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28th Apr '17 1:59:31 PM ironballs16
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* A story of a kid trying to do this with Steam on an online chat client (and winding up [[EpicFail losing his own account]]) [[http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/31/1655259 is recounted in this Slashdot article]].

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* A story of a kid trying to do this with Steam on an online chat client (and winding up [[EpicFail [[OutGambitted losing his own account]]) [[http://games.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/10/31/1655259 is recounted in this Slashdot article]].
23rd Apr '17 6:36:44 AM TheWildWestPyro
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* In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', Indy manages to get away with hurling a Gestapo officer out of a zeppelin by wearing a ticket taker's outfit and flatly telling all of the passengers, "No ticket." [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Everyone immediately pulls out their tickets and frantically wave them at him]].
** Earlier in the film, he attempts to bluff his way into the nazi-occupied castle by saying he's a scottish lord here to view the tapestries. He tries ordering the butler away with an irate and impatient attitude, but unfortunately the butler isn't buying it for a second, so Indy just has to knock him out.

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* In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', Indy manages to get away with beating up and hurling a Gestapo suspicious SS officer out of a zeppelin by wearing a ticket taker's outfit and flatly telling all of the passengers, "No ticket." ticket" in English, without bothering to mimic a German accent. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Everyone immediately pulls out their tickets and frantically wave them at him]].
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** Earlier in the film, he attempts to bluff his way into the nazi-occupied castle by saying he's a scottish Scottish lord here to view interested in viewing the tapestries. He tries ordering the butler away with an irate and impatient attitude, but unfortunately the butler isn't buying it for a second, so Indy just has to knock him out.
22nd Apr '17 12:50:09 AM aescula
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* [[WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain]] has an inversion of this as a staple.

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* [[WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain]] ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' has an inversion of this as a staple.
22nd Apr '17 12:49:18 AM aescula
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* [[WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain]] has an inversion of this as a staple.
-->'''Guard/Secretary/Whoever:''' Aren't you a little small for <insert fake job here>?
-->'''The Brain:''' Actually, we are genetically-altered lab mice bent on world domination.
-->'''Guard:''' *{{beat}}* *begins laughing* Oh you social types crack me up every time! Go on in.
21st Apr '17 3:44:36 AM ShadowFighter88
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* This is explained in detail in the ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' sourcebook, ''Cutting Aces'', though it's referred to as the ''Bolivian'' Fire Drill there.
18th Apr '17 5:31:04 PM nombretomado
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* Reed's close cousin Evergreen is well known among students and alumni for being lax about non-students being on campus as well. Through the late 1990's at least, a new, unregistered, or just plain bizarre student (chicken suit, real-life StrawberryShortcake, army uniform) could easily walk into many classrooms, sit down, and look like they belonged there, and many professors--if they even noticed--didn't bat an eye and went right on teaching. Sometimes for weeks. Whether this was because they [[WeirdnessCensor thought the student really did belong there]] or because they [[BystanderSyndrome just didn't bother kicking them out]] or questioning them is up for debate. Many dorms and other campus institutions had similar policies whereby a non-student could just walk in, give someone a line about forgetting their ID card, and get a free meal by looking like they belonged there. Possibly a campus-level case of WeirdnessCensor or even a miniature CityOfWeirdos.

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* Reed's close cousin Evergreen is well known among students and alumni for being lax about non-students being on campus as well. Through the late 1990's at least, a new, unregistered, or just plain bizarre student (chicken suit, real-life StrawberryShortcake, WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake, army uniform) could easily walk into many classrooms, sit down, and look like they belonged there, and many professors--if they even noticed--didn't bat an eye and went right on teaching. Sometimes for weeks. Whether this was because they [[WeirdnessCensor thought the student really did belong there]] or because they [[BystanderSyndrome just didn't bother kicking them out]] or questioning them is up for debate. Many dorms and other campus institutions had similar policies whereby a non-student could just walk in, give someone a line about forgetting their ID card, and get a free meal by looking like they belonged there. Possibly a campus-level case of WeirdnessCensor or even a miniature CityOfWeirdos.
18th Apr '17 1:08:12 PM adbrown
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* In ''Literature/DresdenFiles'', Harry is fond of this technique. In ''Literature/FoolMoon'', he turns it UpToEleven with a potion that makes the drinker virtually unnoticeable if he makes even the weakest attempt to look like he belongs.

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* In ''Literature/DresdenFiles'', Harry is fond of this technique. In ''Literature/FoolMoon'', he turns it UpToEleven with a potion that makes the drinker virtually unnoticeable if he makes even the weakest attempt to look like he belongs. [[spoiler: It then backfires on him when he desperately needs to get someone's attention, only to have them react like he's making small talk.]]
16th Apr '17 11:50:54 PM magicalfeyfenny
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** This even happens with jobs where you call outward, like when a research company is contracted by a bank or an insurance company. Even with a blocked caller ID number (as is standard with companies using a dialer system to call outward), they still assume you're the right people just because you say you are and you have a professional tone and pacing (saying "Hello, my name is <blank> calling on behalf of <blank>, may I please speak with <blank>" works wonders), go along with pretty much any questions you have as long as you don't start questioning the questions, then start spilling information that you don't even ''ask'' for, like account numbers.
11th Apr '17 4:16:39 AM akozakie
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** Depending on where you live, have a look at emergency instructions where you work and you're likely to find that you're actually supposed to accept this in emergency. Many such instructions state that until actual emergency personnel arrives, the evacuation etc. are coordinated by "the appointed personnel, managers, directors, or... the most composed and decisive person. Notice the last part. It often even doesn't require that person to be an employee. Basically, panic and chaos tend to be so destructive in emergencies that almost anyone in charge is better than noone, even if the only authority they hold is their ability to actually take control and look like they know what they are doing. Even if they don't, it's less likely to be fatal than letting panic grow.

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** Depending on where you live, have a look at emergency instructions where you work and you're likely to find that you're actually supposed to accept this in emergency. Many such instructions state that until actual emergency personnel arrives, the evacuation etc. are coordinated by "the appointed personnel, managers, directors, or... the most composed and decisive person.person". Notice the last part. It often even doesn't require that person to be an employee. Basically, panic and chaos tend to be so destructive in emergencies that almost anyone in charge is better than noone, even if the only authority they hold is their ability to actually take control and look like they know what they are doing. Even if they don't, it's less likely to be fatal than letting panic grow.
11th Apr '17 4:14:56 AM akozakie
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** Depending on where you live, have a look at emergency instructions where you work and you're likely to find that you're actually supposed to accept this in emergency. Many such instructions state that until actual emergency personnel arrives, the evacuation etc. are coordinated by "the appointed personnel, managers, directors, or... the most composed and decisive person. Notice the last part. It often even doesn't require that person to be an employee. Basically, panic and chaos tend to be so destructive in emergencies that almost anyone in charge is better than noone, even if the only authority they hold is their ability to actually take control and look like they know what they are doing. Even if they don't, it's less likely to be fatal than letting panic grow.
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