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6th Jun '16 10:05:43 AM ChronoLegion
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* In Creator/TaylorAnderson's ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'', the Empire of New Britain has a long-standing practice of "obligations" applying to women purchased from the Holy Dominion (or to women fleeing the Dominion requesting passage). Ideally, the women work off the cost of the transportation by doing anything requested (surprisingly, non-sexual but involving manual labor) until the obligation is worked off, and the woman is free to marry an Imperial citizen (she herself cannot become a citizen, but her children can). Unfortunately, over the centuries, this has caused all women (both free and those under obligations) to be treated as second-class citizens and gave enormous power to the Honourable New Britain Company that holds these obligations. The titular destroyermen quickly pointed out the obvious LoopholeAbuse - a holder of an obligation may simply move his obligated women from one island to another, constantly increasing their obligations by the cost of the journey (see similar examples in the RealLife section below). Once it's revealed how widespread this practice is, the whole obligation system is abolished.

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* In Creator/TaylorAnderson's ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'', the Empire of New Britain has a long-standing practice of "obligations" applying to women purchased from the Holy Dominion (or to women fleeing the Dominion requesting passage). Ideally, the women work off the cost of the transportation by doing anything requested (surprisingly, non-sexual but involving manual labor) until the obligation is worked off, and the woman is free to marry an Imperial citizen (she herself cannot become a citizen, but her children can). Unfortunately, over the centuries, this has caused all women (both free and those under obligations) to be treated as second-class citizens and gave enormous power to the Honourable New Britain Company that holds these obligations. The titular destroyermen quickly pointed out the obvious LoopholeAbuse - a holder of an obligation may simply move his obligated women from one island to another, constantly increasing their obligations by the cost of the journey (see similar examples in the RealLife section below). Once it's revealed how widespread this practice is, the whole obligation system is abolished. It also helped that the Company executives were selling out the Empire to the Dominion.
6th Jun '16 10:00:32 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': [[spoiler:The Gamemasters announce that two people can live if they're from the same district, then revoke it at the end when two actually manage to fill that condition. Katniss showed them up by threatening suicide with Peeta, forcing them to make good on the original promise so they'd have someone to crown a victor instead of a martyr.]]

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* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': [[spoiler:The Gamemasters announce that two people can live if they're from the same district, then revoke it at the end when two actually manage to fill that condition. Katniss showed them up by threatening suicide with Peeta, forcing them to make good on the original promise so they'd have someone to crown a victor instead of a martyr. Of course, the head Gamemaster Seneca Crane ends up being punished for it by President Snow.]]
6th Jun '16 9:59:33 AM ChronoLegion
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--> '''British Official:''' We must also be concerned about the potential for embarrassment.
--> '''Irv:''' Oh, pardon me. I didn't realize that four black guys in a bobsled could make you blush.
6th Jun '16 9:51:02 AM ChronoLegion
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* In the tale of ''The Fisherman's Wife'', the fisherman finds a fish that can grant any wish in his pond, and starts making wishes that [[SelflessWish will make his wife happy]]. However, the wife is never pleased for long, even after being slathered in wealth and being made queen of the world, all while promising the next wish will finally make her happy. Finally, the fish gets fed up with all of the wife's {{greed}}, and reverts everything back to how it was at first, thereby [[AnAesop teaching a lesson about hubris]].

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* In the tale of ''The Fisherman's Wife'', the fisherman finds a fish that can grant any wish in his pond, and starts making wishes that [[SelflessWish will make his wife happy]]. However, the wife is never pleased for long, even after being slathered in wealth and being made queen of the world, all while promising the next wish will finally make her happy. Finally, the fish gets fed up with all of the wife's {{greed}}, and reverts everything back to how it was at first, thereby [[AnAesop teaching a lesson about hubris]]. The fish also, arguably, teaches the man a lesson in fulfilling his wife's every whim without seeing the futility of it and not taking a stand.
25th May '16 6:55:26 PM rjd1922
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* Jack Thompson wrote a "Modest Video Game Proposal", wherein he promised to donate $10,000 to a charity of the choosing of Paul Eibeler (former chairman of Take-Two Interactive, publisher of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' and target of Thompson's ire) for the creation of a video game involving the player going on a killing spree against people in the gaming industry. Such a game was made, in the form of ''VideoGame/ImOK''. Thompson reneged on his end of the deal, though, saying the game had to be published and sold commercially. Thankfully, ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' jumped to the rescue, donating the 10K in Jack's name to the Entertainment Software Association Foundation Charity "''for Jack Thompson, [[TakeThat because Jack Thompson won't]]''". [[MoralEventHorizon And then Jack Thompson tried to sue them for it.]]

