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19th Sep '17 8:07:39 PM KnightofLsama
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* Pipe Fitter in the ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship is Magic]]'' fanfiction ''[[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/368928/three-hundred-and-sixty-degrees-of-saturation Three Hundred and Sixty Degrees of Saturation]] (part of the ''FanFic/TriptychContinuum'') hits pretty much every point of both the Criminally Lazy and Just Plain Criminal version of this trope. On the Lazy side of the spectrum he is chronically late, singularly uncommunicative and when he does actually start work he is prone to wandering off for extended breaks that can last most of the day. On the Criminal side of things he has a tendency to overcharge, tries to double bill both Rarity and the Ponyville Town council for one lot of work and threatens any would be competitors from settling in Ponyville (or have established plumbers in Canterlot attempting to travel out to Ponyville).

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19th Aug '17 11:06:52 AM DRCEQ
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'''Ray:''' That's easy -- I'm a contractor.

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'''Ray:''' That's easy -- I'm a contractor.\\
'''Marge:''' (Laughing) That's right, you're all crooks!



* ''The Money Pit''.

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* ''The Money Pit''.''Film/TheMoneyPit'' revolves around this trope. Walter Fielding is swindled into buying a house, only to discover it's a fixer-upper, as every last nook and cranny is worn down enough that it's in need of repair. The contractors he hires to do the job take advantage of the situation by exploiting his trust and finding excuses to repair and rebuild pretty much everything except for the fountain of the peeing angel.



* Aside from the roofer Ray, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had this in many epsisodes, like the plumber who wouldn't do anything about the family's leaking pipe, until Homer did [[BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats the Stonecutters secret greeting]], after which the plumber just tightens one screw, stopping the leak.

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* Aside from the roofer Ray, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' had this in many epsisodes, episodes, like the plumber who wouldn't do anything about the family's leaking pipe, until Homer did [[BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats the Stonecutters secret greeting]], after which the plumber just tightens one screw, stopping the leak.



* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' episode "After the Mold Rush", after the Hill residence sustains minor water damage, a man from an insurance company declares the house infested with mold in hopes of turning a profit from the situation.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' episode "After the Mold Rush", after the Hill residence sustains minor water damage, a man from an insurance company declares the house infested with mold in hopes of turning a profit from the situation. The Hill family quickly catch on and play his own game after they discover how easy it is to become a certified mold tester, then start testing the conman's own home by sticking the tester right next to Bill's exposed feet.
28th May '17 1:50:53 PM ZerroDefex
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** Averted with 'Surly Joe' the foundation repairman, who turns out to be quite friendly and helpful one Homer actually pays for him to do the repair. However Homer still chases him out of the house in anger when Joe tries to tell him how to prevent the issue from occurring again.

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** Averted with 'Surly Joe' the foundation repairman, who turns out to be quite friendly and helpful one once Homer actually pays for him to do the repair. However Homer still chases him out of the house in anger when Joe tries to tell him how to prevent the issue from occurring again.
28th May '17 1:50:25 PM ZerroDefex
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** Averted with 'Surly Joe' the foundation repairman, who turns out to be quite friendly and helpful one Homer actually pays for him to do the repair. However Homer still chases him out of the house in anger when Joe tries to tell him how to prevent the issue from occurring again.
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).
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