It has been reported that a man walked into a pawn shop in Florida, put his baby on the counter and, according to police, asked how much he could get for the kid, according to the Agence France Presse, AFP.
“This is what I got,” the father, Richard Slocum, said as he placed the infant before the owner of the store in Sarasota, on Florida’s Gulf coast. “He’s barely used, seven and a half months old, what do you think he’s worth?”
Slocum contacted law enforcement himself after he heard on social media that they were trying to identify the person behind the stunt. Dozens of police and local officials then descended on his home, he said.
“They didn’t find it funny or hilarious at all and there was a lot of resources and time and money that went into it,” said Slocum, a single parent who makes video clips that he, at least, considers humorous and shares them on Snapchat.
Jordan, the shopkeeper, was not laughing. “This is not funny, this is serious business,” he told the news channel.