History Film / OfficeSpace

20th Sep '16 6:06:21 PM NondescriptLarva
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Then Peter gets [[HypnoFool de-stressed by a dose of hypnotherapy]] and stops caring about his job. Soon after that, some outside consultants interview him, trying to find people to lay off. Instead of puffing up his importance, Peter tells them exactly how the bloated bureaucracy of the company stops him from ever doing anything. The consultants, of course, take this as [[SeeminglyProfoundFool sheer brilliance]]. Peter is fast-tracked for a promotion, but also discovers that two of his only friends, Michael and Samir, are going to be getting the axe. When he shares the news, the three decide to do the only logical thing -- [[DisproportionateRetribution rob]] [[InsideJob the company]].

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Then Peter gets [[HypnoFool de-stressed by a dose of hypnotherapy]] and stops caring about his job.job -- not that he wants to quit, or feels that he should stop showing up; he just doesnt' ''care''. Soon after that, some outside consultants interview him, trying to find people to lay off. Instead of puffing up his importance, Peter tells them exactly how the bloated bureaucracy of the company stops him from ever doing anything. The consultants, of course, take this as [[SeeminglyProfoundFool sheer brilliance]]. Peter is fast-tracked for a promotion, but also discovers that two of his only friends, Michael and Samir, are going to be getting the axe. When he shares the news, the three decide to do the only logical thing -- [[DisproportionateRetribution rob]] [[InsideJob the company]].
30th Aug '16 7:21:59 AM speedyboris
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* NoSympathy: When Peter describes to the psychiatrist how every new day feels like the worst day of his life, the psychiatrist replies, "Wow, that's messed up."
27th Aug '16 7:02:17 AM KingLyger
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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Of a curious variety. During his interview with the Bobs, Peter is not only completely relaxed and casual (whereas everyone else has been understandably tense), but is utterly open about his shortcomings and completely candid about how much he slacks off. This total change of pace in comparison to his fellow employees (who, again, have all been tense and just giving excuses to try and save their jobs), and his completely candid, realistic interpretation of his role in the company, surprises and intrigues the Bobs so much, that it leads to the interview becoming more a question of why Peter (and other employees like him) might not be motivated to do anything productive in the first place, rather than slating him to be laid off.
* OnlySaneEmployee: Michael, Samir, and Peter, arguably.

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Of a curious variety. During his interview with the Bobs, Peter is not only completely relaxed and casual (whereas everyone else has been understandably tense), but is utterly open about his shortcomings and completely candid about how much he slacks off. This total change of pace in comparison to his fellow employees (who, again, have all been tense and just giving excuses to try and save their jobs), and employees, along with his completely candid, realistic interpretation of his role in the company, surprises and intrigues the Bobs so much, that it Bobs. It even leads to the interview becoming more a question questions of why Peter (and and other employees like him) him might not be motivated to do anything productive in the first place, rather than slating him to be laid off.
* OnlySaneEmployee: Michael, Samir, and Peter, arguably.Peter all know more about how to be productive than their bosses do, and get constantly frustrated by all the bureaucracy and politics.



* PeaceAndLoveIncorporated: Initech.

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* PeaceAndLoveIncorporated: Initech.Initech portrays itself this way, but the inner working show it's not so rosy.



* PissTakeRap: "Back up in your ass...with the...resurrection..."

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* PissTakeRap: "Back up in your ass...with the... resurrection..."



* RantInducingSlight: I mean, Milton ''really'' loves that stapler.
** Also, getting his desk moved to Storage B and being asked to take care of the cockroach problem down there. "Well okay. That's the last straw."

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* RantInducingSlight: I mean, RantInducingSlight: Milton ''really'' loves that stapler.
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stapler. Also, getting his desk moved to Storage B and being asked to take care of the cockroach problem down there. "Well okay. That's the last straw."



* RefugeInAudacity: Do you really think Peter would have kept his job if he'd been less over-the-top?

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* RefugeInAudacity: Do Peter's candid "I don't give a damn if you really think Peter would have kept fire me" attitude straight to the faces of the people who could cost him his job if job. If he'd been less over-the-top?over-the-top, Peter could have been canned on the spot.