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* Jack Thompson wrote a "Modest Video Game Proposal", wherein he promised to donate $10,000 to a charity of the choosing of Paul Eibeler (former chairman of Take-Two Interactive, publisher of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' and target of Thompson's ire) for the creation of a video game involving the player going on a killing spree against people in the gaming industry. Such a game was made, in the form of ''VideoGame/ImOK''. Thompson reneged on his end of the deal, though, saying the game had to be published and sold commercially. Thankfully, ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' jumped to the rescue, donating the 10K in Jack's name to the Entertainment Software Association Foundation Charity "''for Jack Thompson, [[TakeThat because Jack Thompson won't]]''". [[MoralEventHorizon [[FrivolousLawsuit And then Jack Thompson tried to sue them for it.]]
20th May '16 12:09:56 PM backpack
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* [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement While opinions of her policies are beyond the scope of this wiki]], some view this as hitting Hillary Clinton twice. Her husband was extremely popular in office as a fairly conservative Democrat, so in 2008 she ran her campaign with a sense that she would govern in a manner similar to her husband. Unfortunately, the Democratic Party has moved to the left and the nomination went to BarackObama. Eight years later, having spent time as Secretary of State and becoming something of TheDragon to Obama she effectively ran as an extension of Obama's legacy...however, the Democratic base had now shifted to the Left of him as well. While, as of this writing, she's considered almost certain to get the nomination, this was only after an intensely heated Primary against Senator BernieSanders.
16th Apr '16 5:15:25 PM KingLyger
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* In the tale of ''The Fisherman's Wife'', the fisherman finds a fish that can grant any wish in his pond, and starts making wishes that [[SelflessWish will make his wife happy]]. However, the wife is never pleased for long, even after being slathered in wealth and being made queen of the world. Finally, the fish gets fed up with all of the wife's {{greed}}, and reverts everything back to how it was at first, thereby [[AnAesop teaching a lesson about hubris]].

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* In the tale of ''The Fisherman's Wife'', the fisherman finds a fish that can grant any wish in his pond, and starts making wishes that [[SelflessWish will make his wife happy]]. However, the wife is never pleased for long, even after being slathered in wealth and being made queen of the world.world, all while promising the next wish will finally make her happy. Finally, the fish gets fed up with all of the wife's {{greed}}, and reverts everything back to how it was at first, thereby [[AnAesop teaching a lesson about hubris]].
16th Apr '16 5:13:11 PM KingLyger
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* In the tale of ''The Fisherman's Wife'', the fisherman finds a fish that can grant any wish in his pond, and starts making wishes that [[SelflessWish will make his wife happy]]. However, the wife is never pleased for long, even after being slathered in wealth and being made queen of the world. Finally, the fish gets fed up with all of the wife's {{greed}}, and reverts everything back to how it was at first, thereby [[AnAesop teaching a lesson about hubris]].
5th Apr '16 4:26:48 AM TyrantT100
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** Same applies to the behind the scenes aspect of a retail job with stock management. Most companies expect their stockroom staff to not only put stock deliveries away and pick items for customers but too run quality checks on the stock locations, tidy the warehouse and fill out stock paperwork. Getting a large amount of this done means management will then expect you to fill out even more paperwork and tidy even more of the warehouse on every shift.
27th Mar '16 3:29:53 PM DisillusionedJoey
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*** Actually feudalism averted this trope, it was _really_ hard to move the goalposts, even if economic facts changed massively. The serfs got a horrible deal, but it was the same horrible deal their grandfathers and their grandfather's grandfathers got.
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