I can't believe that this is news. In 1970 and 1971, when I was a sergeant in the Army, posted at Ft. Hood TX, it was standard practice to drop off the car's spare tire at a pawn shop, to use the $15 or so to feed the family for the few days during the final few days of the month until military payday.
That or I sold a pint of blood. Yup, the military has ALWAYS paid well...
High gasoline prices are causing some people to take desperate measures.
Pawn shops say their business is increasing, with some customers saying they're selling things to buy gas.
Gas prices are climbing again, with most stations prices hovering at, or just below $3.00 a gallon. For some people the high fuel prices are overwhelming.
"We just have customers come in and have to tell us that they need money ‘till the end of the week, for gas to get back and forth to work," said pawn shop owner, Gerald Costner.