I understand. Maine is extremely rural and poor, and we have no shortage of pawn shops, rent-to-own shops etc. Still, I had never seen a title-pawn shop until I got down south, and found tons of them around military bases. The two documents that I linked above (both from government sources) indicate that the military is concerned about the effects of predatory lending practices on security and military readiness. Not good.Title- and paycheck-loan shops are ubiquitous here in South Carolina, including my small rural city which is 60+ miles from the nearest military base (Fort Jackson outside Columbia). Like most other rural towns in SC, we have a lot of people who live from paycheck to paycheck and sometimes come up short. The local TV stations run lots of commercials for these companies, especially late at night (e.g. the reruns of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" which I automatically record at 2 AM to watch the next day).