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14th Apr '16 10:33:33 AM dmcreif
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* Inverted in ''Film/AmericanBeauty''. The protagonist quits his white collar job as an editor so that he can work a burger counter and have the least possible amount of responsibility. It has the added benefit of pissing off [[StepfordSmiler his success-driven wife]] even more than being unemployed.

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* Inverted in ''Film/AmericanBeauty''. The protagonist [[Creator/KevinSpacey Lester Burnham]] quits his white collar job as an editor so that he can work a burger counter and have the least possible amount of responsibility. It has the added benefit of pissing off [[StepfordSmiler his success-driven wife]] even more than being unemployed.unemployed, especially when he catches her cheating on him at the drive-thru.
13th Apr '16 11:06:05 AM StFan
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In the {{Manga}} version of ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', Chiyo-chan and Osaka take up summer jobs at the local Magnetron Burger (a parody of [=McDonald's=] or the Japanese burger chain, [=MosBurger=].) Osaka gets the job without any second thoughts; however, when child-prodigy Chiyo-chan claims to be in high-school, the manager assumes her family needs money, and gives her the job out of pity.
** Doubly funny because Chiyo's family is actually ''loaded''.
** The manager even gives Chiyo all the raises, much to Osaka's chagrin, as she doesn't get any.
* In the first volume of the ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga, Yugi and Jounouchi want to go out for lunch at Burger World, but Anzu tries to steer them away from it, saying that it's a terrible place to eat. Why? She works there, and doesn't want Jounouchi to blab about it to the school, because kids at Domino High School (like at [[TruthInTelevision some real-life Japanese high schools]]) aren't allowed to hold jobs. (Note: In the English dub of the anime, the reason for her not wanting them to talk was changed from "High school students can't hold jobs" to "I'm not old enough to work here.")
** Still, it was a better job than what they were ''afraid'' she was doing to make money, working as a paid escort for rich businessmen, something that, it was rumored, the other female students were doing to make money. (And yes, as far as Japan goes, this is ''also'' TruthInTelevision, unfortunately.)
* A surprisingly sympathetic example occurs in ''ScrappedPrincess'', where Pacifica and crew stop at an inn and have to sell "Soopy Buns" to earn their tab. Part of the job entails dressing up as a green [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney]]-like mascot named "Soopy-kun" and peddling the innkeeper's wares to customers. The innkeeper is actually nice to them, and Raquel enjoys doing the work, while Pacifica tries donning the costume and winds up scaring a little boy away when the jaw of the costume falls off. Leo takes the "Soopy-kun" job for a while when Pacifica leaves, but he gets to keep it with him when he returns to the city with Winia in a later episode.
* In ''[[Manga/KOn K-On!]]'', Mugi is so enthralled with the local fast food restaurant that she starts working part-time behind its counter herself later on--even though she is [[{{Ojou}} rich and doesn't really need the money]].
* ''BusouRenkin'' has Loteri-ya (a parody of Lotteria, a Japanese fast food chain) which the heroes and villains meet in. The staff seem fairly happy with their situation until the characters show up... in full costume. After Bravo and Papillon start eating there, it is dubbed Freak Burger.

