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27th Mar '17 10:28:03 AM FF32
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* In the first part of the ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' arc "Shed", Spidey laments that his and ComicBook/BlackCat's thwarting of some smugglers went awry before he could quip that two defeated foes "must have fallen off the back of a truck", "[[DontExplainTheJoke because that's what these mob types say about the junk they steal from trucks]]."
-->'''Spider-Man:''' Looks like these two fell off the back of a truck...\\
'''Black Cat:''' What?\\
'''Spider-Man:''' Nothing.



* The Grimestreet Smuggler card in ''VideoGame/Hearthstone'''s line when summoned is "What, it fell off the truck."

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* The Grimestreet Smuggler card in ''VideoGame/Hearthstone'''s ''VideoGame/{{Hearthstone}}'''s line when summoned is "What, it fell off the truck."
7th Feb '17 7:12:42 PM BattleMaster
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* This also appears at least once in the ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'' games, where a supply of ordinarily legal eqipment can be bought for a suspiciously lower price than normal. The equipment is heavily implied to have been acquired by illicit means, while the seller in turn claims it fell out of a DropShip. This is a particularly poor excuse since Dropships are hermetically sealed against space before takeoff and during transit.

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* This also appears at least once in the ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'' games, where a supply of ordinarily legal eqipment can be bought for a suspiciously lower price than normal. The equipment is heavily implied to have been acquired by illicit means, while the seller in turn claims it fell out of a DropShip. This is a particularly poor excuse since Dropships are hermetically sealed against space before takeoff and during transit. Well, they're sealed unless they're attacked by Aerospace Fighters that shoot holes in them. Sometimes that happens. And sometimes when it happens, things might fall out of the Dropship and land on something soft enough that they're still in a remarkably usable condition...
22nd Jan '17 7:22:40 PM EspyPsyche
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* The Grimestreet Smuggler card in ''VideoGame/Hearthstone'''s line when summoned is "What, it fell off the truck."



* The Grimestreet Smuggler card in ''VideoGame/Hearthstone'''s line when summoned is "What, it fell off the truck."

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* The Grimestreet Smuggler card in ''VideoGame/Hearthstone'''s line when summoned is "What, it fell off the truck."
22nd Jan '17 7:22:15 PM EspyPsyche
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* The Grimestreet Smuggler card in ''VideoGame/Hearthstone'''s line when summoned is "What, it fell off the truck."
17th Nov '16 10:14:02 AM sonicsuns3
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Standard method of explaining the [[HowDidYouGetIt acquisition of illegitimate goods]], usually by HonestJohn or [[TheMafia Major Opportunity Businesses]]. Used so much in RealLife and fiction alike that it has become completely synonymous with "I acquired it illegitimately." If you really intend to lie about something's origin, then you'll have to come up with another excuse. That is, unless your friends or [[MafiaPrincess spouse]] are dumb enough to fall for it. Legally, this principle is part of just about every stolen property statute around the world; the law invariably assumes that something being sold or given in a suspicious manner would make any reasonable person assume that the items were stolen or otherwise acquired illegitimately, and anyone who willingly purchases items that a layperson would have good reason to believe were stolen can and will be faced with criminal charges.

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Standard method of explaining the [[HowDidYouGetIt acquisition of illegitimate goods]], usually by HonestJohn or [[TheMafia Major Opportunity Businesses]]. Used so much in RealLife and fiction alike that it has become completely synonymous with "I acquired it illegitimately." If you really intend to lie about something's origin, then you'll have to come up with another excuse. That (That is, unless your friends or [[MafiaPrincess spouse]] are dumb enough to fall for it. it.) Legally, this principle is part of just about every stolen property statute around the world; the law invariably assumes that something being sold or given in a suspicious manner would make any reasonable person assume that the items were stolen or otherwise acquired illegitimately, and anyone who willingly purchases items that a layperson would have good reason to believe were stolen can and will be faced with criminal charges.
4th Nov '16 9:56:00 AM Prfnoff
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* In ''VideoGame/RockStarAteMyHamster'', you have the option of buying terrible but ultra-cheap band equipment from "off the back of a lorry."
6th Sep '16 7:51:06 AM ElodieHiras
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* From one of the Darvo Deals from ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}: ''I found this great merchandise after it fell off the back of a Corpus shuttle. Actually, to be more precise, the entire back of the shuttle fell off after it took a direct hit from a Formorian. So, not such a lucky day for those guys, heh. But good for you right?!''. Considering the Corpus and Grineer are actually pulling guns on each other more often than they are pulling guns on the [[PlayerCharacter Tennos]], Darvo probably wasn't lying about the origins of the goods.