* SeriousBusiness: Apparently pieces of flair are.

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* SeriousBusiness: Apparently Apparently, pieces of flair are.are to the manager of a KitschyThemedRestaurant.



* StrawmanHasAPoint: As much of a soulless, corrupt bully as Lumbergh is, when it comes to his treatment of Peter, he kind of has a point. Peter admits to the Bobs that he always shows up late, zones out at his desk, goofs off, and rarely ever gets any actual work done. Given how production-oriented being a software engineer is, this likely means his co-workers have been forced to pick up the slack.
* StuffBlowingUp: [[spoiler:Told you he loves that stapler ]]
* StupidBoss: Where to begin ?

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* StrawmanHasAPoint: As [[invoked]]As much of a soulless, corrupt bully as Lumbergh is, when it comes to his treatment of Peter, he kind of has a point. Peter admits to the Bobs that he always shows up late, zones out at his desk, goofs off, and rarely ever gets any actual work done. Given how production-oriented being a software engineer is, this likely means his co-workers have been forced to pick up the slack.
* StuffBlowingUp: [[spoiler:Told [[spoiler:Milton told you he loves that stapler ]]
stapler. When Lumbergh doesn't listen, he burns down the building, just like he said he would.]]
* StupidBoss: Where The Bobs don't do their jobs very well. Despite being "efficiency experts," they fire productive employees and keep lazy ones. It's also stated that the employees have been forced to begin ?work overtime just to meet their deadlines; if Initech really was efficient, the employees wouldn't need to do overtime.



* ThatSatisfyingCrunch
* TruthInTelevision: This movie is an extremely accurate portrayal of what it's like to work in a cubicle farm. Ask people you know who do this kind of work if they've seen anyone who looks, dresses, and talks exactly like Lumbergh. You'll get a lot of yes's.
** It's also specifically accurate in the disconnects between management and actual employees, with jobs security determined by matters other than competence at the job, layoffs in the name of efficiency actually costing efficiency, and manipulative methods to try to drive employees to quit rather than be laid off.

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* ThatSatisfyingCrunch
ThatSatisfyingCrunch: When the office equipment gets destroyed.
* TruthInTelevision: This movie is an extremely accurate portrayal of what it's like to work in a cubicle farm. Ask people you know who do this kind of work if they've seen anyone who looks, dresses, and talks exactly like Lumbergh. You'll get hear "yes" quite a lot of yes's.
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** It's also specifically accurate in the disconnects between management and actual employees, with jobs employees. Job security is determined by matters other than competence at the job, layoffs in the name of efficiency actually costing cost efficiency, and the bosses use manipulative methods to try to drive employees to quit rather than be laid off.firing them.



* WhatExactlyIsHisJob: "What exactly would you say... you do here?". Tom's interview with the Bobs does not go well.
** And of course they find out that Milton doesn't even have a job at Initech.

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* WhatExactlyIsHisJob: "What exactly would you say... you do here?". here?" Tom's interview with the Bobs does not go well.
** And of course they find out that Milton doesn't even have a job at Initech. Though Milton didn't know that.



* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: For more experienced viewers, you'll be able to spot all the Texas references peppered throughout- Lawrence mentions he's working on a new [=McDonalds=] in the real town of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Colinas Las Colinas]], Lawrence's boat has Texas registration, and when Peter and Joanna discuss watching ''Series/KungFu'', they reference "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KXTX-TV channel 39]]", which did show a lot of Westerns back in the day (it's currently a Telemundo O&O). However, outside of that, casual viewers wouldn't know, as they don't make any explicit locational references, likely because it's unimportant to the story (but it's implied to be in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex), and all the license plates seen on cars are generic ones with US flags on them. (They mainly filmed in Austin and Dallas, as a matter of fact.)

