creepy that they actually used that on people.

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    1. I know. Seeing it made me wonder what stories it might tell...

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  5. Is there a market for it? I kind of don't want to know who wants to buy one of those.

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    1. As my boss likes to say, there's an ass for every seat (he used to be a car salesman), so yes, there's a market for it. Plus lots of people just like to decorate with weird stuff like this - it is a little steampunkish, no?

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  6. Oooh. How I would love to be the fly on the wall in that shop.
    BTW, shock treatment is STILL used today for some persistent depressions. Which freaked me out when I heard it...

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    1. Makes me shudder just thinking of it - and reminds me of one flew over the cuckoo nest...

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  7. You know someone is going to test that thing out. You better stand back, girl.

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  8. Holy wow - a Frankenstein machine! I think it would be so cool to work in a pawn shop - I think I'd be getting a bazillion story ideas out of it. :)

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    1. No story ideas yet, but lots of stuff with interesting stories :)

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  9. This sounds like such a fun job.

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  10. EEEEK! Who are you going to test it out on???

    I"ll bet you could play an interesting game of blindfolding yourself, pointing to three random objects in the store, and then weaving them into a story.

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  11. Oh wow. I can't believe they thought they could shock people to cure them...they even used it on gay people, didn't they? I saw that on an episode of American Horror Story, so it must be true, haha!

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    1. Indeed they did, and still do. Shock treatments are still being used and, according to a source I know, even when contraindicated.

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  12. That WOULD be a fun job, to work in a pawn shop. And whoa, a shock machine...I'd be worried about the person who bought it. lol (but yeah, a good steampunk-type decoration item or conversation piece--hopefully)

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    1. That was my thought, cool steampunk decor.

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  13. That's awesome! I shudder to think what some of those knobs do.

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    1. You could build all kinds of stories around that thing.

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  14. What a great job. Inspiration from items and people.

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  15. Yeah, it is cool, in a creepy kind of way. But not as cool as your job.

    Being shocked by accident is bad enough, but the thought of doctors "treating" patients by deliberately shooting electricity into their brains really gives me the creeps.

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    1. I agree, although I've heard it can help some people. Still gives me the creeps tho.

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  16. Okay, that's scary, creepy, funny, and interesting all at the same time - who owns such a thing? I can't believe that doctors have used those things. It doesn't make any sense.

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    1. Modern versions are still in use. And, oh, yeah, it's creepy, but in a steampunish way, no?

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