History Main / BeatBag

20th Jan '16 3:21:38 PM eowynjedi
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* A rare case of the drug being swapped for something ''worse'' occurs in ''Series/TheWestWing''. Jean-Paul slips a sedative into Zoe's drink during her graduation party, thinking that it was Ecstasy. His dealer was paid off by terrorists who then kidnapped her.
* ''Series/BarneyMiller'' had a man arrested for marijuana possession go free because it turned out to be fake... after the man talked to another suspect (who claimed to be Jesus reincarnated) to do one of those miracles, "like when you made all those sandwiches." In this case it was more a reversal of water-to-wine, and the man, who just ''happens'' to be named Paul, rushes out to find "Jesus" again when he's freed.
28th Nov '15 4:25:07 PM eroock
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If the buyer ''sees'' the genuine article, but that's not what they get, it's GoodForBad. For cases where the scam ''is'' reported to the police, see StupidCrooks.

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If the buyer ''sees'' the genuine article, but that's not what they get, it's GoodForBad. For cases where the scam ''is'' reported to the police, see StupidCrooks.
StupidCrooks. Often criminals avoid this by doing a FingertipDrugAnalysis.
28th Nov '15 4:24:02 PM eroock
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->''Or is it the one I beat for five thousand dollars?''\\
''Thought he had 'caine but it was Gold Medal flour!''

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->''Or ->''"Or is it the one I beat for five thousand dollars?''\\
''Thought he had 'caine but it was Gold Medal flour!''flour!"''
20th Jul '15 1:20:26 PM Chabal2
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The buyer cannot report the scam to the police, because he doesn't dare admit he was trying to buy the illegal item in the first place. The main push on these is often that the deal has to go down fast, for cash, ''right now''.

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The buyer cannot report the scam to the police, [[ShamefulSourceOfKnowledge because he doesn't dare admit he was trying to buy the illegal item in the first place.place]]. The main push on these is often that the deal has to go down fast, for cash, ''right now''.
15th Jun '15 3:39:41 PM bkitu
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* Music/JimCroce in "Hard Time Losin' Man"
--> Well he sold me a dime of some super-fine
--> Dynamite from Mexico
--> Spent all night tryin' to get right
--> On an ounce of oregano
11th Jun '15 2:25:23 AM erforce
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-->''Or is it the one I beat for five thousand dollars?''\\

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-->''Or ->''Or is it the one I beat for five thousand dollars?''\\



--->- '''Geto Boys''', "Mind's Playin' Tricks on Me"

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--->- -->-- '''Geto Boys''', "Mind's Playin' Tricks on Me"
31st May '15 1:30:22 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the British Comic ''{{Viz}}'', Paul Whicker (The Tall Vicar), responds to his verger's suggestion that the forthcoming youth group disco would give them the chance to 'shift some Es and whiz' with a grin and "Or aspirins and Vim if the ugly truth be known" (Vim being a brand of scouring powder with a (very) superficial resemblance to powdered amphetamine.
* A very silly version of this in ''TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'', when Fat Freddy tried to buy illicit sugar in the middle of a shortage.

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* In the British Comic ''{{Viz}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Viz}}'', Paul Whicker (The Tall Vicar), responds to his verger's suggestion that the forthcoming youth group disco would give them the chance to 'shift some Es and whiz' with a grin and "Or aspirins and Vim if the ugly truth be known" (Vim being a brand of scouring powder with a (very) superficial resemblance to powdered amphetamine.
* A very silly version of this in ''TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'', ''ComicBook/TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers'', when Fat Freddy tried to buy illicit sugar in the middle of a shortage.



* Dirk and his friends attempt this on Rahad Jackson in ''BoogieNights''. They might have gotten away with passing off talcum powder as heroin if a coked-up Todd hadn't gotten more demanding, causing the whole scam to [[GoneHorriblyWrong go horribly wrong]].

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* Dirk and his friends attempt this on Rahad Jackson in ''BoogieNights''.''Film/BoogieNights''. They might have gotten away with passing off talcum powder as heroin if a coked-up Todd hadn't gotten more demanding, causing the whole scam to [[GoneHorriblyWrong go horribly wrong]].



* At the beginning of ''AFewGoodMen'', Kaffee is defending a client who bought and smoked "a dime bag of oregano."

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* At the beginning of ''AFewGoodMen'', ''Film/AFewGoodMen'', Kaffee is defending a client who bought and smoked "a dime bag of oregano."



* This apparently happens [[strike: a lot]] all the time to Mr. Tulip in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/TheTruth''. "In a street where furtive people were selling Clang, Slap, Chop, Rhino, Skunk, Triplin, Floats, Honk, Double Honk, Gongers, and Slack, Mr. Tulip had an unerring way of finding the man who was retailing curry powder at what worked out as six hundred dollars a pound." Given he doesn't realize he keeps getting sold bags of household solvents, because snorting them doesn't seem to cause him any ill effects, it helps to show just how tough he is.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
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This apparently happens [[strike: a lot]] all the time to Mr. Tulip in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/TheTruth''. "In a street where furtive people were selling Clang, Slap, Chop, Rhino, Skunk, Triplin, Floats, Honk, Double Honk, Gongers, and Slack, Mr. Tulip had an unerring way of finding the man who was retailing curry powder at what worked out as six hundred dollars a pound." Given he doesn't realize he keeps getting sold bags of household solvents, because snorting them doesn't seem to cause him any ill effects, it helps to show just how tough he is.