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Averted, but only by a few subtle on-screen cues. Initech is implied to be in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. For more experienced viewers, you'll be able to spot all the Texas references peppered throughout- Lawrence mentions he's working on a new [=McDonalds=] in the real town of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Colinas Las Colinas]], Lawrence's boat has Texas registration, and when Peter and Joanna discuss watching ''Series/KungFu'', they reference "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KXTX-TV channel 39]]", which did show a lot of Westerns back in the day (it's currently a Telemundo O&O). However, outside day. Outside of that, casual viewers wouldn't know, as they don't make any explicit locational references, likely because it's unimportant to the story (but it's implied to be in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex), story, and all the license plates seen on cars are generic ones with US flags on them. (They mainly filmed in Austin and Dallas, as a matter of fact.)them.



* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Well, [[spoiler:office buildings]] at least.
** [[spoiler:And resort buildings too.]]

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Well, [[spoiler:office buildings]] [[spoiler:Office buildings, at least.
** [[spoiler:And
least. And resort buildings too.]]
27th Aug '16 6:39:02 AM KingLyger
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* ForgettableCharacter: Milton is a mousy office drone who is so inconspicuous that several years before the movie he was actually fired from the company, and everybody forgot to tell him about it. He continued to work there with no employment file because a glitch in the payroll system continued to send him a montly salary, which nobody noticed either.

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* ForgettableCharacter: Milton is a mousy office drone who is so inconspicuous that several years before the movie he was actually fired from the company, and everybody forgot to tell him about it. He continued to work there with no employment file because a glitch in the payroll system continued to send him a montly salary, which nobody noticed either. [[spoiler:Well, Lumbergh noticed; he just didn't bother to tell Milton because he wanted to screw with him. Lumbergh finally gets what's coming to him, though.]]



%%* FunnyForeigner: Samir.

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%%* * FunnyForeigner: Samir.Samir not knowing how to properly curse in English is played for laughs throughout the film.



* GoneHorriblyRight: "Well, technically, it ''did'' work." Instead of siphoning off undetectably small percentages of Initech's money transfers-- fractions of a penny-- into the protagonists' bank account, Michael's virus is off by a decimal place, dumping amounts sure to be noticed.

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* GoneHorriblyRight: "Well, technically, it ''did'' work." Instead of siphoning off undetectably undetectable, small percentages of Initech's money transfers-- fractions of a penny-- transfers into the protagonists' bank account, accounts, Michael's virus is off by a decimal place, dumping amounts sure to be noticed.



** Joanna's boss at Chotchkie's wants her to "express herself" by wearing more flair to conform to the restaurant's motif.

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** Joanna's boss at Chotchkie's wants her to "express herself" by wearing more flair to conform to the restaurant's motif. [[FlippingTheBird She then promptly expresses herself]].



%%* HypnoFool: Peter.

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%%* * HypnoFool: Peter.Peter goes from a giant ball of stress to a carefree worker thanks to a hypnotic trance. It lasts far longer than it should have because the hypnotherapist who employed it died before he could bring Peter out of the trance. The effect eventually goes away on its own, though.



** Peter suspects his girlfriend Anne is cheating on him. When Peter hung up on her, she calls and tells him he embarrassed her for just sitting there while the psychiatrist is on the floor [[spoiler: as a result of being hypnotized]], she called again, more pissed off, and tells him he's a real loser and broke up with him. She ends her call saying she was cheating on him. Of course, at that point Peter, [[spoiler: still hypnotized]], doesn't give a damn.

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** Peter suspects his girlfriend Anne is cheating on him. When Peter hung up on her, she calls and tells him he embarrassed her for just sitting there while the psychiatrist is on the floor [[spoiler: as a result of being hypnotized]], she hypnotized. She called again, more pissed off, and tells him he's a real loser and broke up with him. She ends her call saying she was cheating on him. Of course, at that point Peter, [[spoiler: still hypnotized]], hypnotized, doesn't give a damn.



* IncompetenceInc: This might be missed by a lot of people since the movie referred to it as the "Year 2000 Problem," which is what it was called in computing circles before the Media got their hands on it. The movie was filmed in June of 1998 - a few months before [=Y2K=] hit mainstream consciousness and became a media buzzword. By the time it was released in early 1999, [=Y2K=] was a media sensation. But still referring to it as the "Year 2000 Problem" probably worked all the more in the movie's favor, since it made Peter's job sound all the more boring.\\
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All of that said, Initech is still clearly badly run, with redundant bosses and paperwork, efficiency "experts" who promote lazy employees and sack diligent ones, supervisors who take time out of their day to torment employees, and no security worth any notice.