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[[folder:Anime and & Manga]]
* In the {{Manga}} version of ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', Chiyo-chan and Osaka take up summer jobs at the local Magnetron Burger (a parody of [=McDonald's=] or the Japanese burger chain, [=MosBurger=].) [=MosBurger=]). Osaka gets the job without any second thoughts; however, when child-prodigy Chiyo-chan claims to be in high-school, the manager assumes her family needs money, and gives her the job out of pity.
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pity. Doubly funny because Chiyo's family is actually ''loaded''.
**
''loaded''. The manager even gives Chiyo all the raises, much to Osaka's chagrin, as she doesn't get any.
* In the first volume of the ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga, Yugi and Jounouchi want to go out for lunch at Burger World, but Anzu tries to steer them away from it, saying that it's a terrible place to eat. Why? She works there, and doesn't want Jounouchi to blab about it to the school, because kids at Domino High School (like at [[TruthInTelevision some real-life Japanese high schools]]) aren't allowed to hold jobs. (Note: In the English dub of the anime, the reason for her not wanting them to talk was changed from "High school students can't hold jobs" to "I'm not old enough to work here.")
**
") Still, it was a better job than what they were ''afraid'' she was doing to make money, working as a paid escort for rich businessmen, something that, it was rumored, the other female students were doing to make money. (And yes, as far as Japan goes, this is ''also'' TruthInTelevision, unfortunately.)
* A surprisingly sympathetic example occurs in ''ScrappedPrincess'', ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'', where Pacifica and crew stop at an inn and have to sell "Soopy Buns" to earn their tab. Part of the job entails dressing up as a green [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney]]-like mascot named "Soopy-kun" and peddling the innkeeper's wares to customers. The innkeeper is actually nice to them, and Raquel enjoys doing the work, while Pacifica tries donning the costume and winds up scaring a little boy away when the jaw of the costume falls off. Leo takes the "Soopy-kun" job for a while when Pacifica leaves, but he gets to keep it with him when he returns to the city with Winia in a later episode.
* In ''[[Manga/KOn K-On!]]'', ''Manga/KOn'', Mugi is so enthralled with the local fast food restaurant that she starts working part-time behind its counter herself later on--even though she is [[{{Ojou}} rich and doesn't really need the money]].
* ''BusouRenkin'' ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' has Loteri-ya (a parody of Lotteria, a Japanese fast food chain) which the heroes and villains meet in. The staff seem fairly happy with their situation until the characters show up... in full costume. After Bravo and Papillon start eating there, it is dubbed Freak Burger.



* MutekiKanbanMusume is a DeconstructiveParody of the FightingSeries that shows the life of two Kanban Musumes (poster girls) of a the Onimaru Chinese Restaurant and the Huet Bakery in the small Hanami town Shopping District. Their job is to attract clients to their respective business and [[CarryingACake make deliveries]]. They subvert this trope, being two young childish {{Arrogant Kung Fu Guy}}s whose constant fighting, [[TheSlacker slacking on the job]] and generous quantity of MundaneMadeAwesome avoid the soul crushing boring related with this trope.

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* MutekiKanbanMusume ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'' is a DeconstructiveParody of the FightingSeries that shows the life of two Kanban Musumes (poster girls) of a the Onimaru Chinese Restaurant and the Huet Bakery in the small Hanami town Shopping District. Their job is to attract clients to their respective business and [[CarryingACake make deliveries]]. They subvert this trope, being two young childish {{Arrogant Kung Fu Guy}}s whose constant fighting, [[TheSlacker slacking on the job]] and generous quantity of MundaneMadeAwesome avoid the soul crushing boring related with this trope.



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* ''Franchise/SpiderMan''''Franchise/SpiderMan'':



[[folder:FanWorks]]
* The ''Franchise/{{Shadowchasers}}'' stories introduces the Pandora's Box, an up-and-coming chain of fast food places with a fantasy RPG theme. Subverted in that, while very trite, it's not a bad place, and is very popular among Shadows, attracting them as customers and employees (especially unskilled ones in the latter case; Shadowkind like kobolds and goblins have found that they can make money working at Pandora's Box simply by being themselves.)
** In the currently in-progress fic ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersConspiracy'', an important character actually works at a Pandora's Box, and doesn't exactly like it, calling the place a "grease pit" (although she does appreciate the employee discount). It's implied that's she's doing it to earn money while focusing on an important plot-related task.

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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* The ''Franchise/{{Shadowchasers}}'' stories introduces the Pandora's Box, an up-and-coming chain of fast food places with a fantasy RPG theme. Subverted in that, while very trite, it's not a bad place, and comic ''Lucky Cow'', which is very popular among Shadows, attracting them as customers and employees (especially unskilled ones set in the latter case; Shadowkind eponymous burger joint, revolves around this trope.
* In [[http://garfield.com/comic/2013-11-12 this strip]], Jon and {{Garfield}} order from a drive-through of a place
like kobolds this, and goblins have found that they the wise guy clerk [[YouAreFat makes a crack at Garfield's weight.]] (Which as you can make money working at Pandora's Box simply by being themselves.)
** In the currently in-progress fic ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersConspiracy'', an important character actually works at a Pandora's Box, and
see, he doesn't exactly like it, calling much.)
** Earlier strips had Irma's Diner, a greasy spoon that offered unappealing items:
the place a "grease pit" (although tea tastes like transmission fluid, ordering "what that guy's having" results in that guy's food being taken from him, and Irma doesn't know if she does appreciate gives free refills on coffee, because [[IAteWhat no one's ever asked for a second cup before]]. Despite the employee discount). It's implied that's she's doing it to earn money while focusing on an important plot-related task. disgusting food, Garfield and Jon frequently ate there.