* In ''{{Holes}}'', X-Ray was arrested for selling drugs, but they turned out to be bags of chopped-up aspirin. Then he got arrested for selling aspirin without a pharmaceutical license.

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* In ''{{Holes}}'', ''Literature/{{Holes}}'', X-Ray was arrested for selling drugs, but they turned out to be bags of chopped-up aspirin. Then he got arrested for selling aspirin without a pharmaceutical license.



* In ''ThePretender'', a series where the NoSocialSkills protagonist does a OnceAnEpisode thing of discovering something that people with normal childhoods take for granted, the episode "Silence" has him (A) discovering chocolate milk powder and (B) trying to bring down a drug pipeline transporting brown heroin. Near the end of the episode, he brings (A) and (B) together.

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* In ''ThePretender'', ''Series/ThePretender'', a series where the NoSocialSkills protagonist does a OnceAnEpisode thing of discovering something that people with normal childhoods take for granted, the episode "Silence" has him (A) discovering chocolate milk powder and (B) trying to bring down a drug pipeline transporting brown heroin. Near the end of the episode, he brings (A) and (B) together.



* Shows up in ''TheWire'' when Bubbles steals a gang's ground stash, only to find the gang was selling vialed baking soda. He feels extremely guilty, having seen the gang beat up some innocent addicts for his theft as he was escaping. At [[WhamEpisode the end of season four]] when Bubbles prepares a [[spoiler: hot shot of cyanide for a fiend who constantly attacks him for money and drugs, expecting the fiend to take it, shoot up and drop dead. The effort fails when the fiend misses Bubbles during the day and Sherrod steals Bubble's stash that night, shooting up with the vial filled with cyanide]].
* ''DowntonAbbey'': During post-war rationing, Thomas tries to get into the black market by buying a stock of smuggled food, but it turns out to be inedible.

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* Shows up in ''TheWire'' ''Series/TheWire'' when Bubbles steals a gang's ground stash, only to find the gang was selling vialed baking soda. He feels extremely guilty, having seen the gang beat up some innocent addicts for his theft as he was escaping. At [[WhamEpisode the end of season four]] when Bubbles prepares a [[spoiler: hot shot of cyanide for a fiend who constantly attacks him for money and drugs, expecting the fiend to take it, shoot up and drop dead. The effort fails when the fiend misses Bubbles during the day and Sherrod steals Bubble's stash that night, shooting up with the vial filled with cyanide]].
* ''DowntonAbbey'': ''Series/DowntonAbbey'': During post-war rationing, Thomas tries to get into the black market by buying a stock of smuggled food, but it turns out to be inedible.



* ''OctopusPie'' alludes to the oregano/weed switch in one story.

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* ''OctopusPie'' ''Webcomic/OctopusPie'' alludes to the oregano/weed switch in one story.
27th Apr '15 3:11:10 AM SeptimusHeap
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* In the ''RaisingTheBar'' episode "Is There a Doctor in the House?", Kellerman's client, a middle-aged woman, was arrested because the police found a large quantity of white powder in her car. . . while she was on the way to the laundromat. After lab tests confirmed that the powder was laundry detergent, the police [[BadCopIncompetentCop showed their customary regard for the law]] by charging the defendant with selling a BeatBag.

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* In the ''RaisingTheBar'' ''Series/RaisingTheBar'' episode "Is There a Doctor in the House?", Kellerman's client, a middle-aged woman, was arrested because the police found a large quantity of white powder in her car. . . while she was on the way to the laundromat. After lab tests confirmed that the powder was laundry detergent, the police [[BadCopIncompetentCop showed their customary regard for the law]] by charging the defendant with selling a BeatBag.
13th Mar '15 11:44:18 PM Firestorm17
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* In the second season of ''Series/HemlockGrove'', Peter raises money for his mother's legal defense by selling some drug dealers fake hallucinogens and convincing them the drugs were real by turning into a wolf in front of them.
24th Feb '15 1:11:21 PM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Hustle}}'': In "Law and Corruption", a DirtyCop attempts to blackmail the crew into doing his dirty work by planting cocaine in Mickey's briefcase and arresting them. They turn the tables on him by managing to swap the cocaine for confectioners sugar ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome while in jail]]''. As Mickey points out, it is not illegal to be in possession of several kilos of confectioners sugar.



* In ''The Brig Society'', Marcus Brigstocke describes smoking oregano as a teenager because he didn't want to admit he'd been conned. "It didn't get me high, but it did give me the munchies." He also described doing this without any intent to con on the part of the other person, like buying the perfume Opium because he thought it contained actual opium.


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* In ''The Brig Society'', ''Radio/TheBrigSociety'', Marcus Brigstocke describes smoking oregano as a teenager because he didn't want to admit he'd been conned. "It didn't get me high, but it did give me the munchies." He also described doing this without any intent to con on the part of the other person, like buying the perfume Opium because he thought it contained actual opium. \n\n
* An episode of ''Consider Your Verdict'' dealt with a trial during Prohibition were two businessmen sued a farmer who sold them two bottles of raspberry vinegar for an exorbitant price by implying it was bootleg booze. They lost because at no time had the farmer ever actually claimed it was anything other than raspberry vinegar. The judge also pointed out that even if he had, the businessmen were not entitled to compensation because they were committing a crime by attempting to buy alcohol.

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