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1st Dec '17 2:08:58 PM Crisis21
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** [[https://notalwaysworking.com/hells-kitchen/ Another Not Always Working story]] features a waitress who is rude, slacks off in her duties, and is a generally poor employee, but because her boyfriend - [[BunnyEarsLawyer a chef at the same restaurant]] - has threatened to quit if she is fired, management is unwilling to discipline her. Until they realize ''[[SubvertedTrope which]]'' [[BumblingSidekick chef]] she's dating...

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** [[https://notalwaysworking.[[https://notalwaysright.com/hells-kitchen/ Another Not Always Working story]] features a waitress who is rude, slacks off in her duties, and is a generally poor employee, but because her boyfriend - [[BunnyEarsLawyer a chef at the same restaurant]] - has threatened to quit if she is fired, management is unwilling to discipline her. Until they realize ''[[SubvertedTrope which]]'' [[BumblingSidekick chef]] she's dating...
1st Dec '17 1:57:01 PM Crisis21
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** [[http://notalwaysright.com/outside-food-inside-job/32578 Here]] is a case where the actual manager was [[RightBehindMe right there at the time.]]
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/some-like-it-not-hot/32582 Here's a customer]] who did have a connection (via a manager), and abused it to get free food. His M.O. is to come into the deli, ask for something they have that is not ready, then complaining to the manager so that the employees at the deli are forced to give him a meal for free. Eventually, however, the store manager catches on when he finds that the other manager is always signing off on no-charge purchases on the deli production sheets for that specific customer, plus security camera footage shows the customer deliberately looking for things they didn't currently have available. He has the customer banned from the store, and gives the other manager a one week unpaid suspension.
** The final straw in [[http://notalwaysright.com/punch-drunk-and-love/31280 this]] HumiliationConga: not only does he ''not'' have connections, but the fellow customer whose removal he's asking for ''does.''[[note]]As in, the customer he was trying to hit on and then assault was the bartender's sister. The bouncer at said bar was the bartender's husband.[[/note]]
** [[https://notalwaysright.com/should-have-vetted-the-owners-first/78554/ This]] is an odd example in that the customer seems to have honestly deluded herself into believing that she is the vet's girlfriend, or she's trying very hard to become his girlfriend. She's set, er, [[{{Pun}} straight]], by the vet's sister, and later the vet himself.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/problem-exists-between-caller-and-afterlife/35437 This caller]] demands a new free computer, even though the issue with his current computer is easily fixed, and then claims to know the founder of the company and be having lunch with him the next day - only to be informed that the founder is dead.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/lawless-and-clueless/37472 This woman]] flat-out states that she is ''"above the law, and with one word, can have your entire company shut down"''.
* Deconstructed by an employee featured on Not Always Working, when her uncle points out that not only does he not have that much power with the establishment, but ''[[http://notalwaysworking.com/a-family-af-fire/25745 he'd fire her for that crap, too]]''.
** [[https://notalwaysworking.com/hells-kitchen/31642 Another Not Always Working story]] features a waitress who is rude, slacks off in her duties, and is a generally poor employee, but because her boyfriend - [[BunnyEarsLawyer a chef at the same restaurant]] - has threatened to quit if she is fired, management is unwilling to discipline her. Until they realize ''[[SubvertedTrope which]]'' [[BumblingSidekick chef]] she's dating...

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** [[http://notalwaysright.com/outside-food-inside-job/32578 com/outside-food-inside-job/ Here]] is a case where the actual manager was [[RightBehindMe right there at the time.]]
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/some-like-it-not-hot/32582 com/some-like-it-not-hot/ Here's a customer]] who did have a connection (via a manager), and abused it to get free food. His M.O. is to come into the deli, ask for something they have that is not ready, then complaining to the manager so that the employees at the deli are forced to give him a meal for free. Eventually, however, the store manager catches on when he finds that the other manager is always signing off on no-charge purchases on the deli production sheets for that specific customer, plus security camera footage shows the customer deliberately looking for things they didn't currently have available. He has the customer banned from the store, and gives the other manager a one week unpaid suspension.