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[[folder:Film]][[folder:Fan Works]]
* The ''Franchise/{{Shadowchasers}}'' stories introduces the Pandora's Box, an up-and-coming chain of fast food places with a fantasy RPG theme. Subverted in that, while very trite, it's not a bad place, and is very popular among Shadows, attracting them as customers and employees (especially unskilled ones in the latter case; Shadowkind like kobolds and goblins have found that they can make money working at Pandora's Box simply by being themselves.)
** In the currently in-progress fic ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersConspiracy'', an important character actually works at a Pandora's Box, and doesn't exactly like it, calling the place a "grease pit" (although she does appreciate the employee discount). It's implied that's she's doing it to earn money while focusing on an important plot-related task.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]



--> '''Customer''': Is the fish fresh?
--> '''Julia''': Well, let me see. You're in Burger Guy. The fish is square, compressed, breaded, and fried. It costs 89 cents. What do you think?
--> '''Customer''': I don't know.
--> '''Julia''': Yes, it's fresh.

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--> '''Customer''': '''Customer:''' Is the fish fresh?
--> '''Julia''':
fresh?\\
'''Julia:'''
Well, let me see. You're in Burger Guy. The fish is square, compressed, breaded, and fried. It costs 89 cents. What do you think?
--> '''Customer''':
think?\\
'''Customer:'''
I don't know.
--> '''Julia''':
know.\\
'''Julia:'''
Yes, it's fresh.



* In one episode of ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'', Doogie tries to prove to Vinnie that he can survive working in a "degrading, dead-end" fast food job (“Burger Baby”), [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent just like any “normal teenager” his own age.]] As a genius doctor, it should be undoubtedly easy for him, right?...Wrong! In fact, it’s a lot more difficult than he realizes.

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* In one episode of ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'', Doogie tries to prove to Vinnie that he can survive working in a "degrading, dead-end" fast food job (“Burger Baby”), ("Burger Baby"), [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent just like any “normal teenager” his own age.]] As a genius doctor, it should be undoubtedly easy for him, right?...Wrong! In fact, it’s a lot more difficult than he realizes.



-->'''Lynette''': Dave lost his job at the plant, and he is now handing out flyers at a chicken restaurant, and--prepare to wince--there is a chicken suit involved.

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-->'''Lynette''': -->'''Lynette:''' Dave lost his job at the plant, and he is now handing out flyers at a chicken restaurant, and--prepare to wince--there is a chicken suit involved.



[[folder:New Media]]
* PlayedForDrama in the ''Podcast/{{Pseudopod}}'' story "[[http://pseudopod.org/2008/03/14/pseudopod-81-its-easy-to-make-a-sandwich/ It's Easy to Make a Sandwich]]." The protagonist's repetitive and depersonalizing job slowly drives him insane.

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[[folder:New Media]]
[[folder:Pinballs]]
* PlayedForDrama in One of the ''Podcast/{{Pseudopod}}'' story "[[http://pseudopod.org/2008/03/14/pseudopod-81-its-easy-to-make-a-sandwich/ It's Easy to Make targets for the rampaging [[DemBones skeleton army]] in ''Pinball/BoneBusters'' is a Sandwich]]." The protagonist's repetitive and depersonalizing job slowly drives him insane.fast-food hamburger restaurant, complete with clown-headed drive-thru.



