The ruthlessness of loan sharks is accepted as an unquestioned fact of criminal lore, just ask Brian Griffin, so it should be a foregone conclusion that if you “borrow” a couple of thousand dollars from a loan shark and you don’t pay it back, you’re going to be in some serious trouble. But an effort is appreciated right? I mean, the best you can hope for is maybe getting a broken leg and more time. Whatever you do though, don’t try to pay off your loan shark with Star Wars figures. The transitive economic value of Star Wars toys doesn’t extend to the criminal underworld, and in 2010, one poor soul found that out the hard way.

The story came back into the news the other day when Pablo Christian Larumbe Rojas, 34, who was arrested in Contra Costa County, California, was finally deported back to Mexico to face charges of kidnapping and murder coming from the September 2010 disappearance of Carlos Palomares Maldonado. According to SFGate, officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Maldonado “purportedly owed the suspect’s criminal confederates roughly $3,000,” and tried to settle the debt by “trading his extensive collection of Star Wars action figures, which were worth more than the amount he owed.”

“The so-called ‘force’ was definitely not with (the suspect) during his capture and subsequent removal to Mexico,” said Timothy Aitken, field office director for the immigration agency’s enforcement and removal operations in San Francisco. Rojas was picked up at an Antioch hotel back in February living under an assumed named. Many of his co-conspirators were previously arrested in Mexico after being found in possession of the body, and they all fingered Rojas, who came to the U.S. in 2011 on a visitor’s visa.

So the lesson of the day is that your Star Wars figure might be worth a lot to you, or the local hobby store, or the dealer at a convention, but hardened criminals are not going to impressed when asked to accept your Han Solo variants and the entire Jabba’s Palace playset over cold hard cash. Also, don’t borrow money from a loan shark.

Source: Nerd Approved

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