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17th Apr '16 3:09:46 PM Goldfritha
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* In Creator/KurtBusiek's ''Comics/AstroCity'', downplayed. Marella Cowper, helping at the disaster scene, realizes that the people there think she has black market connections. Since she's really using the Honor Guard's teleportation system, she lets them.

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* In Creator/KurtBusiek's ''Comics/AstroCity'', ''ComicBook/AstroCity'', downplayed. Marella Cowper, helping at the disaster scene, realizes that the people there think she has black market connections. Since she's really using the Honor Guard's teleportation system, she lets them.
17th Apr '16 3:04:16 PM Goldfritha
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Infraction Distraction is when a conspicious but minor infraction -- possibly not even illegal but merely disreputable -- is made up or committed for the purposes of distracting authorities from something much more serious. (Usually a crime, but not always.) Not unlike a KansasCityShuffle, the guards in question know they're being tricked, but are wrong about what the trick is. If you actually confess, it's ConfessToALesserCrime, but you can also manufacture evidence against yourself or otherwise plant clues to the infraction, down to simply committing it. One common method is to plant an IncrediblyObviousTail -- to distract from the skilled and subtle tail. IncrediblyObviousBug can also be used, but is less common.

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Infraction Distraction is when a conspicious but minor infraction -- possibly not even illegal but merely disreputable -- is made up or committed for the purposes of distracting authorities from something much more serious. (Usually a crime, but not always.always; a character can pretend to be distilling moonshine to hide that he's training with his new superpowers, for instance.) Not unlike a KansasCityShuffle, the guards in question know they're being tricked, but are wrong about what the trick is. If you actually confess, it's ConfessToALesserCrime, but you can also manufacture evidence against yourself or otherwise plant clues to the infraction, down to simply committing it. One common method is to plant an IncrediblyObviousTail -- to distract from the skilled and subtle tail. IncrediblyObviousBug can also be used, but is less common.
17th Apr '16 2:59:07 PM Goldfritha
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Infraction Distraction is when a conspicious but minor infraction -- possibly not even illegal but merely disreputable -- is made up or committed for the purposes of distracting authorities from something much more serious. Not unlike a KansasCityShuffle, the guards in question know they're being tricked, but are wrong about what the trick is. If you actually confess, it's ConfessToALesserCrime, but you can also manufacture evidence against yourself or otherwise plant clues to the infraction, down to simply committing it. One common method is to plant an IncrediblyObviousTail -- to distract from the skilled and subtle tail. IncrediblyObviousBug can also be used, but is less common.

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Infraction Distraction is when a conspicious but minor infraction -- possibly not even illegal but merely disreputable -- is made up or committed for the purposes of distracting authorities from something much more serious. (Usually a crime, but not always.) Not unlike a KansasCityShuffle, the guards in question know they're being tricked, but are wrong about what the trick is. If you actually confess, it's ConfessToALesserCrime, but you can also manufacture evidence against yourself or otherwise plant clues to the infraction, down to simply committing it. One common method is to plant an IncrediblyObviousTail -- to distract from the skilled and subtle tail. IncrediblyObviousBug can also be used, but is less common.


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* In Creator/KurtBusiek's ''Comics/AstroCity'', downplayed. Marella Cowper, helping at the disaster scene, realizes that the people there think she has black market connections. Since she's really using the Honor Guard's teleportation system, she lets them.
6th Apr '16 3:41:01 PM eroock
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* in ''Seven'', the Professor plants an inflatable sex doll in his luggage, which then inflates when customs opens his bag. Everyone is so embarassed that they just wave him through without spotting the weapon components he had hidden in his luggage.
** Similarly in ''Blow'', when George is going through customs, he willingly opens the suitcase with the hidden compartment full of drugs, causing the guards to demand the other bag, which turns out to be full of women's underwear.

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* in In ''Seven'', the Professor plants an inflatable sex doll in his luggage, which then inflates when customs opens his bag. Everyone is so embarassed embarrassed that they just wave him through without spotting the weapon components he had hidden in his luggage.
** Similarly in ''Blow'', ''Film/{{Blow}}'', when George is going through customs, he willingly opens the suitcase with the hidden compartment full of drugs, causing the guards to demand the other bag, which turns out to be full of women's underwear.
* In ''Film/TheLostWeekend'', [[TheAlcoholic Don]] buys two bottles of whiskey for the weekend trip. He wants his brother to find the first one so he would give up searching for the second one.
10th Mar '16 9:39:12 AM Goldfritha
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Infraction Distraction is when a conspicious but minor infraction -- possibly not even illegal but merely disreputable -- is made up or committed for the purposes of distracting authorities from something much more serious. Not unlike a KansasCityShuffle, the guards in question know they're being tricked, but are wrong about what the trick is. If you actually confess, it's ConfessToALesserCrime, but you can also manufacture evidence against yourself or otherwise plant clues to the infraction. One common method is to plant an IncrediblyObviousTail -- to distract from the skilled and subtle tail. IncrediblyObviousBug can also be used, but is less common.

