Store employee Jeffrey puts his hand on a gold and porcelain Buddha statue that the store had valued at S$38,888 ($34083) at a Cash Converters used goods store in Singapore August 30, 2013. Faced with... more 
Store employee Jeffrey puts his hand on a gold and porcelain Buddha statue that the store had valued at S$38,888 ($34083) at a Cash Converters used goods store in Singapore August 30, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken August 30, 2013. To go with ASIA-PAWNSHOPS REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS) less 
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Reuters | Photo By EDGAR SU / REUTERS
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 5:28 PM EDT