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Dad Who Tried To Pawn His ‘Barely Used’ Baby Set Off A Manhunt

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.

h/t: WFLA