** The final straw in [[http://notalwaysright.com/punch-drunk-and-love/31280 com/punch-drunk-and-love/ this]] HumiliationConga: not only does he ''not'' have connections, but the fellow customer whose removal he's asking for ''does.''[[note]]As in, the customer he was trying to hit on and then assault was the bartender's sister. The bouncer at said bar was the bartender's husband.[[/note]]
** [[https://notalwaysright.com/should-have-vetted-the-owners-first/78554/ com/should-have-vetted-the-owners-first/ This]] is an odd example in that the customer seems to have honestly deluded herself into believing that she is the vet's girlfriend, or she's trying very hard to become his girlfriend. She's set, er, [[{{Pun}} straight]], by the vet's sister, and later the vet himself.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/problem-exists-between-caller-and-afterlife/35437 com/problem-exists-between-caller-and-afterlife/ This caller]] demands a new free computer, even though the issue with his current computer is easily fixed, and then claims to know the founder of the company and be having lunch with him the next day - only to be informed that the founder is dead.
** [[http://notalwaysright.com/lawless-and-clueless/37472 com/lawless-and-clueless/ This woman]] flat-out states that she is ''"above the law, and with one word, can have your entire company shut down"''.
* Deconstructed by an employee featured on Not Always Working, when her uncle points out that not only does he not have that much power with the establishment, but ''[[http://notalwaysworking.com/a-family-af-fire/25745 ''[[http://notalwaysright.com/a-family-af-fire/ he'd fire her for that crap, too]]''.
** [[https://notalwaysworking.com/hells-kitchen/31642 com/hells-kitchen/ Another Not Always Working story]] features a waitress who is rude, slacks off in her duties, and is a generally poor employee, but because her boyfriend - [[BunnyEarsLawyer a chef at the same restaurant]] - has threatened to quit if she is fired, management is unwilling to discipline her. Until they realize ''[[SubvertedTrope which]]'' [[BumblingSidekick chef]] she's dating...
16th Nov '17 9:19:21 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Though Light is one of the suspects of the Kira case from the very beginning, his father's status as the Chief of Police is what protects him from being seriously considered as a suspect by the normal police and he knows it.

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* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Though Light is one of the suspects of the Kira case from the very beginning, his father's status as the Chief of Police is what protects him from being seriously considered as a suspect such by the normal police and he knows it.
4th Nov '17 5:39:29 PM krimzonflygon2
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', a drunk douchebag tries to sexually harass a woman. Fortunately for her, you happen to be passing by and stop him. ''Un''fortunately for you, said douchebag has more pull with the police than you and promptly has you arrested for assault, expelled from your high school, and forced to move away to serve a year of probation. Many of the villains in the game are people who get away with misdeeds due to their connections, all the way up to [[spoiler:Masayoshi Shido, a candidate for Prime Minister and the aforementioned drunken douchebag who gave your protagonist such grief in the first place.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', a drunk douchebag tries to sexually harass a woman. Fortunately for her, you happen to be passing by and stop him. ''Un''fortunately for you, said douchebag has more pull with the police than you and promptly has you arrested for assault, expelled from your high school, and forced to move away to serve a year of probation. Many of the villains in the game are people who get away with misdeeds due to their connections, all the way up to [[spoiler:Masayoshi Shido, a candidate for Prime Minister and the aforementioned drunken douchebag who gave your protagonist such grief in the first place.]]]] Luckily, the [[AntiHero Phantom Thieves]] don't really give a damn about how famous or well-connected 'shitty adults' are. In fact, trying to invoke this trope and act above the law is a quick way to piss them off and [[HeelFaceBrainwashing get your heart stolen]].
1st Nov '17 11:48:30 PM WingedCat
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** [[http://notalwaysright.com/should-have-vetted-the-owners-first/34193 This]] is an odd example in that the customer seems to have honestly deluded herself into believing that she is the vet's girlfriend, or she's trying very hard to become his girlfriend. She's set, er, [[{{Pun}} straight]], by the vet's sister, and later the vet himself.

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** [[http://notalwaysright.com/should-have-vetted-the-owners-first/34193 [[https://notalwaysright.com/should-have-vetted-the-owners-first/78554/ This]] is an odd example in that the customer seems to have honestly deluded herself into believing that she is the vet's girlfriend, or she's trying very hard to become his girlfriend. She's set, er, [[{{Pun}} straight]], by the vet's sister, and later the vet himself.
31st Oct '17 9:03:02 AM Sceptre
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* The disgraced television presenter and serial pedophile JimmySavile is widely believed to have got away with his crimes for so long because of his incredible closeness to MargaretThatcher, the Prime Minister during the 1980s; during the case of the investigation into Savile, it was found that he had been awarded a knighthood by Thatcher despite civil servants repeatedly warning the Cabinet Office of his criminal background.
