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27th Jan '16 3:24:44 PM Digimonfan12
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Neither of these are contractors.
* ''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".
26th Oct '15 3:20:55 PM Euodiachloris
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** 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 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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** 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 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.
20th Sep '15 9:16:24 PM MagBas
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unfortunate implications need citations
* ''Series/KingOfQueens'' but they're not lazy, they're [[UnfortunateImplications 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'' but they're not lazy, they're [[UnfortunateImplications Russian]], 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.
15th Aug '15 4:37:39 AM Euodiachloris
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** PrivateMilitaryContractors in both Essos and Westeros have a 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 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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** 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 Sons, exhibit this trait wonderfully by how they 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.
15th Aug '15 4:32:24 AM Euodiachloris
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** PrivateMilitaryContractors in both Essos and Westeros have a 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 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.
29th Apr '15 7:52:01 PM nombretomado
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* ''GhostbustersTheVideoGame'':
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* ''GhostbustersTheVideoGame'':''VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame'':
3rd Apr '15 9:43:12 AM Prfnoff
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* ''Rally Round the Flag, Boys!'' has landscaper Minton Evans, whose excuses for disintegrating lawns include "them atom bomb explosions." Minton is part of the ruling class of Putnam's Landing, which includes Waldo Pike, an equally dishonest hardware salesman, and Doc Magruder, a physician who is relatively honest about not knowing medicine.
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* ''Rally Round the Flag, Boys!'' ''Literature/RallyRoundTheFlagBoys'' has landscaper Minton Evans, whose excuses for disintegrating lawns include "them atom bomb explosions." Minton is part of the ruling class of Putnam's Landing, which includes Waldo Pike, an equally dishonest hardware salesman, and Doc Magruder, a physician family doctor who is relatively honest about not knowing medicine.got his degree from a diploma mill and isn't afraid to ask his patients, "What's psoriasis?"
14th Dec '14 10:35:10 PM maxwellsilver
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The CrookedContractor comes in two flavors, the Criminally Lazy and the Plain Criminal. The criminally lazy is paid an hourly wage, shows up late -- if at all -- and doesn't exactly rush the job. The plain criminal flavor includes scammers who e.g. "inspect the roof" and leave behind holes so large you have to hire them to fix them. There's occasionally also a third flavor in the form of "dude who bit off more than they could chew" - this is what happens when contractors who are inexperienced or who specialize in one field but are trying to learn the ropes of another take a job that's well beyond what they're capable of. The difference between the two is that the well-intentioned ones will generally own up to their mistakes (that's not to say that weasels don't exist), while the crooks will disappear and leave you with an uncollectable judgment if you manage to sue them.
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The CrookedContractor Crooked Contractor comes in two flavors, the Criminally Lazy and the Plain Criminal. The criminally lazy is paid an hourly wage, shows up late -- if at all -- and doesn't exactly rush the job. The plain criminal flavor includes scammers who e.g. "inspect the roof" and leave behind holes so large you have to hire them to fix them. There's occasionally also a third flavor in the form of "dude who bit off more than they could chew" - this is what happens when contractors who are inexperienced or who specialize in one field but are trying to learn the ropes of another take a job that's well beyond what they're capable of. The difference between the two is that the well-intentioned ones will generally own up to their mistakes (that's not to say that weasels don't exist), while the crooks will disappear and leave you with an uncollectable judgment if you manage to sue them.

* ''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.
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* ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' ''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.

* The page image: in the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' season 7 premier "Mr. Monk Buys a House", Monk moves into this new house. He finds an off-centered lamp, and calls over a handyman he met in a hardware store, "Honest" Jake Phillips (BradGarrett). He comes to take a look at it, then starts a house-wide demoliton project extensive enough that Monk and Natalie are left cowering on the steps as Jake and his assistant "Honest" Ramone hack away at the walls. [[spoiler:Turns out he was after a hidden fortune left behind by the last tenant of the house. His accomplice and lover killed that occupant to prevent him from telling the secret to anyone else, though she told Jake about it. Jake stabs and kills her in her house after Monk catches onto her. When Monk and Natalie find the bloodstained murder weapon on Jake's toolbelt, he takes them hostage by shackling them by their legs to a claw-footed bathtub. After finding the money, he shoots and kills Ramone, before Monk and Natalie knock him out by pushing a wall down on him. They manage to crawl down the hall to send up Morse code smoke signals from the fireplace to Stottlemeyer and Disher, who barely arrive in the nick of time as Jake recovers and prepares to shoot his hostages.]]
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* The page image: in the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' season 7 premier "Mr. Monk Buys a House", Monk moves into this new house. He finds an off-centered lamp, and calls over a handyman he met in a hardware store, "Honest" Jake Phillips (BradGarrett).(Creator/BradGarrett). He comes to take a look at it, then starts a house-wide demoliton project extensive enough that Monk and Natalie are left cowering on the steps as Jake and his assistant "Honest" Ramone hack away at the walls. [[spoiler:Turns out he was after a hidden fortune left behind by the last tenant of the house. His accomplice and lover killed that occupant to prevent him from telling the secret to anyone else, though she told Jake about it. Jake stabs and kills her in her house after Monk catches onto her. When Monk and Natalie find the bloodstained murder weapon on Jake's toolbelt, he takes them hostage by shackling them by their legs to a claw-footed bathtub. After finding the money, he shoots and kills Ramone, before Monk and Natalie knock him out by pushing a wall down on him. They manage to crawl down the hall to send up Morse code smoke signals from the fireplace to Stottlemeyer and Disher, who barely arrive in the nick of time as Jake recovers and prepares to shoot his hostages.]]

* ''TheCommish'' had a contractor who stopped working on his kitchen.
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* ''TheCommish'' ''Series/TheCommish'' had a contractor who stopped working on his kitchen.

* A few appear in ''MidsomerMurders'', mostly of the scammer variety (one is involved in a RealEstateScam wherein he claims the house has a lot of problems which he "fixes", allowing his lover at the real estate agency to jack up the price). A lazy variation appears when Barnaby needs something in his house fixed.
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* A few appear in ''MidsomerMurders'', ''Series/MidsomerMurders'', mostly of the scammer variety (one is involved in a RealEstateScam wherein he claims the house has a lot of problems which he "fixes", allowing his lover at the real estate agency to jack up the price). A lazy variation appears when Barnaby needs something in his house fixed.
22nd Nov '14 4:18:42 PM dmcreif
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[[caption-width-right:250:"Honest Jake" does no job too small or too dirty to find money.]]
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[[caption-width-right:250:"Honest Jake" does Phillips, handling no job too small or too dirty to find money.dirty, as long as he finds bank robbery loot.]]
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