[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* The comic ''Lucky Cow'', which is set in the eponymous burger joint, revolves around this trope.
* In [[http://garfield.com/comic/2013-11-12 this strip]], Jon and {{Garfield}} order from a drive-through of a place like this, and the wise guy clerk [[YouAreFat makes a crack at Garfield's weight.]] (Which as you can see, he doesn't like much.)
** Earlier strips had Irma's Diner, a greasy spoon that offered unappealing items: the tea tastes like transmission fluid, ordering "what that guy's having" results in that guy's food being taken from him, and Irma doesn't know if she gives free refills on coffee, because [[IAteWhat no one's ever asked for a second cup before]]. Despite the disgusting food, Garfield and Jon frequently ate there.

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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* The comic ''Lucky Cow'', which is set After failing to win the WWE Championship back from RandyOrton and being harassed by Orton's hand-picked goons CodyRhodes and [=Ted DiBiase=] in the eponymous burger joint, revolves around summer of 2009, TripleH decided to get D-Generation X back together. He journeyed to Texas to find ShawnMichaels (who was in the middle of a TenMinuteRetirement from WWE at this trope.
* In [[http://garfield.com/comic/2013-11-12 this strip]], Jon
point) only to find the "Heart Break Kid" working as a chef in a corporate cafeteria. Michaels at first claims that he's happy with his new job and {{Garfield}} order from a drive-through of a place like this, and the wise guy clerk [[YouAreFat makes a crack at Garfield's weight.]] (Which as you can see, he doesn't like much.)
** Earlier strips had Irma's Diner,
want to return to WWE, even though [[BadBoss his boss is a greasy spoon sadistic martinet]] and the boss's [[BrattyHalfPint bratty prepubescent daughter]] takes advantage of her position as DaddysLittleVillain to constantly annoy and even abuse the employees. HBK finally decides to rejoin DX after realizing that offered unappealing items: the tea tastes like transmission fluid, ordering "what that guy's having" results in that guy's food he isn't any good at being taken from him, a chef, burning his white chef's hat and Irma doesn't know if she gives free refills on coffee, because [[IAteWhat no one's ever asked for a second cup before]]. Despite [[TalkToTheFist kicking his boss in the disgusting food, Garfield and Jon frequently ate there.face mid-tirade]].



[[folder:Pinball]]
* One of the targets for the rampaging [[DemBones skeleton army]] in ''Pinball/BoneBusters'' is a fast-food hamburger restaurant, complete with clown-headed drive-thru.

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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* One OldWorldOfDarkness RPG ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' has the burger chain O'Tolleys as a subsidiary to the big bad corp Pentex. While many of its restaurants are relatively normal, there are also some which slip evil spirits or [[ImAHumanitarian the other white meat]] in the burgers, and transform their employees into spiritually possessed freaks. All of them, however, conform to the standards laid out by this page. As the splatbooks says: In most part-time jobs, teenagers learn vital business skills, decision making and other abilities that will help them in life. While working for O'Tolleys, they learn to make burgers. Period.
* In the d20 Urban Arcana setting, one
of the targets for the rampaging [[DemBones skeleton army]] in ''Pinball/BoneBusters'' organizations is a fast-food hamburger restaurant, complete childrens' fast food restaurant called the Prancing Pony (the same name as a tavern located in Shadowdale in the ''ForgottenRealms'' setting, for some unexplained reason) which notes that [[GameMaster GMs]] should not have its players join it (as it would offer a [=McJob=] and nothing more).
* Deconstructed in ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies,'' where the co-conspirators of Mak Attax (who to a one work at "The Scotsman") are actually [[spoiler:part of an organization dedicated to bringing about a "magical renaissance" by unleashing small doses of magickal energy into people's food, then watching the results (and occasionally helping the victims if the results go bad).]] They're probably the largest, probably the least competent, and probably the most benign secret conspiracy within the setting. Despite this seeming aversion of the dullness of BurgerFool work, the game is pretty clear that not only do you still have to contend
with clown-headed drive-thru.that soul-crushing banality (which costs them conspirators) but also that the conspiracy stuff itself isn't as much fun as it sounds.
** On the other hand, despite the monotony and the skepticism they get from the rest of the Occult Underground, [[spoiler:they managed to use "the Scotsman" to pull off one of the most successful magical rituals of recent memory by aligning the "chakra points" of the American consciousness]].



