‘Pawn Stars’: Rick Harrison Speaks on Worker Shortage in the U.S.

by Samantha Whidden
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Earlier this summer, Pawn StarsRick Harrison shared his opinion about the worker shortage that is currently happening all over the U.S.

During his interview with Kitco News, the Pawn Stars star stated, “I was talking to a person yesterday, he has 12 fast-food restaurants here in Southern California. He’s closing two of them, not because he’s not making money, but because he can’t get an employee.”

Harrison has been on the hit History Channel series Pawn Stars since July 2009. The show now has a total of 17 seasons and 577 episodes. The series follows Harrison at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop.

The shop is located in Las Vegas. Harrison’s son Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison and Corey’s childhood friend, Austin “Chumlee” Russell run the shop alongside Harrison. 

‘Pawn Stars’ Harrison Talks ‘Most Important Lessons’ His Father Taught Him 

During a 2020 interview with Fox News, Rick Harrison opened up about the most important lessons that his father Richard Benjamin Harrison, referred to as the Old Man, taught him. He recalled when he was 16-years-old and trying to act all told to his father.

“[I] told him, ‘F you.’ He punched me in the face,” Harrison stated. While he was laying on the ground, Harrison’s father said, “[If you’re] old enough to talk to me like a man, [you are] old enough to get your a— beat like one.”

Although it was a hard lesson to endure, the Pawn Stars star stated that his father really changed his perspective on life and how words have meaning.

“That was one of the greatest life lessons he ever gave me,” Harrison explained. “He was just an amazing individual.”

The Pawn Stars star went on to share his father also taught him that no matter what, everyone has to always care for their kids and their family. “If you have kids, you’re a father for life,” he went on to add. “He was an old school kind of guy that I think we need more of.”

Harrison lost his father, who appeared on Pawn Stars and was co-owner of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. His father opened the shop in 1989. His father died in 2018 after a battle with Parkinson’s Disease. 

How Long Is Harrison Planning to Stay on ‘Pawn Stars’ 

Also during his interview with Fox News, Harrison revealed how long is planning to stay on Pawn Stars, Harrison said as long as it’s fun and he’s still having a blast. “One of the greatest things about my show is that it continues to be interesting. It continues to surprise me.”

Harrison then says that he still finds some cool stuff during Pawn Stars, including an 1890s personal printing press and a Viking bracelet.

“I’ve dealt with coins that are 3,000 years old and then lunch boxes from the ‘70s. It continues to be fun for me.”