The Old Man, also known as Richard Benjamin Harrison or the “Appraiser,” was the winner of most disliked character, earning 24.96% of responses. Richard Harrison was the co-owner of the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop and died from Parkinson’s Disease in 2018.
Though respondents were not able to explain why The Old Man was their least favorite cast member, one potential reason might have been his gruff personality. As detailed in Looper, Rick Harrison described one memory in which his father went so far as to punch him during an argument.
“Old enough to talk to me like a man, old enough to get your a** beat like one,” The Old Man said during the scuffle. Though the recollection may be shocking for many, Rick had no hard feelings and maintained that it was one of the “greatest life lessons he ever gave me.”
In addition, The Old Man’s personal life was not without controversy. According to another Looper article, The Old Man decided “with full knowledge” to leave his son Christopher out of his will. While estate matters are private affairs, it is possible that it nevertheless negatively affected his image.