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16th Sep '17 9:16:41 PM Linda58
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** Garak seems to like this tactic. Later on, he, Odo, Kira, and [[spoiler:Damar with some other Cardassian resistance members]] play the same trick on some other Jem'Hadar. Odo asks to 'inspect' a plasma rifle and Garak proceeds to 'test' it.

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** Garak seems to like this tactic. Later on, he, Odo, Kira, and [[spoiler:Damar with some other Cardassian resistance members]] play the same trick on some other Jem'Hadar. Odo (impersonating the Female Changeling) asks to 'inspect' a plasma rifle and Garak proceeds to 'test' it.it. It helps when the people you fool revere you as a God.


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* In ''Seruies/{{Haven}}'', Duke and Nathan are at one point sent back in time, well before either of them have been born. When a man who has important information is arrested, Nathan (a cop in the present) simply makes sure his badge is showing and goes into the station and walks him out. Anyone who saw him assumed he was simply on police business, and didn't question him. Done a again a few seconds later, when Nathan shows the man is guard tattoo (apparently a form of TrustPassword) to get his cooperation.
3rd Sep '17 6:07:07 AM Hjortron18
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* A [[http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/09/us/minnesota-burger-king-prank/index.html prank caller]] dials up several fast food restaurants and convinces the employees there to smash out their restaurant's windows by pretending to be a fire department official who's been alerted to a dangerous gas leak at the restaurant that will result in an explosion if they the building isn't depressurized by smashing out the windows.

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* A [[http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/09/us/minnesota-burger-king-prank/index.html prank caller]] dials up several fast food restaurants and convinces the employees there to smash out their restaurant's windows by pretending to be a fire department official who's been alerted to a dangerous gas leak at the restaurant that will result in an explosion if they the building isn't depressurized by smashing out the windows.
30th Aug '17 10:22:33 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', one of the missions requires Shepard to sneak into restricted areas of the Citadel. When s/he gets caught, one of the Renegade interrupts has him/her start yelling about how there is a bomb in the area that's about to explode...[[CrowningMomentOfFunny and the guy believes him/her]]. Even Shepard laughs at how easily it worked.

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* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', one of the missions ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'':
** Thane's loyalty mission
requires Shepard to sneak into a restricted areas area of the Citadel. When s/he gets caught, one of the Renegade interrupts has him/her start yelling about how there is a bomb in the area that's about to explode...[[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[Funny/MassEffect2 and the guy believes him/her]]. Even Shepard laughs at how easily it worked.



*** Then the Paragon Shepard uses the ''exact'' [[NotSoAboveItAll same "I can't believe that worked" line]] as the Renegade Shep.
29th Aug '17 11:18:14 AM DPsycho
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* Gatecrashing the Obama White House has [[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34690470/ns/politics?GT1=43001 become something of a hobby of tourists lately]]. The Secret Service has admitted the wrong people no fewer than three times in the past three months.
** Quite creepy considering that Obama is getting three times more assassination threats than George W. Bush.

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* Gatecrashing the Obama White House has had [[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34690470/ns/politics?GT1=43001 become something of a hobby of tourists lately]]. tourists]]. The Secret Service has had admitted the wrong people no fewer than three times in the past a three months.
month period.
** Quite creepy considering that Obama is was getting three times more assassination threats than George W. Bush.
27th Aug '17 3:07:01 PM eldiablo555
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* ''Film/WhatsTheWorstThatCouldHappen?'' features several of these by professional thief Kevin Caffrey in his attempt to steal his girlfriend's ring back from media tycoon billionaire Max Fairbanks. The two most notable include Kevin and his partner sneaking into Max's private penthouse suite by posing as an Arabian prince; and in the climax a literal example when Kevin's crew starts a phony fire allowing Kevin, disguised as a firefighter, to run right up to Max and steal the ring.