[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* After failing to win the WWE Championship back from RandyOrton and being harassed by Orton's hand-picked goons CodyRhodes and [=Ted DiBiase=] in the summer of 2009, TripleH decided to get D-Generation X back together. He journeyed to Texas to find ShawnMichaels (who was in the middle of a TenMinuteRetirement from WWE at this point) only to find the "Heart Break Kid" working as a chef in a corporate cafeteria. Michaels at first claims that he's happy with his new job and doesn't want to return to WWE, even though [[BadBoss his boss is a sadistic martinet]] and the boss's [[BrattyHalfPint bratty prepubescent daughter]] takes advantage of her position as DaddysLittleVillain to constantly annoy and even abuse the employees. HBK finally decides to rejoin DX after realizing that he isn't any good at being a chef, burning his white chef's hat and [[TalkToTheFist kicking his boss in the face mid-tirade]].
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* OldWorldOfDarkness RPG ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' has the burger chain O'Tolleys as a subsidiary to the big bad corp Pentex. While many of its restaurants are relatively normal, there are also some which slip evil spirits or [[ImAHumanitarian the other white meat]] in the burgers, and transform their employees into spiritually possessed freaks. All of them, however, conform to the standards laid out by this page. As the splatbooks says: In most part-time jobs, teenagers learn vital business skills, decision making and other abilities that will help them in life. While working for O'Tolleys, they learn to make burgers. Period.
* In the d20 Urban Arcana setting, one of the organizations is a childrens' fast food restaurant called the Prancing Pony (the same name as a tavern located in Shadowdale in the ''ForgottenRealms'' setting, for some unexplained reason) which notes that [[GameMaster GMs]] should not have its players join it (as it would offer a [=McJob=] and nothing more).
* Deconstructed in ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies,'' where the co-conspirators of Mak Attax (who to a one work at "The Scotsman") are actually [[spoiler:part of an organization dedicated to bringing about a "magical renaissance" by unleashing small doses of magickal energy into people's food, then watching the results (and occasionally helping the victims if the results go bad).]] They're probably the largest, probably the least competent, and probably the most benign secret conspiracy within the setting. Despite this seeming aversion of the dullness of BurgerFool work, the game is pretty clear that not only do you still have to contend with that soul-crushing banality (which costs them conspirators) but also that the conspiracy stuff itself isn't as much fun as it sounds.
** On the other hand, despite the monotony and the skepticism they get from the rest of the Occult Underground, [[spoiler:they managed to use "the Scotsman" to pull off one of the most successful magical rituals of recent memory by aligning the "chakra points" of the American consciousness]].
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-->'''Strong Bad''': Okay, then I quit.
-->'''Bubs''': Fine! But don't even think about swiping that costume!
-->'''Strong Bad''': Uh, you made ''me'' buy this costume.
-->'''Bubs''': Oh! Pleasure doing business with you, then.

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-->'''Strong Bad''': Bad:''' Okay, then I quit.
-->'''Bubs''':
quit.\\
'''Bubs''':
Fine! But don't even think about swiping that costume!
-->'''Strong Bad''':
costume!\\
'''Strong Bad:'''
Uh, you made ''me'' buy this costume.
-->'''Bubs''':
costume.\\
'''Bubs:'''
Oh! Pleasure doing business with you, then.



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* PlayedForDrama in the ''Podcast/{{Pseudopod}}'' story "[[http://pseudopod.org/2008/03/14/pseudopod-81-its-easy-to-make-a-sandwich/ It's Easy to Make a Sandwich]]." The protagonist's repetitive and depersonalizing job slowly drives him insane.






--> [[MemeticMutation Ding, fries are done, ding, fries are done...]]

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--> -> [[MemeticMutation Ding, fries are done, ding, fries are done...]]]]
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3rd Apr '16 4:43:10 PM nombretomado
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* Eddie on ''FamilyMatters'' works at Mighty Weenie and he wears a hat that has a hot dog on top.