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* From one of the Darvo Deals from ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}: ''I ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'': "''I found this great merchandise after it fell off the back of a Corpus shuttle. Actually, to be more precise, the entire back of the shuttle fell off after it took a direct hit from a Formorian. So, not such a lucky day for those guys, heh. But good for you right?!''.right?!''". Considering the Corpus and Grineer are actually pulling guns on each other more often than they are pulling guns on the [[PlayerCharacter Tennos]], Darvo probably wasn't lying about the origins of the goods.
6th Sep '16 7:50:33 AM ElodieHiras
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* From one of the Darvo Deals from ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}: ''I found this great merchandise after it fell off the back of a Corpus shuttle. Actually, to be more precise, the entire back of the shuttle fell off after it took a direct hit from a Formorian. So, not such a lucky day for those guys, heh. But good for you right?!''. Considering the Corpus and Grineer are actually pulling guns on each other more often than they are pulling guns on the [[PlayerCharacter Tennos]], Darvo probably wasn't lying about the origins of the goods.
3rd Sep '16 2:39:14 PM StFan
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->'''Rodney''': Come on, Sandra, you don't care about the little things that fall off the backs of trucks, do ya?
->'''Sandra''': No, Rodney. What I'm interested in is who pushed them and who picked them up.

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->'''Rodney''': ->'''Rodney:''' Come on, Sandra, you don't care about the little things that fall off the backs of trucks, do ya?
->'''Sandra''':
ya?\\
'''Sandra:'''
No, Rodney. What I'm interested in is who pushed them and who picked them up.






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* In the British comic ''Whizzer and Chips'', the character Sweet Tooth was once offered some cheap sweets that had "fallen off the back of a lorry".
-->'''Sweet Tooth''': You mean they're stolen?
-->'''Salesman''': No, they fell off the back of a lorry. And the cars behind drove over them. That's why they're so cheap.

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* In the British comic ''Whizzer and Chips'', the character Sweet Tooth was is once offered some cheap sweets that had "fallen off the back of a lorry".
-->'''Sweet Tooth''': Tooth:''' You mean they're stolen?
-->'''Salesman''':
stolen?\\
'''Salesman:'''
No, they fell off the back of a lorry. And the cars behind drove over them. That's why they're so cheap.
cheap.



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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'', the crate carrying Blu really does fall off the back of a truck, and is found by Linda.
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--> '''Alan:''' What, you're telling me that, in all the time you've run deliveries, nothing has ever just... fallen off the back of the truck?
--> '''Joe:''' Hey, I don't like your tone.
--> '''Alan:''' S-sorry.
--> '''Joe:''' ''leans closer'' It's too loud.

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--> '''Alan:''' -->'''Alan:''' What, you're telling me that, in all the time you've run deliveries, nothing has ever just... fallen off the back of the truck?
-->
truck?\\
'''Joe:''' Hey, I don't like your tone.
-->
tone.\\
'''Alan:''' S-sorry.
-->
S-sorry.\\
'''Joe:''' ''leans closer'' ''[leans closer]'' It's too loud.



* In ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'', a literal example occurs when Miss Piggy is trying to reach the Mallory Gallery to help Kermit and the others. The truck she's driving breaks down, and in despair, she wonders what she'll do...[[DeusExMachina and then a truck advertising motorcycle tricks drives by, and the motorcycle in question (as well as the spangly outfit that goes with it) literally falls out of the back of the truck and lands right next to her.]] She even lampshades it by remarking "What an unbelievable coincidence!"
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'', the crate carrying Blu really does fall off the back of a truck, and is found by Linda.



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-->Here comes Christmas Bob
-->Selling cheap prezzies in the pub
-->If you've got the cash, then you're in luck
-->Get a VCR off the back of a truck.

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-->Here -->''Here comes Christmas Bob
-->Selling
Bob\\
Selling
cheap prezzies in the pub
-->If
pub\\
If
you've got the cash, then you're in luck
-->Get
luck\\
Get
a VCR off the back of a truck.''



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* In Transformation stories, this is typically how the main character gets hold of the body-warping device.
* ''OverheardInNewYork'', [[http://www.overheardinnewyork.com/archives/023706.html here]], with a dash of literal mindedness.

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* In Transformation stories, this is typically how the main character gets hold One of the body-warping device.
objectives in ''Pinball/TheSopranos'' is "Truck Heist", which plays this trope straight. Completing the heist awards suits, DVD players, and plasma [=TVs=].
* ''OverheardInNewYork'', [[http://www.overheardinnewyork.com/archives/023706.html here]], with a dash Creator/{{Capcom}}'s unreleased ''Pinball/{{Kingpin}}'' has "Deliver the Goods," which features large crates falling off the back of literal mindedness.a flatbed truck.



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* One of the objectives in ''Pinball/TheSopranos'' is "Truck Heist", which plays this trope straight. Completing the heist awards suits, DVD players, and plasma [=TVs=].
* Creator/{{Capcom}}'s unreleased ''Pinball/{{Kingpin}}'' has "Deliver the Goods," which features large crates falling off the back of a flatbed truck.