28th Oct '17 5:25:17 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Nelson & Murdock's difficulty in taking down Wilson Fisk is because Fisk is deeply connected, with corrupt cops and senators on his payroll.
* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'':
**Jessica attempts to use the connections of her acquaintances when trying to acquire sufentanil that she can use against Kilgrave. She tries to ask Trish if she has connections to any shady doctors who might be willing to slip her some, but Trish says that all the doctors she knows save small villages. So she next goes to Jeri Hogarth's ex-wife Wendy, who is a doctor. Wendy is not helpful either. So Jessica just resorts to stealing some from a hospital, using Malcolm as a distraction.
**It's how Trish manages to identify the security firm that Kilgrave has hired to protect him in case Jessica uses the sufentanil to knock out his powers. As she explains to Simpson:
-->'''Trish Walker:''' I might have a lead.
-->'''Will Simpson:''' So, you gonna tell me?
-->''[Trish walks past Simpson, gets an envelope on the table behind them, and passes to him. He opens it. Inside are the pictures of various people in black shirts]''
-->'''Will Simpson:''' Mmm, military.
-->'''Trish Walker:''' Ex. They're bodyguards. Kilgrave's new bodyguards.
-->'''Will Simpson:''' And how do you know?
-->'''Trish Walker:''' I went to all the top New York security firms, told them an old stalker of mine was back, that I was in the market for a new protection detail. After that, it was just a matter of getting the right people to talk.
-->'''Will Simpson:''' No way. The first rule of personal security is to keep your clients secret.
-->'''Trish Walker:''' I give good talk.
**Played for laughs in a later episode. When Jessica and Trish are searching the morgues looking for Kilgrave's father, Trish bribes one clerk into letting them search the bodies by getting him the chef's table at Per Se.
-->'''Jessica Jones:''' Dinner at the fancy restaurant is supposed to buy us quiet assistance.
* ''Series/LukeCage2016'':
**Mariah Dillard is a city councilwoman in bed with the criminal activities of her gangster cousin Cottonmouth, and these connections are how she and Diamondback are able to sell Judas bullets to the NYPD as part of their scheme to discredit and kill Luke Cage.
**Cottonmouth, in turn, has managed to escape arrest and convictions because he's got cops on his payroll to interfere in investigations that might incriminate him or his underlings, one of whom is Misty Knight's partner.
**Diamondback has connections which give him access to Hammer Industries weapons, such as the brand-new Judas bullet.
* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'':
**After Danny Rand and Luke Cage get into a fight when Luke interrupts Danny's attempt to interrogate Cole, Luke gives Danny a dressing-down about how his crusade against the Hand has him going after bottom-feeders when his wealth and social status give him the ability to take his fight right to the top. After much discussion with Colleen, Danny decides to go to the Hand's headquarters at Midland Circle in his capacity as the CEO of Rand Enterprises. Unfortunately, it's a trap, and while he manages to fight off most of Alexandra's men, he's almost captured, until Luke, Jessica and Matt show up to rescue him.
**The pull Luke has with Misty Knight from their work on Diamondback is how he's able to convince her to stash Claire Temple, Colleen Wing, Malcolm Ducasse, Trish Walker, Foggy Nelson and Karen Page in her precinct when the Hand begin targeting them.
**The Hand have thrived for so long because of their use of connections. They use contacts in the mayor's office and Trish's radio station to shut down talk about the earthquake triggered by underground mining at Midland Circle. After Elektra kills Alexandra, the remaining fingers - Murakami, Bakuto and Madame Gao - try to reason with her by pointing out that the Hand's connections are what gives them power and has allowed them to survive, but Elektra flat-out tells them she doesn't care.
28th Oct '17 3:19:15 AM darkemyst
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** He uses the threat "When my father hears about this..." at least once a conversation, at least in the earlier books. It's not particularly effective. In the first book, when he says he's going to tell his father about how he has to go into the Forbidden Forest for punishment, Hagrid dismisses the threat, saying that Lucius Malfoy would tell him that's how things are done at Hogwarts. In Book 4, bringing up Lucius Malfoy practically makes Mad-Eye Moody [[spoiler:née Barty Crouch Jr.]] salivate at the thought of an excuse to talk to [[spoiler:a former Death Eater.]] Particularly one he hates for his lack of [[spoiler:fealty to Voldemort.]]
