Rick Harrison may be a tough-nose negotiator on Pawn Stars, but when it comes to his fans he’s got a big soft spot.
Evidence of that showed up this week on Reddit, where user MrsLeslie posted a note Harrison had sent in reply to her autistic son. The boy was a huge fans of Pawn Stars, so his mom encouraged him to send them a letter and see if they might send something back.
“LittleJ is a huge fan of ‘Pawn Stars,’ and he talks about the show incessantly,” she wrote. “I encouraged him to write them a letter, which he did, and he offered to sell his Gameboy to them for $30. I added a cover letter describing J and his autism — and although I told them that I didn’t expect them to actually buy his Gameboy, I did ask if they could at least reply.”
They got a lot more than that.
After receiving the letter, Rick Harrison decided to cut the boy a great deal, sending a check for $30 for the Gameboy. But his reply was even more heartwarming.
“I’m donating the Gameboy back to you for being such a loyal viewer, so keep enjoying it and think about us when you play it,” Harrison wrote.
He added another message of encouragement for the boy.
“You have a wonderful Mom who loves you very much,” he wrote. “Always pay attention to what she tells you. You stay healthy and enjoy the New Year.”
Harrison may have let a bit of his fatherly side shine through. He has three sons and three daughters, and just this summer got married to Deanna Burditt.
The entire Rick Harrison letter can be seen via Reddit.