Crying all the way to the pawn, shop, no doubt

So many people — 5,000 a day — want to check out the “Pawn Stars” store in Vegas that it’s creating a traffic jam and making it difficult to keep videotaping. Brent Montgomery, creator of the top-rated show, who was in Banff, Alberta, Canada for some reason, said

A long wait

A long wait


the popularity of the reality show has brought big changes to the family business on which it is based.

The daily number of customers at the World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop depicted on the show has gone from 70 to 5,000.

“It’s made production hard because we can’t let them all in at one time because it starts to look like a studio show and not a reality show,” Montgomery told the Banff World Media Festival.

“We also have to make sure they’re not in the way. They all want to take pictures.”

At Kamaaina Loan’s Maui pawn shop, we get nervous about customer satisfaction if the line is longer than 2 people. But we are not very famous. Yet.