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Infraction Distraction is when a conspicious but minor infraction -- possibly not even illegal but merely disreputable -- is made up or committed for the purposes of distracting authorities from something much more serious. Not unlike a KansasCityShuffle, the guards in question know they're being tricked, but are wrong about what the trick is. If you actually confess, it's ConfessToALesserCrime, but you can also manufacture evidence against yourself or otherwise plant clues to the infraction.infraction, down to simply committing it. One common method is to plant an IncrediblyObviousTail -- to distract from the skilled and subtle tail. IncrediblyObviousBug can also be used, but is less common.
31st Dec '15 4:53:59 PM nombretomado
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* Inverted in ''{{Community}}'', where Starburns confesses to stealing lab equipment to build a meth lab to get out of being accused of destroying someone's school project. Fortunately, the people he's talking to aren't really cops.

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* Inverted in ''{{Community}}'', ''Series/{{Community}}'', where Starburns confesses to stealing lab equipment to build a meth lab to get out of being accused of destroying someone's school project. Fortunately, the people he's talking to aren't really cops.
29th Dec '15 11:27:00 AM JBK405
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** In a ''Labyrinth,'' when caught trying to break into a genetic engineering facility, one of Miles' subordinates quickly posed as a horny soldier on leave who thought it was the brothel (the company is known for its bordellos). The subordinate got booted out with a warning; Miles, already inside, was safe, though isolated.
** One of the stories about one of Miles' ancestors has him using the "smuggling bicycles" tactic (see Jokes above), to smuggle horses into a besieged city. Miles does it with ''warships''.

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** [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] when Miles and Co. are attempting to smuggle weapons to the Felicians past a blockade by the Oseran mercenaries. After Miles winds up capturing Captain Auson's own ship, Auson figures that Miles had to be smuggling something, particularly with the way that Miles was acting so cowed and meek in order to avoid suspicion. He wonders if Miles is smuggling the ship itself, then wonders who could possibly want such an old, outmoded transport.
** In a ''Labyrinth,'' when caught trying to break into a genetic engineering facility, one of Miles' subordinates Ensign Murka quickly posed as creats the story that he and his fellows were a bunch of horny soldier on leave who thought it was the brothel (the company is known for its bordellos). The subordinate got He was booted out with a warning; warning and fine (i.e. the guards stole all his money), but no alarm was raised over a commando raid and Miles, already inside, was safe, though isolated.
** One of
overhearing the stories exchange, made a mental note to praise and reward the soldier for his quick thinking (In a following story, the same soldier returns as a now-promoted Lieutenant).
** Miles tells a story
about one of Miles' ancestors has him using his Vorkosigan ancestor's who used the "smuggling bicycles" tactic (see Jokes above), version of the trope to smuggle horses into a besieged city. Though we do not see the mission itself, Miles does it was telling the story because they were about to do the same thing with ''warships''.
20th Sep '15 7:08:27 PM Adept
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* In the first chapter of ''BloodyMonday'', Fujimaru (a teenager) tells his younger sister he's going to check out his porn downloads, just so she doesn't enter his room to catch him hacking. It's suggested that he also used porn video games as a cover for hacking jobs, though it's never denied that he played them.

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* In the first chapter of ''BloodyMonday'', ''Manga/BloodyMonday'', Fujimaru (a teenager) tells his younger sister he's going to check out his porn downloads, just so she doesn't enter his room to catch him hacking. It's suggested that he also used porn video games as a cover for hacking jobs, though it's never denied that he played them.
20th Sep '15 1:11:40 PM rjd1922
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* This trick was used by an escaping Allied POW in WWII. The POW was stuck in a train station, unable to leave because a group of Nazi soldiers were guarding the exits and checking papers. Knowing that trying to bluff his way past wasn't going to work, he snatched the suitcase from the nearest commuter and sprinted straight past the guards out of the exit. Not interested in a mere thief, the nazis didn't chase him.

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* This trick was used by an escaping Allied POW in WWII. The POW was stuck in a train station, unable to leave because a group of Nazi soldiers were guarding the exits and checking papers. Knowing that trying to bluff his way past wasn't going to work, he snatched the suitcase from the nearest commuter and sprinted straight past the guards out of the exit. Not interested in a mere thief, the nazis Nazis didn't chase him.
13th Jun '15 7:42:49 PM Kid
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