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* IncompetenceInc: This might be missed by a lot of people since the movie referred to it as the "Year "[[MillenniumBug Year 2000 Problem," Problem]]," which is what it was called in computing circles before the Media media got their hands on it. The movie was filmed in June of 1998 - 1998, a few months before [=Y2K=] hit mainstream consciousness and became a media buzzword. By the time it was released in early 1999, [=Y2K=] was a media sensation. But still referring to it as the "Year 2000 Problem" probably worked all the more in the movie's favor, since it made Peter's job sound all the more boring.\\
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All of that said, Initech is still clearly badly run, with redundant bosses and paperwork, efficiency "experts" who promote lazy employees and sack diligent ones, supervisors who take time out of their day to torment employees, and no security worth any notice.



* JerkassHasAPoint: As much of a soulless, corrupt bully as Lumbergh is, when it comes to his treatment of Peter, he kind of has a point. Peter admits to the Bobs that he always shows up late, zones out at his desk, goofs off, and rarely ever gets any actual work done. Given how production-oriented being a software engineer is, this likely means his co-workers have been forced to pick up the slack.
** On the other hand, given that ''they'' are the ones who get fired from Initech and Lumbergh doesn't appear to be making a particularly big stink about it, it's entirely possible that he didn't realize or figure out this important possibility.
** On the OTHER other hand, Lumbergh did want to fire Peter (possibly because he insulted him, but still) it was the Bob's who wanted to promote Peter and fire Michael and Samir.



** Lumbergh seemingly gets off, too. While it's easy to think of him as simply a JerkAss, he's still partly responsible for Initech losing the better part of a million dollars, even aside from the arson almost certainly starting in his office. Considering how loathed he was, his ultimate fate should have been of some interest.

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** Lumbergh seemingly gets off, too. While it's easy to think of him as simply a JerkAss, he's still partly responsible for Initech losing the better part of a million dollars, even aside from the arson almost certainly starting in his office. Considering how loathed he was, his ultimate fate should have been of some interest. There is a scene that shows what happened to him, but it was cut.



* MaddenIntoMisanthropy

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* MaddenIntoMisanthropyMaddenIntoMisanthropy: Peter gets so fed up with his job that he stops caring. When it still doesn't end, he decides that he's in the moral right even as he plans to steal money from Initech.



* MillenniumBug: Initech's main project is fixing the Year 2000 Problem. The benign depiction -- just a date code error that needs correcting -- is possibly the most realistic in fiction (though certain applications could have dangerous consequences if incorrect data was entered). Peter uses it as a justification for the scheme: the company will be so busy with the problem that they wouldn't notice the money missing.

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* MillenniumBug: Initech's main project is fixing the Year "Year 2000 Problem. Problem." The benign depiction -- just a date code error that needs correcting -- is possibly the most realistic in fiction (though fiction. Though certain applications could have dangerous consequences if incorrect data was entered). entered, it mostly involved a lot of boring software upgrades, and wasn't nearly as apocalyptic as media hype made it sound. Peter uses it as a justification for the scheme: the company will be so busy with the problem that they wouldn't notice the money missing.that goesmissing.


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* StrawmanHasAPoint: As much of a soulless, corrupt bully as Lumbergh is, when it comes to his treatment of Peter, he kind of has a point. Peter admits to the Bobs that he always shows up late, zones out at his desk, goofs off, and rarely ever gets any actual work done. Given how production-oriented being a software engineer is, this likely means his co-workers have been forced to pick up the slack.
22nd Aug '16 6:42:42 AM themisterfree
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* TheArtifact: A few from earlier versions of the script: When Peter gets back to his apartment, he's wearing workout clothes, a t-shirt and shorts; this was a remnant of a scene where he went jogging with Anne. And look closely in the Initech parking lot, there's a red car in the space next to Lumbergh's; that was supposed to be Dom Portwood's car, as he was supposed to drive up next to him.



