Jail Sale: Where cupidity bred stupidity

Where cupidity bred stupidity

For five months, Johnny's Thrift Shop was the most hassle-free store in Birmingham, paying fast prices for anything brought there and handed to the clerk behind the counter. There were the two young men, for example, who carted in a $600 color TV and a $300 VCR, plunked them down and accepted Johnny's $175 check for both. And then there was the fellow who parked a brand-new $15,000 Oldsmobile outside and gladly took $500 for it. "The car business is much more profitable than the stereo business," the seller earnestly explained. "How many can you use? One, two a day?"

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