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14th Jan '17 6:52:58 PM rjd1922
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In a variety of jobs, a person has to be watching out for something important, poised and waiting for a certain emergency situation. For example, a big satellite dish could be constantly listening for any signal, any sign of life from the stars. Or it could be some sort of asteroid early-warning system, or it could even be an inbound-missile warning system on a space station. And in movies and tv, at the other end of all that surveillance equipment is a tiny shack/room absolutely stacked with computer equipment, one integral computer screen, and the Surveillance Station Slacker. He's usually one guy (very rarely female) sat watching the readouts for weeks with absolutely nothing happening, in a state of utter boredom. Invariably this guy will be goofing off all day knowing that the screen will never bleep, eating pizza and watching a portable tv or something, and due to this is often portrayed as overweight.

If the computer screen DOES bleep all of a sudden, the alien signal IS picked up or whatever, the Slacker will quite often [[RedAlert panic and not know what to do]], maybe even having to refer to an old set of instructions for this eventuality. He might even ignore the signal, putting it down to a faulty system, and just turn back to the tv.

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In a variety of jobs, a person has to be watching out for something important, poised and waiting for a certain emergency situation. For example, a big satellite dish could be constantly listening for any signal, any sign of life from the stars. Or it could be some sort of asteroid early-warning system, or it could even be an inbound-missile warning system on a space station. And in movies and tv, TV, at the other end of all that surveillance equipment is a tiny shack/room absolutely stacked with computer equipment, one integral computer screen, and the Surveillance Station Slacker. He's usually one guy (very rarely female) sat watching the readouts for weeks with absolutely nothing happening, in a state of utter boredom. Invariably this guy will be goofing off all day knowing that the screen will never bleep, eating pizza and watching a portable tv TV or something, and due to this is often portrayed as overweight.

If the computer screen DOES bleep all of a sudden, the alien signal IS picked up or whatever, the Slacker will quite often [[RedAlert panic and not know what to do]], maybe even having to refer to an old set of instructions for this eventuality. He might even ignore the signal, putting it down to a faulty system, and just turn back to the tv.
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11th Jan '17 8:19:14 PM Malady
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Often overlaps with InsecurityCamera[=/=]UselessSecurityCamera and TheGuardsMustBeCrazy.

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Often overlaps with InsecurityCamera[=/=]UselessSecurityCamera and TheGuardsMustBeCrazy.TheGuardsMustBeCrazy, and they may be PlayingGamesAtWork.
20th Nov '16 8:44:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* "Behind the Glory of the Heroes", a StarFleetBattles short story in ''Nexus'' magazine #6. A female Starfleet officer monitoring a sensor console in a battle station is so bored that she starts daydreaming. She comes out of it when a star winks on her console, indicating that there's a ship approaching. She calls in the Officer of the Deck and together they determine that there are ''four'' Romulan ships approaching using their cloaking devices, preparing to attack.

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* "Behind the Glory of the Heroes", a StarFleetBattles TabletopGame/StarFleetBattles short story in ''Nexus'' magazine #6. A female Starfleet officer monitoring a sensor console in a battle station is so bored that she starts daydreaming. She comes out of it when a star winks on her console, indicating that there's a ship approaching. She calls in the Officer of the Deck and together they determine that there are ''four'' Romulan ships approaching using their cloaking devices, preparing to attack.
22nd Oct '16 11:38:51 PM rwe1138
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* Springfield Nuclear Power Plant in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is known for its lax security among other things. In an early whole episode flashback, Homer simply walks past security and demanding to get hired in the plant.

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* Springfield Nuclear Power Plant in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is known for its lax security among other things. In an early whole episode flashback, Homer simply walks past security and demanding demands to get hired in the plant.
17th Aug '16 9:28:03 AM ElodieHiras
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* InvokedTrope in ''TabletopGame/D20Modern'' Urban Arcana by the Tecno Mage: The techno mage can cast spells through electrical wiring. Cast a Sleep Spell on that security camera to affect the security guard at the security station, and the guard watching the cams falls asleep.
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13th Aug '16 9:40:28 PM manepony101
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* Springfield Nuclear Power Plant in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', is known for its lax security among other things. In an early whole episode flashback, Homer simply walks past security and demanding to get hired in the plant.

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* Springfield Nuclear Power Plant in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is known for its lax security among other things. In an early whole episode flashback, Homer simply walks past security and demanding to get hired in the plant.
13th Aug '16 9:39:50 PM manepony101
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* Springfield Nuclear Power Plant in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', is known for its lax security among other things. In an early whole episode flashback, Homer simply walks past security and demanding to get hired in the plant.
6th Aug '16 2:42:38 PM Jacob175
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* In the anime version of ''Manga/RaveMaster'', the episode after Haru defeats Lance opens with Musica in the middle of a robbery. Since the guards are too busy watching TV, he and his gang easily leaves them BoundAndGagged while they investigate for the Silver Ray.


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* This started off the plot of one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow''. Daffy, working as a security guard, fell asleep on the job the one night a robber broke in. [[RealityEnsues This got him fired]], and the rest of the episode is about how his lack of work leads to him getting thrown out by Bugs.
* Invoked in ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'', when XR encourages Booster to do this when they're stuck on monitor duty while Buzz and Mira are away on a mission on Zurg's planet. They do spring into action when the monitor reports Buzz and Mira's vital signs have gone flat.
6th Aug '16 10:51:22 AM Generality
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* In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Tony Stark calls out a SHIELD MissionControl op for playing ''Galaga'' while on duty. The guy goes right back to playing the game after Tony leaves.

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* In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Tony Stark calls out a SHIELD MissionControl op for playing ''Galaga'' ''VideoGame/{{Galaga}}'' while on duty. The guy goes right back to playing the game after Tony leaves.
11th Jul '16 3:56:53 AM JackG
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* Though averted earlier in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', once Syndrome leaves to carry out his EvilPlan, his mooks are seen enjoying the havoc being inflicted by the giant robot on live television, instead of watching the security monitors showing that the Parr family have escaped their confinement.

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* Though averted earlier in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', once Syndrome leaves to carry out his EvilPlan, EvilPlan his mooks are seen enjoying the havoc being inflicted by the giant robot on live television, instead of watching the security monitors showing that the Parr family have escaped their confinement.
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