** Similarly, Umbridge's connections in the Ministry allow her to literally get away with (attempted) murder in Book 5, as she's still around in Book 6.

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** He uses the threat "When my father hears about this..." at least once a conversation, at least in the earlier books. It's not particularly effective. In the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone first book, book]], when he says he's going to tell his father about how he has to go into the Forbidden Forest for punishment, Hagrid dismisses the threat, saying that Lucius Malfoy would tell him that's how things are done at Hogwarts. In [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Book 4, 4]], bringing up Lucius Malfoy practically makes Mad-Eye Moody [[spoiler:née Barty Crouch Jr.]] salivate at the thought of an excuse to talk to [[spoiler:a former Death Eater.]] Particularly one he hates for his lack of [[spoiler:fealty to Voldemort.]]
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' Draco incites a new wave of panic in the students studying for their [=OWLs=] by loudly declaring, ''"Of course, it's not what you know, it's who you know. Now, Father's been friendly with the head of the Wizarding Examinations Authority for years - old Griselda Marchbanks - we've had her round for dinner and everything:"'' a few days before the exams start. There is no evidence this is actually ''true'', he was just enjoying watching his classmates panic.
** Similarly, Umbridge's connections in the Ministry allow her to literally get away with (attempted) murder in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Book 5, 5]], as she's still around in Book 6.Books [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince 6]] and [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows 7]].
25th Sep '17 8:05:57 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', doing favors for the jarls can result in the dovahkiin becoming a thane. It's mostly a ceremonial title, but one of the perks is the ability to force guards to overlook any bounty that you might have on your head. It only works if your crimes are minor, though.
** Oddly enough, however, [[spoiler:the bounty for ''assassinating the Emperor'' is low enough for you to do this. (1500, 150% of the bounty for normal murder.) Sure, it was a decoy, but you didn't know that and your intent was to kill the real Emperor. This might make sense if you've completed the Stormcloak questline and liberated Skyrim from the Empire, but if you have, that in itself presents FridgeLogic as to why the [[PraetorianGuard Penitus Oculatus]] is still in Skyrim in the first place.]]
** The Thieves guild questline also allows you to do this; when you reach a certain rank you can bribe guards for half the normal price for bounties.
** Several quests in the game also allow you to bring up your title if you've become the guildmaster of a guild (by completing the relevant questlines).

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', doing ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** Throughout the series, the [[TheOrder Order of the Black Worm]], a secretive MagicalSociety[=/=][[TheNecrocracy Necrocracy]] founded by the legendary/infamous [[OurLichesAreDifferent Lich]][=/=]{{Necromancer}} Mannimarco that is dedicated to the study of TheDarkArts, has long been able to forge connections with people in positions of power. Empress Clivia Tharn allowed the Order to practice freely in Cyrodiil during [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline the Planemeld]], and the Order forged connections with [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Lord K'avar and Princess Morgiah]] leading up to the [[TimeCrash Warp in the West]]. When this has failed, the Order has simply resorted to [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney bribery]] or [[MightMakesRight threats]] instead.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** Doing
favors for the jarls can result in the dovahkiin [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] becoming a thane.Thane. It's mostly a ceremonial title, but one of the perks is the ability to force guards to overlook any bounty that you might have on your head. It only works if your crimes are minor, though.
** *** Oddly enough, however, [[spoiler:the bounty for ''assassinating the Emperor'' is low enough for you to do this. (1500, 150% of the bounty for normal murder.) Sure, it was a decoy, but you didn't know that and your intent was to kill the real Emperor. This might make sense if you've completed the Stormcloak questline and liberated Skyrim from the Empire, but if you have, that in itself presents FridgeLogic as to why the [[PraetorianGuard Penitus Oculatus]] is still in Skyrim in the first place.]]
** *** The Thieves guild questline also allows you to do this; when you reach a certain rank you can bribe guards for half the normal price for bounties.
** *** Several quests in the game also allow you to bring up your title if you've become the guildmaster faction leader of a guild certain faction (by completing the relevant questlines).[[SidequestSideStory questlines]]).
25th Jul '17 1:43:34 PM ironballs16
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* Yi Sun Chin, who later became [[UsefulNotes/SouthKoreansWithMarines Korea's most famous Admiral]], violated this policy early in his career by treating the subordinates ''with'' connections exactly like those ''without'' them, getting ReassignedToAntarctica as a result.
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