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10th Jul '17 4:34:41 AM Scalondragon
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* This trope explains how Joe Torre resigned from being the Manager of the New York Yankees in 2007 after twelve seasons with the team.
** After several first-round losses the the American League Division series, GM Hal Steinbrenner told Torre he'd give Torre a non-negotiable one-year, performance-model-based, contract with a 5 million USD base pay. However, making each of three benchmarks would a million USD bonus to his pay:
*** Help the Yankees win the American League Division Series.
*** Help the Yankees win the American League Championship Series and get to the World Series, which also enabled a new contract the following year.
*** Help the Yankees win the World Series.
** As his base pay would have been cut from a guaranteed 6.4 million USD each year (although this contract had the potential to make him at the time the highest-paid manager in baseball), Joe Torre turned down the contract and left the Yankees, becoming the Manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers for the next two years.
9th Jul '17 4:26:04 PM luiz4200
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* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'': In ''The Amazing Spider-Man #14'', Spidey signs a contract to appear in a movie. When the producer gives up on the idea to start another movie, he reveals that, according to the fine print, Spidey doesn't "get any money until the picture is completed". Spidey will never be paid for his work in the film because it'll [[LoopholeAbuse never be completed]].

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* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'': In ''The Amazing Spider-Man #14'', Spidey signs a contract to appear in a movie. When the producer gives up on the idea to start another movie, he reveals that, according to the fine print, Spidey doesn't "get any money until the picture is completed". Spidey will never be paid for his work in the film because it'll [[LoopholeAbuse never be completed]].completed.
9th Jul '17 4:06:32 PM luiz4200
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* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'': In ''The Amazing Spider-Man #14'', Spidey signs a contract to appear in a movie. When the producer gives up on the idea to start another movie, he reveals that, according to the fine print, Spidey doesn't "get any money until the picture is completed". Spidey will never be paid for his work in the film because it'll [[LoopholeAbuse never be completed]].
-->'''Spider-Man:''' You're not related to J. Jonah Jameson by some chance, are you?
31st May '17 3:59:05 AM Nadim
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* ''Series/{{Jessie}}''': This is how Bertram became the Rosses's butler.

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* ''Series/{{Jessie}}''': This is how Bertram became the Rosses's Rosses' butler.
31st May '17 3:57:42 AM Nadim
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* An episode of ''Series/{{Austin and Ally}}'' has Ally join what she thinks is a recprd deal, but it's actually punk-like band. She tries to quit but finds out she accidentally agreed to a 5 year contract. Trish (the one who signed the contract in the first place) was too lazy to read the fine prink beleiving it to be unnecessary. In the end, the gang uses this trope to trick the band's manager into releasing Ally.

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* An episode of ''Series/{{Austin and Ally}}'' has Ally join what she thinks is a recprd record deal, but it's actually punk-like band. She tries to quit but finds out she accidentally agreed to a 5 year contract. Trish (the one who signed the contract in the first place) was too lazy to read the fine prink print beleiving it to be unnecessary. In the end, the gang uses this trope to trick the band's manager into releasing Ally.



* ''Series/{{Jessie}}'': This is how Bertram became the Rosses's butler.

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* ''Series/{{Jessie}}'': ''Series/{{Jessie}}''': This is how Bertram became the Rosses's butler.
31st May '17 3:55:27 AM Nadim
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* An episode of ''Series/{{Austin and Ally}}'' has Ally join what she thinks is a recprd deal, but it's actually punk-like band. She tries to quit but finds out she accidentally agreed to a 5 year contract. Trish (the one who signed the contract in the first place) was too lazy to read the fine prink beleiving it to be unnecessary. In the end, the gang uses this trope to trick the band's manager into releasing Ally.


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*''Series/{{Jessie}}'': This is how Bertram became the Rosses's butler.
--->'''Bertram:''' Make sure you read the fine print. This butler thing was supposed to be a summer job.
30th May '17 6:52:43 PM SteveMB
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* In ''Webcomic/NerfNow'', Morgan [[https://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1191 balks at a scene]] she describes as "{{fanservice}} and pandering", until she's shown the ridiculously tiny print in her contract where she agreed to do just that. She does refuse to smile, however, since that contract neglected to cover that point.

