Florida Man Regrets Jokingly Trying to Pawn His Baby

May 10, 2019

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Brian Slocum is a 43-year-old aspiring comedian from Sarasota, Florida, who has a 7-month-old son. Slocum's nephew recently convinced him to start a comedic Snapchat account to get his jokes out into the world, so on Tuesday night, Slocum walked into A&F Pawn Jewelry and Loan and jokingly tried to pawn his infant son--filming the whole encounter. The shop's speechless owner didn't see the humor in Slocum's offer, and proceeded to call the police. "It's the weirdest, strangest situation that we've ever encountered," shop owner Richard Jordan told WFLA. "He put it up on the counter. He was pretty serious about it. He spun the baby around and said, 'Can I pawn this?'" After tracking down Slocum, however, police decided not to file charges, believing his claim that it was a "terrible dad joke" gone awry. "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,” a sheepish and remorseful Slocum acknowledged. There's been no word on whether the embarrassing encounter has led to an uptick in the amount of stand-up gigs Slocum's managed to book this week.