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22nd Jun '17 5:03:27 AM JackG
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* ''Film/TerminatorGenisys''. The security guard at the hospital is too busy playing with his smartphone to watch the CCTV screens, or turn to face Pops who's just walked in the door behind him. Pops bangs his head on the console.
22nd Jun '17 5:00:25 AM JackG
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* Averted in ''Film/TheKillerElite''. Although the guards are shown to be bored stiff guarding the duck farm that they're using as a safehouse, they're still on the ball, drawing their weapons when their relief arrives and demanding a password even though they already know them. One thing they're not prepared for however is the possibility that one of them has turned traitor.
27th May '17 11:34:21 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': In Chapter 10, Tuuri's job of the day is to wait for a call from MissionControl, who may not be in headquarters until quite late in the day. She's shown to have fallen asleep at the radio while Mikkel and Reynir were cleaning up the tank, and later plays games with Reynir. She eventually drags Reynir into following Mikkel, who has gone on an unauthorized escapade of his own. Of course, the comic cuts to MissionControl returning to headquarters right after Tuuri and Reynir are shown leaving the radio completely unattended.
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.
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