* CreatorCameo: An uncredited Mike Judge plays Joanna's passive-aggressive boss.

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* CreatorCameo: An uncredited Mike Judge plays Joanna's passive-aggressive boss.boss- noticably, when he tells Joanna they need to talk about her fliar, he sounds almost exactly like [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill Hank Hill]].



* FourEyesZeroSoul: Played straight with Lumbergh, averted for Michael and Tom.



* InsideJob: Peter recruits two of his coworkers in a scheme to electronically rob Initech, their employer.

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* InsideJob: Peter recruits two of his coworkers Michael and Samir in a scheme to electronically rob Initech, their employer.Initech.
* InsufferableGenius: In a FreezeFrameBonus, according to Lumbergh's employee records, he has a [[StealthPun BS]] in Physics from MIT.
22nd Aug '16 6:36:37 AM themisterfree
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Austin, Texas for what's implied to be a suburb of Dallas; see WhereTheHellIsSpringfield.



* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: For more experienced viewers, you'll be able to spot all the Texas references peppered throughout- Lawrence mentions he's working on a new [=McDonalds=] in the real town of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Colinas Las Colinas]], Lawrence's boat has Texas registration, and when Peter and Joanna discuss watching ''Series/KungFu'', they reference "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KXTX-TV channel 39]]", which did show a lot of Westerns back in the day (it's currently a Telemundo O&O). However, outside of that, casual viewers wouldn't know, as they don't make any explicit locational references, likely because it's unimportant to the story (but it's implied to be in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex), and all the license plates seen on cars are generic ones with US flags on them.

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: For more experienced viewers, you'll be able to spot all the Texas references peppered throughout- Lawrence mentions he's working on a new [=McDonalds=] in the real town of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Colinas Las Colinas]], Lawrence's boat has Texas registration, and when Peter and Joanna discuss watching ''Series/KungFu'', they reference "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KXTX-TV channel 39]]", which did show a lot of Westerns back in the day (it's currently a Telemundo O&O). However, outside of that, casual viewers wouldn't know, as they don't make any explicit locational references, likely because it's unimportant to the story (but it's implied to be in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex), and all the license plates seen on cars are generic ones with US flags on them. (They mainly filmed in Austin and Dallas, as a matter of fact.)



* YourCheatingHeart: Peter's girlfriend. Peter suspects it already, Michael and Lawrence agree with his suspicions, and after Peter stops caring about anything, she dumps him and admits that she's been cheating on him, not that he even cares anymore.

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* YourCheatingHeart: Peter's girlfriend.girlfriend, Anne. Peter suspects it already, Michael and Lawrence agree with his suspicions, and after Peter stops caring about anything, she dumps him and admits that she's been cheating on him, not that he even cares anymore.
22nd Aug '16 6:34:56 AM themisterfree
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Austin, Texas for what's implied to be a suburb of Dallas; see WhereTheHellIsSpringfield.


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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: For more experienced viewers, you'll be able to spot all the Texas references peppered throughout- Lawrence mentions he's working on a new [=McDonalds=] in the real town of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Colinas Las Colinas]], Lawrence's boat has Texas registration, and when Peter and Joanna discuss watching ''Series/KungFu'', they reference "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KXTX-TV channel 39]]", which did show a lot of Westerns back in the day (it's currently a Telemundo O&O). However, outside of that, casual viewers wouldn't know, as they don't make any explicit locational references, likely because it's unimportant to the story (but it's implied to be in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex), and all the license plates seen on cars are generic ones with US flags on them.
22nd Aug '16 6:25:59 AM themisterfree
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** The ATM probably didn't survive the fire, since it was Initech-operated; so any photos it did take of Peter were likely destroyed.
16th Aug '16 9:26:00 AM Demetrios
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* InherentlyFunnyWords: Michael thinks "occupational hypnotherapist" sounds more cheesy than professional.
18th Jul '16 1:40:17 PM MacedonianKing
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** On the OTHER other hand, Lumbergh did want to fire Peter (possibly because he insulted him, but still) it was the Bob's who wanted to promote Peter and fire Michael and Samir.
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