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* Eddie on ''FamilyMatters'' ''Series/FamilyMatters'' works at Mighty Weenie and he wears a hat that has a hot dog on top.
9th Mar '16 10:00:53 AM Hossmeister
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* The main characters of ''BeavisAndButthead'' work at Burger World, which is a fairly realistic amalgamation of the [=McDonald=]'s and Burger King fast food franchises. The usual humiliation aspect is absent, as the store is just another place for the boys to take their roughhousing and ToiletHumor such as frying up worms and throwing meat patties around. The job is still horrible, but they're just too stupid to notice. Their Manager is treated as sympathetic in that he only yells at them because they ''deserve'' it. Oddly, [[UltimateJobSecurity he doesn't ever fire them]], even when their pranks once caused the health inspectors to close the store.

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* The main characters of ''BeavisAndButthead'' ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' work at Burger World, which is a fairly realistic amalgamation of the [=McDonald=]'s and Burger King fast food franchises. The usual humiliation aspect is absent, as the store is just another place for the boys to take their roughhousing and ToiletHumor such as frying up worms and throwing meat patties around. The job is still horrible, but they're just too stupid to notice. Their Manager is treated as sympathetic in that he only yells at them because they ''deserve'' it. Oddly, [[UltimateJobSecurity he doesn't ever fire them]], even when their pranks once caused the health inspectors to close the store.
9th Mar '16 4:35:53 AM StFan
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* ''SaintsRow'' has Freckle Bitch's, featuring radio commercials with a chain-smoking, raspy-voiced, middle-aged broad hawking its greasy wares. The special [[OfferVoidInNebraska New Zealand/Australia only]] collectors edition of Saints Row 2 is a large white box with Freckle Bitch herself in a suggestive position on the top. Oh yeah, just ''try'' and carry that out of the video game shop without getting noticed.

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* ''SaintsRow'' ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' has Freckle Bitch's, featuring radio commercials with a chain-smoking, raspy-voiced, middle-aged broad hawking its greasy wares. The special [[OfferVoidInNebraska New Zealand/Australia only]] collectors edition of Saints Row 2 is a large white box with Freckle Bitch herself in a suggestive position on the top. Oh yeah, just ''try'' and carry that out of the video game shop without getting noticed.



* BanjoTooie had two snack food stands in Witchy World, both proprietors were unhygienic as hell, coughing and sneezing over the food. Fortunately the bear and bird don't have to eat it, they give it to some kids.

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* BanjoTooie had ''VideoGame/BanjoTooie'' has two snack food stands in Witchy World, both World. Both proprietors were are unhygienic as hell, coughing and sneezing over the food. Fortunately the bear and bird don't have to eat it, they give it to some kids.
28th Feb '16 2:27:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/DontTellMomTheBabysittersDead'': After the babysitter dies and the kids lose the money their mother gave them, the oldest sister first has to take a minimum wage job in a fast food joint to support the rest of her siblings because it's the only place that will hire teenagers. It's precisely because the job is so bad with so little reward that she decides to pose as an older secretary to work at a big firm instead.
28th Feb '16 2:17:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/AlienVsPredator 2'' gives Dallas' younger brother a job as a delivery boy for a pizza parlor. The characters go to great lengths to point out how demeaning and humiliating they believe this is.

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* ''Film/AlienVsPredator 2'' ''Film/AliensVsPredatorRequiem'' gives Dallas' younger brother a job as a delivery boy for a pizza parlor. The characters go to great lengths to point out how demeaning and humiliating they believe this is.
28th Feb '16 2:16:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Buffy Summers once held a job at "the Double-Meat Palace," a fast-food chain specializing in combined beef and chicken sandwiches. Her uniform, absolutely ridiculous, is topped off by the hilarious half-cow/half-chicken ball cap. At one point a vampire refuses to fight her because she smells like the restaurant's food; she stakes him out of spite. The Double-Meat Palace also subverted the usual Buffy tradition of having evil forces being behind everything bad; it turns out that the "beef-chicken sandwiches" were actually made from [[spoiler:a cheap plant cellulose extract that's been artificially flavored to taste like real meat, rather than human flesh as Buffy thought it was]]. This was toned down in later episodes as several fast food chains threatened to withdraw advertisements from the show.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
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Buffy Summers once held a job at "the Double-Meat Palace," a fast-food chain specializing in combined beef and chicken sandwiches. Her uniform, absolutely ridiculous, is topped off by the hilarious half-cow/half-chicken ball cap. At one point a vampire refuses to fight her because she smells like the restaurant's food; she stakes him out of spite. The Double-Meat Palace also subverted the usual Buffy tradition of having evil forces being behind everything bad; it turns out that the "beef-chicken sandwiches" were actually made from [[spoiler:a cheap plant cellulose extract that's been artificially flavored to taste like real meat, rather than human flesh as Buffy thought it was]]. This was toned down in later episodes as several fast food chains threatened to withdraw advertisements from the show.



