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9th Apr '17 8:06:47 AM TheNicestGuy
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* One episode of ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' guest-starred Bruno Kirby as a plumber who had been imprisoned after the deaths of some clients. Their house was destroyed in a gas explosion after he misrepresented his credentials and did installations he wasn't qualified for.
1st Apr '17 10:21:29 AM szielins
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* In Louisiana in 1897, a bill was introduced into the state legislature that would have defined pi as four for purpose of determining materials requirements in construction, to end contractors' often outrageous bill padding. It died in the Senate.
10th Feb '17 4:04:43 PM HiddenWindshield
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* In ''Series/TracyBeakerReturns'' [=S2E12 Grandad=] there's Xanthe the antique seller. Frank desparately needs money for his grandad's headstone, so Xanthe buys his pocket watch for £100 and tries to sell it for £75,000. She repeats this trick later when Tracy offers her a car with the number plate X4NTHE. Since this reads Xanthe it was worth at least £100,000 to her.

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* In ''Series/TracyBeakerReturns'' [=S2E12 Grandad=] there's Xanthe the antique seller. Frank desparately needs money for his grandad's headstone, so Xanthe buys his pocket watch for £100 and tries to sell it for £75,000. She repeats this trick later when Tracy offers her a car with the number plate X4NTHE.[=X4NTHE=]. Since this reads Xanthe it was worth at least £100,000 to her.
6th Oct '16 12:55:51 PM Medinoc
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* ''Film/TheMask'' has the two garage guys, who are rather obviously inventing car defects for them to solve. Once Stanley dons the mask, since they spent so much time talking out of their ass, he gives them mufflers.
30th Jul '16 5:34:58 PM nombretomado
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* In the book of ''Literature/BigTrouble'' DaveBarry wrote about a prison contractor who used garage-door openers to actuate the cell doors. HilarityEnsues when someone drives by and hits the garage door opener by mistake.

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* In the book of ''Literature/BigTrouble'' DaveBarry Creator/DaveBarry wrote about a prison contractor who used garage-door openers to actuate the cell doors. HilarityEnsues when someone drives by and hits the garage door opener by mistake.
30th May '16 2:15:14 PM karstovich2
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[[TruthInTelevision Known to happen in Real Life every now and then]]

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[[TruthInTelevision Known to happen in Real Life every now and then]]
then]]. If you end up the victim of his shenanigans, you can contact your local consumer protection agency (if you're American, [[https://www.usa.gov/state-consumer this tool]] will help you find the right number to call).
25th Mar '16 10:07:23 AM Odacon_Spy
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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' has the [[WeirdTradeUnion Ankh-Morpork Guild of Plumbers and Dunnikin Divers]]. Motto NON ANTE SEPTEM DIES PROXIMA, SQVIRI ("Not Before Next Week, Squire").

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' has the [[WeirdTradeUnion Ankh-Morpork Guild of Plumbers and Dunnikin Divers]]. Motto [[PretentiousLatinMotto Motto]]: NON ANTE SEPTEM DIES PROXIMA, SQVIRI ("Not Before Next Week, Squire").
9th Mar '16 9:08:35 PM GrammarNavi
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* ''Series/KingOfQueens'' but they're not lazy, they're Russian, drinking Vodka before work is a lot more important, and they only get coerced back into actual labour if Doug parties with them, wearing the poor sod out.

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* ''Series/KingOfQueens'' ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'' but they're not lazy, they're Russian, drinking Vodka before work is a lot more important, and they only get coerced back into actual labour if Doug parties with them, wearing the poor sod out.
27th Jan '16 3:24:44 PM Digimonfan12
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has the Freys of the Twins aka the Lords of the Crossing; but, more specifically, Lord Walder Frey. This crossing is, in fact, one of the very, very few safe, reliable ways across the Trident (part of the biggest river system in Westeros). It is often the ''only'' way if you want to cross in bulk and at speed, be you an army or a winding merchant train, unless you wish to risk your ETA and/or goods. They are the only service providers you can go to holed up in two of the more defensible and tactically tricky positions in the Riverlands -- and, they all know it. Lucky, lucky you.
** PrivateMilitaryContractors in both Essos and Westeros have a general reputation for being... rather less than dependable when the going gets rough. The sellsword company, the Second Sons, exhibit this trait wonderfully by how they [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor continually jerk]] both Danaerys Targaryen and the Yunkai command around [[OpportunisticBastard looking out for the best deal]] almost on a minute-by-minute basis at times.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has the Freys of the Twins aka the Lords of the Crossing; but, more specifically, Lord Walder Frey. This crossing is, in fact, one of the very, very few safe, reliable ways across the Trident (part of the biggest river system in Westeros). It is often the ''only'' way if you want to cross in bulk and at speed, be you an army or a winding merchant train, unless you wish to risk your ETA and/or goods. They are the only service providers you can go to holed up in two of the more defensible and tactically tricky positions in the Riverlands -- and, they all know it. Lucky, lucky you.
** PrivateMilitaryContractors in both Essos and Westeros have a general reputation for being... rather less than dependable when the going gets rough. The sellsword company, the Second Sons, exhibit this trait wonderfully by how they [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor continually jerk]] both Danaerys Targaryen and the Yunkai command around [[OpportunisticBastard looking out for the best deal]] almost on a minute-by-minute basis at times.

1st Dec '15 3:57:14 PM nombretomado
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* ''GarfieldAndFriends'': [[MeaningfulName Swindler]] was the Plain Criminal sort in "Home Sweet Swindler".

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* ''GarfieldAndFriends'': ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'': [[MeaningfulName Swindler]] was the Plain Criminal sort in "Home Sweet Swindler".
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