Everybody’s a comedian but not everybody’s getting a Netflix special anytime soon.
A Florida man found out the hard way that his joke-writing skills may need some work when he walked into a Sarasota pawn shop, propped his baby on the counter and asked what the clerk thought the child was worth.
The shop’s owner Richard Jordan found the encounter surreal, telling WFLA.com:
“The weirdest, strangest situation we’ve ever encountered,” said Jordan. “He put it on the counter, he was pretty serious about it. He spun the baby around, and said- can I pawn this?”
According to an interview with WFLA , the man in question, Brian Slocum, thought it would make for a funny video and expected the clerk to jokingly banter with him about the price of a baby he wasn’t seriously trying to pawn. Instead the shopkeeper was stunned and called the police when Slocum left.
This kicked off a brief manhunt until Slocum called the police and things were quickly cleared up.
A single father, Slocum admits the joke was poorly received and appeared contrite when speaking to WFLA, saying:
“They [the police] didn’t find it funny or hilarious at all and there was a lot of resources and time and money that went into it.”
He also added that “there’s nothing in the world I would trade for my son, he’s my world.”
Now hopefully he’ll buy a joke-writing book and start honing his craft. Hell, maybe they have one at the pawn shop.