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* In ''Webcomic/NerfNow'', Morgan [[https://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1191 balks at a scene]] she describes as "{{fanservice}} and pandering", until she's shown the ridiculously tiny print in her contract where she agreed to do just that. She does refuse to smile, however, since that the contract neglected to cover that point.
30th May '17 6:51:03 PM SteveMB
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* In ''Webcomic/NerfNow'', Morgan [[https://www.nerfnow.com/comic/1191 balks at a scene]] she describes as "{{fanservice}} and pandering", until she's shown the ridiculously tiny print in her contract where she agreed to do just that. She does refuse to smile, however, since that contract neglected to cover that point.
19th May '17 5:23:14 PM WillKeaton
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* Music/VanHalen's [[http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/van-halens-legendary-mms-rider standard contract with venues]] famously included a hidden line specifying that a bowl of M&Ms be placed in the green room, with all the brown ones (or some such) taken out. However, this was an aversion in that the band ''wanted'' the line to be found. As Music/DavidLeeRoth [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwHO2HnwfnA explains]], Van Halen's show was so big that there were extensive contract requirements for the venue, as well as many, ''many'' pages of safety requirements that the venue had to fulfill, due to the pyrotechnics, electronics and flying harness that the band used, effects that could cause serious injury or death if the requirements were not followed to the letter. The M&M's became a SecretTest to see if the promoter had actually ''read'' the contract before signing it. Brown M&M's (or no M&M's) meant they had to either line-check the contract or cancel the show.

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* Music/VanHalen's [[http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/van-halens-legendary-mms-rider standard contract with venues]] famously included a hidden line specifying that a bowl of M&Ms be placed in the green room, with all the brown ones (or some such) taken out. However, this was an aversion in that the band ''wanted'' the line to be found. As Music/DavidLeeRoth [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwHO2HnwfnA explains]], explains,]] Van Halen's show was so big that there were extensive contract requirements for the venue, as well as many, ''many'' pages of safety requirements that the venue had to fulfill, due to the pyrotechnics, electronics and flying harness that the band used, effects that could cause serious injury or death if the requirements were not followed to the letter. The M&M's became a SecretTest to see if the promoter had actually ''read'' the contract before signing it. Brown M&M's (or no M&M's) meant they had to either line-check the contract or cancel the show.



* In the US, many coupons have disclaimers that read "Cash Value 1/100th Of 1 Cent", or some other infinitesimal value. This goes back to the era of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trading_stamp trading stamps]], when customers would accumulate them when they purchased something and later trade them in for ostensibly free items (think Skee-Ball tickets). Starting with New York in 1904, states passed laws that force trading stamp companies to provide a cash value for the stamps; naturally, the companies set the value as low as possible. Eventually trading stamps were superseded by coupons as customer loyalty promoters, but the laws didn't distinguish between the two and the cash value requirement remained.

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* In the US, many coupons have disclaimers that read "Cash Value 1/100th Of 1 Cent", or some other infinitesimal value. This goes back to the era of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trading_stamp trading stamps]], stamps,]] when customers would accumulate them when they purchased something and later trade them in for ostensibly free items (think Skee-Ball tickets). Starting with New York in 1904, states passed laws that force trading stamp companies to provide a cash value for the stamps; naturally, the companies set the value as low as possible. Eventually trading stamps were superseded by coupons as customer loyalty promoters, but the laws didn't distinguish between the two and the cash value requirement remained.
19th May '17 5:21:40 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus:'' A man hosting a dinner finds out that when you sign up for the Book of the Month club, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm1GN-mEyvc you get a free hundredweight of animal dung delivered to your house]]. Of course, it's not on the forms because that would be bad for business. Seconds later, he learns that when you order a new cooker, you also get a free dead Indian. Of course, in that case, the free dead Indian is mentioned in the adverts. It's just that it's in the very small print so as not to affect the sales. And then they find out for every two cartons of single cream you buy, the Milk Marketing Board gives you an M4 motorway. This leads to a scene of the couple standing in a highway with a dead Indian and lots of dung. A police car then drives up:

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* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus:'' A man hosting a dinner finds out that when you sign up for the Book of the Month club, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm1GN-mEyvc you get a free hundredweight of animal dung delivered to your house]]. house.]] Of course, it's not on the forms because that would be bad for business. Seconds later, he learns that when you order a new cooker, you also get a free dead Indian. Of course, in that case, the free dead Indian is mentioned in the adverts. It's just that it's in the very small print so as not to affect the sales. And then they find out for every two cartons of single cream you buy, the Milk Marketing Board gives you an M4 motorway. This leads to a scene of the couple standing in a highway with a dead Indian and lots of dung. A police car then drives up:
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