* Fatso Burger, Eric's temporary job in season 1 of ''Series/That70sShow'' fits this trope to a T. The place itself is mediocre, he has a silly outfit, and his boss is embarrassing. He's afraid to quit because his hardass father Red wants him to learn responsibility and all that stuff, even though his girlfriend and mother both try hard to get him to quit. Eventually he does quit, and Red doesn't mind.

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* ''Series/That70sShow'' :
**
Fatso Burger, Eric's temporary job in season 1 of ''Series/That70sShow'' fits this trope to a T. The place itself is mediocre, he has a silly outfit, and his boss is embarrassing. He's afraid to quit because his hardass father Red wants him to learn responsibility and all that stuff, even though his girlfriend and mother both try hard to get him to quit. Eventually he does quit, and Red doesn't mind.



* ''Series/BreakingBad'' naturally twists this in the darkest way possible with Los Pollos Hermanos, a fast food chain in the Albuquerque metro area which serves Chilean-style fried and roast chicken. Except, its owner Gus Fring uses it as a front for his real source of income - his crystal meth distribution network - and he smuggles this meth around in buckets of fry batter.
** Gus even uses his legitimate business to advance his drug interests--he participates heavily in the community, donates to law enforcement charities, and even caters DEA events. That's right--the same chicken the batter on which was previously hiding meth feeds the mouths of those who are looking for that meth.

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* ''Series/BreakingBad'' naturally twists this in the darkest way possible with Los Pollos Hermanos, a fast food chain in the Albuquerque metro area which serves Chilean-style fried and roast chicken. Except, its owner Gus Fring uses it as a front for his real source of income - his crystal meth distribution network - and he smuggles this meth around in buckets of fry batter. \n** Gus even uses his legitimate business to advance his drug interests--he participates heavily in the community, donates to law enforcement charities, and even caters DEA events. That's right--the same chicken the batter on which was previously hiding meth feeds the mouths of those who are looking for that meth.



* Averted on ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' with The Chill Grill, Victor Baxter's restaurant. It's a popular teen hangout, and Raven and Chelsea even get jobs there, but the food is delicious and the uniforms are stylish (though that has something to do with Raven, an aspiring fashion designer, having a hand in making them).

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* ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'':
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Averted on ''Series/ThatsSoRaven'' with The Chill Grill, Victor Baxter's restaurant. It's a popular teen hangout, and Raven and Chelsea even get jobs there, but the food is delicious and the uniforms are stylish (though that has something to do with Raven, an aspiring fashion designer, having a hand in making them).
12th Feb '16 8:35:16 PM MasoTey
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* Played for not-laughs in the podstory "[[http://pseudopod.org/2008/03/14/pseudopod-81-its-easy-to-make-a-sandwich/ It's Easy to Make a Sandwich]]." The protagonist's repetitive and depersonalizing job slowly drives him insane.

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* Played for not-laughs PlayedForDrama in the podstory ''Podcast/{{Pseudopod}}'' story "[[http://pseudopod.org/2008/03/14/pseudopod-81-its-easy-to-make-a-sandwich/ It's Easy to Make a Sandwich]]." The protagonist's repetitive and depersonalizing job slowly drives him insane.
11th Feb '16 4:34:15 AM Green_lantern40
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* One of the most memorable sketches from ''Series/TheState'', "Service with a Smile", took place at the insanely-hostile Burger Hut, where a potential customer is scared off by the cashier's ''screaming'' of orders to Carl, the ButtMonkey cook ("'''[[NoIndoorVoice CHICKEN SANDWICH, CARL!]]'''"). He asks to see the manager, who threatens physical violence against the cashier for his actions, before the ''owner'' breaks down the door and trashes the entire staff.
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