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* One of During their stint on WCW, the objectives in ''Pinball/TheSopranos'' is "Truck Heist", which plays this trope straight. Completing bad boy tag team [[Wrestling/{{TPE}} the heist awards suits, DVD players, and plasma [=TVs=].
* Creator/{{Capcom}}'s unreleased ''Pinball/{{Kingpin}}'' has "Deliver the Goods," which features large crates falling
Public Enemy]] would show up in WCW merchandise promos by saying, "You won't believe what fell off the back of a flatbed truck.truck this week!"



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* During their stint on WCW, the bad boy tag team [[Wrestling/{{TPE}} the Public Enemy]] would show up in WCW merchandise promos by saying, "You won't believe what fell off the truck this week!"

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* During their stint on WCW, In ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'', a literal example occurs when Miss Piggy is trying to reach the bad boy tag team [[Wrestling/{{TPE}} Mallory Gallery to help Kermit and the Public Enemy]] would show up others. The truck she's driving breaks down, and in WCW merchandise promos by saying, "You won't believe despair, she wonders what fell off she'll do...[[DeusExMachina and then a truck advertising motorcycle tricks drives by, and the motorcycle in question (as well as the spangly outfit that goes with it) literally falls out of the back of the truck this week!"and lands right next to her.]] She even lampshades it by remarking "What an unbelievable coincidence!"



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--> '''Rincewind:''' What's under your coat?
-->'''Sleazy Guy:''' ''(after a dramatic pause)'' Hourglasses! [[CoatFullOfContraband Care to buy an hourglass]]?
-->'''Rincewind:''' Where did you get all of those?
-->'''Sleazy Guy:''' Fell off a [[RunningGag donkey cart]], sir!
* In the Shadow Raid heist in ''VideoGame/{{PAYDAY 2}}'', Bain tells the crew that Gage acquires his merchandise this way and the crew will be picking it up for him from a Murkywater warehouse.

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--> '''Rincewind:''' What's under your coat?
-->'''Sleazy Guy:''' ''(after a dramatic pause)'' Hourglasses! [[CoatFullOfContraband Care to buy an hourglass]]?
-->'''Rincewind:''' What's under your coat?\\
'''Sleazy Guy:''' ''[after a dramatic pause]'' Hourglasses! [[CoatFullOfContraband Care to buy an hourglass]]?\\
'''Rincewind:'''
Where did you get all of those?
-->'''Sleazy
those?\\
'''Sleazy
Guy:''' Fell off a [[RunningGag donkey cart]], sir!
* In the Shadow Raid heist in ''VideoGame/{{PAYDAY 2}}'', ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'', Bain tells the crew that Gage acquires his merchandise this way and the crew will be picking it up for him from a Murkywater warehouse.



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* ''Website/OverheardInNewYork'', [[http://www.overheardinnewyork.com/archives/023706.html here]], with a dash of literal mindedness.



-->'''[[FBIAgent Simon]]:''' Gosh, [[CodeName Specs]], those wouldn't be ''illegal'' explosives, would they?
-->'''[[FBIAgent Nate]]:''' Oh, no, never in a million years. I hear they fell off the back of a truck.
-->'''Simon:''' [[SarcasmMode Which is truly the hallmark of legality]].

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-->'''[[FBIAgent Simon]]:''' Gosh, [[CodeName Specs]], those wouldn't be ''illegal'' explosives, would they?
-->'''[[FBIAgent
they?\\
'''[[FBIAgent
Nate]]:''' Oh, no, never in a million years. I hear they fell off the back of a truck.
-->'''Simon:'''
truck.\\
'''Simon:'''
[[SarcasmMode Which is truly the hallmark of legality]].
legality]].



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-->'''Jimmy:''' Did it fall out of a truck?
-->'''Sarah:''' That's how my brother was born!

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-->'''Jimmy:''' Did it fall out of a truck?
-->'''Sarah:'''
truck?\\
'''Sarah:'''
That's how my brother was born!
born!



8th Aug '16 9:44:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''AmericaTheBook'' claims that this type of good is a major benefit of supporting organized labor in its section on lobbyists.
* In ''Film/WhiteOleander'', Rina's boyfriend Sergei offers Astrid a necklace that he found "lying in the street." She isn't fooled. [[spoiler:But she has sex with him anyway.]]
* In ''TheSilverCrown'', many of the objects in Otto's mother's house really did fall off the back of a truck, as there's a sharp turn nearby that often leads to trucks driving into a ditch. Of course, if someone wasn't covering up the warning sign, it probably wouldn't happen nearly as often...

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* ''AmericaTheBook'' ''Literature/AmericaTheBook'' claims that this type of good is a major benefit of supporting organized labor in its section on lobbyists.
* In ''Film/WhiteOleander'', ''Literature/WhiteOleander'', Rina's boyfriend Sergei offers Astrid a necklace that he found "lying in the street." She isn't fooled. [[spoiler:But she has sex with him anyway.]]
* In ''TheSilverCrown'', ''Literature/TheSilverCrown'', many of the objects in Otto's mother's house really did fall off the back of a truck, as there's a sharp turn nearby that often leads to trucks driving into a ditch. Of course, if someone wasn't covering up the warning sign, it probably wouldn't happen nearly as often...
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