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* ''Film/WhatsTheWorstThatCouldHappen?'' features several of these by professional thief Kevin Caffrey in his attempt to steal his girlfriend's ring back from media tycoon billionaire Max Fairbanks. The two most notable include Kevin and his partner sneaking into Max's private penthouse suite by posing as an Arabian prince; prince (with a ''Holiday Inn'' towel around his head); and in the climax a literal example when Kevin's crew starts a phony fire allowing Kevin, disguised as a firefighter, to run right up to Max and steal the ring.
16th Aug '17 12:34:15 PM eldiablo555
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* ''Film/WhatsTheWorstThatCouldHappen?'' features several of these by professional thief Kevin Caffrey in his attempt to steal his girlfriend's ring back from media tycoon billionaire Max Fairbanks. The two most notable include Kevin and his partner sneaking into Max's private penthouse suite by posing as an Arabian prince; and in the climax a literal example when Kevin's crew starts a phony fire allowing Kevin, disguised as a firefighter, to run right up to Max and steal the ring.
1st Aug '17 1:02:09 PM eldiablo555
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* In one story arc of ''ComicStrip/{{Nodwick}}'' Artax receives a distress call from another wizard who says she is under attack. Their attempts to enter her castle are rebuffed until Nodwick tells the guard that they are maintenance contractors there to fix the moat at which point they let in without question.
--> '''Nodwick:''' The Thieves' guild would be unstoppable if they invested in blue coveralls with the name "Al" embroidered on them.
1st Aug '17 11:30:32 AM eldiablo555
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Hoodwinked}}'' this is how The Wolf is able to infiltrate the villain's lair by pretending to be a building inspector for evil geniuses to make sure everything is up to code, he even has the complete disguise of button-up shirt, tie, hard-hat, glasses and clipboard.
22nd Jul '17 8:08:27 AM Conradus
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** Miles very much gets this from his mother. ''The Vorkosigan Saga'' starts off before Miles is born with ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'', featuring Miles' mom-to-be Cordelia Naismith, who, over the course of the novel, escapes from some government goons and then flim-flams her way past a couple of tabloid journalists and a spaceport ticket clerk, culminating in fast-talking[[note]]"I'm on a secret mission for the President."[[/note]] a young space freighter pilot into giving her an entirely-unauthorized ride offplanet...all while wearing (presumably fuzzy) slippers. This some time after she'd already almost singlehandedly quelled a mutiny on a Barrayaran military ship, despite being ''a prisoner on the ship at the time''.

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** Miles very much gets this from his mother. ''The Vorkosigan Saga'' starts off before Miles is born with ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'', featuring Miles' mom-to-be Cordelia Naismith, who, over the course of the novel, escapes from some government goons and then flim-flams her way past a couple of tabloid journalists and a spaceport ticket clerk, culminating in fast-talking[[note]]"I'm on a secret mission for the President."[[/note]] a young space freighter pilot (in fact, the ''same'' freighter pilot Miles would help almost twenty years later) into giving her an entirely-unauthorized ride offplanet...all while wearing (presumably fuzzy) slippers. This some time after she'd already almost singlehandedly quelled a mutiny on a Barrayaran military ship, despite being ''a prisoner on the ship at the time''.
12th Jul '17 1:08:46 PM Linda58
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** This also backfired when he needed the security camera tapes of a simple construction company and a woman there was instantly suspicious of him, asking who he worked for and immediately phoning to check. Mike barely gets out ahead of security. This is one of the show's themes: no matter how good a spy you are, you're just as vulnerable as anyone else.

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** This was also backfired zigzagged to hell and back when he needed the security camera tapes of a simple construction company and a company. A woman there was instantly suspicious of him, asking who he worked for and immediately phoning to check. Aware trying to stop her would blow his cover, Mike barely encourages her to do so... and then she makes the mistake of handing him the phone. He then acts as if everything is fine and gets the information he needs, all while the man on the phone is screaming at him to stop. Aware he's out ahead of security.time, he causes a distraction and runs. Played straight with him running, as he notes that people run (or at least jog) out of offices all the time, as long as the look on your face says "I'm in a hurry" (presumably as opposed to a guilty look) you can get out just fine. The man he had been talking to manages to tell the woman he's imposter and she calls for security to stop him just ''after'' he gets away. This is one of the show's themes: no matter how good a spy you are, you're just as vulnerable as anyone else.
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