Rolls Royce Rings, Gold Teeth, And Other Financial Investments

Dan Lebo works in Chicago’s rough West side helping run the family business – a pawn shop.

From women seeking cash for their kids’ school supplies to sons pawning valuables stolen from fathers, day after day Lebo experiences a unique window into people’s lives – all over the exchange of money.

Dan Lebo, photo by Jason Reblando

A version of this story aired on This American Life as part of the episode “Getting and Spending.”