The night is dark, the street deserted… a scraggly looking guy stumbles around the corner into the local pawn shop. Other tough looking characters loiter around the entrance using rough language as the man passes by looking to get some quick cash with a television he just stole. Is this the scene that comes to mind when you think about pawn shops? If so, you may be watching a little too much TV!
Due to the stereotypes that Hollywood has given to pawn shops, many people have a distorted view of what a pawn shop actually is, how it runs and who utilizes them. In reality, the clientele of a pawn shop tends to be very diverse. From the young to the old, the lower class to the middle, more and more individuals are turning to pawn shops for a quick loan.
Pawn shops see all kinds of people come and go. In this trying economy as more and more businesses are failing, individuals that are in the middle to upper class are finding themselves without money to make their mortgage. It is not unusual to see higher end vehicles being pawned to ensure that the house payment can be made. Another group that utilizes pawn shops are students. They receive their grant money and use it to buy a laptop, iPad or some other school related electronic. They then turn around and pawn the iPad for instant cash and use the money for other things.
Another misconception about pawn shops is that all the merchandise is stolen goods. Pawn shops actually help to catch those individuals who are thieves. They are often the reason that people get caught. When someone pawns an item, they must sign a form and get their thumbprint taken. They must do this again when they return to claim their item. This ensures that only the person who pawned the item can get it back. Due to the diligence of pawn shops and their reporting system, it actually helps people to locate an item that has been stolen.
Don’t let Hollywood fool you into thinking that pawn shops are dark and seedy places. The times are changing as is the economy. It is not always easy to make ends meet and sometimes you just need a little help. It is comforting to know that you have a place to go when in a bind.
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To fulfill this, we aim to adhere as strictly as possible to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) at the AA level. These guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with a wide array of disabilities. Complying with those guidelines helps us ensure that the website is accessible to all people: blind people, people with motor impairments, visual impairment, cognitive disabilities, and more.
This website utilizes various technologies that are meant to make it as accessible as possible at all times. We utilize an accessibility interface that allows persons with specific disabilities to adjust the website’s UI (user interface) and design it to their personal needs.
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Our website implements the ARIA attributes (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) technique, alongside various different behavioral changes, to ensure blind users visiting with screen-readers are able to read, comprehend, and enjoy the website’s functions. As soon as a user with a screen-reader enters your site, they immediately receive a prompt to enter the Screen-Reader Profile so they can browse and operate your site effectively. Here’s how our website covers some of the most important screen-reader requirements, alongside console screenshots of code examples:
Screen-reader optimization: we run a background process that learns the website’s components from top to bottom, to ensure ongoing compliance even when updating the website. In this process, we provide screen-readers with meaningful data using the ARIA set of attributes. For example, we provide accurate form labels; descriptions for actionable icons (social media icons, search icons, cart icons, etc.); validation guidance for form inputs; element roles such as buttons, menus, modal dialogues (popups), and others. Additionally, the background process scans all of the website’s images and provides an accurate and meaningful image-object-recognition-based description as an ALT (alternate text) tag for images that are not described. It will also extract texts that are embedded within the image, using an OCR (optical character recognition) technology. To turn on screen-reader adjustments at any time, users need only to press the Alt+1 keyboard combination. Screen-reader users also get automatic announcements to turn the Screen-reader mode on as soon as they enter the website.
These adjustments are compatible with all popular screen readers, including JAWS and NVDA.
Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.
We aim to support the widest array of browsers and assistive technologies as possible, so our users can choose the best fitting tools for them, with as few limitations as possible. Therefore, we have worked very hard to be able to support all major systems that comprise over 95% of the user market share including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge, JAWS and NVDA (screen readers), both for Windows and for MAC users.
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