MTV's cash cow is getting ready to be put out to pasture. While we all will miss 'Jersey Shore,' imagine how it feels to be Danny Merk.
Merk is the owner of the Shore Store, where the cast "worked" - by worked, of course I mean occasionally showed up and and stood around. Not only did Merk serve as their boss, he also owned the house that the cast stayed at during their seasons in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
Merk talked recently with reporters and discussed his favorite memories of the cast.
"So much doesn’t get aired," Merk said. "Pauly [D DelVecchio] is hilarious, I gotta say. Girls come in, he tries to make everyone feel like he is a janitor sometimes, so he grabs the vacuum and he chases you around the store with the vacuum. I think that’s hilarious. He is like, ‘I don’t work here’ when they ask him for help. ‘I don’t work here, I’m just a janitor!’”
DJ Pauly D might have entertained the customers, but other cast members were funny in other ways said Merk.
“Ronnie [Ortiz-Magro] sneaking drinks in the back -- that’s always funny," he added. "And then he comes out and he’s just pressing things backwards. They work great, but they also goof around a lot. But everyone does.
“Ronnie and Pauly love doing the press, and Vinny [Guadagnino] likes to do a little of everything: he’ll do register, he’ll do the middle, he’ll do press, the floor, so those are my top. Deena [Cortese], Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino -- they have their moments,” he added.
Merk's selection as the top employee might surprise you.
“Mike is the most talented, I gotta say," Merk said "He can make the most sales if I give him some kind of incentive like, he can get out an hour early if he makes this many sales....But he doesn’t use his powers for good."
During Hurricane Sandy, Merk was in Miami protecting other stores he owns. The Shore Store was damaged during the hurricane suffering immense water damage.
“I feel like I’ve done all that work all my life, and I’ve got nothing,” said Merk. “I’m the same as some kid who’s done nothing; I might as well have sat at home and played video games. I am so back asswards, guys, it is hard to say. I am working to get everything back as fast as I can, but even if I get my store up and ready tomorrow, there is still no town – there is no hotels, no boardwalk, no other stores. The nightclubs are even down, everything’s messed up.”